As most parents (like me) may have already suspected, the computer and video game industry is growing and, according to PC Magazine, the number of U.S. households with game consoles rose notably, up from 33% in 2007 to 38% in 2008.
Heck, not all video games are bad -- we love our Wii and it's even helped my kids get their grandparents off the couch, too!
The Internet has the potential of becoming one of, if not, the best resource for marketers and corporations looking to "get in touch" with their customers. Some companies get it, most are still trying to.
Some companies have even partnered with bloggers (like me) and never once asked, you know, what's up with all these kids?
Recently, I found out that the ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board) has some really great tools to help parents (like me) figure out, you know, just what in the heck is in all those video games all the cool kids are playing, these days, anyways?
Like, did you know that the ESRB Rating Search Widget allows you to check into all those cryptic video and computer game ratings you've been reading about?
Oh, and the ESRB also offers a customized newsletter (for gamers and/or the parents who love them) and instructions on how to set parental controls for Microsoft Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, Sony PLAYSTATION3 and PSP and Microsoft Windows Vista, just in case you misplace the gosh-darned owner's manual, again.
You know, really useful stuff that helps parents (like me) make informed decisions on keeping up with all the little chief technology officers running around the house.
Kids are so smart these days, aren't they?
Anyway, it's all good, but the MOST exciting news:
"The Entertainment Software Rating Board has partnered with This Full House (that's me!) in announcing a wonderful new feature available for parents."
Aaaand, I'm just dying to tell you about it!
[bites lower lip]
Buuut, I can't...um...not until Wednesday...stay tuned!