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Posted by firstman2006 on June 30, 2006

I must plead ignorance about gaming on line. The extent of my gaming experience currently has been limited to playing Text twist on yahoo. This morning I was having bagel for breakfast at Panera with my 6 year old daughter, who was attending a camp at the Bodyzone in Reading. As usual she wanted to play games on my computer. She and I ended up signing up for a game called ClubPenguin hosted on miniclip.com(I used to play bubble trouble here a lot) Club Penguin is one of those online multi-player games that can be adjusted for younger kids. I was able to sensor the vocabulary of what she is exposed to so it is very limited. The parental controls allow me to go in later and upgrade her if I see fit. While playing the game for free, there are actually options to make changes and buy things for her penguin Character for real dinero. The players also may earn money to be used to buy stuff for there penguin characters to use. I think this is a game that her mother and I will have to monitor as she plays. I am already familiar with on-line games like WOW(World of War Craft) and the kingdom of Loathing, which get players to actually spend money on their characters. I kind of think this is like when I was a kid plugging endless quarters into the video games. I am not exactly sure whether I like these on line games or if I should be wary…the jury is still out.

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