Recently at work we had a Big Name console manufacturer come in to do a demo of their latest hardware. The post-event Q&A included a question from a lovely bloke who works in our mobile department: "how about a cooking game?".
There was a mixed reception - some hilarity over the idea of a cooking game right now (concerns that the current target market wouldn't be Ready For This), but also some seriousness that certainly one day there would probably be a cooking game on this console. Maybe.
Meanwhile, over in the Nintendo camp right now: Cooking Mama for the DS (and of course everyone's seen the chefs at work in the Revolution video, right?). Different target market, or just a different set of core beliefs in who gamers are?
The game will let you cut, cook and fry all kinds of food to make these real recipes a success. ... The game will also have you work on the presentation of your food in your plate, and also it will let you try your own recipes with the items provided in the game.
If this teaches me to cook japanese food, especially fun things to do with soya, I'm so getting it.
Note: Cooking Mama doesn't actually let you cook your mother.