WHAT: Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) today released the“Let the Kids Game” booklet, a guide for parents that combines third-party research, survey results and expert advice to share the benefits of video games, along with helpful tips for parents looking to buy or play games. Now available at SOE.com and WhatTheyPlay.com, the brochure aims to reach out to parents to help them understand the often-overlooked benefits of playing video games, such as SOE’s upcoming free, family-friendly online game, Free Realms®. With the help of top experts, such as John Davison, co-founder of the online parenting resource What They Play, and Cheryl Olson, Sc.D., the“Let the Kids Game” brochure indicates that games are an unexpected way to not only bring families closer together but also have the potential to form future leaders.

Contrary to popular belief, studies have shown that video games can be good for kids. Key findings cited in the brochure include:

• Video games are related to improvements in vision, social interaction and visuospatial cognition (a skill associated with several careers, including architecture, engineering and surgery).

• Playing games together can forge stronger family ties between parent and child, and between siblings.

• People who play online games often emerge as leaders since online games offer opportunities to operate in environments that are global, competitive and emphasize large-scale cooperation.

WHEN:“Let the Kids Game” is now available for free download at WhatTheyPlay.com and SOE.com. In addition, parents who visit What They Play can enter the“Let the Kids Game” contest with a chance to win an Alienware laptop and a Free Realms prize pack.

WHERE: For more information and to access the“Let the Kids Game” brochure, please visit:




FREE REALMS: Free Realms features eye-popping visuals, unique and quirky quests, entertaining minigames, customizable avatars and social networking are all a part of the free-to-play experience. With a wide array of gameplay styles, players can choose from a number of activities. From exploring the magical world, to fighting monsters, to racing dragsters, to cooking and fishing, and raising pets, Free Realms offers something for every gamer.

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