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LBIF Wii Family Game Night

Last night, July 31, 2009, I hosted the first ever Wii Family Game Night at the Long Beach Island Foundation. It was, as far as I could tell, a success. There were about 25 people there, mostly kids, parents, and even a few teens. We played Wii Sports, Wii Fit, Punch Out, and Super Mario Tennis.

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I wasn't sure if it was a success, but when one mother was leaving she said to me "This was great. My son has been asking me for a Wii for a long time, but I didn't know what it was. I'm so busy that if I can't learn about something right away I don't have time to. Now I know all about the Wii and how to set it up. The best part is that I learned I can play with it too!"

The event was sponsored by Golin Harris, Nintendo, and Sarrel Group.

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This was the first gaming event that I ran on behalf of Sarrel Group and I'm looking forward to more. In fact, we have a Rock Band night coming up on August 21, 2009. It's going to be awesome because we'll have a battle of the bands up on the stage and patch into the PA.

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I spoke very briefly at the event about how video games are for the whole family now. They're being designed for everyone to play together. It's not just something for the kids to do when you don't want to pay attention to them anymore. Then I explained how to set up the Wii and configure parental controls. I also showed how to use the parental controls to limit your child's potential exposure to online threats.

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There's also a little history about me and the Foundation. When I was but a wee lad, a tadpole so to speak, I spent a lot of my summers at the Foundation. I took a variety of classes - Marine Biology was my favorite. It's actually a great place for kids and adults to have something to do during the summer. There's a sculpture and clay studio and they have a lot of cooking classes.

This is what the room looked like after we set it up and before guests arrived. Notice the lovely juxtaposition of tech and art.

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