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Free PC Game from Valve – Alien Swarm – International

Free Alien Swarm PC game  from Valve

Alien Swarm Computer Game

Alien Swarm is a game release from a group of talented designers at Valve. Available free of charge, the game thrusts players into an epic bug hunt featuring a unique blend of co-op play and squad-level tactics. With your friends, form a squad of four distinct IAF Marine classes.

My husband and I downloaded this game and had quite a bit of fun with it for a while.  Our older kids also downloaded Alien Swarm for their computers.  If you like PC games, you should check this one out.

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Win a Nutcracker Music Game Giveaway for Kids – Closed

Win a Nutcracker Music Game Giveaway for Kids

Nutcracker Music Game Giveaway
Win a Nutcracker Music Game Giveaway for Kids.  I was given the opportunity to try the Nutcracker music game.  It’s quite charming and, yet, educational.  It will teach children to recognize different orchestral instruments in songs and learn to listen for familiar songs despite changes to in tones.  The Nutcracker Music game also uses music to help kids sharpen memory skills and increase their musical vocabulary.  This award winning game uses Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite to bring musical education to your child’s ears.

It’s not all work, though.  Kids learn through play.  Their goal is to save the nutcracker by earning 9 golden keys by solving musical puzzles.  Along the way, they discover a new appreciation for music.

This game has won the Parent’s Gold Award, the NAPPA Gold Award and the Parenting Seal of approval.

Other people that know a lot more about children and education than I do have also bestowed the virtues of the Nutcracker Game.

“A decidedly unique software game with enormous educational value…Kids will enjoy playing again and again.” – Discovery School

“What is so impressive about this CD-ROM is how much fun kids had while really putting their musical ears to the test.” – The National Parenting Center

Here is a sample video showing some of the basics of game play if you are interested:

I am hosting a Nutcracker Music Game Giveaway and giving away one copy of it through the form below.  If you are interested in purchasing it, the sponsor has set up a special discount for us.  It’s 40% off.  It’s normally a $20 game.  However, you can also try your luck and win one directly through my site!  This would make an awesome stocking stuffer, would it not?

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Xbox 360 Kinect Review and Demonstration

Xbox 360 Kinect Review

Xbox 360 Kinect Review
Pros: Kinect is an active video game system. You cannot sit in one place and play Kinect games. You must be up moving around. It’s a fun and different way to enjoy fitness on even the coldest of days., There are several sports and fitness related games to keep you moving.

Cons: The Kinect will not work correctly unless lighting is ideal. Otherwise, your avatar will not move in the way that you expect. I have had to resort to hanging heavy blankets on sunny days because blinds did not block enough light. Kinect requires a large playing space in order to take advantage of multiplayer features.

Bought this product at: Microsoft Store in Mall of America (but it’s widely available elsewhere)
Kinect is a great way to stay active while still enjoying your game console or TV. You are the controller, unlike other motion consoles that require you to hold a controller in your hand to operate it. Additionally, the Kinect can be voice operated – and provides a completely interactive environment for the XBox360 – even outside of gaming. Kinect works with Netflix and Hulu on the Xbox, the dashboard and other Xbox add-ons. You can also use it as a video chat console with other people who have a Kinect.

It is a bit light sensitive, meaning too much light or not enough light will cause your Kinect to not work as expected. With a little experimenting, however (turning on and off lights in the path of the Kinect sensor) will usually render acceptable results.

There are a TON of Kinect games

. The Kinect games are fun, but most of them are sports or fitness related. I would really like to see some games developed to appeal to more hard-core gamers (like myself). I am thinking Left4Dead for the Kinect would be an awesome addition – so I could get in shape and bash in Zombies!

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