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The Many Social Benefits of Playing Video Games

A gamer holding an Xbox 360 controller.

I wrote this article as a research paper for one of my classes at LCCC and recently published it on HubPages because I thought parents of gamers and younger gamers might find it interesting and informative. Since this blog covers video game related topics, I thought it would be useful to share it with my readers here. This article covers how video games may help children to learn valuable social skills. In this article, I discuss how multiplayer and co-operative video games can be particularly useful in helping individuals on the autism spectrum develop social skills.



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Style Savvy: Styling Star Custom Fashion Designs

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I enjoyed Style Savvy: Fashion Forward more than I expected I would, so of course I had to get Style Savvy: Styling Star as soon as it was released. I was a bit bummed that the new Style Savvy game was only available as a digital download in the US, and that they put it on 3DS instead of Switch, but it is still a worthwhile purchase if you enjoyed the other games in the series.



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Style Savvy: Fortune Teller Room

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In addition to clothes, hair, and makeup, Style Savvy: Fashion Forward allows you to do some interior decorating via miniatures. These miniature rooms are then magically converted into real rooms that people in the town can rent from you in Caprice Chalet. I don’t bother with making rooms in Caprice Chalet as often as I play the other features in Style Savvy: Fashion Forward, but I have made several rooms. I have chosen my Fortune Teller room, which includes a handy crystal ball and a toy black cat, as well as a variety of house plants and mystical decorations, as my Streetpass and online showcase room (though so far I haven’t run into anyone who has this game on Streetpass). Please feel free to download my Fortune Teller room and check it out! This room is very popular with the people in my town who want to practice reading fortunes, or who simply want to pay me to play with my toy black kitty.



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Moco Moco Friends to Benefit Make A Wish

Moco Moco Friends

In my last blog post, I reviewed a new RPG for Nintendo 3DS called Moco Moco Friends. If you on the fence about Moco Moco Friends and need another reason to play this adorable game, or if you are still deciding between this and Yo Kai Watch, Aksys has announced that they will donate a portion of the proceeds from Moco Moco Friends to The Make A Wish Foundation.



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Moco Moco Friends Review

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Moco Moco Friends is a new RPG for the Nintendo 3DS developed by Racjin and published by Aksys Games. This game is set in the world of Dreamtopia, a magical place inhabited by adorable creatures called Plushkins, which resemble stuffed animals. You play as a witch named Moco who has just graduated from Plushkin Magic School. Your goal is to become the world’s greatest Plushkin Master.



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Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival Review

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Though a lot of Animal Crossing fans were disappointed that the two newest installments of the Animal Crossing series are spin-offs, I am enjoying Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer and Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival.

Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival is a lot like Mario Party. It is a virtual board game based on the Animal Crossing series. The biggest difference is that there aren’t mini-games throughout the main board game (though there are mini-games available to unlock in the main hub). Each board features a different month, with each turn representing a day. Throughout the month, various fun events will happen, just as they do in the main Animal Crossing games.



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Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer Halloween Designs

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I made a few Halloween designs in Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer to help you get into the Halloween spirit! Incorporate them into you home designs to help the animal villagers decorate for Halloween! Just scan the QR codes you want into your game. They will work with Animal Crossing: New Leaf as well.

First up is a witch costume Pro Design. Let your favorite villager dress up in this costume for Halloween! (If the image is too small to scan, click on it to enlarge.)



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Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer Review

Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer

I got Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer last Friday before heading out to Midoricon. Though it is a bit different from the main series games, it is still just as fun! As long as you don’t go into it expecting it to be like the previous Animal Crossing titles, if you are a fan of the series, you are sure to enjoy this cute little spin off. I don’t believe that the negative reviews are justified, since it never claims to be a regular Animal Crossing game.



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Tomodachi Life: Pug QR Code

Pug Tomodachi Life Mii QR dog

Here is the QR code for another Mii character I made for Tomodachi Life. This one is a random pug dog. I don’t know what made me what to make a pug, I just did. He is short, has a wrinkled face, and is wearing a dog suit. If you give him a different outfit, I bet he will look really disturbing looking.

His real name is Pug Pug and his nickname is Pug. He is just a pug. Invite him to your island. Give him a rent-a-dog ticket. The possibilities are endless!



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Tomodachi Life: X-Men QR Codes – Jean Grey, Storm, and X-23

X-Men Ladies in Tomodachi Life

It’s been a while since I’ve shared any Miis for Tomodachi Life. Today I am sharing three X-Men Miis I made for the game. I have three of my favorite X-Men characters: Jean Grey, X-23, and Storm. I may add Emma Frost at some point in the future. (I don’t know why I didn’t make any male X-Men characters. I never even thought of it.)



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