Thursday, April 26, 2007

Barbie Girls MMO and Barbie Girl MP3 player

Alright, so it's not quite Azeroth, but girls who log onto Mattel's new Barbie Girls online community can play games, chat and "hang out"
with other tween-ish participants, which sounds just as good
preparation as any for the chaos that they'll soon be able to
experience (as in, as soon as the parents' credit card gives the green
light) in more "mature" communities such as WoW, Second Life and the
upcoming PlayStation Home. Girls can naturally customize and accessorize
their avatars, with up to 2.64 quadrillion combinations available, and
"B Chat" with one another in a moderated and
as-safe-as-reasonably-possible environment. In July, Mattel will launch
a companion Barbie Girl MP3 player, which will allow girls who have met
in person and synced the player with each other's computer to
participate in "Secret B Chat," which allows more privacy and more open
conversation. The $60 device includes 512MB of memory and a miniSD
expansion slot, and unlocks additional content for the girls, alongside
$10 accessory packs that we're sure will make similar methods of
extortion, such as the Oblivion "horse armor" incident, seem positively
generous in comparison.

Article Link (Engadget)

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