New computer games aimed at the mall crowd
Girl power made Hanson a household name and saved director James Cameron’s career. But in the field of computer games, it has yet to make an impact. The reason? Despite high-profile successes like 1996’s Barbie Fashion Designer, most girl games have been aimed at the under-8 crowd rather than the allowance-toting preteen and early-teen block. That’s changing this holiday season as software makers introduce a second wave of CD-ROMs ranging from sitcom spin-offs to interactive fashion magazines. But will young girls think these sugar-and-spice titles are cool?