Tech expert, Scott Steinberg joined me this week to share the must have video games this holiday season; from great games children of all ages will enjoy to the latest video games for the entire family, and where to get the best deals just in time for the holidays!
Candace Rose: So what are the must have games this season?
Scott Steinberg: "Well, right of the bag, family video game titles that can bring everybody together or around the TV or around tablet or mobile device- that's a good start because they do help bridge the gap between generations. A good example there might be something like Hasbro Family Game Night 4: The Game Show and this one comes from EA and not only does it bring all the fun of the hub television program to your living room but actually you get five larger than life versions that the whole family can play of Hasbro favorite games. So not just Connect 4 or Sorry! or Scrabble for example, but you also get like Connect 4 basketball or you get Scrabble Flash where literally if you've got the motion controls and moving connect you can reshape tiles, make words as fast as you can with your hands. So pretty neat game and that's on all major platforms from EA so that's just the beginning."
Candace Rose: What are some games for young kids?
Scott Steinberg: "Yeah, well, everybody loves Tetris and that's a good example, right? And you can get it on mobile devices and smartphones and tables now. The latest versions cost just 99 cents for the iPhone and the iPad and literally what you get are new game play modes like marathon one touch where you just tap to place pieces which is easier for kids and you also get Galaxy mode where they can use power-up to shatter their high scores. There's also a version for Android devices.
And actually a lot of people are playing The Sims. A lot of people love it too and EA Mobile's brought it to the iPhone and the iPad now in a free to play version which is especially nice for parents called The Sims FreePlay where literally you can build a community of up to 16 Sims; they travel wherever you do and actually sleep when you sleep because they're on the same 24 hour clock, so these are just a few cool examples."
Candace Rose: And how about for older kids?
Scott Steinberg: "Yeah, well you can also see all sorts of games for older kids, I meant there's dancing simulators, stuff like Kinect Disneyland Adventures for the tweens. I mean even if you've got older teens in the family you can check out things like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and actually if you go by Best Buy you can pick them up at a great discount. They're doing a new program where if you buy two games for $29.99 or more and you can actually get a third free which is hard to beat and the nice part is if you're a parent, you're shopping for older kids or younger kids as well and don't know what to get you can try all sorts of games, all sorts of consoles. You can talk to the blue shirt employees, they can steer you in the right direction, so a lot of great options and and actually if you need tips, DailyLounge.com, there's more."
Candace Rose: And can you tell us about the ratings?
Scott Steinberg: "Sure. Ratings are just the guidelines. You have to keep in mind that there's suggested age ranges, they put them on the front of every box and also find them on mobile and smartphone games. Now as well as content descriptors which give you an idea of what's in the game but ultimately it's up to parents to decide so you have to do your homework, you have to check out screen shots. You have to check out videos, go hands on with games, see how kids are using them in context and who knows you might even have fun yourself doing it."
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you'd like to share?
Scott Steinberg: "Well, if you want to check out more on kids video games, what's appropriate for parents, where to get info; you can go to ParentsGuideBooks.com. I've got a new book, "The Modern Parents Guide to Kids and Video Games," hopefully it'll give you more details."