November/October 2002

Our 56th Issue (Volume 10, No.6)

Subscribers, use your password to see the 86 complete reviews in this issue by searching on Nov 02 for "CSR Issue Date" in the Children's Software Finder database.

Preview the first 4 pages of this issue as a PDF
Browse Articles from past issues.
LittleClickers columns for kids, by CSR editors
Family Holiday Buyer's Guide
Little Clickers--Favorite Authors
All-Star Software Poster
School All-Star Awards
Software News for Schools
Straight From the Testers
Do New Computers Run Old Software?
Mailbag--XP Compatibility Woes (PDF)
Directory of New Releases
Preschool & Kindergarten
Early Elementary
Upper Elementary
Middle & High School
Bob the Builder: Bob Builds A Park
Thomas and Friends: Building the New Line
Wizmo's Workshop: The Dragons of Frozzbokk
Powerpuff Girls Mojo Jojo's Clone Zone
Reader Rabbit Learn to Read with Phonics for 1st & 2nd Grade
Max's Sandbox 1.5.0
Zoombinis Island Odyssey
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron Forever Free
Animal Crossing
MovieShop Deluxe
Age of Mythology
Directory of New Releases
Preschool & Kindergarten
Early Elementary
Upper Elementary
Middle & High School

Does technology improve the life of your family?
Today's families are faced with an onslaught of interactive media products. Do they improve life? They do if they are providing rich learning experiences and opportunities for meaningful socialization. For this year's Family Holiday Buyer's Guide, we point out the hardware, toys and software that are worthy of your children's precious attention. That's our commitment to you, our loyal subscriber.
I have some good news and some bad news.
Here's the good news. This year's $900 can purchase last year's $1800 computer. Hard drives can handle digital video, clear flat screen monitors have come down in price, new digital photography and video options are friendly enough even for children to use, and it's easier than ever to get a fast, reliable, and even wireless Internet connection. For many families, 2003 will be the big year of upgrades with better, faster, cheaper hardware.
The bad news is that your brand new Windows XP-based computer may not run your favorite old programs. According to our tests (page 26) you'll have to toss out about 30% of your golden oldies, or dicker and deal with the publishers to get replacement software. Microsoft strikes again. Lets get back to the good news... like THQ's Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, which DOES run nicely on Windows XP, by the way, as well as on older computers. This is one of 25 All Star Award winners that are new to our review database. All in all, a pretty impressive batch of software.
On behalf of all of us at CSR, I'd like to wish you a warm and happy holiday season. Don't forget the batteries, and keep sending in your stories and questions.
Ann, Ellen and Warren
P.S. Don't miss our annual holiday roundup in PARADE magazine in your local newspaper on December 1.
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