Even Alton Brown hinted at such doubts, although he said his 9-year-old daughter, Zoe, couldn’t put down the DS version of Iron Chef. “If you had told me a few years ago we’d be talking about food video games, I’d have thought you were crazy,” he said. “Why would you stand in front of your TV and pretend to chop an onion when you can go into the kitchen and chop a real onion?”Excellent question, and one for which Kyle Orland, author of “Wii for Dummies,” had an immediate answer. “Put me in front of a real onion, and I’ll make a mess of it,” he said. “But in Cooking Mama, I can chop it perfectly every time.”

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