Electronic games suit almost anyone

Wednesday, December 15, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 10:45 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 10, 2008

The concept of electronic games has a different meaning to everyone.

Some think board games with electronic, battery-operated pieces. Others think game systems such as Nintendo or handheld pocket games such as poker.

At this time, for this setting, any-thing goes, including game systems, educational interactive books and DVD trivia games.

First up: game systems. Every so often, one of the companies comes out with a new system. This year, the newest product has two screens.

The system has a flip-top such as a laptop computer, with a screen on top and on bottom with the controller buttons. It is called Nintendo DS (dual screen).

Each game system is different in its player compatibility. This compatibility is not only in the types of games but also in the shape and location of the buttons on the con-trollers.

Electronics department workers agreed that the various versions of GameBoy are for every age of player. GameCube is for the younger gamers and XBox is for mature gamers. PlayStation and PS2 have more of a variety of games, which is best for a multiple-gamer home.

There are several new games out this season. Several came out in November and others in early December, but all make excellent gifts.

Joyce Wiltz of Sedalia was shop-ping for her daughter and her family in the game systems section. Wiltz’s son-in-law is in the military stationed in Turkey this season, so she has to get the presents and get them shipped as soon as she can. She found a Disney game that plugs into the television for her grandson, who is almost 4.

“It says it’s for 5 to 7, but he’s smart for his age,” Wiltz said.

DVD trivia games are becoming more popular. There are two kinds of these games, and both incorporate a board and game pieces. These games include trivia on pop culture, Disney movies, “Saturday Night Live,” James Bond movies and questions for the younger and older trivia junkies.

Education does not get forgotten in the electronic game area. A company called Leap Frog spans the ages from birth to graduation from high school. It has interactive books to teach reading to the younger children and homework help for the older ones.

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