July/August 2002

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Violence can make you rich. Very rich.

Take Ed Boon, the guy who co-created a game called Mortal Kombat back in 1992. Nineteen million copies later, his game has generated $1.5 billion in sales. What's the secret of success? According to the press materials, it's the "never-before-seen graphics, intense sound effects, deeply immersive game environments, and over-the-top fighting action with gruesome fatalities." We just previewed the fourth edition, called 2002 Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, which promises "gut wrenching action, and progressive physical damage that allows players to view the inevitable demise of their opponents while utilizing three unique fighting styles for each warrior." Now there's some wholesome family fun!

What's a reasonable parent to do about these new levels of graphic violence in the games our kids clamor for? After an extensive literature review, Managing Editor Ellen Wolock summarizes and interprets the research on kids and videogame violence (page 24). Don't miss this important article. Other highlights include a preview of fall and holiday releases (page 4), tips on using digital cameras with kids (page 22) and a terrific LittleClickers column on learning to draw. Have a great summer.

Contents of July/August 2002
Fall Forecast '02
All-Star Software Poster
School Supplement
Digital Cameras & Kids: The Time is Right
Is There a Reasonable Approach to Handling Violence in Videogames?
Little Clickers: Teach Yourself to Draw!
Straight From the Testers
New Media Mall
Mailbag
Directory of New Releases
 
SOFTWARE NEWS BY AGE
Preschool & Kindergarten
Early Elementary
Upper Elementary
Middle & High School
 
FEATURE REVIEWS
Curious George Downtown Adventure
JumpStart Advanced Kindergarten
Jay Jay Earns His Wings
Click & Create with Mia
Peanuts: Where's the Blanket Charlie Brown
Britney's Dance Beat
Print Attitudes
Stuart Little 2
Escape from Monkey Island
Nancy Drew: Secret of the Scarlet Hand
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