Digi Makeover

 
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New looks get old fast; mixed message for tweens.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Does this software send the message that girls need to wear makeup to be pretty? Or is it just fun to see what you can do to alter appearances with hairstyle and makeup?

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this software sends some mixed messages. Will girls who use it think they aren't pretty without makeup? Or will it educate them about billboard and magazine ads and how fabricated the beauty is that they find there? For some it may simply be another form of harmless dress-up, which allows tweens who are still looking for their identity to try out new ones digitally -- without resorting to the real and scary bathroom ear-piercing incidents and punk dye jobs.

What's it about?

With DIGI MAKEOVER from Radica, tween girls can digitally experiment with their own appearance and the appearance of six other models. Girls can try out different hairstyles, makeup, and accessories. The game works by plugging the Digi Makeover touchpad into a television using the audio/video input jacks. Girls make decisions by pushing buttons on the touchpad to select from possible options shown on the TV screen, and they use a stylus to apply makeup to a model's face.

Is it any good?

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Girl testers said most of the hairstyles didn't look realistic. The makeup options also produced mixed results: While it was fun to change eye color, it was difficult to apply subtle eye makeup. And trying to undo previous actions often resulted in wiping clean all your previous work.

Parents will have to wrestle with whether Digi Makeover could lower their daughter's self-esteem by sending the message that girls aren't pretty without makeup. Or perhaps Digi Makeover might help teach that makeup can create fake beauty, so they should be skeptical of the glamour shown in magazines. Some parents, however, will probably consider Digi Makeover as simply another way for young girls to play dress-up. But Digi Makeover, while initially interesting, won't keep girls' attention for long given its clunky design.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about beauty. Does this software make you feel like you aren't beautiful without makeup? Or does it reveal that many of the representations of beauty within our culture are fake? And, just for fun, what does mom look like with green hair?

Game details

Platforms:Plug and Play TV games
Price:$60
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Radica
Release date:November 17, 2006
Genre:Girl
ESRB rating:NR for (Plug and Play TV games)

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Kid, 12 years old April 17, 2010
 

This is a fun game to get creative with

I think this game is just a fun game where girls can enjoy creating new looks.
Adult Written bymom23kids April 9, 2008
 

rip-off

Please don't waste money it will disappoint your daughter to tears. It is a great concept but doesn't work at all like described. It is very frustrating to use and the whole idea was to take a picture and give yourself a makeover but the camera didn't work.
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
 
I love this games! it is sooooo much fun! I like to make up myself, but the defalt girls are kind of more fun, because the makeuup and hair is set to them, and it matches perfectly. the only problem with the cemera is that you have to be in a really bright place to take a good pic o yourself. Overall a great game that kids of all ages will enjoy!

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