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Kidsday: Testing EA games

I got a chance to do what I think every kid would want to do: test EA games coming out soon. I went to a Hot for the Holidays press demonstration event at the club Crimson in Manhattan last month. I tested some new games before they actually hit the street.

The first game I tested -- and my favorite -- was Madden NFL 13 for the PS3 and the PS Vita. This is the first Madden game for the PS Vita. In both systems, the graphics are realistic and outstanding. In this year's Superstar Mode, you can play as and unlock NFL Hall of Famers. In the PS Vita game, a feature allows you to touch your receiver on the screen and drag to create a new route.

I also tested NCAA Football 13 for the PS3. It's an exciting game that is fun to play because it has all the mascots and college celebrations. The game lets you play with former Heisman winners and put them on any team you want.

I tested Fifa Soccer 13 for the PS3. It's a very fast-moving game. The goalies are so athletic -- just like the professionals.

I also tested SimCity for the PC. Its creators felt video games were becoming too dark and gruesome. This game is designed to let you create your own mini world online, choosing the culture and environment.

Finally, I tested some games that were apps. I tested Scrabble. It's an update to the current Scrabble app except with better features. Friends can play through Facebook, Apple and Android systems.

Next was Need for Speed: Most Wanted. It is a racing game that has been around for quite a while. In the game, you race across the city and play with your friends, too, if you want.

Testing all these video games was an amazing experience and a memory I will cherish forever.

Talking to Yankee David Robertson

Kidsday reporter Charles Beers, 15, of Huntington interviewed New York Yankees reliever David Robertson in the dugout at the stadium before a recent home game. Charles talked to David about his career, his friends on the team, his nickname (Houdini) and the advice he received from Mariano Rivera. Last season, David was selected to the All-Star Game for the first time in his career. David talked about his charity work, High Socks for Hope, where he donates $100 for every strikeout he records. Last year he had 100 strikeouts, and this year he is hoping to top that number. You can watch a video of the interview at exploreLI.com/kidsday.

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