Viva Piñata is for girls - Gates

Behind the shed. 5pm. No blades.

Mincing mega geek Bill Gates has committed the ultimate faux pas - he's told Charlie Rose that Viva Piñata is for girls.

Discussing new genres, he said: "We have a thing called Viva Piñata that's for young girls, where you're tending a garden and these animals come along..."

He then goes on to waffle about how Xbox 360's power and connectivity allow you to "conceptualise" game ideas better than ever before.

So anyway, Gates clearly doesn't know much about Viva Piñata (or he probably wouldn't have cited a game that doesn't use the hard disk and doesn't need an Xbox Live Gold subscription to make his point).

Fortunately, we do! Because Viva Piñata is ace. A stimulating blend of creativity and management, it's also one of the funniest games on Xbox 360, and my dragonache (Flammie) has better things to do than watch CEOs bluff their way through dark interviews when he could be walking gaily through my optimally fertilised oak-laden forests of joy.

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