Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, HMV's head of entertainment software retail is panicking because Santa's elves say they can't physically make Wiis any faster. But, they've assured him, they do have an excellent disc burner so at least there will be plenty of games to go round.
That will include plenty of games for younger players, for the times they are a-changing. In the olden days, when consoles ran on oil, there were plenty of bright and bouncy platform adventures about. Then everything went Dark, and now for every title starring a brightly coloured fictional creature there are ten games about Nazis.
Games companies have taken this on board and responded by creating more and more games aimed specifically at kids. Not because of the lucrative revenue opportunities but out of the goodness of their hearts, of course. Their cold, dead hearts. Anyway, here we take a look at some of the many titles vying for parents' cash this Christmas.