TJ will be turning 7 a week from today. At his age, I may or may not have been playing Ms. Pac Man on our old Atari. But today? TJ is proficient at playing Pokemon Soul Silver on his Nintendo DS, Mario Kart on the Wii, and Angry Birds Space on his Grandma’s Kindle Fire. He also gets a kick out of watching both of his parents play World of Warcraft. He likes watching Tom play Minecraft, and he likes watching me play Spore and Plants vs Zombies. (I even let him play Plants vs Zombies on the rare occasion I’m willing to let him play on my computer.)
It’s safe to say we’ve got ourselves a gamer. He’s not even a gamer-in-training. He’s already a gamer.
I cringe every time TJ says he wants to play World of Warcraft when he gets older. Not only is some of the game content itself inappropriate, but the online interactions with other players is completely inappropriate. If I have my way, he won’t be playing anything like that until he’s 18 years old…but I’m not sure if that’s realistic.
Enter Amazing World from Ganz Studios. I got the opportunity to write this sponsored post through Global Influence, which introduced me to this pretty cool free-to-play virtual 3D world that gives kids ages 6 and up a chance to explore something akin to an MMO, but in a controlled environment. Game avatars are called Zings, and players can care for them, customize them, customize homes for them, complete missions, collect prizes, and even chat with friends. Parents have to opt-in to allow chat during character creation, so if you don’t want your child chatting with other players, chat is disabled by default. If you do choose to allow your child to use the chat feature, there are specific rules they are expected to follow to protect their privacy and keep the game environment safe and fun for all players. I would strongly suggest parental supervision if you let your child use chat; I’m not comfortable with giving TJ that option yet.
Amazing World is free-to-play, which allows your child to pick a generic Zing to play with. That’s what we did for TJ. It took about 10 minutes to set up his character, verify his account with my email address, and download and install the Amazing World software. There are some limits to free accounts, but you can play for free for as long as you want. TJ was getting very excited each time he leveled up and found new items. There is a paid subscription option to unlock more levels and items, ranging from $7.95/month for three months to $5.00/month for a whole year.
There are plush toy Zings, as well! If you register a plush Zing, you get to play a virtual version of your toy in the game along with an exclusive item. I think they’re pretty darn cute.
Amazing World Plush Toy Giveaway
How would you like to win two Amazing World plush toys for your little gamers? It’s all about the tweets!
Tweet the following message and comment on this post with a link to your tweet:
Explore @AmazingWorld, a new free-to-play 3D virtual world full of challenges & fun for ages 6+! Learn more: http://bit.ly/Sx1r2v #AmazingWorldGame
You can change the wording of the tweet as long as you mention that Amazing World is free-to-play and use the #AmazingWorldGame hashtag.
Please follow the rules above within the comment section. Giveaway ends August 24, 2012 at 11:59 EST. No purchase required. One winner will be selected using Random.org. Winner will be contact via email and given 48 hours to claim the prize. If there is no response, another winner will be selected. Open to US residents ages 18 or older only. Ganz will not be held liable for any problems during the administration of the contest, but they are responsible for fulfilling prizes to the winner.
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