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[Podcast] Gaming With the Moms #15: What Is the Mother of All Apps?

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This week it’s all the video game news and rumors with gaming moms Nicole Tanner and Linda Breneman. Plus lovely and brilliant young ‘uns Simone de Rochefort and Keezy Young. Everything from summer sales of games that teach us math to Russian billionaires who may be risking all our lives by contacting aliens—we have it all!

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Angry Birds 2 Set for Release on July 30

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The immensely popular Angry Birds game will get its first official sequel. Angry Birds 2 will be released on July 30. I know what you’re thinking. This is a sequel? What about all the gazillion different versions out there? Aren’t those sequels? No, apparently not. Since the original game, which launched in 2009, there have been 11 spinoffs. Some of these feature movie licenses (like Angry Birds Rio), others change up the environment (like Angry Birds Space). Read More

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[Podcast] Gaming with the Moms #9: I’m the Mom That Hides Devices

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Welcome to episode 9 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 we all answer the questions of communications guru Kate Curtis, a self-proclaimed mom who hides her kids’ gaming devices. Kate also helped our own Linda Breneman on her recent Ignite Seattle talk (below).

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Here Are the New World Video Game Hall of Fame Finalists

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The World Video Game Hall of Fame is a new effort by the Strong National Museum of Play to highlight games that have inspired and influenced the medium throughout the history of gaming. These games were chosen from among thousands of public nominations. They had to meet four criteria. The first was icon-status, or widespread recognition. The second was longevity. The third was geographic reach. And the final criterion was overall influence in the field of games, but also other media (and pop culture in general as well).

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Screen Time Concerns: Setting Limits on Video Game Time

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This article originally appeared on LearningWorksForKids.com, a site dedicated to talking about games and technology in relation to “alternative learners,” which includes kids with learning disabilities, dyslexia, autism, and ADHD.  In this post, Dr. Randy Kulman gives advice on how to set practical limits on your kids’ video game time.

I am a child clinical psychologist, and while my five children might argue that you could find better advice elsewhere (I do know that they love me, anyway), the parents of my patients often ask me for recommendations on child-rearing practices. One of the most common questions they ask is how to limit kids’ video game, social media, and technology use. I routinely caution parents that they need to recognize the individuality of each of their children and tailor their parenting approach accordingly, but there are some general rules that apply to all children when it comes to video game and technology use. You might think that as the founder of an educational technology company, my answer to queries about limiting digital play would be, “Don’t.” This is not the case! Read More