Think of the Children for February 27th

Think of the Children for February 27th

Written by Dan Keener on 2/27/2008 for DS   PC   PS2   PS3   PSP   Wii   360  
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Oops, I guess I spoke a little too soon last week. After we saw 39 titles get rated ending (or so we thought) a lengthy drought, we went right back into the tank this week. A whopping 17 titles were rated, which apparently shows that we have not qute yet exited the slow part of the first quarter. No one was immune, as the PC and Nintendo platforms both struggled, although the Xbox 360 and PS3 showed a little strength. I also had a tough time finding much buzz-worthy and title of shame candidates….

PC and Nintendo cranked out 13 titles combined, which is most of the titles that were rated. There were a couple of kid’s titles, but once again a glut of casual games seems to be the dominate theme. One unique title was the My Weight Loss Coach on the DS, which is designed to help people lose weight using their video game device. Oh the irony in that. More on that later.

Even though the overall rated titles were down, the Xbox 360 and PS3 held their own this week, with a combined four of the 17 rated games. The Xbox 360 had the XBLA title Go! Go! Break Steady and Castle of Shikigami III (along with Wii). They both shared the titles Condemned 2: Bloodshot and NBA Ballers: Chosen One. So it wasn’t too terrible in a light week, but not great overall.

The buzz this week was for more Japanese inspired titles. In addition to this week’s XBLA release of Trigger Heart Exelica, we also saw (for both the Xbox 360 and Wii) Castle of Shikigami III get rated. However, these Japanese inspired scrollers may find it tough sledding here in the states. Other than that, the week was pretty mild for buzz worthy titles.

Ahh yes, the weekly title of shame is before us. Before I go any further, I cannot believe I overlooked Babysitting Mania on the Mac and PC last week. I’m very disappointed, as that easily would have pushed Pat Sajak off the chopping block. Oh well, on to this week. With only 17 titles to choose from, pickings were very tight, but I managed to pare the list down to My Weight Loss Coach on the DS by Ubisoft and Dream Day First Home on the PC. Well, my conscious wouldn’t let me pick on all the lazy slobs that really need a video game to help them lose weight (myself included), so I decided to hammer Dream Day First Home. Do we really give a rat’s heinie that Jenny and Robert are back from their honeymoon and need to turn their first house into a home? Well, some of the staff at GamingNexus may be ready to break out their inner-decorator, but not this guy.

Title Publisher Rating Platforms
Blue's Clues: Meet Blue's Baby Brother Activision Value Publishing E PC
Dream Day First Home Elephant Entertainment E10+ PC
Pengo SEGA of America E Wii
Super Fantasy Zone SEGA of America E Wii
World Heroes Anthology SNK Playmore USA T PS2
NBA Ballers: Chosen One Midway Home Entertainment Inc. E 360, PS3
Merv Griffin's Crosswords Elephant Entertainment E PC
Greedy Words eGames Inc. E PC
Go! Go! Break Steady Little Boy Games Inc. E Xbox 360
My Weight Loss Coach Ubisoft Entertainment E DS
Chronos Twin Crave Entertainment E DS
Condemned 2: Bloodshot™ Sega of America, Inc. M 360, PS3
Castle of Shikigami III Aksys Games Localization, Inc. T 360, Wii
Summer Sports: Paradise Island Destineer E Wii
Power Rangers Super Legends Disney Interactive Studios E10+ DS
Rhem 3 Got Game Entertainment, LLC E PC
Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 Encore, Inc., A Navarre Corporation Company E PC

Here is the final tally on who, what and where everything was rated for the last week. There were 17 rated entries on seven platforms. PC (6), Nintendo Wii (4) and Xbox 360 (4) had the most games rated. There were 14 of the 17 titles rated at E10+ or lower, two rated at T for Teen and one rated at M for Mature.

Got a comment on the rated games, put it in the section below. Until next week, make sure you know what your kids are playing……

* The product in this article was sent to us by the developer/company.

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I spent the greater part of my informative years glued to the front of a Commodore 64 after we wore out our Intellivision. If you were in the Toledo area surfing C-64 bulletin boards in the mid 80's, we probably have already met. When not running the BBS, I spent countless hours wandering around the streets of Skara Brae, as my life was immersed in The Bard's Tale series on the C-64. After taking the early 90's off from gaming (college years) minus the occasional Bill Walsh College Football on Sega, I was re-introduced to PC games in the mid 1990's with a couple of little games called DOOM II and Diablo. I went all-in with the current generation of consoles, getting an Xbox 360 on launch weekend as well as adding a PS3 and Wii in subsequent years.  I now am into the next-gneration (latest?) of consoles with the WiiU and Xbox One.  Although I haven't taken the plunge on the PS4 yet, it has my interest peaked, especially as my kids continue to grow and their gaming tastes evolve.

While my byline is on many reviews, articles and countless news stories, I have a passion for and spent the last several years at GamingNexus focusing on audio & video and accessories as they relate to gaming. Having over 20 years of Home Theater consulting and sales under my belt, it is quite enjoyable to spend some of my time viewing gaming through the A/V perspective. While I haven't yet made it to one of the major gaming conventions (PAX or E3), I have represented GamingNexus at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in nine of the last ten years.

I have been a staff member at GamingNexus since 2006 and feel lucky to have the opportunity to put to use my B.A. in Journalism from The Ohio State University.


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