There has been a renewed discussion about violent video games and the correlation with real life violence. This discussion crops up after every tragic mass shooting since the gunman more likely than not also played a lot of games like Grand Theft Auto or other violent games.
I’m not going to wade into this debate right now, (though I find this conclusion from Adam Thierer incredibly interesting) but at KidzVuz we thought it would be worth asking kids what they thought.
After all, this is the digital generation and it’s worth listening to them about the media, and world, they are growing up with.
Here’s the VIDEO:
Consider this a sonogram of sorts. A sneak peek at what is about to launch on to the web on Monday, October 3rd. You can see our current version of KidzVuz now. But, here’s a Wordless Wednesday of what’s about to launch.
KidzVuz is a site exclusively for kids ages 7-12 where they can create reviews about tech, toys, books, movies and with the new site – travel, food, pets and sports. So, basically everything a kid would ever want to talk about. It’s anonymous – user names only – safe and completely moderated. Also, IT’S REALLY COOL!!!
So get ready for the big launch on Monday and join us for our Twitter launch party on October 5th at 10pm where we will be hosting awesome giveaways and talking about kids using technology to get creative. Let’s empower our kids through tech, rather than scaring them!
How can you not love this?
Toy Fair is a happy place. This is just a glimpse of day 1 there’s so much more to come…
One of my fears as a mom is that as winter approaches my daughters will spend more and more time indoors being sedentary with unspent energy making all of us a little nuts. So, I love Wii games that get my girls moving. Just Dance Kids is one of those games. First of all my 8 year old daughters are very wary of games that could seem too young. Just Dance Kids has two modes – older and younger kid, which instantly put them at ease and garnered some “cool” points. On the mom-of-the-80’s plus side there are songs like Holiday and Mickey in the dance list – though not sung by Madonna or Toni Basil unfortunately – but still some songs for a mom who remembers wearing leggings the first time around!
Just Dance Kids is not easy – and best of all not easy to cheat. My daughters found out long ago that they could cheat the Wii by just moving the remote and not their whole body. That’s hard to do with this game. You’ve got to keep up and keep your body moving to get the remote going the right way and earn your points. The only downside is that there is no practice or learning session, you just jump right and in and try to follow the lead dancer. It’s not that easy to pick up even on the easy level. Some rehearsing would have been nice. But, overall the game kept them dancing, and moving. On a cold, rainy day it was just the thing to work off those Turkey Day leftovers and keep cabin fever at bay.
Want to win your very own copy of Just Dance Kids for the Wii? Just leave a comment below telling me your (or your kids’) favorite dance hit! Want an extra entry? Follow me on Twitter and leave a comment letting me know you did!
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I am allergic to dogs, and cats, and rabbits, and hamsters…you get the idea. So of course my daughters are obsessed with all of those pets that will never be a part of our home. And trust me there are days where they’d probably trade me in for a puppy. But they have learned to transfer their obsession to the virtual world and Petz Nursery is one of their all time favorite games for the Nintendo DS. Just in time for this holiday season Petz Nursery 2 is hitting the shelves and they couldn’t be more excited!
In Petz Nursery 2 you can:
- Take care of up to 22 baby petz and help them grow. As newborns, your baby petz will need to be picked up and played with, and eventually taught to crawl. When night comes, help them fall asleep by rocking them or singing them a lullaby.
- Unlock never-before-seen exotic petz. Animals such as baby pandas, tigers, polar bears, and leopard cubs, you will be able to pamper wolf cubs, piglets, and 4 different breeds of penguins!
- Play activities with two babies or just one; but make sure you give both babies attention or one will develop faster than the other.
- Send your baby petz to the Petz virtual world, Petz World, and unlock exclusive exotic animals.
Sounds like hours of fun right? And all without the sneezing, itchy eyes and 3 am walkings!
You can purchase Petz Nursery 2 at Amazon or Toys R Us but best of all you can enter right here to win your very own hypoallergenic copy!
Enter the Petz Nursery 2 Giveaway by leaving a comment below telling me a little something about your family’s pet – or why you don’t have one. A winner will be selected at random on Dec. 3rd as part of the UbiSoft “12 Days Of Giveaways” promotion. (open to residents of the continental US only)
You can also win Just Dance Kids for the Wii on Beccarama through Nov. 30th. Click here.
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I love LEGO and I suppose it’s in my DNA because my daughters, particularly one of them, are LEGO building fanatics. Give her a giant bucket of multicolored bricks and she’s off constructing every animal, structure and vehicle she can dream up. My daughters also inherited my gamer geek gene (and their dad’s – I really shouldn’t take all the credit blame here). So, LEGO Universe seemed like the dream game experience for our family – imagination, building, multi-player collaboration and challenge. My daughters beta-tested the game for several months and have been playing the full fledged version for free this past month. As have I – in the name of research of course. You can read all the nitty gritty details about LEGO Universe and check out the Trailer, but
Here are my (Geek)Mom Top 5 Things I Love About LEGO Universe:
- It captures the spirit of real world LEGO in all the best ways – creative, inventive, somewhat challenging but also rewarding
- It has an amazingly whimsical sense of humor. That might not be what most people look for in an online game but I seriously appreciate the small witty touches from the MiniFig who covers his eyes while you type in your password to the way guy who lost his pants outside the rock venue that’s hiding in a barrel. Just funny.
- Piece of mind when it comes to the online safety of my kids. The moderation is woven into every level of the game, from chat to character naming to on-site patrol of the game. I know it’s a world where the real life creeps will be crushed by the Maelstrom.
- The ability to engage with others, determine levels of friendship or go it alone and build your own property. Let’s hear it for imagination and the building of LEGO structures brick by brick in ways they can’t do in real life.
- LEGO Universe ignited my daughters’ imagination off-line too. After logging off of LEGO Universe my daughters went on a building binge in real life and a bit of a buying spree at the LEGO Rockefeller Center Store. It’s a habit I don’t mind feeding.
Here Are the Things That Make Me Go Hmmm
- This is not an easy game for younger kids. It is rated 10+ and unless you have a very experienced little gamer on your hands you should heed that age. Or be prepared to offer assistance and play along with them
- It’s Not Entirely Intuitive. The game doesn’t offer a ton of hints or help along the way but once you get the hang of how to complete missions and where to look for clues it becomes much easier to navigate.
- The price. This is a much richer, deeper and creative experience than a Club Penguin or Fantage but it costs $39.99 plus the yearly membership of $89.99 compared to their cost of around $58.00. You get 4 MiniFig Players with your account so you can share among siblings and family members but in my house that’s not the best option because my twin daughters like to go into these online games at the same time and play together. So $260 for 2 kids for that first year breaks down to over $20/month which doesn’t seem like a lot for hours of entertainment (my daughters get 1 -1/2 hours of computer time on Saturday and Sunday – sometimes it’s more if we’re especially tired!) but in the scheme of a family budget it’s something to consider. Though I think we will be incorporating it into allowance and they will have to pay 50% themselves.
And I should mention that you get a month free when you purchase the game so you have time to make sure your child is going to stick with it. You can also purchase month to month if you have a finicky kid who tends to get obsessed for a month or two and then moves on to the next thing.
It’s not in my nature or my blog’s nature to do this kind of straight up review but I really do love LEGO (and NetDevil) as companies and brands. They’ve not only been some of the most passionate, creative and thoughtful people I’ve ever met but I have to love a company that values the power of imagination above all else. That’s a trait I’m happy to pass on to my daughters right alongside all that other geekified DNA.