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Last Minute Software Gifts

Boot Camp feature for Friday, December 18, 1998

Stuff that stocking with software. I'm Fred Fishkin with Bootcamp, a report on computers and technology. Giving software as a gift can be a bit risky. You have to know if the games will run on the recipient's computer.Quite a few new games, for instance, require 3D video acceleration. For young children, just about any title from Humongous Entertainment will provide lots of fun. We like Backyard Baseball and Backyard Soccer. At Hasbro Interactive, they've transformed toys like My Little Pony and Mr. Potato Head into CD ROM Games. And they've made toy attachments for computer keyboards. One is called Tonka Workshop...

"Kids as young as three years old can use these tools and as they manipulate the tools, they're controlling the action on a screen."

Dana Henry of Hasbro. There's a new Star Wars set as well. The company has digitized popular board games like Monopoly and Life...and some TV game shows too... (sound) For othergrown-up entertainment, the You Don't Know Jack games from Sierra are a bit off color, but fun to play. And if you have a digital camera or a scanner, Broderbund's Cosmopolitan Virtual Makeover and Essence Virtual Makeover will let everyone at a party try different hairstyles and such. It's obviously made for women, but men will get laughs out of it too.