On November 7th, 2013 I virtually attended the Activision Family Game Summit which was broadcast live from New York. I hope to some day be able to attend in person but that will not be possible for many years. So for now I have to be happy with the great information I was given via the live broadcast.
Activision Family Game Summit
Activision is the maker of many video games you may have heard of or your children may even play. The new console games that have recently come out or are coming out this holiday season that they were telling us about include:
- Angry Birds Star Wars (shown at right)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
- Transformers Ultimate Battle Edition
- Moshi Monsters Katsuma Unleashed
- Transformers Ultimate Autobots Edition
- Spongebob Squarepants Planktons Robotic Revenge
- Wipeout Create & Crash
- Skylanders Swap Force
Even if you haven’t heard of the games, I bet you’ve heard of the TV shows and apps that they were created from!
Exciting News for Duck Dynasty Fans
The summit had a special guest start of Korie Robertson @bosshogswife from Duck Dynasty and they made an announcement at the summit that a Duck Dynasty video game is in the works for late 2014!
— ATVIFamGameSummit (@ATVI_Family) November 7, 2013
Bill’s List of Words for Parents
The host, Bill, gave us some terms for parents to know in regards to their child’s gaming.
- MMO stands for Massively Multiplayer Online and means that your child is playing online with strangers. Be sure to check your parental controls and talk to your child before letting them play MMO games. They need to know that they don’t know who is on the other end and just because they played with someone, doesn’t mean they know them.
- Free to Play means the game itself is free to play but items in the game will cost money such as buying new levels or clothing. If there are credit cards associated with the game console, make sure they have credit card limits so that you don’t end up with a huge credit card bill from your child buying things on a game.
- Profile refers to the profile on the video game console. Each system has a profile and you should check what your child has in his or her profile. Teach your child that he or she should never reveal last name, address, phone # or even age. I would add not to say school name either. Make sure your child’s profile is appropriate and safe.
- Friends List is referring to the one on the game consoles. If you play online, others can see your friends and send them requests which means that strangers can send your child friend requests. Children need to be taught to only accept friend requests from people they really know. Check your child’s friend list regularly.
- Fun is different for everyone. Sometimes parents don’t understand how doing a certain thing in a game could be fun for the child when it’s not something they consider fun. Just remember fun means different things to different people.
We also got the chance to see what the new games listed above are like and if I get chosen to receive the goody bag from the summit, I will have the chance to review some of those games for you on here. They look really fun though and if your child loves any of the related shows or apps, the game would probably make a great gift.
*Disclosure: I did not receive any sort of compensation for this post. I wanted to share what I learned with my readers.