Wednesday, January 21, 2015

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One of the great thing about Nintendo is that it gives your family great family games that can be played their entire life. Our friends at FamilyGamerTV sent this video of the experts testing out new action figures that go with the video game Super Smash Brothers. I had to smile while I was watching this video because the game play in Super Smash Bros. is fun to play but also a great way to bring siblings together.

We Were Lucky

Our older boys were just 3 and 5 when video games moved into the livingroom from the Pizza Parlor Arcade. They grew up with Mario, Luigi, Link and Kirby. As a parent, one of our hopes for our kids was that they would grow up to be friends. The world can be a big, lonely, place but when you know you have a brother or sister out there who has your back then you can face hard times and still know that there is someone out there cheering for you.

This past New Years Eve our kids could have been anywhere. They are old enough now to buy champagne and definitely old enough to be out past midnight ringing in the New Year with their friends. But this year our kids were not just anywhere; they were home. They were home and at the stroke of midnight they were ringing in the New Year playing Super Smash Bros. One of the boys asked our daughter if she was Kirby. She responded without looking away from the screen "Uh, yeah, for the last 8 years". It was a great way to start the New Year.

Give your kid the gift of friendship

The thing that is so fun about these new (old) games is that they do have the figures that go along with the games and the kids can play together offline. They can use their own imagination and play together building off of the video game time. This is great for car trips or when you just want to balance screentime. 

For our kids, time spent together playing video games has turned out to be time spent building their friendship. And that is a fantastic thing. 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Family Gamer TV interviews Job Otero about Anki Drive and Skylanders

We have come a long way since Pong! In the 70's we were thrilled to be able to manipulate a green cursor across our very own TV screen.  With games like Anki Drive and Skylanders today's kids have all kinds of new interactive games that can be played on a number of devices.

One worry that parents were talking about back in the 90's was that these video games would kill our children's creativity and they would essentially become video game zombies (as is spoofed in the movie Sean of the Dead - definitely a PG13 movie). It turns out that many of the kids playing video games in the 70's, 80's, and 90's have grown up to be the video game developers of today and have built in all kinds of ways that video games of today challenge our children's individual imaginations.

Anki Drive and Skylanders are perfect examples of how video games, game play, and imagination combine.
Check out this interview to see Anki Drive in action!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Game Consoles are more than just gaming devices

Are you considering a new game console or wondering if you should keep your old one? Game Consoles can do more than ever before. Personally, I love that we can talk to our Xbox console and it seems to listen and respond.

Our friend Andy Robertson reports for the BBC on ways that Game Consoles can be more than just the box that plays the games. In this video he talks with a group of grownups on ways to connect their consoles to the Internet for Skype or Netflix (or even facebook / twitter ) to take advantage of all the other things that consoles can do.