A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
The site cultivates a little bit of a ruffian spirit. In the game Dodging Traffic players get bonus points for spray painting trains.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some of the female skater characters can be customized to wear suggestive outfits, like midriff-baring tight T-shirts. In contrast, male characters wear baggy clothing and are usually covered up in pants and long T-shirts.
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Products & Purchases
The Web site is an offshoot of the Tech Deck finger skateboards toys from Spin Master. The site features links to both Spin Master and the Tech Deck product site.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this site was created as a companion to the Tech Deck line of products by Spin Master and has yet to officially launch. In addition to "skateboarding" online, users will soon have the ability to chat with others (no word if the chat will be controlled with preselected messages or not), post to boards (for now they seem really clean), and send private messages. Although the site is being marketed as a free site, there's a paid subscription program in the works that will offer premium content. The site also has links to both Spin Master and the Tech Deck product site.
Is It Any Good?
Thankfully, when Tech Deck made the leap from reality to virtual reality, the fingertip skaters transformed into real people, albeit heavily-stylized cartoon skaters. But the philosophy hasn't changed: show off skating tricks without the risk of falling. The danger is removed, but so is the exercise component and some of the fun. The site does best when it doesn't try to be too cool. From the looks of the sample game Dodging Traffic, a Frogger-inspired challenge that's super fun to play, the site should be a big hit with younger skater boys and girls.
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