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Holiday Mind Games – Fun For The Whole Family!

Topics: Holidays | Add A CommentBy admin | November 28, 2009

We all have those moments during the holidays when we wish we had Jedi mind control powers. Well know we can, with some amazing high tech toys that are controlled by neural impulses!

You’d think if you had Jedi powers
you could make yourself not look
like a dork for the camera for a second

During the holidays, we probably all have moments in which we wish we could use some kind of Jedi mind control to alter the course of events. Well, now you can! It’s funny that while many of us struggle with the remote control, there are games for kids that are based on using neural impulses as controllers. For the low budget (and the perhaps the low expectations) we have Star Wars Star Wars Force Trainer. While it’s pretty cool, you might get bored with making a ball go up and down with your mind. You might as well drop the extra loot for Mattel’s Mindflex Game, which adds excitement to your balls by letting you build an obstacle course for them. And for the yuppie snob version of mind-control gaming, check out the OCZ Neural Impulse Actuator, which is designed to complement your mouse as a game controller. If you’d rather your game controlled you (and if you’re a little mentally impaired) you might enjoy Bop It!, which is a “modern-day, handheld Simon Says”, as the maker puts it. And if on top of your game telling you what to do, you like it to do all the thinking as well, check out the Radica 20 Questions Artificial Intelligence Game. This has been around for a while, but if you haven’t seen it in action, you’ll be disturbed by its accuracy, and probably wonder if the game has microphones in it and is connected to a remote answer-generating center run by humans. It’s pretty freaky. Sophisticated technology is being put to use in a lot of kids’ games; toys like Xtractaurs help brainwash your kids to accept genetic engineering by letting them do it themselves! If they hone their skills enough, maybe they can alter some hamsters and explore urban planning with the iMac-esque Zhu Zhu Hamster Funhouse(Hamsters Not Included, although for a hundred bucks more, they they can be*). Along those lines, if you fancy your kids to be more like media producers than consumers (and want them to actually use their brain a bit), there are toys like Ucreate Games & Artimationand Ucreate Music that let your kids mash up their own sound samples, images, and ideas to create games and music. If you think about it, raising a game developer might actually be a good retirement plan. For the kid (or nerdy adult) that has no friends (or maybe no arms), you could always pick up a Darth Vader Robotic Arm and a couple of Force Action Lightsabers. And lastly, since no game roundup is complete without something getting shot, we have the Duck Hunter Infrared Indoor Flying Duck Hunt Game. By the way, if you enjoy shooting ducks, check out this post from a few weeks ago. In any case, I’m hoping my Jedi mind control has induced you to buy something with those Amazon links; we need the revenue. Know of any cool high-tech games we should look at? Feel free to share in the comments.

Why wait ’til New Years for the ball to drop, when there’s the Star Wars Force Trainer

Much like the Hamster Funhouse featured below, the OCZ Neural Impulse Actuator doesn’t come with the hot chick in the picture.

The Radica 20 Questions Artificial Intelligence Game knows that whatever the question was, the answer is dissociatedpress.com

The iMac-esque Zhu Zhu Hamster Funhouse will look great with your kids’ genetically altered hamsters

The Darth Vader Robotic Arm is the perfect gift for the guy with no friends. Or no arms.

Duck Hunter Infrared Indoor Flying Duck Hunt Game would really benefit from a duck. That thing looks like a flying frogfish.