Sam writes "Nintendo executive Reggie Fil-Aime today revealed US availability and pricing for the Nintendo 3DS at an event in the Nintendo World store in New York City. The 3DS will launch on March 27, 2011 with a retail price of $250 and will be available in two flavors: Aqua Blue and Cosmo Black. There will be roughly 30 games released between the launch day and E3 2011 (June 7 to June 9). These include Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition, Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D, Madden NFL Football, The Sims 3, Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D, and LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars. The device will have the same form-factor as the DSi and will be backwards compatible with both DS and DSi games. Users will also be able to download games via an online store, called the eShop. In Europe, the 3DS will launch on March 25, 2011. While Europeans will get the device two days early, pricing is not good news. Nintendo held a second event in Amsterdam today and said that pricing would be left up to retailers. Retailers in the UK are reportedly planning a £229.99 ($367.64) price tag, while other European retailers are going with €249 ($336.00)."
I have a 12 year old son on ADHD medication. When he was very young, it became clear that he was very impulsive. A constant chatterbox, a flurry of motion, etc. While he seemed mature enough we held him back a year before starting Kindergarten. He struggled in his first several years of school. The teacher's praised him for his brightness but he could not complete any tasks asked of him - which was true as well for his home behavior. That being said, I was very resistant to diagnosing him with ADHD. Not my kid, we're just not doing the right thing yet! We live near a teaching college and were lucky to have access to medical doctors and child psychologists. My wife is a nurse completing her PhD and studied the literature associatetd with ADHD and we finally came to a conclusion to try a low dose concerta (similar or a form a ritalin). For the last 3 years he has scored better than 99% of his Iowa classmates (culmulatively) on standardized test (Iowa Basic Skills). He is a voracious reader (I think he has read every Redwall book, Harry Potter...) and has a incredible memory. Without his medication he still cannot be expected to brush his teeth in the morning without multiple interventions and threats of punishment. So for me, the medication gives him a chance to exercise his potential. He is not a zombie though will be perfectly happy to sit and read. He is a social kid, plays sports and excels at school. His medication hasn't "fixed" him but it does give him a better chance at accomplishing his goals. We have been working with him to develop strategies to help him improve his focus. The biggest problem I see is that ADHD is a spectrum of conditions. Most kids don't fit perfectly into an easy diagnosis. My son is very implusive but not aggressive. He has a high functioning intellect, but he is not asocial. So every kids is somewhat of a puzzle. Since you can't test medication on children doctors tend to do it in the field. The criticism should be placed on the parents and doctors who rush to conclusions for easy and quick answers. It takes a lot of time and frankly a lot of parents don't have that capacity and our (US) medical system doesn't promote it much either. To say that kids need a smack on the rump and make them play outside is to not really understand what some parents and children go through.
M.U.L.E. on xbox live would R.U.L.E.
Neopets? Webkinz? My seven year old is currently to too busy trying to get the Crossed Swords achievement in Gears of War 2.
As proof that things are only getting worse the list of deadly sins, written in the 6th century, has just had an update. The Vatican has added pollution, mind-damaging drugs, genetic experiments, and monetary social injustice. New Line Cinema has already retained Morgan Freeman and is working on a script for 'Ten'.