What Kids Want

To find out if Nintendo's new Game Boy Advance is up to snuff, I called in the real experts

As a single woman in my 30s, I'm naturally terrified of children. I mean, what do I do with them? How do I get them to do what I say? Will they even like me? To help answer these questions and that other great mystery of postmodern life--why kids are so mesmerized by video games--I arranged a little experiment. First I finagled four of the new Game Boy Advance handhelds ($100 successors to Game Boy Color with a larger screen, faster processor and better colors and sound) that Nintendo will release in the U.S. on June 11. Next I ordered a...

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