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The 2013 Activision Family Game Summit - What I Learned + Gift Bag Giveaway (RV $400)!

Above: Bill (Sandbox Strategies) , Nicole Armstrong (Activision) and Korie Robertson (A & E's Duck Dynasty)

I had the pleasure of attending the 2013 Activision Family Game Summit 2 weeks ago. Just as they did last year, Activision is providing a fabulous collection of brand new titles perfect for family game night - just in time for the holiday season. Activision also shared a wealth of information on the benefits of family gaming and how to incorporate gaming and technology into family life, in a healthy manner. The panel this year included Bill from Sandbox Strategies and Nicole Armstrong from Activision.  Celebrity mom, Korie Robertson (Duck Dynasty) also weighed in with a mother's perspective on family gaming.

 Above: Korie Robertson and her son Will Robertson (of A & E's Duck Dynasty) celebrate Will's birthday at the 2013 Activision Family Game Summit in NYC
My top take-away's from the Family Game Summit this year are: 

  • Keep an eye on the ESRB rating categories on the games that we are purchasing for our children. They are there to guide you through making appropriate content choices for your children. The ESRB ratings really help to eliminate the guess work. 
  • I will also be keeping "Bill's Top 5" in mind when integrating technology and gaming into our family  routine.

Check out "Bill's Top 5"in the video below, more on the ESRB's Rating Categories and some of the additional video footage from the 2013 Activision Family Game Summit. You will also have a chance to win a FABULOUS 2013 Activision Family Game Summit Gift Bag {RV $400}!

Above: Activision 2013 Family Game Summit with Korie Robertson From Duck Dynasty

ESRB Rating Categories - These ratings can be found on video game packaging, apps and online content that has been rated by the ESRB. You can find more in-depth content descriptors by visiting the ESRB online.

esrb ratings symbol for ec games EARLY CHILDHOOD
Content is intended for young children.
esrb ratings symbol for E-rated games EVERYONE
Content is generally suitable for all ages. May contain minimal cartoon, fantasy or mild violence and/or infrequent use of mild language.
esrb ratings symbol for e10 games EVERYONE 10+
Content is generally suitable for ages 10 and up. May contain more cartoon, fantasy or mild violence, mild language and/or minimal suggestive themes.
esrb ratings symbol for T-rated games TEEN
Content is generally suitable for ages 13 and up. May contain violence, suggestive themes, crude humor, minimal blood, simulated gambling and/or infrequent use of strong language.
esrb ratings symbol for m-rated games MATURE
Content is generally suitable for ages 17 and up. May contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content and/or strong language.
esrb ratings symbol for AO-rated games ADULTS ONLY
Content suitable only for adults ages 18 and up. May include prolonged scenes of intense violence, graphic sexual content and/or gambling with real currency.
esrb ratings symbol for rp rating RATING PENDING
Not yet assigned a final ESRB rating. Appears only in advertising, marketing and promotional materials related to a game that is expected to carry an ESRB rating, and should be replaced by a game's rating once it has been assigned.

NOTE: Rating Category assignments can also be based upon a game or app's minimum age requirements.
    Interactive Elements
Shares Info Shares Info - Indicates that personal information provided by the user (e.g., e-mail address, phone number, credit card info, etc.) is shared with third parties
Shares Location Shares Location - Includes the ability to display the user's location to other users of the app
Users Interact Users Interact - Indicates possible exposure to unfiltered/uncensored user-generated content, including user-to-user communications and media sharing via social media.

Check out some of the hands-on demonstrations of Activision's newest titles below. All are perfect for gifting this Holiday Season - we really love Skylander's Swap Force as a top 2013 Holiday Gift Pick this year - super fun!

Activision's Newest Additions to their family game line-up this holiday season include:
  • Skylanders SWAP Force Starter Set 
  • Spongebob Squarepants: Planktons Robotic Revenge 
  • Wipeout Create & Crash 
  • Angry Birds Star Wars 
  • Transformers Ultimate Battle Combo Pack 
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 
  • Moshi Monsters Katsuma Unleashed 

Skylander's Swap Force - Creator's of Skylanders SWAP Force Demo at Activision Family Game Summit

Angry Birds Star Wars For Xbox 360 Hands on Demonstration

SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton's Robotic Revenge Demonstration

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles For Xbox 360, Wii and Nintendo 3DS

Are you ready for some family gaming FUN in your household, this holiday season? (1) One Savvy Mom Reader will receive a 2013 Activision Family Game Summit Gift Bag PACKED with goodies! {RV$400 - contents pictured above}
Gift bag includes:

  • 1 zippered canvas tote
  • 1 Skylanders SWAP Force Starter Set 
  • 1 Spongebob Squarepants: Planktons Robotic Revenge (Xbox 360)
  • 1 Wipeout Create & Crash (Xbox 360)
  • 1 Angry Birds Star Wars (Playstation 3)
  • 1 Transformers Ultimate Battle Combo Pack (Wii)
  • 1 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (3DS)
  • 1 Moshi Monsters Katsuma Unleashed (3DS)
  • 1 Transformers Action figure
  • 1 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Action Figure (Donatello)
  • 1 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles DVD
  • 1 Angry Birds Plush
  • 1 pair of FLUX Earbuds (in-ear) 
  • 1 Foam Spongebob Wall Decoration