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Dunder-Mifflin Goes Virtual Thanks to a Dallas Gaming Company

Will Jim and Pam get together in the video game version of The Office? Perhaps virtual Michael Scott knows.

At first, we were opposed to NBC's turning BBC hit The Office into an Americanized version of the Ricky Gervais-Stephen Merchant masterpiece; it just seemed like a bad idea, moving Wernham Hogg out of Slough and into Scranton. Of course, things have turned out just fine.

But we'll just have to wait and see whether this is a good idea: Word's arrived today that Dallas-based MumboJumbo -- a "casual gamemaker," in the parlance of entertainment-biz trade Variety -- has been tapped to turn The Office into a video game. Not kidding. Come fall, it'll be available for online download and for yer PC, yer kid's PSP and Nintendo DS.

Says Bill Kispert -- who has the rather Dunder-Mifflin-esque title of vice president and general manager, Interactive, Universal Pictures Digital Platforms Group -- in MumboJumbo's official press release: "The cast and creators of The Office have done a fantastic job delivering a show with a personality all its own, [and] MumboJumbo is an innovator in the casual games space, and developing a game with them that combines the quirky characters and humor of the show with a proven, addictive game mechanic we think will be welcomed by fans and casual game players alike.” We will use the game at Unfair Park during our "team-building sessions," natch. --Robert Wilonsky

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