First of all, there’s my trusty cell phone. Obviously a cell phone is great for convenience, safety and keeping in touch. But if you have a smart phone, PDA phone, or even some add-on programs with a regular phone, you can do a lot more. You can keep the details of your itinerary, maps, travel-related contacts, lists of things to do, any number of things that might help you along the way.
If you do feel video games the need to give cell phones to your children to keep in contact with them give them prepaid phones and don’t allow them the ability to add more minutes to the phones. Explain to them that they only have so many minutes, and they need to be able to have enough minutes to keep in contact with you.
As predicted the 1, 2 punch hit with Resistance 3 taking the stage after U3:DD. Equally impressive visuals with various, unique weapons to choose from, all housing amusing ways to shred enemies. To keep the pleasing going, Sony announced ICO, Eco Shadow of the Colossus, God of War Origins remastered in 3D with titles to come. Expect the first wave to drop in Sept of this year.
If your kids are playing online, you should monitor it. Many have their ESRB rating, but they also have warnings about situations changing in-game that will fall outside of that rating. Some universalkeys may contain the ability to chat, and a lot of them let the player customize characters in many ways. You should consider turning off the chat feature or monitoring everything your child does.
Affluenza was originally the name of a PBS show but spunoff into a book and other related media. It has become one of the bibles of the burgeoning anti-consumerism movement. Ever notice how when people say Americans are so much better off than they used to be that the evidence they use to support this fact is that so many Americans now have cable TV, video game consoles, DVD players, iPods and computers? The fact that most of those people are also in debt, or that that in order to pay for a $1000 computer they’ve paid over $500 in credit card interest by the time it’s paid off doesn’t appear to concern them.
To take one more example, let’s say you have two chances to roll a 4 or better. There’s a 50 – 50 chance that you’ll roll a 4, 5, or 6. Add the probabilities together (1/2 1/2) and subtract the chance that they both happen simulataneously (1/2 * 1/2 = 1/4). You’re overall probability is (1/2 1/2 – 1/4 = 3/4 or 75%).
This smells awful as do the sources for the story. Take it for what it’s worth. But you should all remain EXTREMELY skeptical about this piece of news.