MumboJumbo opening <i>Office</i>

Casual games based on NBC's comedy to appear this fall on the PC, PSP, and DS.

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Are you playing games on company time?
Are you playing games on company time?

There are no shortages of fun and games in the regional offices of Dunder-Mifflin, the fictitious company that serves as the setting of NBC's BBC-inspired comedy, The Office. The workers at the paper company have engaged in Office Olympics, pranks are pulled nonstop, and multiplayer sessions of the popular first-person shooter Call of Duty are employed as team-building exercises.

This fall, the tables will be turned when The Office's cast of quirky characters will go from playing games to being in a game. MumboJumbo today announced that it has signed a licensing deal with Universal Pictures Digital Platforms Group to develop a casual game based on the TV series. The Dallas-based shop will develop and publish the game, which will appear on the PC, Nintendo DS, and PlayStation Portable.

Few details are available on the title, although MumboJumbo did mention that it will be available for online download--but did not say for which platforms.

Turning a television show into a game is nothing new, as Law & Order, The Sopranos , CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The Shield, The Simpsons, Family Guy, and Futurama have all been turned into games. Adaptations of Battlestar Galactica and Lost are currently in the works. However, live-action comedies rarely get the television-to-game treatment, with a few exceptions, such as a 2005 Friends: The One With All The Trivia trivia game and the 2006 Sims wannabe based on Desperate Housewives.

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