'Desperate Housewives' Computer Game

Buena Vista Games unveiled a new computer game today that is based on the popular Golden Globe winning ABC-TV series "Desperate Housewives." In the "Housewives" game, available for Windows XP computers and scheduled to hit retail shelves in the fall, players take on the role of a new housewife who moves to Wisteria Lane.

"This game allows players to move to Wisteria Lane and live all the gossip, drama and intrigue of a true Desperate Housewife," said Graham Hopper, the senior vice president and general manager of Buena Vista Games.

Gamers can decorate their houses and pick out their wardrobes, and take part in the infamous poker sessions held by your naughty neighbors -- Bree, Lynette, Gabrielle, Edie and Susan.

"We replicated Wisteria Lane to every detail," said Mary Schuyler, the game's producer at Buena Vista Games. "You can talk with the characters of the show and gossip, you can be polite to people or you can be nasty."

Its goal is to give players the ability to unlock juicy, dark secrets -- typical in any "Desperate Housewives" show -- as the narrative game progresses in an episode-by-episode format.

The interactive game's producers and creators don't doubt this game is most likely to appeal to the show's predominantly female fan base.

"It's a game experience that's geared toward women, meaning the fans of the show. I think there are a lot of women out there who will play this game," said Schuyler.

According to a new study just released this week by the Consumer Electronics Association, adults rack up more gaming hours than teens.

Roughly one-third of the adult gamers surveyed spent 10 hours or more playing console or PC games, compared with just 11 percent of teens.

"It's a great opportunity to allow our viewers the chance to be a part of the world of 'Desperate Housewives,'" said creator and executive producer Marc Cherry.

The "Desperate Housewives" computer game joins a broad franchise that is already out in stores, which includes the first-season DVD, a board game and ring tones for cell phones.

Buena Vista Games is the interactive entertainment arm of the Walt Disney Company, which is the parent company of ABC News.

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