Techmeme listed that “Sony In Advanced Talks To Buy Kids Social Gaming Service ClubPenguin“. It seems as though Sony is looking to get involved in kids online social gaming, Club Penguin being one of the more popular ones. TechCrunch‘s coverage of the story mentioned Club Penguin’s virtual world competitors “which broadly includes Second Life, Runescape, Gaia, Habbo Hotel, Cyworld, Neopets, Webkinz and others.”
I just gave my son Internet access on his laptop after installing Internet controls. Should I let him enter the world of kids online gaming? I have friends who’s children enjoy ClubPenguin and Webkinz, bordering on hooked. But the games seem harmless and are mostly free… One of the moms at the Silicon Valley Moms Blog mentioned that she arrived at a local store when it first opened to get the WebKinz “Pegasus Pony” and “Pink Poodle”.