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Nintendo WII MII’s Are The Best! But they Need to Interact More!

JEWELZ HAND.jpgOkay,  How could I have so much to say about video games these days?

  Well, my kid has been playing Playstation since he was 6 years  old.   I have watched  my son  and I have played for hours.  So  I am not an expert, but you might say that like all young teens —  my son is. 

The Nintendo WII is my son’s new game system.  He loves that system.  He still  wants  an  XBOX 360!  I will wait to purchase it.  Right now it is too expense for a poor single parent like myself. 

 There are little people inside of the NINTENDO WII CALLED MIIS…LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT THEM:

THE MIIS ARE CUTE….I HAVE MADE SO MANY VARIETIES OF THOSE LITTLE PEOPLE AND NAMED THEM AFTER PEOPLE I KNOW.  The MIIS  are funny because you can  create them by picking clothing color, complexion, weight, height and facial features.  The bonce out to the “floor” and start to mingle with all of your other created people.  They look at you, and each other.  They have these silly “know absolutely nothin” looks on their little faces!  They are so cute. 

 You can click on them individually and they stop walking and then turn around and look at you and his or head gets big so you can really see their facial expressions!  That is so funny! 

Sometimes they look  a little annoyed because you are stopping them from walking….I guess. 

I like that part of the WII MIIs!   I want them to really interact…like talk out loud and eat, or cook food, or go to work….real interaction! 

I hope they develop that trend over the next year!

 I get a real kick out of them.  I noticed that the hand control for the WII has a heavy vibrate and it seems good to hold –not slippery. 

My son has told me that the swinging motion on the WII for the sports was good.  He played the tennis  and  golf. 

My son also received the Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess which has a lot of scary ugly monsters that poor Link has to destroy.   

 The game is almost like a interactive movie.

  There are parts when Link as the dog carries his shadow friend to save her life and meet with Zelda the Princess and get renewed life. 

 This part of the game is almost like a movie.  I actually felt tension while watching my son play it. 

My son loves the DragonBallZ Budokai Tenkaichi that he received for the holiday also– for Playstation2  He loves the fighting. 

 When his friend Brian comes over to play they always use the “hyperrush”  and shoot beams at each other’s character.  

 This is the Japanese Anemai.  It is rated Teen and made by Atari.  I paid about $40.00. 

Another interesting type of video game for GARAGE BAND thespians is called FUNKMASTERFLEX MUSIC FACTORY —only cost $10.00 at GAMESTOP in GreenAcres Mall,  Valley Stream!!!!  It even came with a USB PORT MICROPHONE…WOW!

   My son “played” that and created  two songs so far.  The music styles and beats that are in that system like TECHNO,  JAZZ, FLUTES, ORGAN RIFFS! 

 This was a gift my son told me he did not want…yet he is here right now playing this game. 

 It is not a game to me…it is more like music production.  There are various sounds that you can choose from to create your own sound and musical piece.

  My son said that in his school,  World Journalism Prepartory they are working on  powerpoint presentation on the Supreme Court. 

 He was introduced to Garage Bank Production with MAC computer and that he was required to make a piece of music to accompany his powerpoint group presentation. 

 He was having a little difficulty.  But when he began using and playing the FUNKMASTERFLEX MUSIC FACTORY–he had so much fun and he said it helped him to understand how to use the MAC computer  Garage Band at his school much better.

  —-SEE!  VIDEO GAMES DO HELP KIDS IN SCHOOL!

  DON’T TELL ANYBODY I SAID THAT! 

 Alot of educators would probably disagree!  I might have said the same thing myself–except for this recent experience with the FUNKMASTERFLEX MUSIC FACTORY!

TILL NEXT BLOG!

RIVEROFLIFELISAJOY

*****PSSST!  RESPOND OR COMMENT AND TELL ME IF THERE ARE ANY OTHER GAMES I MIGHT WANT TO TRY OUT, OR HAVE MY SON AND HIS FRIEND’S TRY OUT…OKAY?

…..note:  picture up above is my son–Jay Jewelz– hand in 7th Grade…the hands that have played video games for about 8 years!!!

Holiday Shopping, Do you want real Bling? (January 2008) — I Purchased Nice Bling Bling for my Fourteen Year old!!! Valley Stream Green Acres Mall has great Bling to make the Holidays… Zing!!!

Sunflower.jpgMy son and I came off  of Jamaica Avenue for a while and did some shopping in our favorite other place….Green Acres Mall,  in Valley Stream.  While we were there during  the pre-Christmas count down….we found some items that my fourteen year old wanted…(you know besides Ninetendo WII and Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess with the great sound track).

  We found  a blinging bling Pirates of the Caribbean belt buckle with the shiny cubic zerconia stones that still sparkle! 

 I told my son -no about that.  But you know me,  I went back and got it later!   The patch eyed skull with the bling bling all around the eye patch and the head, with a black real leather belt. 

Not my style of clothing to wear a dead man’s skull on my clothes but that is modern teenagers of  2007.  Fearless in the face of a death mask.  

It is a well made piece of  clothing ornament.  It cost with the black thick leather belt included —$25.00.  NOt too bad.

  It is super gold toned…but highly polished.  YOu see my son tries to do his school work.  He has been sick and I want to see a smile on his face fro the holidays.  Last year all he received was 3 video games.  I could not afford a new fitted cap for him last year. 

 I was very poor and could not afford it last year.  So this year Christmas of 2007   I purchased the blinging  skull face cubic encrusted  eye patch for my son.  He was so surprised when he opened it Christmas day!

I also purchased a little dog tag that blings and has digital read out that displays over a thousand  characters. It reads my sons name out vertically.

  My son also asked for that too.  I purchased these two items in the middle of the mall indoor walk way from a very kindly, gentleman of EastIndian origins.

 He was very pleasant to talk to, and he did more than just sell me costume Bling stuff.   He and I talked about my son’s health and my concerns. 

 He did not have to do that. We talked about life,  health and our families.  That time I spent making that purchase made the holiday spirit come alive. 

 The salesman talked to me personally for a long time in the midst of that busy holiday Green Acres Mall.  He tried to inspire me despite my concerns about my son’s health.

  I decided to buy those to bling blings and make the holidays come alive…but instead I met a salesman that truly represented the spirit of Christmas for me.  He was touched with compassion for my child and my single parent status. 

  It is not about buying things– but that people… humanbeings can come together and talk and fellowship on any topic….and find out that we are more alike than different.

Gotta go…some urgent pressing business at hand.

Respond and tell me your holiday shopping and blinging gift ideas if you have any!

Toodles!!!!!

RIVEROFLIFELISA!!!

Theme Music From Video Game “Legend of Zelda” makes me Cry–Why? My fourteen year old son loves it!

CLICK– here for the legend of zelda music. also check smashbros.com music and look for the music there.duckies at playI found that my son continues to play the theme from the Legend of Zelda Video game. It has a classical sound and it is themed with a flute and a delicate harp arpeggio.   The   video game  Legend of Zelda is about  a little  boy called   Link who plays the flute and has to go through various routes  and adentures to save the Princess in the game. 

 Zelda  and the Twilight princess has the  feeling of the knights in shining armour.  Except the actual age of the lead character of “Link” is a 12 year old boy. 

 Link in the most recent game that I purchased can take the form of a dog.  The dog in the video game reminds my son of his favorite dog Angel that we had to give to the ASPCA when we moved a year ago into our new place.

  We are  renting and I had no one to give the dog to in such short time.  We still mourn the loss of our dear sweet Angel. 

 Link as the dog fights different villians throughout the game, while this very touching classical flute   and oboe themed music plays gently in the background

 But what is making me cry–literally  cry is that my son who has been having a certain medical condition since he was 12 years old (like the character Link that he loves so much!)  has now found a way from the computer to play the various theme music to the Legend of Zelda.

Twilight princess music contantly  plays  whenever my son  is doing his homework.

  Before he was just playing rap music, like Snoop Dog, T-Payne, Common, and 50 Cent and other rappers of that type. 

 But suddenly the beautiful classical sound of the theme music to the Legend of Zelda is  played throughout my house. 

 It is beautiful and touching theme music that is played throughout the video game, in the form of “marche’s, suites, etc. 

 It is touching to me  because I play the classical orchestral cello with pieces from   classical composers such as  Mozart, Bethtoven, Brahms, etc.

  I love the classics.  But did you think that such beautiful music would  come from a video game?

  It is modern classical music.   Ever think that video game makers would realize the impact of the theme music (  on 12 year old to fourteen year  old)  might have? 

My son  has been sick recently and it seems to be the only thing he keeps playing from the nice strong bass and acoustic music amps that are hooked up to my computer. 

 He has placed it within the computer memory and now it continues to play even while he is asleep. 

 When my son suffered a seizure two weeks ago, he had been looking at the computer and reading information on the video game Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess and then he had suffered his medical emergency. 

The music had nothing to do with his sickness….but it seems that he plays that Zelda music more since he got sick. 

 It seems to comfort him.  He loves that game.  His peditrician told me that my son’s condition has nothing to do with the video games that he plays. Strange huh?

So this music from that game has a two fold affect on me….it is beautifully written, and my son keeps playing it at every given chance he has. 

 Understand, he goes to highschool and he is attending a college board school. He is very bright. 

 So why this attraction to that theme music to that video game. 

Oh, well, at least I   get a break from 50 Cent, Lil’ Kim, and even Kanye West for that matter! 

Till next blog

RIVEROFLIFELISAJOY!!

BEING THANKFUL FOR THE BAD TIMES

LIFE STARTS HERE.jpgI sometimes grow tired

I wonder when will the hard times end.

I gather myself, and look around

I find the strength within

A face, a glance a smile and there

I get myself back on the road again.

Why do I complain when I look up into

the sky down comes the rain

The rain that feeds the crops for food,

and gives water for drink and

prevents forest fires

Shall I complain when I have a job

just because someone there does not

like me?

Should I complain because someone in

the family is sick

atleast I have a doctor and health insurance

So as well meaning friends and family have

repeated to me so many times

Learn to be thankful for the bad times

For those times might be better than times to come

Issues in the future from which you would like to

gather yourself and run

Don’t look down at the road and mumble that it is

bumpy—atleast the road is there

Do not despair for life is for those who grasp it

and hold tight…

never to give up the fight.

If I had a dream for a castle and and prince

that never came to save me –no worry

for I must go forth unsaved by the knight in

shining armor….I will reach for and save myself

gather myself, and go forward and handle the future come what

may….

And be very, very thankful for the bad times….even for today.

prose and thoughts by

RIVEROFLIFELISAJOY–TILL NEXT BLOG—

HAPPY NEW YEAR!