Learn with the V.Smile Pocket

by Damian

VSMILE pocket
The other night I saw a commercial for Vtech’s new V.Smile Pocket. Vsmile is a gaming system that is a learning system. The V.Smile Pocket is the company’s handheld gaming system. They allow your children to play video games, but learn at the same time. V.Smile offers games for children ranging from 3 to 9 year of age.

The system has games that feature popular characters like The Lion King, Care Bears, Winnie the Pooh, Bob the Builder, Elmo, Barney, the Little Mermaid, Spider-Man, Little Red Riding Hood, Toy Story, Mickey Mouse, Scobby-Doo, Aladdin, and Cinderella.

It really looks like a great product. The only problem I have with it is the commercial.

The television commercial showed two children, one named Dan and the other named Don.

They showed Dan playing the V.Smile Pocket and stated that he was learning math.

The commercial then showed Don playing some regular gaming system. The voice over then said Don enjoys crashing cars into walls. His parents must be very proud.

Ok, we get it. Dan is smart because he plays vtech’s V.Smile. He enjoys the learning programs. Do you really have to bash poor little Don just because he plays regular games? I mean he’s dumb. There’s no need to add insult to injury.

3 reviews or comments

Heather Says: April 15, 2008 at 8:32 pm

I found this commercial very offensive. So only trashy parents let their kids play video games? Kids who play video games are stupid?

My favorite part of this commercial is where they say “–AND THE INCREDIBLE GRAPHICS OF V-SMILE!” while focused in on what was possibly the most pixelated image of Aladdin I’ve ever seen in my life.

Regular video games actually involve more critical thinking and and are more mentally engaging than these ridiculous “educational games.” These are workbook exercises that are only good for young children struggling in school.

I’ve spent thousands of hours playing video games throughout my young life, and I am currently making straight A’s in college. I’m not saying video games are responsible for those grades, but I am trying to point out that they certainly did not detract from them.

Parents, try looking up “Pheonix Wright: Attorney at Law” for the Nintendo DS. Players are engaged by the unique characters and great storyline, while exercising their minds with each case. Players must present relevant evidence, weigh risks in making decisions, and investigate crime scenes.

V-smile would like you to think all “normal” video games involve “driving cars into walls,” but that is simply a flat out lie.

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