Maybe you’re a new father, and now that you’ve got a 24-7 responsibility, you’ve kind of made peace with the idea that you just can’t play video games anymore. Maybe you’re a not-recently new father whose family needs to be up early, so your nights usually die at 8:30pm. Either way, you already miss your video games. Why was it that when your wife had her baby, you had to lose yours? Ooh, burn. Just kidding. But the fact is that it has become increasingly harder for you to play your favorite game now that there’s a little one sleeping on the other side of the wall. Evidently, the sounds of war and violence don’t mix well with a sleeping family.
That’s where Turtle Beach’s Ear Force X11 becomes your knight in shining plastic.
Some of you are reading this and thinking “no kidding, you think I’m going to let my kid play Halo: Reach?” But you’d be surprised how many parents out there still don’t pay attention to the ESRB ratings of games, and are fooled by the idea that violence in space is not violence.
You know, the whole “tree falls in forest” thing. If someone gets their head cut off in space, did it truly count as violence?
What makes this review especially tough is that Halo: Reach is a great game, and it’s really fun. But it’s just not appropriate for kids. It’s probably more violent than other games in the Halo series, and because of that, you should be wary of it when your 10 year old tells you that everyone’s playing it and he’s GOT to have it. Read on for the full review.
Let’s run through a scenario – you’re at the grocery store, and your kid is going ape. You’re trying to find an empty isle so you can shake him (because we at 8BitDad don’t believe in hitting), but it’s Saturday and all the isles are packed. You start up a game on your chosen cellular device, and hand it to your child. It doesn’t matter if they know how to play Solitaire or not – it will keep him occupied for just enough time to — hey wait a second! He just called 911…
Since we now live in a digital age, long gone are the days when parents thumb through their own music collection to find the least-inappropriate music to share with their babies, toddlers and children. No more plopping a kid down on his play mat and tossing a James Taylor or Hall & Oates cassette into the boombox for playtime. Now that we’re plugged into the matrix, we’ve got tons of sources for music these days – and those options also filter down to our young ones (for better or worse).
Today, I’ll take a look at three popular online music streaming services – Pandora Radio, Slacker Radio, and Radiotime.com – and the options that they offer you in the Children’s Music genre.
See how they stacked up after the break.