So, as I commented earlier, I am going to try to get back to posting a little more often.
I wanted to start by linking to two blogs, both of whom appear on My Daily Read, who have interestingly divergent views on a third blog article from several weeks ago. It is fairly common for people in our little niche to comment on similar things, but I don't think I've ever seen a case before where two blogs that I follow but who do NOT exist in our little niche comment on something.
So for me, that was pretty cool.
Okay, so you can read this to see what people are taking about. Then you can go here to see what James Raggi has to say about it. Okay, he didn't say much, but his point is pretty clear. Then you can go here to see what Jeff Vogel (of Spiderweb Software) thought about it as well.
For me personally, I'm not sure which side I fall out on. I think my views are closer to Vogel's. Of course, in the case of both blogs, there is great wisdom to be found in the comments following.
After considering it for awhile, I have come to this conclusion: Ultimately, the kids like things that are similiar to what they are familiar with--at least in terms of what they are or are not able to do in a certain situation, i.e. a kid will like computer games that generally give them the amount of personal choice and options (or more) that they are used to. If personal choice and options are less than what they are used to, other factors in play have to be amazing enough to overcome this.