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9 Reasons Kids Game So Much

And What You Can Do About It

Turning Chore Time into Fun Time: Gamification in the Home

6 Games That Address Grief, Loss, and Depression

Libraries Aren't Just For Books Anymore

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

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[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 EngagedFamilyGaming.com, 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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They’re Learning What?! Sex (Ed) In Gaming

This article is Part 5 in our Sex in Video Games series. Sex education can be a contentious topic among parents. With different laws in each state and different programs in...Read More
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[VIDEO] 3 Games From E3 That Make Me Look Forward to the Future

At long last, here’s the final installment of Pixelkin’s trip to E3. This time I talk about three of the most interesting games I played on my last day there—Road...Read More
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Girls Make Games is Using Kickstarter to Help These Kids Turn Their Video Game Into a Reality

This last June, the new summer camp Girls Make Games provided a three-week crash course in game design for young girls in the San Francisco Bay Area. The campers broke up into small teams based on...Read More
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4 Types of Typing Games That Can Help Your Kid Learn Keyboarding Skills

When my son was young, he had a learning disability called dysgraphia—a problem that affects handwriting. Students who have dysgraphia can have problems in school. Fortunately, my son learned to type...Read More
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[New Release] The Counting Kingdom Hits Steam

Remember when I reviewed the adorable and educational game Counting Kingdom? The game is now being released on Steam, so you can give it a try yourself. The Counting Kingdom...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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