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The Evolution of a Gamer From a Brother’s Perspective

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I can still remember the first time my sister asked me to play games.

On any random night, I could be found in my room playing whatever game had caught my attention. That night, it was Halo. Too busy blowing up aliens and saving the universe, I didn’t notice that my sister had snuck into my room. She was prone to exploring everywhere, as is any young child, but usually knew to not watch when violent games were being played. Despite my warnings, however, she watched, and with that began her ever-growing fascination with video games. Read More

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Hidden Family Gaming Gems: Spelunky

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Old wisdom holds that it isn’t the destination that matters, but the journey, and no game better embodies this attitude than Spelunky.

Spelunky is about running, jumping, and exploring your way through a mysterious cavern, taking lots of inspiration from one whip-wielding archaeologist in particular. Most games of the running-jumping ilk are obsessed with forward progression—if you miss a step and plummet to your doom, you find yourself on the edge of the same crevice as before. Joyous daredevil leaps become simple, dull repetition. Read More

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Why Parents Should Be Playing Games With Kids

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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. We’re excited to have a relationship with LearningWorks For Kids where we will be cross-posting articles and supporting each other in emphasizing the positive aspects of gaming and technology. Read More