Age-Appropriate Play

Age-Appropriate Play

Part of a recent conversation with a friend focused on his concerns about which video games his daughter is currently interested in. Are these the right games at her age? Do they contain violent material that isn’t implied by the title? Will she be able to get online through the game console and chat with…

Comic Book Superheroes

Comic Book Superheroes

Just how popular are comic book superheroes today? Judging by recent domestic box office receipts, electronic game and toy sales, and the robust memorabilia market, superheroes have as much appeal as ever. More than 70 years after Superman burst onto the scene, The Dark Knight ranks as 2008’s highest-grossing film, electronic game titles such as…

The Perfect Holiday Gift

The Perfect Holiday Gift

Growing up in the late ’70s and early ’80s, “visions of sugarplums” never danced in my head and my dream of the perfect holiday gift never included a Red Ryder BB gun. What I really wanted to find under the tree was the latest video game.  The eagerly anticipated holiday wish books sent by Sears…