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!

22 Games Your Kids Will Want This Holiday Season

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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

[Review] Civilization: Beyond Earth

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Civilization: Beyond Earth is both familiar and completely new. I grew up playing the Civilization series, with its pseudo-historical war, economics, and diplomacy. Sure, some of the history was unrealistic (Gandhi was aggressively militaristic, and Cleopatra and Columbus could make trade agreements with one another), but the basics were there. I was given an exciting introduction into Earth’s history of civilizations and a set of economic rules to work with that helped my young self get some grasp on why leaders make some of the decisions they do. Beyond Earth is based on those same economic rules, and indeed follows basically the same format as previous iterations of Civilization. The only fundamental difference lies in the naming of things; instead of oil refineries, you create Xenomass Wells. Instead of building the Great Pyramids or sending a shuttle to the moon, you build an Ectogenesis Pod and a Holon Chamber. Read More