Playing at Work and Gastro-Explosions: A Gift Guide

I've seen two toys advertised this Christmas season that have me a little baffled.

The first is Doggie Doo.

The product description states,

"Europe's top new action game has come to America! Feed and walk your little pup, if he makes a mess, you clean it up! When you squeeze his leash, he makes a gassy sound that gets louder and louder until...plop. The first to clean up after the dog three times wins!"

At our house, this is one of the boys' actual, real-life chores which we affectionately call "poop patrol". Why play it, when you can live it?

The second is Pop the Pig.

In this game, you feed the pig hamburgers until his stomach ruptures. That's what the product description hints at anyway, but from what I could see on the promotional videos, it looks like his vest just pops open. What a jip. Kids all over are going to be disappointed on Christmas morning when they find out his stomach doesn't actually explode. Incidentally, this toys is made by the same folks that make Doggie Doo. It is also a big hit in Europe where they call it "Feed the American Capitalist Pig until He Explodes". Just kidding. I don't think they call it that.