Observing that "the video gaming industry is larger than the motion picture industry in terms of annual revenues," Spielberg thinks there are "a lot of positives to the video game industry," citing how games act as "the great uniter."
Part of the charm of "Boom Blox" is that it does just that, it unites all ages in a fun activity of building and knocking down blocks in progressively harder puzzles. Its cute characters will appeal to both kids and hard-core gamers.
Noting that movies have "so overwhelmed my life," Spielberg calls his collaboration with EA "a beautiful thing" because it allows him to take a hiatus from movies and "come over here and not only play games, but help design them."
Game Score: 5 stars (out of 5) Best for ages 7-up ESRB Rating: E From Electronic Arts,www.boomblox.ea.com, $49.99, Nintendo Wii
Jinny Gudmundsen is the kid-tech columnist for the Gannett News Service and USA Today.com, and is also the editor of Computing with Kids Ezine (www.ComputingWithKids.com ).