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We Aren’t Losing a Generation of Boys to Games

“How We Lost a Generation of Boys to Video Games.” That’s the title of a recent article in The Week, and it’s a familiar sentiment; kids nowadays, eh? They’re pretty...Read More
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Microsoft Is Buying Minecraft

There’s been very little “will they-won’t they” talk surrounding Microsoft’s acquisition of Mojang, the company responsible for Minecraft. Six days ago it was rumored that Microsoft was looking into buying...Read More

[Review] Dance Central Spotlight

One of the biggest concerns voiced about video games is that they’re making kids fat. Critics of games bemoan the hours spent sitting on a couch in front of the...Read More
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[Review]Gummy Drop! Adds Its Squishiness to the Match-3 Mix

I’m 59-year-old woman and, like most middle-aged women, I’m a gamer. That’s right. More than 60% of women between 45 and 64 play video games. They may not play Assassin’s Creed...Read More
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[Video] Families Come Out for the Vintage Computer Faire

The Living Computer Museum in downtown Seattle held its first annual Vintage Computer Faire on August 9th. Families were invited to get hands-on with a 3D printer, make jewelry, play...Read More

My Toddler Is a Zoo Tycoon

Like most young children, my daughter is fascinated with animals. Cute and cuddly, smooth and slimy, dark and creepy—you name it. She loves them all. We spend hours looking at...Read More
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New Release: Grail to The Thief

Grail to the Thief, a choose-your-own adventure game suitable for visually impaired players, is now officially available for download! It was created by game company For All To Play and successfully...Read More
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A Parent’s Easy Guide to the Nintendo Consoles [printable chart]

Nintendo has released some pretty awesome games over the last 125 years (yes, it’s really that old). In the 1980′s, after the fall of Atari, the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) was largely...Read More
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The Dangers of “I Don’t Know”

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 be crossposting articles from Engaged...Read More
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[Review] The Sims 4

I absently rubbed the ache in my shoulder while my mouse hand continued to zip around the table, clicking incessantly. I had been playing The Sims 4 for six hours. For...Read More
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Parents Who Hate On Technology in the Classroom Are Wrong

Not long ago I spoke to a really angry mom at a business networking event. Somehow we got onto the topic of educational games, and this mom launched into a...Read More
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[VIDEO] What Do Families Think of PAX Prime?

On Labor Day weekend, the Pixelkin team went to PAX Prime. While we were there we played a lot of games, met a lot of great people, and asked local...Read More
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The 8 Best Family-Gaming Panels We Attended 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 best panels we attended...Read More
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The 6 Best Educational 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 six best educational games...Read More
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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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 Dance Central Spotlight Dance Central Spotlight is a fun and inexpensive way to get more exercise into your game time.
 The Sims 4 The Sims 4 is a simulation game that lets you guide virtual people through life, love, and dream careers.

 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.

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