The first gamer moment I can remember was when I was a little ninja playing on my Uncle’s Mac. I had to shoot a cannon by pressing the spacebar to blast all the tanks, airplanes and military dudes coming to destroy my base. It was frustrating that one little freaking bullet could blow up my base! What made me even more upset was my older brother was so much better at it than me.
This led to a lifetime of geektastic competitiveness. I love to win but I am not a sore loser… I may just talk some smack along the way while having fun!
A lot of my childhood involved all things geekery and gaming. I even managed, built and coded MUDs in my early teens for many years. I saw the evolution of MMORPG go from MUDs to Graphical MUDs and now what they are today.
By the way if none of that made sense to you just smile and nod. It’s like a whole new level of geekery that I probably shouldn’t even admit that I know!
There are a lot of misconceptions on gamers and debates on if video games are good for kids. With the new wave of video games and the family friendly focus the industry has evolved in so many ways. As a parent of two children I am very thankful for this. As a gamer parent I am like w00t!
I’m very vocal on how much I disconnect my children so this all may seem hypocritical. I just believe in balance and appreciation.
We don’t sit around gaming all day, however, playing video games is a fun activity in our lives because when all responsibilities are done… we get our gaming on! It is earned, not expected. I feel strongly that the negativity with kids and video games is because kids will indulge too much in a good thing if allowed. I explain to my kids that when you work at a job you earn hours and the ability to take vacations… same applies to video games in our home.
As with all things with us… we work hard and then rock out harder.
I’m part of the UbiChamps with Clever Girls Collective and that means I get opportunities to review UbiSoft games and share my experience with my community. I love this! Being able to mesh my passion for writing and my lifelong love for gaming is truly a dream come true. UbiSoft and Clever Girls Collective had a contest to fly one of the UbiChamps out to UbiSoft’s Digital Day on October 26th… and they picked me!!!
When I got the news that I was picked I screamed so loud it freaked my kids out. My daughter asked, “Did you just get a highscore in Bejewled again!?” Funny. So very funny.
When I arrived in San Francisco I was meeting up with my Snarky Soulmate Lizz who writes Am I a Funny Girl. I was dragging her along on this adventure since she is from the area and she rocks like that. I love the random moments of our trip that she caught!
After a morning of fun and silliness we arrived at the UbiSoft headquarters. I was able to check out a ton of awesome games that I am so excited about.
UbiSoft Games Kids Will Love
Imagine Town: If you have a tween girl in your life you will want to check out Imagine Town which is part of UbiSoft’s Imagine series that is geared towards girls. How much does this rock? When I was a little gaming girl there wasn’t a ton of games that were specific to girls. When I had chick friends over to play they weren’t as interested in gaming as my buddies. In Imagine Town a girl can explore her dreams, talents and make new friends. This is something I know my daughter will be able to enjoy with her friends.
Yes, the idea of letting your child run amok talking to strangers online can be scary but there are parental controls and filters to ensure a safe gaming experience. And from a geeky gamer since my early teen years… I can say that some of my closest friends were made online.
The Smurfs and Co: I don’t know about everyone else but I’m stoked that the Smurfs are back! I loved these guys when I was a kid! In this social game you are able to build up your own Smurfy Town from the ground up. The object of the game is to build a town that makes your Smufs the happiest they can be.
What I love most about these types of games is the fact it does teach basic economics. Yes, I always find an educational aspect!
The Michael Jackson Experience for the iPad: I have The Michael Jackson Experience on the Wii, have played it on the Kinect and now experienced this game on the iPad. Like most, I was apprehensive wondering how much I could experience or dance on an iOS game.
The idea is to dance with your hands and fingers…
Sounds weird right?
It is RAD! You use your fine motor skills and timing to the beat! I discovered I have the ability to multitask playing a game, bouncing to the music and singing along. This game was so much fun! There are shapes you draw out with your finger in different directions. It does take some getting used to at first but then you move your hands along without even thinking about it. There are three skill levels so the challenges don’t stop. I really wish I had this on my plane ride home because not only could I have a fun game to play but I could also listen to my favorite Michael Jackson songs. Double. Bonus. Points!
Other UbiSoft Games to Check Out (For When The Kids are Asleep):
Babel Rising: You get to play god. Enough said. I love these types of games!
I Am Alive: Big Chicago Earthquake destroyed the city and there is no hope for rescue teams to help survivors. You have to stay alive, find your girlfriend and be a survivor. I love games like this even if they stress me out and freak me out… in a good way! This game looks amazing and is very challenging!
Shoot Many Robots: This is a love story… wait, no it’s not! This is a badass game of uber fun! Just as the title suggests you Shoot Many Robots with up to four friends at a time. One of the first things that cracked me up about this game was the fact your tough character can wear things like a pink tu-tu that will give him special abilities. There is something rad about a dude running around in a pink tutu while killing robots.
Assasin’s Creed: I loved having the chance to try out Assasin’s Creed Revelations designed for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. This is another game that made me want to get an iPad! You play with friends and foes around the globe in real time. This 4-Player Online Multiplayer Mode is seriously kick butt! I love playing any kind of assassin type games… since… after all, I am a ninja. After kicking my fellow Clever Girl Collective friend’s butts in this I was super pumped!
Unnamed ATV Racing Game: They are working on a 2012 release for this game and it looks awesome! Highly customizeable ATVs, ariel tricks and competitive multiplayer experience galore! Keep an eye out for this game next year!
This trip was amazing and gave me an even bigger love for UbiSoft and the range of gaming experiences for everyone no matter if you are uber geektastic or just want to have some silly fun. With all the iOS games UbiSoft announced at the Digital Day I know it is time I get an iPad to be a part of this gaming evolution… and so I can destroy my friends on Assassin’s Creed Revelations on the regular!
Disclosure: I won a trip to attend UbiSoft’s Digital Day. My flight, hotel and travel expenses were covered. I was not compensated to write this post. All opinions are my own.
About Leila DontSpeakWhinese
Leila, aka The Ninja, is the advocate for all things not whining. Parenting is fun when everyone stops b*tching! She is the Mom of a big blended family of four awesome kids. They ninja kick through life together. Oh and she is a total jackass.