Children's Entertainment = Flash Games?


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Children's Entertainment = Flash Games?

  1. 1. A presentation by Adrienne Giuliano
  2. 2. “Flash is everywhere. …over 520 million unique installations of Flash have been recorded, accounting for 96%+ of all Internet Users.”
  3. 3. Flash Games <ul><li>Flash games/Java games </li></ul><ul><li>Browser web-related games that essentially run using Flash plugins on a webpage </li></ul><ul><li>Often free-to-play, played more frequently, and shorter than commercial games </li></ul><ul><li>Uses vector graphics to achieve great quality images within small file sizes </li></ul><ul><li>Have placed the power to produce games and game art straight into the hands of the public </li></ul>
  4. 4. Art Style??? <ul><li>In general, Flash games have varying art styles, though most feature either and/or: </li></ul><ul><li>Simple or cartoon-like graphics </li></ul><ul><li>Bright colours/flat colours </li></ul><ul><li>Uncomplicated environments </li></ul><ul><li>There are many Flash games emulating old ’80’s classics, such as Tetris  </li></ul><ul><li>Pac-Man, Frogger, etc etc etc. </li></ul><ul><li>As these are simple games with likewise simple graphical styles, hence easy to duplicate </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>In many ways, the visual styles of flash games are similar to those of children’s TV shows. Many such games aimed at audiences ranging from 6 – 16 already exist with an alarming number targeted at the youngest of that range. </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>Club Penguin is an MMORPG aimed at an audience of children aged 6 – 14 </li></ul><ul><li>It was officially launched in 2005, and by 2007 had </li></ul><ul><li>700,000 PAID members and 12,000,000 users </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>The site offers the capability for children to chat to one another online. </li></ul><ul><li>To regulate language use, it features “Safe Chat” and “Ultimate Safe Chat” modes, only the latter where commands can be picked from a menu, in order to prevent swearing and revealing personal information. </li></ul><ul><li>Users using profane language will face an automatic 24-hour ban. </li></ul>
  8. 9. Similarly <ul><li>Habbo Hotel is yet another targeted at a young audience </li></ul><ul><li>It began in 2000 </li></ul><ul><li>18 million avatars were been registered as of 2008 with the 100,000,000 th being created in the same year </li></ul><ul><li>There are an average 8 million unique visitors monthly </li></ul><ul><li>75,000 avatars are being created every day </li></ul>
  9. 11. So what’s the difference?
  10. 12. From this…
  11. 13. … to this?
  12. 14. <ul><li>There is growing concern that continuous exposure to the internet is doing more than making them target to internet predators… </li></ul><ul><li>Cheating and virtual theft are becoming major issues in the virtual world. </li></ul><ul><li>The issue of cheating has been raised in Club Penguin and members found doing such within or out of the game face a permanent ban…apparently. </li></ul>
  13. 15. As a fact… <ul><li>A Dutch teenager has been arrested for allegedly stealing virtual furniture from &quot;rooms&quot; in Habbo Hotel, accused of stealing 4,000 euros (£2,840) worth of virtual furniture, bought with real money. </li></ul><ul><li>2005 a Chinese gamer was stabbed to death in a row over a sword in a game. Shanghai gamer Qiu Chengwei killed player Zhu Caoyuan when he discovered he had sold a &quot;dragon sabre&quot; he had been loaned. </li></ul>
  14. 16. <ul><li>“ It’s certainly the safest way for unsupervised children to talk to potentially malevolent strangers” </li></ul><ul><li>The age old concern of child predators is not only enveloping the teenage age group, but now even under 10’s as well. </li></ul>
  15. 17. Conclusion
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