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July 28th, 2008 . by Catherine Frederico, MS RD LDN

Monster Monday Meetings.

I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned this before, but we no longer have our weekly Playnormous meetings on Fridays. Nope, Flash Fridays are long gone. Now our meetings are on Mondays (although Fridays will always be our favorite). During our meeting today I decided that I would call our new Playnormous meetings Monster Monday Meetings. What do you think? I like it. It has that whole monster theme in there…and it has a nice ring to it. Probably due to the nice alliteration.

Look out for the lunch lady!

Lunch Crunch - LoadingToday we talked about many things in our Monster Monday Meeting, but my favorite part was a little preview of Lunch Crunch, our next game to be released. In this game, the player has to fill trays with fruit and vegetables for kids walking through a school lunch line. Get extra points for putting non-fruit and vegetables back in the refrigerator. If you can’t fill the trays before the kids get impatient and leave the line, better look out for the monster lunch lady! Expect Lunch Crunch live on Playnormous around August 8.

July 25th, 2008 . by Catherine Frederico, MS RD LDN

I hate to admit it, but social media does work sometimes…

I found this pretty amazing blog this morning through a very roundabout sort of way, courtesy of social media. I am subscribed to a daily newsletter feed for a blog called ProBlogger. Really, anything you need to know about blogs, this is the place to go. Sometimes the owner of ProBlogger likes to do little experiments, like the Social Media Love-In which resulted in Follow These Twitter Users-They’re Just Like You. Long story short, I found this great blog called Simple Mom. It’s written by…well…a mom, and the first page I happened to open was a post where she explains all about RSS Feeds.

So, that was a long, roundabout way of saying, this Monster’s Blog post is brought to you by this post, courtesy of Simple Mom. Thanks, Simple Mom!

What are they feeding me exactly?

Simple Mom - RSSRSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication.” It’s a little piece of technology that allows you to receive up-to-date information from sites in one spot, where you can then read them on your own time. Many times, a blog’s RSS is simply called a “feed.”

A subscription is a good description for receiving these feeds – think of it as you would subscribing to a magazine or newspaper. Usually there’s a button or link somewhere on the site which says “subscribe” or “RSS Feed.” The cute one on Simple Mom is pasted to the right. Feeds come to your mailbox when they have new stuff to give you.

An RSS reader is a place you go to read your feeds. The most popular ones are Bloglines and Google Reader. I personally use NetNewsWire. No particular reason, that’s just what Jon set up on my iMac. Thanks, Jon!

Monsters Blog-RSS

Can I subscribe to Monster’s Blog via RSS?

Do we have a cute RSS feed button like the Simple Mom blog? NO!!!! I suppose everything on our site can’t be cute.

But we do have an RSS section on Playnormous. See the left-hand side of the blog with links so you can subscribe to the Feed and/or the Comments. Just download the reader of your choice, click on the link, and you’re good to go!

July 24th, 2008 . by Catherine Frederico, MS RD LDN

We’re a little behind…

Yesterday some folks in the office realized that the website for our parent company, Archimage, is completely out of date. We’re doing a ton of projects that involve Games for Health, and that’s not mentioned at all on the site. Crazy! So I’ve been assigned to write some things to fix this. That got me thinking. I should really do some more explaining about Serious Games for Health on the Playnormous site too.

Google a topic, find a friend.

FMSGI decided to do a little Googling as I always do, just to get my head wrapped around what I might cover to explain Serious Games for Health. Of course, the Serious Games for Health organization website came up. Problem with that site is that it’s rarely updated. So I went to the next search result. Awesome! The number two spot ended up being friend Elaine Alhadeff who runs the Future-Making Serious Games blog. Elaine has been kind enough to blog about us several times, including earlier this week with her post Playnormous Serious Games Broadening Kids Healthy Choices. The first to blog about our new game Juice Jumble! Elaine also talked about Food Fury back in April in her post Serious Gaming For Health Education and Behavior Change.

By jove, it’s brilliant!

Then I got to thinking again. I don’t really need to do too much in this post to introduce you to the idea of Serious Games for Health. Elaine has already done it! So visit Elaine’s blog to read anything and everything you’d ever want to know about Serious Games and Serious Games for Health. Especially take a look at the Health Games and Med Games sections. Then, visit her website to SEE anything and everything you’d ever want to know about Serious Games and Serious Games for Health.

July 23rd, 2008 . by Catherine Frederico, MS RD LDN

And featuring…

I was so excited to see the newest edition of Nutrition and Your Child USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center newsletter in my inbox the other day. They always have amazing things to share. In this issue, read all about:

  • New ways researchers are define a child’s weight and what’s “normal.”
  • How portion size impacts childhood eating.
  • Why families purchase certain items versus others. (Featuring our own Dr. Tom Baranowski!)
  • Evaluate how healthy your diet really is…by using your grocery receipts. (Featuring our own Dr. Cullen!)
  • New guidelines for keeping your kids eating healthy now and for life. (Featuring our own Dr. Nicklas!)

To read more about our research partners, click here to view the Friends and Medical Research Partners of Playnormous page!

July 22nd, 2008 . by Catherine Frederico, MS RD LDN

Jumble your juice.Juice Jumble Loading Page

Can you believe it? Juice Jumble is up and running. Everyone here worked very hard to get this game out on time so kudos to all.

This is a tasty little game all about fruit juice…or lack thereof. 100% fruit juice, 100% juice blends, juice drinks, fruit drinks, and fruit-flavored drinks. I will say that the power-ups are AWESOME! I won’t spoil this for you. You’ll have to play the game. I’ve both tested and played the game…it’s very challenging so be prepared. There is a secret to doing well in this game, though. There’s a kind of “picture code” on the tiles (no, not the little colored corners–that’s too easy). Can you figure out what it is?

Tiki tick-tock monster.

Did you see The Tiki Monster? Is he what you expected? Well, not only is The Tiki Monster featured on the opening screen and in the instructions, but he’s also a clock in the game! We welcome COMMENTS so play Juice Jumble and let us know what you think.

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