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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.
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    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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Pixelkin's Holiday Gift Guide

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The holidays are almost here, and one of the most commonly requested gifts for kids of all ages is video games. If you aren’t a gamer yourself, you might be unsure of what to buy. We’ve collected a list of our favorite games released during the entire year and broken them down by ESRB rating to make it easier for you to make smart decisions about your purchases. No matter what your chosen platform or preferred rating is, you’ll find some game recommendations right here. Clicking the Buy buttons in our guide helps to support Pixelkin.

Happy Holidays and happy gaming!

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Shopping for the holidays is always stressful, and when you don’t know much about what you’re shopping for, it can be even worse. We know walking into a video game or toy store and staring at the rows upon rows of games available can cause even the most calm parent some anxiety. Which games would your kids like? Which games are you OK with letting them play? To give you some tools before you brave the video game section, we’ve compiled a list of the 22 most popular new games coming out between the months of September and December. Your kids should be thrilled to receive any of the games on this list. Read More

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Assassin's Creed Unity Disappoints With Its Lack of Female Characters

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One of the biggest uproars to come out of this year’s E3 is the announcement that Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Unity won’t have playable female assassins. Not even in co-op mode.

This is an incredibly disappointing decision, given that some of the previous Assassin’s Creed games have featured female assassins. One of the games, Assassin’s Creed Liberation, even stars a female protagonist.

This time around, the dangerous ladies were cut because of looming production costs and time. The team decided to focus on its customizeable male assassins.

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