See the new Hallmark Pac-Man ornament in video and photos!

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My wife, Christina, was nice enough to pick me up the new Pac-Man arcade machine Christmas tree ornament from a local Hallmark store ("as a surprise" as she likes to point out). You can see the details of it here, but it's presently only available in-store. Below I have some casual photos and a short, unedited video of the ornament in action (actually, I ended up taking it again since the digital camera was in time lapse mode for some reason), of course as my daughters are attacking it. It lights up and plays the Pac-Man theme and a short gameplay sound effects sample when you press either the Player 1 or Player 2 buttons.

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vectrexmad
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Wow, its really noisey

Wow, its really noisey !!!
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Mark Vergeer
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What an idyllic sound...

What an idyllic idea. Just picture this: having your X-mas tree totally filled with these ornaments and all of them playing the pacman sounds together. Simply wonderful!

But no kidding, quite a nice thing it is with a lot of detail. I guess one of them is enough for one household though. ;-)



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It's okay, but the fact that

It's okay, but the fact that you can't actually play Pac man on it seems like a dealbreaker. Maybe the ghosts are away pestering Scrooge?

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Hmmm...
Matt Barton wrote:

It's okay, but the fact that you can't actually play Pac man on it seems like a dealbreaker. Maybe the ghosts are away pestering Scrooge?

Are you typically able to play with ornaments on a tree? ;-)

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No, but.....
Bill Loguidice wrote:

Are you typically able to play with ornaments on a tree? ;-)

Do ornaments typically play "Pac Man" sound effects?!!! :-)

All kidding aside, though, the video was, well..... (setting aside the macho side of me....) CUTE. You're actually ENCOURAGING a techno-creative mindset in your kids. Your kids are very blessed to have such wonderful parents as you and your wife. And I'm not just saying that..... what little was said, the video spoke volumes.

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Very cute!

Very cute!

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Good point. Though it'd be

Good point. Though it'd be cool, just for sheer heck of it.

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Do know which of your

Don't know which of your daughters said it, but 'What does the stick do?' and trying to see if it works sounds like a game savy kid to me ;-)



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Bill Loguidice
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Mark Vergeer wrote:

Don't know which of your daughters said it, but 'What does the stick do?' and trying to see if it works sounds like a game savy kid to me ;-)

That was my three year old, Amelie, who will have her fourth birthday on Saturday (this was the second quick video I took, the first had my other daughter in it as well, the one in the Fruit Strip gum pants in the photo). She plays on her Nintendo DS often and tries to sometimes play on console (she liked the Kung Fu Panda demo on the Xbox 360, for instance). Both my daughters (Olivia just turned two) like to push the buttons and what-not on the arcade machine in the basement. They're definitely not afraid of technology for obvious reasons, as there is a lot of it around that both my wife and I use...

It has been a bit tough to get across to Amelie until fairly recently that what she does on the controller affects what's happening on the screen. Obviously touch screen stuff on the DS is very approachable, particularly since we have cartridges more targeted to her age group.

They don't get to play all the time and we do want them to be careful (Olivia already scratched our TV's screen - she's the more destructive of the two), but in general there are few restrictions on their ability to explore things. That's how I learned - by doing - and I think that's the best way for them in addition to all the usual structured stuff.

For the past two night my wife and I have been trying to play board games with the girls. The other night it was a branded Bingo-like game with objects and last night it was a Candy Land variation. Very tough to get them to go along with the fairly rigid structure of the board game concept...

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Wouldn't it be funny if Bill

Wouldn't it be funny if Bill was strictly anti-videogame for his kids? I'd love to see how that one would go over. ;)

I definitely believe it's true that kids will imitate their parents. Parents who read for pleasure in front of their kids will end up with smart kids. Parents who play with computers will end up with computer literate kids; why not?

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