Gaming News Roundup: A Surprise Win at BAFTA

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A Surprise Win at the BAFTA Game Awards

The BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Game Awards were this Thursday, with Destiny taking the title of best game. It was a move that surprised many, since the game didn’t win any other awards it was nominated for; it was also not as critically acclaimed as some of the other nominees. Minecraft won the award for best family game.

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Octodad: Dadliest Catch is coming to Xbox One and Wii U this summer. The game is a big fan favorite, with players acting as the octopus dad who has to keep his family from finding out his true mollusk nature. Meanwhile, his tentacles don’t quite function like human arms do, and hilarity ensues. Read our Octodad: Dadliest Catch review here.

 

PlayStation Mobile Coming to an End

PlayStation Mobile will stop producing and distributing content in September 2015. PlayStation Mobile was Sony’s attempt to work with Android to bring its content to more devices, but few mobile devices ever supported the effort.

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Blizzard Adds More Diversity to Overwatch

A new Overwatch character named Zarya was announced by Blizzard this week—and she looks pretty cool. Games featuring female characters who aren’t svelte are pretty rare, so it’s exciting to see Blizzard stepping up to plate. Overwatch is a team-based fantasy sci-fi shooter where players can choose from a number of different characters, each with their own special skills and abilities. The game is still in beta.

February Was a Good Month for the 3DS

Nintendo’s 3DS outsold both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in February 2015. It’s unusual for a handheld device to do so well, but the with the new and updated version of the 3DS coming out, and the latter two consoles seeing a dip after the holiday season, it makes sense that people are flocking to Nintendo’s handheld.

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

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A Dad’s Destiny Beta Impressions

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This article originally appeared on EngagedFamilyGaming.com, a website dedicated to providing families with the information they need to make informed gaming decisions. We’re happy to announce that we’ll be regularly crossposting articles from Engaged Family Gaming. We’re big fans of Stephen Deutzmann, and we’re thrilled to offer Pixelkin’s audience this gaming dad’s perspectives and insights on family gaming.

Destiny, a multiplayer online first-person shooter that will release later this year, held its open beta this past weekend. People came. They shot guns. They battled aliens and robots. They explored. They even did the Harlem Shake. So many people played that Activision is reporting that it was the largest beta of this console generation (over 4.6 million players took part in it)! We learned a lot about Destiny and how it will play. I spent a lot of time in the beta. I did everything you could do and I have to say that I came away very impressed with the entire experience. It really feels like Bungie and Activision have something here. Read More