Microsoft Encourages Families to Get Game Smart

Microsoft (with several partners) has launched a new public service campaign “”Get Game Smart”” designed to help parents and kids talk about age appropriate PC games, media useage and more specifically, video gaming on the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system and Windows-based PCs in their homes.

While this campaign may initially be construed as a marketing tool in order to get people to gravitate to games geared towards Microsoft’s XBox and Windows PCs, after reviewing the site, I must commend Microsoft and their partners in creating an excellent resource for parents (and hopefully children) including guides to using parental controls, helpful hints on rule setting, game ratings, online buddies and cyberbullying.

Also as part of the campaign, Micorsoft is looking for parents and teens to be Get Smart Ambassadors.  This national wide search couples children and parents to act as messengers for making smart video and gaming choices.  Prizes include an Xbox 360 entertainment system, a suite of Xbox 360 family-friendly games, Zune digital media players, Insignia 7-megapixel digital cameras and cash. The contest ends April 30, 2009.

Visit Get Game Smart to get more information, view the hints and guides and of course, to enter the contest.


Originally Posted on: 2/6/2009
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