Today’s featured monster is a fried food fan! In honor of him, a quick sneak peak of one of four Playnormous health games in the works: Fast Food Fumble. I can’t give you too much detail on how this game will play simply because we don’t know the final details yet. Things evolve over time, and our original ideas for this game are no exception. We do have a very lovely title screen though, courtesy of our wonderful graphic designer Iva.
Are you a fast food fan like today’s monster? Well, if you are, I found a site that has some nice fast food dining tips. Want to eat healthy (or at least healthier) at your local fast food joint? Here are some options.
Unhealthy Choice Healthy Choice
Double-patty hamburger w/ cheese Regular, single-patty hamburger
Fried chicken sandwich Grilled chicken sandwich
Salad w/ bacon and/or ranch dressing Garden salad w/ grilled chicken & low-fat dressing
Breakfast burrito Egg on a muffin
French fries Baked potato
Milkshake Yogurt parfait
Chicken nuggets or tenders Grilled chicken strips
Adding cheese, extra mayo, special sauces Adding mustard, lettuce, tomatoes, onions
This morning one of my favorite health blogs, Well: Tara Parker-Pope on Health, ran a fun post today about Dr. Beth Ann Ditkoff, a former New York surgeon, that decided to write a book about all the crazy questions kids ask medicine. Her book is entitled, “Why Don’t Your Eyelashes Grow? Curious Questions Kids Ask About the Human Body.”
Test your own knowledge about weird medical trivia by taking the Weird Body Quiz. Can you beat my 6/10 score? Can your kids beat your score? I bet they can! Then try Playnormous’ own trivia health game Brain Gain to test your less gross health knowledge.
Online game magazine Gamasutra posted an article today which highlights a recent online poll conducted by a family-centered consumer game site, What They Play. The survey revealed that, when asked for a single choice, parents are more concerned about their children’s exposure to games such as Grand Theft Auto than alcohol, violence, and pornography.
Honestly, these results kind of shocked me. I haven’t read the full study myself, but here are the details. The poll was conducted August 1-6, 2008 and asked over 1,600 respondents what they’d be most concerned about their 17-year-old child indulging in while at a sleepover.
Although I think these poll results are absolutely RIDICULOUS, at the same time, I’m not a parent. I’ve played Grand Theft Auto, and I know it’s not designed for kids like Playnormous games are. And we know that parents are concerned about the safety of their kids where gaming is concerned, whether it’s an online gaming site or a console game….hence our careful creation of the made-especially-for-kids Playnormous site. But is participating in fantasy deviance really worse than deviant behavior in the real world? Furthermore, if parents really believe that games like GTA can be so influential, why aren’t there more games out there like Food Fury, Bubble Trouble, and Juice Jumble that use this to better the lives of kids?
Parents: I’d love to hear your thoughts.
The Slashfood site is very cool, and I’m honored to say that Playnormous has made it to Slashfood.com. I’ve kind of become a pretty big fan as I’ve been looking at more and more blogs. The site is not necessarily all about healthy food (unless you look in the Healthy Eating section), but some great food info nevertheless. I learned how to make my own tuxedo and wedding dress strawberries today! They always have useful tips of the day, kitchen essentials, and a daily cookbook. Ever seen a meatloaf cupcake? Well, in Slashfood’s gallery you just might.
Slashfood features a section for kids and families called Play With Your Food. This site includes food trivia, family friendly recipes, funny food news, and fun food activities. Try taking the Snack Cake Quiz. Do you know the difference between a Swiss Roll and a Ho Ho cake?
This afternoon I went with four members of the Playnormous team and had lunch at a Brazilian steakhouse. Ever been to one of those? It was my first time to experience so much meat on a stick. They just bring skewers and skewers of meat to your table. They slice, you eat, they slice some more, and you eat some more.
We all agreed at the end of the meal that we had no idea how much we’d eaten that afternoon. That got me thinking. I’ve read a lot about calories and portion size, but how much do I really know?
Last week I gave you a little information on portion size. Let’s see how much you remember this week.
A cheeseburger 20 years ago had 333 calories. How many calories do you think are in today’s cheeseburger?
No clue? Too easy? Test your knowledge about portion size and calories with the Portion Distortion Interactive Quizzes.