I was recently invited to the Activision Games for Girls Summit here in Dallas. Having 4 daughters and a family that enjoys technology, I was excited to learn about some fun new games for girls. Finding both gender and age appropriate games for the girls can be difficult at times. Activision demonstrated several great products that I KNOW my girls are going to enjoy.
Did you know that over 90% of kids ages 2-17 years of age are gaming in the United States alone. A 2010 study found 65.1 million gamer households, and 53.1 million of those stated they were active gamer households. Plus, with the introduction of new technology all the time, children can now be more mobile with their gaming. Thus, 45% of all kids 8-15 years of age play games on the DS, 37% of 8-15 play games on their iTouch, and 37% play games most often on the internet.
Fortunately, there are a number of studies that show positive effects that games can have on children. Here are a few of those findings:
“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
- Satisfying work
- Real hope for success
- Strong social connections
- 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
- 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
- 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
Activision Line of Games
- LaLaLoopsy -Reunite Lalaloopsy dolls with their lost pets to build friendships and unlock crafting activities.
- Moshi Monsters – Moshi Monsters is one of the largest and most loved online games for children.
- Squinkies – Gamers control their character and learn to navigate the mall in a quest to invite other Squinkies to a Squinkies party.
- WappyDog – Gamers care for and raise their very own interactive puppy to adulthood through the DS.
- ZhuZhu Babies – Travel around the world and visit cites with the ZhuZhu Babies to help find Razz and bring him home safe and sound.
- Zoobles – Players care for and nurture their lovable companions as they explore 6 distinct lands in Zooble Isle.