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This Week in Family Gaming

This Week in Family Gaming: December 20th

Did you see our holiday gift guide yet? It has info on all our favorite games, from E to M. Also from A to Z. But seriously, no age group...Read More
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[Review] Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris

Lara Croft is one of the most iconic characters in video games. A couple of years ago, she was reinvented in a reboot of Tomb Raider that focused more on story...Read More
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How To Decide Which Video Game System Is Right for Your Family

If you’re thinking about buying a video game system, what are your best choices this year? It’s hard to say; there are so many good systems! But we’re going to...Read More
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6 Games That Make an Xbox 360 Kinect a Good Purchase for the Holidays

Microsoft’s Kinect motion sensor for Xbox 360 sort of seems like a faded fad at this point. The device launched with expectations that it would revolutionize gaming, and it certainly...Read More
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8 Reasons Kids with Autism Should Play Games

This article originally appeared on, a site dedicated to talking about games and technology in relation to “alternative learners,” which includes kids with learning disabilities, dyslexia, autism, and ADHD....Read More
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Pixelkin’s Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are almost here, and one of the most commonly requested gifts for kids of all ages is video games. If you aren’t a gamer yourself, you might be unsure...Read More
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This Week in Family Gaming: December 13th

Hello Pixelkiners!  The most important thing you’ll ever read is Courtney’s how-to guide for spotting knock-off video game consoles and accessories. From harmless off-brand products to knock-offs that will burn...Read More
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Top 5 Motion Games for Holiday Family Play (With Marilyn McKenna)

What does your family do together during those holiday get-togethers? Besides eat? My family might take a walk around the neighborhood, put a puzzle together, or play a board game....Read More
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The Great Motion-Game Playtest with Marilyn McKenna

What do holiday family get-togethers mean to you? Eating? Or eating, watching movies or sports on TV, playing board games, putting puzzles together, and more eating? Those time-honored family pastimes are always...Read More
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[VIDEO] A Tour of Video Game Boxes

Video game boxes do more than clutter up your home. It’s true. In this video I walk you through all of the important information included on boxes, as well as...Read More
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[Review] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a family-friendly puzzle-platformer for Nintendo Wii U. The game stars Captain Toad and Toadette, two enterprising mushroom people from the universe of the Super Mario games. Captain Toad:...Read More

ROBLOX Can Turn Your Kids into Game Developers

At first glance, Tucker Stuff may seem like your average teenager. This 15-year-old from South Bend, Indiana, likes playing games and tinkering with electronics. But you might be surprised to...Read More
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How to Recognize Knock-Off Gaming Accessories

When you buy something online, how do you know it’s a trustworthy product? What if it’s a cheap imitation of the real thing? What if it’s going to break in five...Read More

Hour of Code Can Teach Your Kids to Progam

December 8 through 14 is Computer Science Education Week, and during this time schools, companies, and organizations host what is known as an “Hour of Code.” While the events vary...Read More
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4 Reasons to Buy a Wii U This Holiday

When the Wii U first launched two years ago, no one was sure what to make of it. Lots of people thought it was simply an expansion to the Wii....Read More
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This Week In Family Gaming: 12/06/2014

Hey Pixelkiners, I’m back from Thanksgiving break with the latest game news for you. For people with young kids, bedtime can be… a struggle. Playing games is a great way...Read More
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APA Says Video Games Are Beneficial

Did you know that earlier this year the world’s largest organization of psychologists recognized video games can be good for you? In January 2014, the American Psychological Association (APA) published...Read More
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[Review] Tengami for Wii U

Tengami, by Nyamyam, is short, sweet, and elegant. Once strictly a mobile game, Tengami was recently rereleased for Nintendo Wii U. In January 2015, it will also be released for Mac...Read More
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[Review] Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, the two new Pokémon games, are educational games. I know this because I’ve been playing Omega Ruby for a a week, and I spent more...Read More

Video Game Music Makes the Perfect Lullaby

As a parent of a young child I’m all too familiar with the eternal struggle of bedtime. After many sleepless nights, I discovered a nightly ritual of a lullaby playlist...Read More

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 Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is an adorable puzzle-platformer for Wii U that is entertaining for gamers at all experience levels.

 Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire is a kid-friendly adventure game in which the player competes to become the best Pokémon trainer in the land.

 LittleBigPlanet 3 LittleBigPlanet 3 is a fun, cooperative platforming adventure for the whole family.

 Super Smash Bros for Wii U Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is a family-friendly fighting game starring some of Nintendo’s most popular game characters.

 The Sailor's Dream The Sailor’s Dream is a thoughtful, atmospheric, and melodious mobile game in which you explore islands and discover the story of an old sailor and the woman he loved.

 Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved is a motion game where players punch and sweep their arms in time to a variety of songs, just like a conductor.

 Pokémon Art Academy Pokémon Art Academy is an educational drawing game for the 3DS. “Players” learn  basic drawing skills in a series of lessons designed to teach the ins and outs of designing Pokémon.

 Skylanders Trap Team Skylanders: Trap Team is an action-adventure game in which you take on the role of a Skylander and save the Skylands from the evil Doom Raiders. The game is expensive, but incredibly fun.

 Costume Quest 2 Costume Quest 2 is a hilarious holiday adventure through time and space. Two twins must save Halloween from an evil dentist and his monster minions.

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