The iPod Touch, Supersized

The recent announcement of the third generation iPhone OS has fueled persistent rumors of an Apple netbook or other intermediate size device, something I’d welcome for so many reasons. So this morning I was happy to stumble on Rex Hammock’s blog post...

Toy Fair Brain Dump

Our friend Warren Buckleitner, Editor of Children’s Technology of Review (www.childrenssoftware.com), gives an impromptu brain dump of Toy Fair ’09. On his mind: the explosion of virtual world-real toy hybrids (Webkinz Jr. and others); JAKKS Pacific...

Read the Book, Play the Game

Of all the games I saw at Toy Fair this week the Jacabee Code was the most interesting. In this new-to-market print/game hybrid for 7 to 12 year olds, the player starts by reading a story which contains clues needed to succeed in an online game/virtual world. You...

Sleepless in New York

I spent the last weekend in January participating in the first Global Game Jam at New York’s Columbia University (there were 1,650 participants at 54 locations in 23 countries in all, including a group at New York University). Now that I’ve recovered from...