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Thursday, February 09, 2006

Monster Rancher 2: An unusual family activity

Monster Rancher 2 is a Playstation game that involves breeding and raising a variety of monsters to send into battles and on adventures. It's kind of like having a virtual pet that you can train to do certain things successfully. This game is full of cartoon-like pictures, numbers and words. It's not particularly educational (except for the concepts of proper health considerations for animals, to some extent), but it has turned into a family activity in my household.

I was first introduced to Monster Rancher 2 by a family friend and got hooked on it. Playing this video game helped me through my second pregnancy, including the first three hours of labor.

For a long while after that we didn't have a Playstation or Monster Rancher 2. That all changed this Christmas, when my husband found and purchased a used copy of this compelling game for me. We've been playing it ever since.

At first my husband and I expected it to be an escape from the kids...one of us would be upstairs playing while the other one took care of our children. Little did we know that our kids would want to watch. After watching a while, some of them have started asking for certain things when we're playing. "Do the Power Drill, please?" "Don't click the short-cut!"

Then, the truly amazing thing happened. Alex took my hand, led me upstairs and put my hand on the controller! He asked me to play Monster Rancher 2! This is truly remarkable, since before that moment the only requests like that Alex would make were for food and for puzzles. :-)

Now, Monster Rancher 2 is a regular family fun activity in my household. If you're kids like cartoons and you're looking for a way to get them to spend some more interactive time with you, you might just want to give it a try! ;-)
(Warning: some violence is involved, but it's not graphic.)

9 Comments:

At 2/10/2006 1:52 PM, Blogger Lisa Renee said...

We used to have a playstation but unfortunately it was stolen back when we lived at our old house. It sounds like a cool game though, I play the Sims and Tropico on my computer that I bought for myself for that very same looking for stress type relief and my girls ended up being even more involved in playing it than I was.

We've talked about getting another one, I know my husband misses having a playstation as much as our youngest does and might. So if we do? I'll check it out since part of my problem with PS2 was the lack of games that Aubrey would play versus ones I'd let her play.

 
At 2/10/2006 5:25 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Monster Rancher 2 does have battles, but they're cartoon battles. If you have a problem with Bugs Bunny and the like, then I wouldn't recommend it, but if you don't mind monsters beating on each other as long as it's not graphic (and they do get injured if you're not careful), then I'd say it would work. Brandon plays it, though he hasn't quite figured out how to take care of his monsters...yet another reason not to have a pet. :-)

 
At 2/10/2006 5:31 PM, Blogger reverse_vampyr said...

By the way, thanks for the link. I've added you to my blogroll as well.

 
At 2/10/2006 5:41 PM, Blogger Lisa Renee said...

The problem with Aubrey was she didn't like any of the games that were appropriate for her age and I wouldn't let her play any of the ones that were not. This one sounds like it's more appropriate.

 
At 2/10/2006 5:56 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

R_V,

You're welcome and thank you!

 
At 2/10/2006 5:59 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

How old is Aubrey?

Brandon's eight and is struggling (despite having two very good role-models!) with raising his monsters. If she's older, and/or more willing to follow advice, then it'd probably work.

I have two sites w/ tips that I've found that I'll provide for you if you decide to get it. However, I don't recommend you let Aubrey search for such tips herself. When I did the search I got hit by a lot of porn that popped up despite our filters. NOT the kind of thing a young girl should see!

 
At 2/10/2006 7:52 PM, Blogger Lisa Renee said...

Aubrey's 11

Yeah we've had a few pornish experiences when searching for animes because she loves japanese animes her older brother got her into watching the ones I thought were okay. She wanted to find a few pictures for her blog and we clicked on a site and? OMG I clicked off quick....

:-)

 
At 2/10/2006 9:06 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

One of the sites I clicked on put up so many windows with pics I had to turn my computer off. And the pics were especially disgusting.

But, being 11, I think she could handle MR2. If you decide to get it let me know and I'll be very willing to give her the sites I know are clean.

 
At 2/10/2006 10:45 PM, Blogger Lisa Renee said...

I will Stephanie and thanks, we are finally getting to the point where another PS2 might be in the future.

:-)

 

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