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A Gamer's Way To Give

We’ve already featured some of the many examples of gamers making the world a better place. Now there’s a new example from a Seattle company called Game It Forward. Quingo, Game...Read More


Students Showcase Their Skills With Game Design

Here in Seattle, we’re lucky enough to be surrounded not only by many game companies (Valve, 343 Industries, and Big Fish to name a few), but also by fantastic programs...Read More


Games Unplugged: LARPing 101

As a kid, I played games at recess that involved some very weird imaginary scenarios. There was one about a magical rainbow summer camp populated by giant spiders, and another...Read More

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The 3 Coolest People I've Never Met

The three coolest people I’ve never met in person are teachers who use games in their classrooms. These teachers are dedicated, creative, progressive, compassionate, and effective. In short, they’re everything...Read More


8 Tips for Playing Skyrim With Young Kids

Michael Abbot’s daughter Zoe is only four, but she plays The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim—a game that contains blood, gore, and even cannibalism—with her dad. Skyrim is not a child’s game. So what...Read More

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New Release: Call of Duty: Ghosts

The newest major Call of Duty game, Call of Duty: Ghosts, was released today for current and next-gen PlayStation and Xbox consoles, as well as PC and the Wii U....Read More

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See What Teens Say About Grand Theft Auto and Portal 2

What do kids have to say about the games they play? Common Sense Media is a good website where you can find out. For every review, they canvas parents as well...Read More

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New Research: Gaming Associated With Increase in Brain Volume

A new study from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, published in the journal Molecular Psychology, has found a direct, causal relationship between playing video games and increases in...Read More

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Game Jams: What They Are and Why They Rock

If you’re an indie game developer, there is no better way to get your heart pumping than by participating a game jam. A game jam is like a 48 hour...Read More

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The Method That Helps Students Learn More

Since 2003, teachers at the Elisabeth Morrow School in New  Jersey have been combining learning and play to pursue 21st century learning goals. But what is 21st century learning? Marianne...Read More

Will There Ever Be Strong Women in the Nintendo Canon?

Ever noticed how often Princess Peach needs rescuing? When Shigeru Miyamoto (creator of the massively popular Super Mario Bros. franchise) designed the 1981 classic game Donkey Kong, he designed it for a...Read More

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Nintendo Suspends Swapnote to Cut Down on Minors' Misuse

Nintendo, whose primary demographic is younger kids, has suspended its Swapnote service for 3DS as of October 31.Read More

Why the Problem With Shooters Isn't Shooting

Shooters are fun, engaging players in a loop of adrenaline-fueled gameplay that occupies them for hours. Take a trip to GameStop and you’ll notice that everyone has figured that out—most...Read More

8 Great LGBTQ Characters in Gaming

Looking for a list of openly LGBTQ characters in gaming? Video games haven’t, to date, been the most inclusive of mediums, but there are a few out there that make a...Read More