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Barnyard Fun for the Whole Family!

Sadly, "barnyard" has taken on a whole new meaning for our inboxes over the years.
Author: Sam Bishop
Published: August 1, 2006
Now here's an interesting little fun fact: our mail servers are instructed to specifically bounce or auto-delete anything with the word "barnyard" in it. Why? Because, in this age of depravity and spam e-mail, "barnyard" has way different connotations than something the more innocent among you fair readers would expect. Or not, considering who our reader base actually is.

Either way, it's impressive that THQ's announcement of Barnyard, the blink-and-you'll-miss-it licensed property based on the movie of the same name, even got through. Luckily for you, (and unlucky for us and our "if no mail comes in after 5:45, it's drinkin' game time" philosophy), this slipped in juuust under the cut off time. Which means we continue to work. Poo.

"Following the antics of Otis the cow, the Barnyard video game is the perfect way for fans of the film to continue enjoying wacky farm animal interactions once they leave the theater," giggled Steve Dauterman, senior VP of product development at THQ. "With its free-roaming design, the Barnyard video game is sure to provide countless hours of farm explorations, challenging missions, and action-packed games and is the perfect continuation in our long-standing relationship with Nickelodeon that has resulted in sales of nearly 40-million units worldwide to date."

"We're very excited to be working with our long-time partner THQ on the launch of Nickelodeon's newest interactive property," returned Paul Jelinek, VP of digital media products of Nickelodeon and MTVN Kids and Family Group, and Lord of the Longest Title Ever (okay, we added that last part in). "The Barnyard video game will bring a new side of farm-life to living rooms across America, complete with flying chickens, creeping coyotes and taunting cows."

Now, we cut and pasted all that in because we're both lazy and pleasantly surprised at how informative it is -- y'know, in between the usual marketing spin. About the only thing left to figure out is who the game is made by (Australian-based THQ in-house development studio Blue Tongue Entertainment) and who the CG movie inevitably stars (Kevin James, Wanda Sykes, Sam "The Friggin' Man" Eliott, Danny Glover and Courtney Cox). Well hey now, that just about makes a complete news story. All that's left now is to hope another e-mail doesn't come in and we're off to the screening of the mov--AW CRAAAP!