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Killing Baby Animals and Other Things No Kid Should Be Asked To Do

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We talk a lot about what makes kids games good. Today, I’m going to tell you about something that can make a kid’s game very bad: emotional manipulation via imperiled baby animals. In other words, making kids feel guilty for failing to rescue digital animals from imaginary doom.

There are a ton of these games on the market right now, and boy do they make me mad.  Read More

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Not A Gamer? These 7 Games Might Change Your Mind.

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It’s okay to not be a gamer. A lot of my favorite people are non-gamers. There are, after all, millions of equally valid hobbies, and it can be hard to find the time or money to invest in a new pastime, especially one that requires (often expensive) hardware.

However, it’s equally plausible that you non-gamers out there just haven’t yet discovered your “gateway” game—that one, very special game that is just so fun, so interesting, so satisfying, that it gives you the confidence to try more games, and then more, until suddenly you’re...One of us!

For me, that game was the 1994 classic Crystal’s Pony Tale. For you, it will probably definitely be something else.

Below you’ll find a few of my favorite games for beginners. They’re cheap, they’re simple, and they just might get you hooked. And that’s a good thing. I promise. Read More