Last week Vivian and I had the opportunity to leave the condo for a while and attend a great blogger lunch put on by Activision, the Activision Games for Girls event. We entered a ballroom at one of the hotels downtown and were met by the sight of lots of video games and accessories- all geared toward girls! During the luncheon, the bloggers in attendance learned both about some new Activision games that are available now, as well as the benefits of gaming (in moderation, of course). It was a really interesting and educational event, and I wanted to share some of what I learned with you all here. And keep reading for a great giveaway!
There was a lot of information presented to us about gaming and its effects on gamers. And all of the information was great, but I'm just going to include some of the things that stuck out the most to me:
Over 90 percent of kids ages 2-17 (population of approximately 64 million) are gaming in the U.S., an increase of 9 points when compared to 2009.
“Reality is Broken,” By Jane McGonigal of the University of California @ Berkley’s Institute for the Future, published January 2011 Penguin Press
· Games provide us with the 4 ingredients that make for a happy meaningful life
o Satisfying work
o Real hope for success
o Strong social connections
o A chance to become a part of something bigger than ourselves
· Games create a positive mindset and making them more resilient in the face of failure
o Gamers spend 80% of their time failing
· We like and trust someone after we’ve played a game with them
· More likely to help someone in real life after we’ve helped them in an online game
o 40% of time on Facebook is spent playing social games
The cognitive neuroscience of video games, 2004
· Faster reaction times
· Increased hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity
· Increased spatial skills
· Ability to divide and switch attention, pay attention to more than one object/person
Brigham Young University's School of Family Life study (Feb 2011): girls who play video games with a parent enjoyed a number of advantages.
· behave better
· feel more connected to their families
· have stronger mental health
Of course, it's vitally important to keep another statistic in mind- the recommendation by the American Academy of Pediatrics that kids 2 and above have a screen limit of no more than 1-2 hours daily.
As I mentioned, the event was put on by Activision, and we had the opportunity to check out six new games that are out now. The games we saw were ZhuZhu Babies, Squinkies 2, Moshi Monsters Moshling Zoo, WappyDog, Zoobles, and Lalaloopsy. I had the chance to play a couple of the games briefly, as well as see demonstrations of them, and they are all really cute and look like a lot of fun. Vivian (who is 2 1/2) especially loved the ZhuZhu Babies game. In fact, Vivian and I loved the games that we saw so much, that we are asking Daniel to buy us a Nintendo DS for Christmas on which to play the games that Activision gave us to take home.
|Vivian and the WappyDog|
|Vivian playing ZhuZhu Babies|
Several of these games are more geared toward girls (Squinkies 2, Lalaloopsy and Zoobles) but the ZhuZhu Babies game, the Moshi Monsters game and the WappyDog would definitely appeal to young boys as well.
And I have good news! I'm giving away a copy of Moshi Monsters Moshling Zoo here on my blog! Here's a bit about this game, from a press release that I received:
The world’s fastest growing online game for children presents Moshi Monsters: Moshling Zoo on Nintendo DS. Boasting over 50 million players across over 150 countries worldwide Moshi Monsters is one of the largest and most loved online games for children. Moshi Monsters: Moshling Zoo is set to become one of the most sought after presents for children this Christmas!
• Find ‘Em, Keep ‘Em: Explore the Wooly Wilderness in search for ULTRA RARE Moshlings to add to your Moshling zoo!
• Play Cool Mini-Games: Play exclusive Moshi mini-games to help boost your Moshling’s level, mood, health and happiness.
• Explore the World: Explore all new areas of Monstro City including Buster’s Baby Care, the Glormatorium and Raaghly’s Stararcade.
• Unlock Moshi Rewards: Unlock ULTRA RARE Moshi Monsters rewards including achievements, trophies and super secret items to be unlocked within MoshiMonsters.com.
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Disclosure: I attended an event sponsored by Activision, where I received lunch and a number of games and toys that go along with them. I was under no obligation to write about this event, and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.