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Creative, Crafty, and Charming! 10 Etsy Shops With Really Cool Video Game Merch. (mobile version)

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Last week I told you about some nerdy arts and crafts projects you could have fun with in your home. This week it’s time to get professional: I went hunting for some of the best geek-themed Etsy stores, presented below for your enjoyment. There are lots of websites out there with video game merch, but by shopping on Etsy you can support independent artists and get one-of-a-kind handmade crafts!

Whether you’re looking for gifts for family or friends, or just a present for yourself, these shops can give you what you’re looking for!

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8 Great Video Game Cosplays You Should Make With Your Kids (Mobile Version)

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Source: TV Tokyo

Pokemon and Trainers

There are tons of human trainers for your kids to choose from, and parents can make some pretty cute Pokemon. Major benefit: you basically get to walk around in footie pajamas, and kids can put trainer costumes together after a couple of trips to the thrift store.

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Chell, Atlas, and P-Body

Kid as Chell, Mom and Dad as Atlas and P-Body, the robots. This cosplay would be a little more work, but we think it’d be pretty cute.

Source: Official Zelda

Princess Zelda, Link, and Navi

Princess Zelda, Link, and the fairy Navi would make a fantastic cosplay set for parents with a baby or toddler.



Pacman Ghosts

Looking for something easy to throw together last minute? Have too many kids to know what to do with? Pacman ghosts are a retro favorite, and adults can be Pacman and/or Ms. Pacman.


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Angry Birds

There are a bunch of birds to choose from in the Angry Birds canon—beware of forcing the pink one on your daughters, though. Especially if you have more than one daughter. It could get ugly.

Planet Minecraft



Minecraft cosplay is easy to make because all you need is some cardboard and poster paint to build all those pixels—and there are lots of characters to choose from!



Plants or Zombies?

Plants Vs. Zombies? Oh yes. We recommend that very young kids become zombies—toothless, bald, big-eyed—I mean come on, you can’t pass that up. Older family members can choose between plants and zombies, and either way, everybody gets to be silly.


 Sack People

LittleBigPlanet is a great cosplay for any size or shape of family, since the characters—Sack People—are fully customizable. You can all create individual Sack People in the game and then dress up as your unique avatar!

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Don’t Be Scared: Start a Family Game Night! (mobile version)

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It’s a busy world, and families are always looking for more ways to spend time together.

Well, parents at least are looking for more ways to connect with their kids. Movies provide us with such classic solutions as “camping trip to an isolated location where everything goes wrong,” or “another cliche.” Luckily, the answer is a lot easier than that.

It’s time for family game night.

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6 Games Based on TV Shows Your Kids Love (mobile version)

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I’ll be straight with you. There are a lot of games out there based on TV shows—and many of them were made in the 1990s and early 2000s. This isn’t great if you’re looking for game tie-ins to your kids’ modern TV favorites.

Game tie-ins are pretty famous for being awful. (Does anyone remember the Reservoir Dogs game? No? I thought so.) That being said, the rule isn’t universal. Exploring an existing franchise in a new medium should be seen as an opportunity to do something fun and different. It’s slim pickings out there, though. These games are a few of the ones that get things right.

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja

Naruto Shippuden

Ultimate Ninja is a series of games based on the popular anime, “Naruto.” The games are fighting games where players pit super-powered ninjas from the series against each other. The latest is Ultimate Ninja Storm 3: Full Burst. It’s a mouthful, but fans of fighting games and of the “Naruto” series will enjoy breaking out their ninja powers. The series is rated T, and a new game with more characters is scheduled for release in 2014.

Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?!

Adventure Time

Cartoon Network’s “Adventure Time” has spawned two video games. This is the good one. Available for the Nintendo DS and 3DS, Hey Ice King! is a side-scrolling dungeon adventure where heroes Finn and Jake stop the princess-hungry Ice King from making a Garbage Princess. Yeah, it sounds silly, but if you’ve ever watched the show you know exactly what you’re in for—classic, clever, “Adventure Time” silliness.

Phineas and Ferb: Across the Second Dimension

Phineas and Ferb Across the Second Dimension

Disney’s “Phineas and Ferb” has spawned quite a few games. Across the Second Dimension, released in 2011 for the DS, Wii, and PS3, is a great introductory platformer for younger kids—your older ones might find it too simplistic. The dimension-hopping craziness will keep kids hooked, and the scientist brothers, along with their platypus pet, are smart and peppy role models for any kid.

Wizards of Waverly Place: SpellboundWizards of Waverly Place

Another popular Disney show, “Wizards of Waverly Place,” has a moderately successful game based on it. Spellbound, like Across the Second Dimension, might disappoint older gamers with its simplicity. But this DS game lets kids perform magic spells and go through a variety of mini-games, as well as a main quest featuring the characters of the TV show.

The Magic School Bus: Oceans

Magic School Bus Oceans

This is one that I used to play obsessively when I was a kid. Magic School Bus: Oceans has been repurposed for the DS, but with all the charm of the original PC version. This game teaches kids about all the different levels of the ocean and its creatures. Some of the puzzles can be challenging, but all are fun and engrossing.

Legend of Korra Mini-games

Legend of Korra

Last but not least, check out the website to access a bunch of mini-games based on the “Legend of Korra,” the sequel series to “Avatar: The Last Airbender.” Korra is the playable character, and kids can use her bender powers to avoid enemies and obstacles. These games aren’t plot-based, but they’re fun diversions and worth a look for fans of the show!