The founder and CEO of PX Kids Interactive, Inc. is Dan Saad. After spending 20 years as an Executive Director in the not for profit field, year 2010 was the start of a new career path for Dan. “It was actually my wife who one day told me that I should write all my kid stories down and be a story teller.” Since their first of five kids was born in 1995, Dan would make up impromptu bedtime stories when putting them to bed.
“One of the funniest and favorite stories of my kids was the basis for the Expulsar game,” Dan explained.
“It was a story about a boy and his dog enjoying a day at the neighborhood park, when a couple bullies showed up and tried to ruin the day. That scene is the basis for the first scene in the Expulsar game. George is the character in this story and now has a main role in the Expulsar game along with his twin sister Sarah,”
Asked if there are any stories written about George and Sarah for kids to read, “Yes,” Dan said excitedly, “I thought they would be published first, but when I wrote the game design plan for Expulsar, I knew the game had to be released first to introduce George and Sarah.”
Dan invites parents and kids to fully take advantage of all that Expulsar has to offer by spending time in the game tutorial. “Most kids have experienced bullies and everyone struggles with the demons of the seven deadly sins. Yet most kids grow up never learning what these sins are or how to cast out their demons. Fear is the weapon used by bullies and demons to control people.”
The players’ weapons in the Expulsar game are the three persons of the Holy Trinity: God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Expulsar teaches kids to say, ‘Go in the name of Jesus.’
This is important to conquer the fear of a kid who is still afraid of the so called boogeyman in the closet or monster under the bed. That being said, it is critical that kids learn God’s four cardinal and three theological virtues.
The first seven assistant characters in the Expulsar game are named after the seven virtues. As a person becomes more virtuous, they begin to reap the fruits of the Holy Spirit. The eleven fruits of the Holy Spirit are also assistant characters that kids can choose as part of the game play,” Dan explained.
Dan was clear that the game was designed for kids to have fun, but also encourages parents to spend time going through the games tutorial to learn and then read the scriptural verses which support the game concept to their kids.
“Two valuable nuggets this game offers are the seven prayers and the scriptural verse from the bible book Habakkuk. First, the seven prayers can be listened to by kids anytime and can be used to prepare for first communion. Second, Habakkuk 3:4 describes the weapons used in the Expulsar game: ‘His brightness was like the light; rays flashed from his hand; and there He veiled his power.’”
The last point Dan shared with me made a lot of sense. “When someone becomes possessed by a demon such as anger and bullies others, that don’t mean it has to be forever. In fact, even good people sin, and sometimes it begins to negatively affect their behavior.
The beauty of our God is that he forgives us if we are willing to confess our sins. In Expulsar, we don’t kill; we cast out the demons, thereby freeing the individual. That is why at the completion of a game scene, the demon character joins the other characters to say a prayer together.”
Dan is the producer, marketing manager, and wrote the game concept plan, for the Expulsar game. He lives in Prior Lake, Minnesota, USA.
Dan received the 2009 Humanitarian Award conferred by the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota for his many years of coaching youth and his efforts to help shelter troubled and homeless youth.
He was named 2003 Coach of the Year as the head coach of the Prior Lake Girls Cross Country running team by the Minnesota State High School Coaches Association.