Millsberry Virtual World Review – A Cute and Enjoyable Experience For Kids

Millsberry is an online virtual world game created by General Mills, the food giant. The virtual world is however 2D and not 3D. Millsberry can be played online and is totally free of cost. Once a player signs up and creates an account, he or she has a variety of options to choose from- the avatar’s outward look, the clothes etc. These things can be purchased using Millsbucks, the currency form of the game. Initially every player is provided a certain sum of money, but later, the players have to earn this money by playing different mini games.

Every player’s performance in the game is judged by the following 5 factors- Health, Fitness, Intelligence, Civics and Hunger. In fact, Millsberry is a very educative game- children get to learn to open a bank account, or to send a post at the post office and several other things, which come in handy in life.

However, what excites the children are the options available for customisation of the avatar and all the goodies they can buy once they have enough millsbucks. They can buy their own house, decorate it, make friends and visit their homes. Having said that, the virtual world lacks the X factor as it is two dimensional. One doesn’t ever get a holistic idea of how the place looks like. The navigation is a little rough and there are other technical problems as well. Because of these, the children are sometimes left dejected- they create their perfect house but somehow. It just doesn’t look that great in the game. This problem is compounded by the fact there is no preview option.

The Millsberry mini games aimed at the collection of Millsbucks are interesting. Games like Archery and Solver keep the kids hooked on Millsberry. They lay great emphasis on creative activities like music and photography. Thus, they promote these interests in kids and kids get to develop their skills here.

But again, they come with their own set of problems. The instructions for these games are very unclear and kids are left confused about the rules. Also, the games tend to become repetitive and boring after a point of time.

The plot of the game has weekly stories which are also related to mini games. These are updated regularly but still, there isn’t a central story line running through Millsberry. Nevertheless, the weekly aspect manages to keep the kids curious.

One area that is flawless in Millsberry is the safety aspect. Parents have absolutely no reason to feel worried about their kids playing Millsberry. There is no offensive language, no obscenity at all. But this is a direct implication of the fact there is no communication in the game. Millsberry lacks any interactive qualities and has only educative books. This makes the game a little monotonous. After all, kids love to interact and make friends.

Millsberry also falls short when it comes to the community aspect. There is no sense of social bonding. One would expect it to have a strong community, it being an online game. But there are no chat forums or any platform that facilitates conversations between fellow players. There are only a select few pre-determined phrases which cannot support a normal conversation.

General Mills has also used Millsberry virtual world to advertise their own products. All the food products that can be bought in the game carry their logos. These products are ridiculously over priced and this reportedly bothers parents. They believe that since everything is so expensive, children tend to get obsessed with collecting money. They are solely driven by consumerist tendencies. However, this is one of the minor problems.

Thus, Millsberry is cute and enjoyable for kids. But it has its share of technical and thematic problems which need to be looked into.

Moshi Monsters Review

From toddlers to teens, the Moshi Monsters virtual world for kids is a site which no one can resist. Your children will be immediately drawn in by the cute characters, and find plenty to do on this site. While your child can gain extra benefits if you decide for him to become a member, Moshi Monsters offers a whole world of fun without purchasing a membership.

Moshi Monsters is one of the safest virtual worlds for kids online today. One feature which makes this site safer for kids is that social networking is limited and moderated. This feature can reassure parents that their children of any ages are in a safe online environment.

The primary game consists of your child adopting and caring for his very own pet monster. This includes feeding and housing his monster, as well as acquiring a pet for it. While it truly is as much fun as it sounds, it is also educational. Children will learn arithmetic, vocabulary, and other skills, as they earn “rox” to purchase various items for their pet.

In addition, the pace of the game will accommodate kids of every level of skill. He will be entertained for hours, whether he is relatively new to online games or has had quite a bit of experience. All of your children will likely consider Moshi Monsters to be amongst their favorite online worlds.

Your child will delight in learning how to do puzzles. He will also have the chance to participate in a variety of contests. Education and having a good time come together easily in this free virtual online world for kids.

The design and graphics of Moshi Monsters is as lovely as a young child’s board game. It is free from any unnecessary details or complications, which makes it easier for kids of all ages to become interested, and to hold their interest through many hours of play. The interactive quality  will meet or exceed your expectations. Your child’s time in this online virtual world will be exciting and lively. From the youngest children to the child-at-heart, Moshi Monsters is virtual entertainment at its best.

The Elusive Non Fantasy MMORPG

Remember back when the MMORPG industry really started? There was not a single non fantasy MMORPG out of the original big three: Ultima Online, Everquest, and Asheron’s Call. They each provided the user a different experience with varying graphics, different skill sets and ways to improve your character, unique enemies, but they were all part of the same general fantasy theme. At first glance it doesn’t seem that we have made much headway into the non fantasy MMORPG. As MMOs have gone mainstream we haven’t seen much of a change. World of Warcraft, Aion, and Guild Wars top the sales charts and all of them are a descendent of traditional swords and sorcery. But judging by Google’s popular search queries people are looking for something different.

One of the reasons fantasy settings are so prevalent in the online world is because traditional, popular RPGs such as Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, and Breath of Fire have all succeeded in that setting. In addition, many of the gamers that enjoy these video games also read fantasy novels so it’s simply a setting that many people are familiar and comfortable with. When the genre was first being fleshed out it made sense to stick with what would have the best success rate. Now that there are over a hundred MMO titles available, why does it seem like non fantasy MMORPGs are still outnumbered by a singular setting?

Over a decade since The Realm and Meridian 59 started the concept of a graphical online MUD we do not see a single mainstream, alternative MMO setting amongst the top five. It’s not that non fantasy games aren’t releasing but it’s rare to see a big budget or big name studio take on such a product. The big money almost always goes to what works based on risk/return.

That’s why the two biggest of NCSoft’s (one of the bigger industry publishers) current games are easy concepts to jump into like Aion and Guild Wars. When they ventured into other unique settings like Auto Assault and Tabula Rasa they got burned because they weren’t high quality enough games to warrant a separation from players’ ideal fantasy worlds. If that leaves mainly independent developers to produce something truly unique then they will face the problems of not having enough resources. That doesn’t mean a good game is impossible though.

While non fantasy MMORPG games aren’t as much in the mainstream there are still plenty that are well produced, fun to play, fully featured, and sometimes even free. One of the best is a science fiction, space opera by the name of Eve Online. There is a subscription fee attached that gives you monthly updates and access to an entire universe where you can pilot dozens of different ships. But even space and science fiction is more closely akin to fantasy.

Top Six Fun Things To Do in Lincoln City Oregon

1. Go Fly a Kite!

Lincoln City is located at the 45th parallel. What this means is you get steady winds pretty much year round. This makes Lincoln City the self-proclaimed “Kite Capital of the World” There are two kite festivals each year in Lincoln City, one in June and one in October. The beaches, all 7 miles of them, are beautiful and provide plenty of room for kite flying! So go and feel like a kid again!

2. Take in a Show!

The Chinook Winds Casino is a beautiful casino, right on the ocean. It’s a great place to stay, and they always have big name musical acts. Of course there is the gambling that is available. The Casino also offers a restaurant, pool and a sauna to relax in. They also offer child care, with arcades, Nintendo and a playground.

3. Watch the Glass Blow!

The Alderhouse Glassblowing Studio is well worth your time. You can watch masters at the ancient art of glassblowing. You can also purchase some of their beautiful pieces, including something called a Witch Ball. You will be amazed at what they can do with glass.

4. View the Mighty D River?

The D River is not all that mighty. It is the shortest river in the world, traveling 120 feet from Devils Lake to the Pacific Ocean. There is a Oregon State Park wayside there, with plenty of parking and access to several miles of sandy beach. Right next to the wayside is my favorite restaurant, Kylios. Great views of the ocean and wonderful seafood.

5. Catch Your Dinner!

There is a lot of fishing fun available in Lincoln City. Whether it’s on Devils Lake (fish for trout, perch, catfish, crappie, large mouth bass), the Siletz River and the Salmon River (fish for chinook, steelhead, trout), Siletz Bay (fish for perch, crab, flounder) or deep sea fishing in the Pacific Ocean. Charters are available.

6. Shop Till You Drop!

If you need to get away from nature a bit, head to the Tanger Outlet Center.

Tanger outlet center has over 60 stores, including Reebok, Eddie Bauer, Old Navy and Pendelton Woolen Mills, an Oregon favorite.

Lincoln City is easy to get to from Portland and by driving the famous Pacific Coast Highway (US Route 101). Come visit Lincoln City, I know you’ll love it.

Increasing Popularity Of Transformers Games

Have you noticed that a lot of games that are created these days are based on popular movies? This has certainly become a very common practice in the past decade. One example of this trend revolves around the Transformers movie franchise. The more popular a particular movie happens to be, the more popular any derivative games that are created based on the movie will be. This helps explain the increasing popularity of Transformers games.

When very few people realize is that major motion picture studios no longer think in terms of merely creating an entertaining movie that appeals to a summer audience. Instead, a lot of merchandising is also factored into the decision-making process. One huge component of this merchandising equation is games. Do you realize that the gaming industry generates billions of dollars in profits? Major motion picture studios will collect a royalty every time a game is sold that is based on a popular movie.

As it relates to the Transformers games, a relationship already existed between the studio and the game developing company. It’s not really much of a surprise that the movie was exceptionally popular — a lot of research and planning went into determining whether or not this is the type of movie that should even be made in the first place. What really surprises many industry experts is just how well coordinated the movie studio was with the game developing company.

Generally speaking, game development companies will lobby for the right to develop a game based on a popular movie. However, this typically results in their being a significant delay between the time the movie is released and when the game is available. The Transformers games are very different because they were created virtually at the same time as the movie. This enabled the game development company to coordinate the marketing of the game to coincide with a lot of the marketing that is being done for the movie itself.

It is important to understand how the game works in order to enjoy it. When we talk about action and adventure Transformer games, we are talking about an action packed journey seen through the eyes of the Autobots. Your journey is to save the world and all of humanity from the evil Decepticon. You play as the Autobot leader, Optimus Prime who has come down to planet earth from his home planet Cybertron. He is a brave, strong and very wise leader whose mission is to protect all life and humanity on earth. You venture through a series of action packed levels where you are presented with many challenges. You will find yourself constantly being attacked by Decepticon robots. With your hi tech armory, weapons and power you destroy your adversaries one by one – bringing you a step closer to saving planet earth. Don’t forget, if the battle gets tough you are always able to transform into a truck and speed your way out of danger.

Not all transformer games are action and adventure based games however, you will experience a variation of games that are available for you to play. They can range from RPG games, racing games, fighting games and even puzzle games. Another popular variation are fighting games. These are two player games where you and your opponent fight against each other until one is destroyed. In these games you are given a time limit for your battle. You have a health bar that will get drained when you are attacked and damaged. Your objective is to destroy your opponent before he can destroy you. You can select your favorite Transformers persona who comes equipped with weapons that are unique to that character. Use your weapons and super powers wisely so that you can climb the ladder to victory.

As you probably already know, the Transformers movie is a franchise. There have been more than one. This creates a situation where even more money is made because the Transformers games can ride the wave of popularity and the buzz generated by the movie itself. So when we look and see the increasing popularity of Transformers games, it’s not some random coincidence. This is the result of careful planning, expert execution, and a dedicated team of professionals.