How One Game Designer Helped Batkid's Dream Come True

Last month, San Francisco was transformed into Gotham City for a day, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and a little boy named Miles Scott. Miles, five, has been fighting leukemia...Read More

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Is the government spying on our gaming kids?

An article in the New York Times December 9 detailed programs by U.S. and British spies to infiltrate World of Warcraft, Second Life, and Xbox Live. As a mom who periodically...Read More

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Games Unplugged: Dungeons and Dragons 101

“Before you stretches an immense cavern, stalactites dripping into the inky abyss below. In the far distance a pair of large glowing eyes illuminates the piled coins that fill the...Read More

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What To Get Your Gamer For Christmas (Hint: It's Not Just About Games)

I am a gamer. And by the way, I’m 59 years old and I’m a mom. (My kids are in their twenties now, but yeah, I’ll always be a mom....Read More

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Gamer Videos Wanted!

Pixelkin wants to know what you have learned from video games. If you want to be featured in our upcoming video, email us a 10-30 second clip telling us your story....Read More

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10 Great Male Role Models for Teenagers

A few days ago we did a post on female role models in video games. To follow up, here are 10 male role models. As before, we hope these characters...Read More

Games Unplugged: 6 Tips for Getting Teenagers to Play Board Games With You

Video games are our favorite topic at Pixelkin, but we like board games, too. A thread at investigates how to play board games with teenagers, and what kind of...Read More

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Why You Shouldn't Blame Video Games for Violence

Exciting recent studies have shown that video games improve elderly brain function, aid teens struggling with depression, and increase mobility in physical therapy patients. Games could be considered a relatively untapped resource—they haven’t...Read More

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Thanks to Game Bundles, Everybody Wins

If you want to check out the indie game scene, there is perhaps no better way to do so than by seeing what the latest game bundles have to offer....Read More

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10 Fantastic Female Role Models for Teenagers

(Click here for the mobile version) These are some of our favorite female role models in gaming. That is, women we want to emulate–women we wouldn’t mind our teens (girls...Read More

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Review: Tearaway: Scrappy Charm

At this year’s PAX, I played a short game demo that stole my heart. Now, three months later, I’ve finally been able to play Media Molecule’s Tearaway. Somehow, after so...Read More

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6 History-Based Games You Should Play With Your Kids, Part 2

Click here if you missed part one. Last time, I talked about complex, strategy-oriented video games based on actual history. This time, I’d like to talk about titles that use...Read More

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How to Connect With Your Kids Through Games

Teens often want to talk about their interests—do you listen? Rachael Ward writes about her experience growing up and playing video games, and wanting desperately to share with her parents. Rachael’s...Read More

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Fantastic Dads Make Games Better for Daughters

Mike Hoye wanted his young daughter, Maya, to be able to play The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, but Maya had a problem. She wanted to play Link, but...Read More