Snooki gets in your face in new "Jersey Shore" games

Mon Jul 26, 2010 9:01am EDT
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By Christine Kearney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Want Snooki in your face? Ready to take on "The Situation" in a battle of flying pickles and tanning lotion?

A "Jersey Shore" online game and separate iPhone application are being released this week as the MTV hit reality series returns to U.S. television for a second season.

The game allows online players to square off with one another in humorous one-on-one battles between animated versions of the outrageous cast of young housemates, using household items that play on scenes from the show, MTV said on Monday.

"We have structured the game around the themes of the show," said Tony Espinoza, vice president of social games for MTV Networks. "And it's a social experience where people can interact."

The social game will launch on Tuesday for "Jersey Shore"'s 1.6 million Facebook members, and one day later on for all other users.

It also offers players the chance to "GTL" -- a term popular with the muscled Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino meaning gym, tan, laundry -- activities that besides drinking and partying consume his spare time.

There is no mention of the terms "guido or "guidette" that have been criticized as stereotyping young Italian-American adults.

The new season, starting on Thursday, sees Sorrentino, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and other cast members take their antics to Miami from Seaside Heights, New Jersey.   Continued...