Ever since the first Despicable Me film was released, the little yellow guys known as Minions have become extremely popular. They’ve become so popular that they’re getting their own movie…
Welcome to episode 4 of Gaming With the Moms! This is the podcast where we chat about all that’s new in gaming and tell great stories about families. Host and Pixelkin Managing Editor Nicole Tanner leads us through the news and a personal tale of a dad’s struggle with Minecraft. By which we mean—we forced a dad to play Minecraft and he learned a lot of hard lessons. Curtis Vredenburg joins us again as this week’s guest!
Welcome to episode #2 of the Gaming With the Moms podcast, where we goof around and talk about family-gaming news and issues. Nicole Tanner, our host and Pixelkin’s managing editor, leads the conversation. This week Curtis Vredenburg, a dad of avid gamers, joins us as our guest and asks for advice on a bunch of gaming-with-kids topics.
In this episode:
- Nicole talks about Superhero Girls, a new product line of comics, books, and toys that will put characters that look like Disney princesses in superhero costumes. Their waists may be wasp-like and their eyes may be too big, but at least they’re wearing pants!
- Curtis, who doesn’t game much himself but has two boys who do, asks the Pixelkin staff for advice. We cover games to help kids learn foreign languages and games to learn typing. We also cover games for keeping gamer kids active with summer coming, like Kinect games, Geocaching, game-themed parties and scavenger hunts, live-action reenactments of video games, and games and apps that encourage running (like Zombies Run). Also—games that encourage kids to learn about different cultures, like Never Alone. Curtis wants a list of games to play over the summer, and we promise a post on that will be on Pixelkin soon.
- We explore the whole issue of free-to-play games that aren’t necessarily free, microtransactions, and how parents can help their kids stay out of trouble when it comes to paying too much for in-game merchandise. If it’s hard for adults to resist the allure of free-to-play and microtransactions, think about how hard it is for kids.
- We argue about the hard-core vs. casual gamer controversy. Is it over, and if not, should it be?
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 Curtis Vredenburg participated in this podcast. Thanks for listening!
Microtransactions. That’s one of the latest buzzwords in the gaming community—and if you’ve ever played a casual game like Candy Crush, you know what it means. It’s the “only 99 cents!” pay-as-you-go model of gaming, where you might end up spending a lot of money, but you don’t notice it. This can be a problem when it comes to kids. Read More