[Podcast] Gaming With the Moms #5: “Crisis of Masculinity?” Wha?

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Welcome to episode 5 of Gaming With the Moms! Host and Pixelkin Managing Editor Nicole Tanner leads the conversation about family gaming news, Dr. Phil Zimbardo’s recent appearance on a TV show in which he promotes his new book “Man Disconnected,” and gaming headsets and headphones.

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Gaming With The Moms Podcast #4: George Lucas Was There

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Welcome to episode 4 of Gaming With the Moms! This is the podcast where we chat about all that’s new in gaming and tell great stories about families. Host and Pixelkin Managing Editor Nicole Tanner leads us through the news and a personal tale of a dad’s struggle with Minecraft. By which we mean—we forced a dad to play Minecraft and he learned a lot of hard lessons. Curtis Vredenburg joins us again as this week’s guest!

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[Podcast] Gaming With the Moms #3: Get Ready for Eeeeeee! (E3)

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Welcome to episode #3 of the Gaming With the Moms podcast, where we talk about family-gaming news and issues—and we occasionally/often go off on crazy tangents about geeky topics like Riker’s beard). Nicole Tanner, our host and Pixelkin’s managing editor, leads the conversation. This week we talk about violence in video games and other topics, including E3, the big industry convention.

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In this episode:

  • The people behind the beloved Banjo Kazooie game are coming out with a new game called Yooka-Laylee. A chameleon and a bat team up in this great-looking 3D platformer.
  • A leak! There are going to be new Star Wars figurines for Disney Infinity.
  • Microsoft has announced they’re going to make modding (modifying) Minecraft much easier. They’ve also announced the name of their new browser will be called “Edge.” Somehow this discussion morphs into a fight about how good the band U2 is.
  • Children’s TV shows can be annoying. How you decide what you can put up with (it’s not easy sometimes).
  • Simone and Linda had dinner with Jerry Holkins and had a lively discussion about Assassin’s Creed: Unity. We go on a rant about whether it makes sense to hide in haystacks, in closets, or in both.Assassin's Creed Unity
  • We talk about the video games we’ve been playing: Peggle Blast (Simone), Broken Age (Courtney), Year Walk (Nicole), plus the usefulness of walkthroughs. And why it’s always good to play hard puzzle games with a friend.
  • Although violence in video games sometimes looks bad to non-players, most video game players actually experience the violence in video games in much the same way that chess players do—as just a part of playing the game and trying to be a good competitor. (And yet, how we wish there were more creative games like SplatoonPortal, and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney that don’t involve “killing” things.)
  • Some video games are really funny, like the indie game I Am Bread, in which you’re a piece of bread trying to toast yourself, and a game that’s a favorite of Courtney’s, Octodad: The Dadliest Catch.
    Octodad Dadliest Catch

    Octodad: Dadliest Catch is fun and funny.

  • Not everyone is going to enjoy video games. And that’s okay. But we live for the day when “gamer” carries the same type of (mellow) connotations as “movie fan” or “reader.”
  • Somehow we get off on a long tangent about the myriad Star Trek series on TV.
  • We talk about the merits of an article in Gamasutra in which the author complains about the tyranny of popularity—how being popular makes games more popular, but it’s hard to break in and become popular in the first place.
  • We talk about Steam, an excellent place to buy video games on the Internet, and why it’s great. Especially with the new increased ability for games to ban players.
  • The June E3 conference is the place where many new games are announced. There’s a new press conference for PC games planned for E3. If you like being the first among your friends to find out when games are coming out, you can watch the streaming press conferences—or just wait for Pixelkin’s coverage of E3, because we’ll be watching and posting articles the whole time.

This podcast was recorded in the studios of the Jack Straw Cultural Center in Seattle. Music by Pat Goodwin at Novelty Shop Creative. Nicole Tanner, Linda Breneman, Simone de Rochefort, and Courtney Holmes participated in this podcast. Thanks for listening!

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[Podcast] Gaming With the Moms #2: Q&A & Free-To-Play

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Welcome to episode #2 of the Gaming With the Moms podcast, where we goof around and talk about family-gaming news and issues. Nicole Tanner, our host and Pixelkin’s managing editor, leads the conversation. This week Curtis Vredenburg, a dad of avid gamers,  joins us as our guest and asks for advice on a bunch of gaming-with-kids topics.

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In this episode:

  • Nicole talks about Superhero Girls, a new product line of comics, books, and toys that will put characters that look like Disney princesses in superhero costumes. Their waists may be wasp-like and their eyes may be too big, but at least they’re wearing pants!
    Source: DC Comics

    Source: DC Comics

  • Curtis, who doesn’t game much himself but has two boys who do, asks the Pixelkin staff for advice. We cover games to help kids learn foreign languages and games to learn typing. We also cover games for keeping gamer kids active with summer coming, like Kinect games, Geocaching, game-themed parties and scavenger hunts, live-action reenactments of video games, and games and apps that encourage running (like Zombies Run). Also—games that encourage kids to learn about different cultures, like Never Alone. Curtis wants a list of games to play over the summer, and we promise a post on that will be on Pixelkin soon.
    Geocaching logo

    Geocaching: the video game of the outdoors.

  • We explore the whole issue of free-to-play games that aren’t necessarily free, microtransactions, and how parents can help their kids stay out of trouble when it comes to paying too much for in-game merchandise. If it’s hard for adults to resist the allure of free-to-play and microtransactions, think about how hard it is for kids.
    Panda Pandamonium, free-to-play

    Free-to-play games aren’t free if you buy stuff in them.

  • We argue about the hard-core vs. casual gamer controversy. Is it over, and if not, should it be?

This podcast was recorded in the studios of the Jack Straw Cultural Center in Seattle. Music by Pat Goodwin at Novelty Shop Creative. Nicole Tanner, Linda Breneman, Simone de Rochefort, and Curtis Vredenburg participated in this podcast. Thanks for listening!

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[Podcast] Pixelkin’s Gaming With the Moms Podcast Debuts

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In the pilot episode of our new podcast, Gaming With the Moms, Nicole Tanner (of the beloved podcast Girlfight & Pixelkin’s managing editor) rounds up Pixelkin staffers to talk about video game news of interest to moms…and dads, and sons, and daughters. We’ve got you covered, people!

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