November/December 2003

Our 62nd Issue (Volume 11, No.6)

Subscribers, use your password to see the 116 complete reviews in this issue by searching on Nov 03 for "CSR Issue Date" in the Children's Software Finder database. You can also download the complete PDF of this issue.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE
 
News & Research
The "Best of 2003" List
Buying a console?
Buying a new computer?
The Past, Present & Future of Children's Interactive Media
 
Software News
Ages 2-6
Ages 5-8
Ages 8-12
Ages 12-up
 
All Star Awards
 
Medal of Honor: When Videogames Teach History
 
School Supplement
 
Parent's Videogame Advisor
 
LittleClickers: Unusual Talents
 
All Star Awards: Videogames
 
Mailbag
 
Directory: 116 New Releases
FEATURE REVIEWS
Nick Jr. Little Bill Thinks Big
Hamtaro Wake Up Snoozer
Putt-Putt: Pep's Birthday Surprise
Imaginext Castle
Mia's Language Adventure: The Kidnap Caper
EyeToy
Nickelodeon Tune Twister 3D
My Scene
Carmen Sandiego: The Secret of the Stolen Drums
Karaoke Revolution
Journey to the Center of the Earth
The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2003 CD-ROM Edition
The Sims Bustin' Out

Welcome to our ten year anniversary issue!

In 1993, nobody had cell phones, email or PDAs, and software was delivered on floppy disks. People used to send mail on paper or faxes, and the first CD-ROMs were just being produced. The children's software market was just starting to explode, from 50 to 500 titles per year. We picked the perfect time to start CSR.
 
Today, just about everything has changed, at least in terms of the hardware and software. But not the children. They like and dislike products for the very same reasons they did in 1993--things like responsivity, meaningfulness, feelings of empowerment, novelty and challenge, good stories. The main difference is that we adults have more work to do, to find the best interactive products, in whatever form, for each individual child. That's why our mission at CSR is even more significant now than it was in 1993.
 
So our job has expanded, which is why we're going to a new quarterly format, with more frequent online updates and thicker print issues.
 
Of course, we couldn't even attempt to do this without the ongoing support of our loyal subscribers. For this we thank you. Wishing you a happy holiday and wonderful 2004--
 
 
 
Warren Buckleitner & Ann Orr
 
 
In 1993, the motto from our first issue was "Helping Teachers & Parents Find Software" It remains the same today.
 
CSR is a publication of Active Learning Associates, Inc., an independent, educator-owned company dedicated to providing unbiased, critical reviews of children's interactive media. Subscriptions include online access to all reviews. To start a subscription, please call 800-993-9499 from 9-5 EST or use our secure subscription form.
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