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8 Best Games for Stress Relief

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Something that comes up a lot when you ask gamers why they like gaming is the phrase “I do it to relax.” After a long day at work or school, it’s great to be able to rest your mind and pop in a game—it gives you something to keep you occupied while cooling down from real-life anxieties. But we know gaming doesn’t always look like relaxation: Your sullen teenage son aggressively plays Call of Duty to “relax.” Your niece puts hundreds of hours into a nerve-racking role playing game to “relax.” Your mother screams at Candy Crush to “relax.” What’s up with that? Read More

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Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved and My Depression

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I suffer from chronic depression. There, I said it. It’s not something I’ve shared publicly before, though most of my close friends and family know. I’ve been depressed for so many years that I started to believe it’s just part of my personality. I’m still struggling with finding the treatment that will work for me, but I’m hopeful that will happen soon. Admitting you have depression is a scary thing to do. Mental illness is still vastly misunderstood, and some people can be unbelievably cruel to those who suffer from it. That’s why I’ve kept it hidden from public view for so long. However, one thing I haven’t hidden is how much I love video games. Last year saw the release of Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved, and I believe it’s one of the most innovative games released in the past few years. But my love for this game goes beyond the fact that it’s innovative and fun. I love it because on days when I play it I feel noticeably better in terms of my depression. Read More

6 Games That Make an Xbox 360 Kinect a Good Purchase for the Holidays

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Microsoft’s Kinect motion sensor for Xbox 360 sort of seems like a faded fad at this point. The device launched with expectations that it would revolutionize gaming, and it certainly did well for itself, selling more than 24 million units. However, core gamers didn’t like the lack of precision, many early games were lackluster, and developers stopped paying much attention to it within a couple of years. Read More

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!

Top 5 Motion Games for Holiday Family Play (With Marilyn McKenna)

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What does your family do together during those holiday get-togethers? Besides eat? My family might take a walk around the neighborhood, put a puzzle together, or play a board game. But in recent years we’ve added video games to pre- and post-dinner rituals. There’s usually a little Mario Kart or Mario Party, and sometimes we try other games. This year, I hope to get everyone up off the couch with some of these motion games. Here are our Top 5. And thanks to fitness expert Marilyn McKenna for helping us test three of these. Read More