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Thrill car racing is just a video game away.

This week, I had the pleasure of getting into the driver’s seat with an expert on car racing video games, a 9-year-old third-grader who has been a car enthusiast since he could talk. When it comes to video game playing, he plays car-racing games almost exclusively. His collection of racing games is so extensive that we could only compare his favorite five.

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Gears of War 3 is a gamer’s game. This award-winning third-party shooter plays like an action movie with superb graphics and realistic special effects drawing both the old and the too young!

Although rated M for mature audiences, tweeners can’t seem to stay away from Gears’ aliens, chainsaws, tough-talking macho men, guns, blood, guts, decapitations and curse words — f**k, sh*t and a**hole, specifically.

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The plight of Sackboy, the main character in Sony’s LittleBigPlanet2 video game, rated E for everyone and available on the PlayStation3, is simple but brilliant.

It’s obviously envisioned by a parent who, like me, dreams of a super toy-sucking device to rid the living room of Nerf bullets with one sweep.

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Last Friday night I was intrigued to observe a dozen 9 and 10 year old boys and girls sort through a massive collection of video games and cooperatively decide to play just one – Wii Sports Resort. This game has been in our covey of CDs for several years, and it’s one of my 10-year-olds favorites. Actually, it’s one of my favorites, too, but oddly, I’ve never reviewed it. Perhaps it’s just so familiar to me that I assumed it is to everyone else, as well.

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While my little man, age 10, has mastered the portal of power and plays Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure, a fantasy video game that combines video playing with physical characters through a synced portal, (reviewed Oct. 27), kids a few years older are discovering another out-of-this-world “sky” game – Skyrim.

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