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9 Reasons Kids Game So Much

And What You Can Do About It

Killing Baby Animals

And Other Things No Kid Should Be Asked To Do

New Research:

Kids Who Play Games are More Social Than Those Who Don't

Interview: DC Douglas

On Voice Acting, Sharknados, and More

Make Your Own Virtual Reality Headset out of a Cell Phone and Some Cardboard!

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The 10 Best Family Games We Saw at PAX

The Pixelkin Staff spent the weekend at PAX Prime looking at games and attending panels on a variety of topics related to family gaming. Here are the 10 best family games...Read More
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What Is PAX and Why Should You Care?

Over Labor Day weekend, video game fans from all over the world will descend upon Seattle for four days of demonstrations, panels and fun, known as PAX, which is short...Read More
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Playing Games Online Is Something Any Parent Can Do With Their Kids

When I was growing up in the 1990s, “stranger danger” was a popular refrain. The Internet was a brave new world, and parents were concerned that with sudden access to...Read More
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[Review] Wayward Manor

Wayward Manor, author Neil Gaiman’s first foray into gaming, is a game to unite a family with varied gaming skills. An indie, point-and-click puzzle and adventure game for PC, Wayward Manor...Read More
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Killing Baby Animals and Other Things No Kid Should Be Asked To Do

We talk a lot about what makes kids games good. Today, I’m going to tell you about something that can make a kid’s game very bad: emotional manipulation via imperiled baby animals. In other...Read More amazon

[News] What’s Twitch and Why is Amazon Buying It for Nearly $1 Billion?

Non-gamers out there may not have heard of Twitch, but in the video gaming world, it’s a big thing. It’s so big that now Amazon has fought off Google’s bid...Read More
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New Research Shows That Kids Who Play Video Games Are More Social Than Those Who Don’t

Think back to your middle- and high-school years. You’re in the cafeteria, or on the playground, or you’re waiting outside the classroom chatting with your your friends. Suddenly, the conversation...Read More
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[Interview] Pixelkin Talks to DC Douglas about Voice Acting, Sharknados, and More

A few weeks ago I got to interview actor DC Douglas. I knew him as Legion from Mass Effect 2, one of my favorite games, but he’s had a long...Read More
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9 Reasons Kids Game So Much and What You Can Do About It

When I identify myself as an authority on family gaming, the conversation often goes something like this: Concerned Mom (wrinkled brow, stage whisper): “So, I don’t tell everybody this, but...Read More
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Disney Infinity Is Now Free to Download for Wii U

But don’t be deceived—if you don’t already own the game on Wii, you will still be spending money. Starting today, Disney Infinity is available as a free download for Wii U from...Read More
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6 Games That Address Grief, Loss, and Depression

When a person, especially a young person, is experiencing grief for the first time, it can be incredibly disorienting, isolating, and confusing. If you’re watching from the outside, the feeling of...Read More
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Turning Chore Time into Fun Time: Gamification in the Home

This article originally appeared on, a website dedicated to providing families with the information they need to make informed gaming decisions. We’re happy to announce that we’ll be regularly...Read More
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[Review] The Fall: “Nothing Binds Me”

In The Fall, a point-and-click adventure game, you play as the artificial intelligence (AI) aboard a combat suit, programmed to protect the human inside.  Who could have predicted that a...Read More
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Gaming and Giving in Memory of Robin Williams

Did you know that actor/comedian Robin Williams was an avid gamer? Williams even went as far as naming his daughter Zelda after the popular video game character. The actor was...Read More
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Libraries Aren’t Just for Books Anymore

Most of us grew up with the notion that libraries are a place for books (or maybe videos, if you’re young enough). Some libraries around the country are changing their...Read More
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5 Games That Will Show You the World

When I was 16 I went on a road trip with my dad through southern France. I sat in the passenger seat with a huge book of maps in my...Read More
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Make Your Own Virtual Reality Headset out of a Cell Phone and Some Cardboard!

At the end of June, Google’s annual I/O conference marked the debut of Cardboard, a brand-new, low-tech alternative for virtual reality (VR) technology. VR has been pretty experimental so far, and while...Read More
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Tearaway Unfolded Is Coming to PS4!

In what is possibly the most exciting news of the century, Media Molecule is making a version of Tearaway for the PlayStation 4! The announcement came from Gamescom 2014, during...Read More
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7 Video Game Vacations That Will Please the Whole Family

If you have gamers in the family, it’s a good bet that you can find something fun and game-related on your vacation. And don’t worry, that doesn’t mean sitting inside...Read More
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[OPINION]  The Last Tinker: When Good Games Make Bad Choices

The question “what is your favorite color” is especially difficult in The Last Tinker: City of Colors. You are trying your darndest to reunite the people of Colortown and fight...Read More

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 Valiant Hearts Valiant Hearts is a puzzle game that takes an intimate approach to learning history; a group of friends and their dog must find a way to survive the Great War.

 Mario Kart 8 Mario Kart 8 is a family-friendly racing game for the Wii U starring characters from the Super Mario universe.
 Transistor Transistor follows a mute woman named Red and her talking sword—the Transistor—as they fight the robots that have taken over their city. This action role-playing game is available for the PC and PlayStation 4.

 Monument Valley Monument Valley is an introspective puzzle app in which the player guides a princess through a series of beautiful, ghostly buildings that she navigates by solving geometric puzzles. You can get it for iOS (iPhone and iPad) and Android devices.

 PvZ Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is a whimsical third-person shooter featuring cartoon plants and zombies. This E10+ game (appropriate for everyone 10 and over) is available on multiple platforms.

 Broken Age Icon square Broken Age tells the parallel stories of two teens: a boy trapped on a protective spaceship and a girl who must save her village from the monster Mog Chothra. It’s available for Mac and PC.

 Octodad Image Octodad: Dadliest Catch is a funny stealth game in which you play as a loving, cephalopodan father who must hide his true species from his family. It’s rated E10+ and is available on the PC, Mac, and the PlayStation network.

 tearaway Tearaway is a platformer starring a paper messenger named Iota. With the player’s help, Iota travels across a dangerous landscape to deliver his message and purge the world of the mischievous Scraps. Rated E for Everyone, it’s available on the PlayStation Vita.

 Just Dance icon square Just Dance 2014 (rated E10+) is a rhythm motion game featuring popular top hits and colorful graphics. It’s available on platforms that have motion sensors: PlayStation 3 and 4, Wii and Wii U, and Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

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