Maybe I could help ease this embarrassment. There is nothing to be ashamed of. :) Speaking both from my Nancy-Drew-fan-mind as well as from my knowledge of the Her Interactive company, here are three things that can make you proud to play these mystery games:
1. Nancy Drew: This fictitious character was created in 1930, so we may have fans over 80 years old who read the original books, or appreciate the values of this old-time character. Nancy was--and still is--a strong female character who is smart and brave and adventurous. Anyone can be proud of taking on her role in these modern-day games!
2. Rated E for Everyone/Ages 10 and Up: While a person can be quick to judge the game rating by what age the game is appropriate for, it takes an observant reader to understand why these games are rated E or E10. These low ratings simply mean that the games are "clean" and "appropriate" for the general audience. It is a value we have to create games with integrity. We also say "ages 10 and up" because the puzzles may be difficult for a young child to play on their own without help, or that it may be a bit hard to understand the story. The games are made for everyone to enjoy! For more information about ESRB game ratings (particularly the rating for Ghost of Thornton Hall), read this blog post here.
3. Her Interactive: Back in the day when it was nearly unheard of for girls to be playing video games (waaay back in 1997) this company was formed to create games targeted to girls. While we continue to provide a great game for the female audience (whom today are playing a lot more video games -- yay!!), the games are just as fun and appropriate for guys to enjoy. Guys, we aren't leaving you out!
Our fans are the best fans ever! They are smart, witty, adventurous and determined to crack any case. The number one reason why we keep making these great games is because you enjoy them. So thank you for helping us to continue sending Nancy Drew to far-off places, for letting her snoop in nooks and crannies; solving mysteries and revealing the truth behind all these culprits!
Are you proud to be a Super Sleuth? Tell your friends that you are the #1 detective in history because you've solved mysteries as Nancy Drew!