Sometimes when I ask my son what he wants to be when he grows up, he says “An artist!” Sometimes he says he’d like to be a librarian, or a policeman, or simply “Someone who always has cake.”
But I’d better hope I have a lot of time on my hands when I ask him and he answers “I’m gonna be Ben 10!” Because he can’t just say he wants to be Ben 10, he has to tell me why. And that explanation will doubtless include a litany of which aliens have which powers and what sorts of situations call for which things and before I know it I’ve been sucked into an alternate dimension where I am forced to discuss what sorts of super powers I would like to have.
And for some reason, he is never amused when I say “The ability to make my son stop talking.”
Anyway, I would consider it a personal favor if you would not let my son know that D3PA is developing the Ben 10: Protector of Earth video game:
Set to arrive this fall for Wii, PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS and PSP, Ben 10: Protector of Earth will allow players to harness the power of the Omnitrix and change into various alien beings in order to save the world vile villains.
I’m telling you, if my son finds out, it would be the end of the world as I know it. On the other hand, maybe if he had the game to play, he wouldn’t ask me quite so often to justify my love of Heatblast. (Heatblast isn’t necessarily my favorite. He’s just the only one whose name I can remember.)
“The Omnitrix’s most popular alien heroes will be accessible as playable characters, and a familiar summer vacation storyline including all-new locations and content for players will immerse gamers in Ben’s world like never before,” says Careen Yapp, VP of licensing and business development for D3PA.
Ben 10: Protector of Earth will feature other characters from the hit show, including Gwen, Grandpa Max, evil Kevin 11, the Forever Knights and Ben’s arch-enemy, Vilgax. Gameplay will involve a number of diverse challenges, puzzles and skirmishes. The Nintendo DS version is under development by 1st Playable Prods. LLC, while all other versions are being created by High Voltage Software Inc. The game is currently rated “RP” (Rating Pending) by the ESRB.
I need to come up with a plan, now, before the game comes out. Maybe I can use this as the ultimate bribe. “If you are very, very good maybe Santa will bring it,” I can tell him. But then I have to, you know, let Santa bring it. Hmmm. Decisions, decisions.