Video: World Gone Sour on PSN Today, Stars The Sour Patch Kids

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105w ago - Beefy Media Executive Producer Adam Boyes has posted up a video announcing that World Gone Sour hits PSN today starring the Sour Patch Kids.

To quote: If you could ask the candy that you eat what its lifelong goals are, what would it say? Would it tell you that it wants to be an astronaut? Drive in the Indy 500? Run a marathon?

Probably not. If you asked a Sour Patch Kid that question, the answer would be this: To make it to the human belly, their sweet rapture.

And that, my friends, is the premise of our new video game World Gone Sour starring the sweet-then-sour candy, Sour Patch Kids.

We took that premise, added Creed Bratton from NBC's "The Office" as our "sometimes sweet and sometimes sour" narrator, got Wu-Tang's own Method Man to create a custom song included in the game, and set out to make a ridiculously fun game for you to enjoy.

World Gone Sour is a puzzle platformer made by the incredibly talented team at Playbrains (makers of the PSN-exclusive game Sideway where you play as an inch-high candy in a twisted miniature world where you play through sticky movie theatre floors, across sizzling hamburger grills, through a psychotic doll house, and over razor sharp buzz saws.



 

Videos: Dezaemon Plus and Blockids Imports Now Out on PSN

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125w ago - MonkeyPaw Games Marketing Manager Ray Almeda has announced today that two new imports, namely Dezaemon Plus and Blockids are now out on PlayStation Network alongside some video footage of each below.

To quote: Well we're a few months into our new venture and we've put out a lot of gaming in that time. Dezaemon Plus! and Blockids will mark the fifth and sixth additions to the MonkeyPaw classic European game portfolio on the PlayStation Network. And we have a lot more surprises planned for our retro-gaming fans.

But we'd like to ask your assistance. We need you to tell your friends about what we're doing and get the word out. We know our core fans are dedicated gamers and that you've picked up some titles already.

But we need a bigger response so that we can influence more Japanese companies. We need to show them there is a viable market in Europe and that licensing is worth their effort. It is like voting with Euros. Spend more on the candidates of your choice!

Here's a good choice for shooting fans. Dezaemon Plus! is a chance to play game god. You get to create a game using a robust game editor that allows you to form sprites, level designs, boss characters, music and more. Use parallax scrolling and other game design techniques...
 

PlayStation & XBox Games Turn Kids Into Scientists & Engineers

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264w ago - PlayStation and Xbox games help children become the scientists and engineers of the future, a professor claims.

To quote: Children who spend hours every day on their Playstation or Xbox video consoles are improving their brains, according to new research.

A study of 12 year-olds found they boosted crucial visual-spatial skills in which a child learns by thinking in pictures and images.

Psychologist Professor Linda Jackson, who led the study, said: "And these are the areas where we want to see improvements in our children's academic performance."

The findings are likely to surprise supporters of tougher regulation of computer games - some of which have been blamed for influencing violent crime among children.

The three-year study is part of a larger project exploring the effects of technology on children's academic performance and their social life, psychological well-being and moral reasoning.

Rsearchers asked how often the children used cell phones and played video games, both online and offline, and measured the children's grades, visual-spatial skills and performance in maths and reading tests.

As expected girls used cell phones more frequently than boys - who played video games far more frequently than did the females.
 

Microsoft Invents $1.15 per Hour Homework Fee for Kids

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277w ago - Microsoft's vision of your computing future is on display in its just-published patent application for the Metered Pay-As-You-Go Computing Experience.

The plan, as Microsoft explains it, involves charging students $1.15 an hour to do their homework, making an Office bundle available for $1/hour, and billing gamers $1.25 for each hour of fun.

In addition to your PC, Microsoft also discloses plans to bring the chargeback scheme to your cellphone and automobile – GPS, satellite radio, backseat video entertainment system.

"Both users and suppliers benefit from this new business model," concludes Microsoft, while conceding that the supplier can develop a revenue stream business that may actually have higher value than the one-time purchase model currently practiced.

But don't worry kids, that's only if you do more than 52 hours of homework a year!
 

AOL Launches PlaySavvy.com to Help Parents Buy Kids Games

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281w ago - AOL announced the launch of AOL PlaySavvy.com, a new site that targets parents of children ages 5-17 and helps them decipher the world of games, both PC and console.

PlaySavvy also helps parents stay aware of their kids' entertainment choices including assisting them in making informed decisions about buying games for their children.

Press Release: AOL Launches PlaySavvy.com

The PlaySavvy.com launch is a continuation of AOL's overall programming goal to offer consumers interactive and engaging experiences with relevant sites that target people's passion points.

This year, AOL launched several targeted sites including ParentDish.com, http://www.parentdish.com, Lemondrop.com, http://www.lemondrop.com, WalletPop.com, http://www.walletpop.com, and Holidash.com, http://www.holidash.com.

"Playing video games is one of the top pastimes for children these days, almost more than watching TV. We created AOL PlaySavvy to help parents navigate through all the gaming information out there in order to decide what's appropriate for their children," said Libe Goad, Editor-in-Chief, AOL PlaySavvy. "In addition, PlaySavvy provides advertisers the opportunity to reach this targeted user base by creating appealing campaigns around the...
 







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