This post for Play MG was written by 5M4M contributor, Geri Chase. While we were compensated for this post, the opinions remain those of the author.
In this day and age of electronic gadgetry, it’s hard for kids to not want the latest and greatest device to hit the market. My pre-teen is clamoring for a smartphone. I’m not ready to pull that trigger yet, but I am tired of constantly having to track down my own phone when I need to make a call, or worse yet, finding it with a dead battery because my kids were using it to play games!
I’m pretty sure I’m not the only mom experiencing this problem. It’s a good thing there are geniuses in the world who look at these situations and say…”I have and idea!” PlayMG is one of those brilliant ideas!
PlayMG is a handheld android gaming device that comes pre-loaded with premium games from favorite game houses like EA and Com2us. The device uses GooglePlay as the marketplace for other downloadable games, many of which are free. There are several other features on the PlayMG that both parents and kids will appreciate:
- Front facing camera
- Wi-fi Internet access
- Headset jack for listening to music
PlayMG also comes with an e-reader. This is a great way to encourage kids to read throughout the day. It’s quick and easy to pull up a book on their digital device and it will encourage them to take a break from gaming once in awhile.
Family Collaboration/Digital Wallet
One of the best features of the PlayMG is the Family Collaboration system that it updates parents through weekly emails about your child’s usage. These emails will tell you which apps your kids are using the most, what they downloaded and how much time they are spending on the MG. This can be a really good tool to use to help children learn to be responsible within the boundaries the family agrees to regarding MG usage. I love the thought of being able to monitor without having to hover and nag.
Part of the Family Collaboration feature is PlayMG’s “Digital Wallet”. The digital wallet lets parents create “game allowances” using a reloadable SpendSmart prepaid MasterCard. That way kids still have some control and choice about what they spend on games, but parents don’t get surprised with a hefty bill! And when you make an initial deposit of $10 on your SpendSmart card, PlayMG will match it to give you a total of $20!
Where to Buy
The slim and portable PlayMG is available for purchase for around $150 at Target, Toys R Us and Amazon, as well as at the PlayMG website.
Enter to win
This holiday season, one lucky winner will receive a PlayMG. To enter this giveaway, simply fill in the Giveaway Tools Form below.
For more giveaways like this one, be sure to click over to the main Christmas Giveaway 2013 post.
Geri Chase is mom to 2 hilarious boys and wife to an insanely funny husband, all of whom like to remind her that the fact that she is a girl does not give her immunity from their testosterone induced humor. While she pretends not to be amused, she secretly laughs herself silly over their antics and frequently blogs about life and family friendly products over at I Am Boymom.