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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that there is a substantial amount of violence in the form of war imagery, car crashes, and more. While the violence is moderated, and there are some games included for mash-up that would certainly suit younger users, this is definitely a activity for older kids.
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What's it about?
This site takes the now common practice of music mash-ups, which mix different songs together to create an entirely new mix, and applies it to video games, allowing users to remix cut scenes, add music, and create something altogether new and exciting. These new videos can then be posted on the site for friends to see and comment on, or they can be shared and embedded through a variety of services including Facebook, WordPress, Piczo, and many more.
Is it any good?
While some may wonder who or why someone would spend the time to do this, the mash-up is yet another innovative outlet for the creativity of gamers, and the results can often have substantial artistic value in their own right. In addition, the site features a strong social element, allowing fellow users to comment and rate the videos.
Mashade is not easy, as exhibited by the high percentage of amateurish videos on the site, but the controls are fairly intuitive and there are a wide range of effects, clips, music, and more to use. When done right, the results can make one feel as if they are watching (or making) a movie or short video, and for hardcore fans, bring new appreciation to a favorite game or scene, and -- take it from experience -- it can be really, really fun and addictive. The practice of mashing has its detractors, but seeing the videos made on this site makes it difficult not to simply marvel at the ability of sites like this to support and encourage new directions of freedom and creativity.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about digital creativity. This site supports the premise that, even if something has already been done before, there are always new and fresh ways to express your creativity. Even with the same group of tools at their disposal, hundreds of people can make hundreds of different videos, expressing their own unique point of view. See more on digital creativity.