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Minecraft

A disc-based Minecraft for Xbox 360 is in the works


In addition to the new 'Minecraft Realms' service
Mar 13
// Jordan Devore
Knowing that Minecraft has been a consistent top seller on Xbox 360, it's unsurprising to hear that Mojang, 4J Studios, and Microsoft are putting out a disc-based release for the platform. When it arrives at retail in the US ...
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ESRB

New ESRB rule means we could see less age-gated trailers


I was born on January 1, honest!
Mar 12
// Jordan Devore
With recent changes at the Entertainment Software Ratings Board, the amount of time we spend entering in our date of birth for Mature-rated game trailers (and then reentering it, because it never seems to keep) may diminish. ...
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Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon's best game nominees include... Wii Sports!?


Nickelodeon has its finger on the pulse of kid culture
Feb 18
// Tony Ponce
Awards shows are pretty bullsh*t. Videogame awards shows, even more so. But awards shows on children's networks like Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon are the cream of the anal muck. They have open voting to give kids the illus...
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Sandy Hook Arcade

Not-for-profit Sandy Hook Arcade Center opens in Newtown


Arcade 'established to foster fun for families and children'
Feb 17
// Harry Monogenis
The Sandy Hook Arcade Center, a not-for-profit business, has now officially opened its doors to the local community and beyond thanks to the initiative of two locals: Andrew Clure and Scott Cicciari. Thanks to the behemoth of...
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EA wants to be 'part of the solution' in violence debate


CEO says games aren't responsible, but must tackle negative perception
Jan 31
// Jim Sterling
Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello addressed the recent criticisms leveled at the videogame industry following the Sandy Hook shooting. While the executive was keen to point out the lack of evidence suggesting games are res...
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Bungie

Awww: Bungie visits a recovering child at the hospital


Heartwarming story of the day
Jan 21
// Jordan Devore
As much as the negativity online can eat away at your mind if you aren't careful, the Internet can also be an overwhelmingly positive place. Take, for instance, Reddit user fiscal_ posting about his five-year-old son Brady ne...

'Gun violent' videogames removed from MA truck stops

Jan 12 // Jonathan Holmes
I'd be happy if violent videogames became less popular in an organic, natural way. That could be seen as an indication that American society was slowly becoming less obsessed with glorifying war and gun violence in general. To try to force that to happen by blaming and shaming violent videogames (and the people who play them) by censoring them out of existence is, at best, like putting a band-aid on a broken leg, or at worst, like amputating the wrong leg. We live in a society where news programs compete for ratings on a daily basis by broadcasting the most violent, fear-inducing, negative news they can dig up. This competition often occurs on a 24-hour cycle. We live in a society that continues to perpetuate the false idea that having a mental illness is something to be ashamed of, damning you to one of the lowest rungs on the cultural ladder if you happen to have an particular type of brain chemistry, and that mental health treatment often involves getting locked in a prison-like "Asylum" after getting punched in the face by a guy who dresses like a giant bat. We live in a society where recreational abuse of addictive drugs is frequently glorified in pop music, movies, and television, while the fact that many of America's mass shooters were self-medicating with these very same mind altering drugs gets brushed under the rug. It seems to me that our brains, and the way our brains fit into the greater culture, are the factors that most determine our behaviors. Taking a look at the brain chemistry of the those who commit murder and/or suicide, and how those brains were affected by the world around them, might be more effective in preventing future murder-suicides than banning Time Crisis. If someone plays videogames in a way that isn't healthy for them, that's a sign that the real world might not be working for them. If we try to take their coping methods away, they'll just find something else to replace them with, something potentially much more dangerous than videogames (like those addictive drugs that our society so frequently glorifies). Better to help people get to the root of their problems before cutting off their methods for dealing with life. Some people who have a tough time with life also enjoy videogames. Some people with migraine headaches routinely take aspirin. Lets not blame the aspirin for the headache. State removes violent games from rest stops [Boston Globe, via GameSpot]
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While another town calls for destruction for violent games
My original plan for today was to head out to Connecticut to talk to residents of Southington about their initiative to destroy violent videogames. That event was canceled. So one ridiculous sidestepping of the real...

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Videogames now accused of giving children cancer


British tabloid does a British tabloid thing again
Jan 08
// Jim Sterling
British tabloid the Mirror has decided to try something a little different. With its peers implicating videogames in school shootings, this particular rag has a new approach -- blaming games for giving kids cancer. ...
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Yoshi

Yoshi is the world's greatest dad


brentalfloss' "Baby Mario & Papa Yoshi"
Dec 28
// Tony Ponce
My favorite track off brentalfloss' Bits of Me is definitely "Baby Mario & Papa Yoshi," a ragtime arrangement of Yoshi's Island's "Athletic." In the song, Yoshi decides to take care of the future Mushroom Kingdom hero in...
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Tank! Tank! Tank! makes kid weep manly Christmas tears


Child becomes inexplicably overjoyed at rubbish videogame
Dec 27
// Jim Sterling
If you were to unwrap a Christmas present and discover Tank! Tank! Tank! inside, anybody's natural instinct would be to burst into tears. However, for one child, his weeping was spurred by joy -- such an obscene gift actuall...
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Kid loses it after unwrapping Wii U Christmas morning


What a good kid!
Dec 27
// Dale North
The kid in this above Christmas morning video from YouTuber Deongello Vanorsby ramps up slowly, from delayed reaction to shock to... tears! Dad gets a flying bear hug that slowly devolves into grateful so...
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MAGFest

Flip tables at MAGFest: Best Child's Play fundraiser EVER


Channel your inner frustrated Japanese salaryman
Dec 21
// Tony Ponce
Who says you can't combine charitable giving with righteous anger? During next month's MAGFest at the Gaylord National Hotel in Maryland, you can take part in a very special fundraising activity. By donating a few bucks, you ...

NRA attacks videogames in Sandy Hook response

Dec 21 // Jim Sterling
He would also go on to attack such recently released films as American Psycho and Natural Born Killers, as well as music videos that, "portray life as a joke and murder as a way of life."  "But is that what it really is," he continued. "Isn't fantasizing about killing people as a way to get your kicks really the filthiest form of pornography? "In a race to the bottom, media conglomerates compete with one another to shock, violate and offend every standard of civilized society by bringing an ever-more-toxic mix of reckless behavior and criminal cruelty into our homes -- every minute of every day of every month of every year." In this statement, the National Rifle Association has successfully exposed itself as the craven, spineless organization it really is. Unable to simply defend his group on its own merit, LaPierre instead tried to deflect blame, passing the buck onto a safe and easily identifiable target in the pathetic hope that people would stop paying attention to guns. And what's he fucking going on about, claiming the media has tried to "conceal" violence in entertainment? Within moments of the Sandy Hook news breaking, we had mainstream media falling over itself to criticize videogames. LaPierre knows this, and at once hopes to exploit the media's scapegoating of modern entertainment while claiming he's the only man brave enough to scapegoat modern entertainment. A liar, a hypocrite, and a fucking invertebrate. What a lovely combo.  Also, good job reaching for a 10-year-old flash game that nobody's ever heard of in order to try and make a point. Free advertising for an incredibly obscure game, plus a nice public indicator of how desperate you are to find some sort of vague connection between games and Sandy Hook. Mind you, that was undermined the moment you brought up a 20-year-old fighting game that doesn't have guns in it.  Whether you agree with gun control or not, the malingering attempts to drag videogames into the debate is intellectually offensive. Here we have a group that claims to stand for the constitution, while attacking one of America's most envied rights -- the right to free expression. The two-faced pusillanimity of these lily-livered poltroons ranks highly among the most nauseating examples of accountability deflection I've ever witnessed in my career -- and I've seen most of them.  Feel free to read the whole thing, in which one proposed solution to gun violence in schools is to put more guns in schools. In any case, I'd like to thank the NRA for eradicating whatever shreds of sympathy I might have ever had for its cause.  Fuck you very much.  [Image source: woodleywonderworks]
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Lies and hypocrisy reach record levels
The National Rifle Association today held a press conference to cover its apparently cowardly hide in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting, which media pundits have already gleefully pinned the blame for on violent videogames....

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Buy tower defense RPG Tower of Elements to feed the needy


Double happiness
Dec 20
// Dale North
You would probably never have to talk me in to playing a tower defense RPG, but if you did, telling me that doing so would feed a hungry family would definitely help.  This is exactly what's happening with indie game com...
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Dad alters text in Wind Waker to turn Link into a girl


He wants his daughter to understand that girls can be heroes too
Nov 10
// Tony Ponce
Mike Hoye loves playing videogames and sharing his pastime with his three-year-old daughter Maya. Their game of choice is The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, and Mike likes to read the text aloud so Maya can follow along. Bu...
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Pat the NES Punk & brentalfloss channel their inner Queen


A Nintendohemian Rhapsody for charity
Oct 22
// Tony Ponce
[Update: Whoops! The actual NES marathon ended yesterday at 3 PM PST, but Pat is still accepting donations through his site until tomorrow.] Zealous NES collector Pat the NES Punk is holding a Child's Play charity that runs ...
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PokÚdex entries must have been written by children


It's the only explanation that makes sense
Oct 20
// Tony Ponce
If you've ever played a Pokémon game, you'd realize that some of the critters possess rather unbelievable abilities beyond comprehension. I'm not talking about just the legendary Pokémon but also the run-of-the-...
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ThinkGeek's pint-sized Portal gun won't break the bank


Batteries not included
Oct 19
// Jordan Devore
With Halloween fast approaching, ThinkGeek's new Miniature Replica Portal Gun ($59.99) is going to be hard to resist. It's got appropriately colored LEDs, a working trigger, and movable claws. Parents, think about how much c...
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Warning: this kids' Spyro costume is f*cking nightmarish!


An eldritch horror from beyond reason
Oct 15
// Jim Sterling
Behold! The LORD's cruelest joke! Cast out from Heaven, rejected by Hell, and feared by the realm of mortals. The rules of nature apply not to this misshapen beast, for it is wrought of no natural element. It exists without e...
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Jimquisition: Think of the Children!


Jimquisition happens every Monday!
Oct 15
// Jim Sterling
Children are the holy grail of conflict. In media, they are the go-to solution for instant dilemma in a can, a way to garner immediate sympathy from an audience because they're children, and children are sooooo sympathic. Ex...
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Have a trailer for Wonderbook's Book of Spells


More like Book of Smells ha ha ha
Aug 30
// Jim Sterling
Enter a world of majesty and wonder! Concoct spells dreamed of only in your most glittering fantasy! Feel like a bigger fanny than you ever thought you could be with Wonderbook, Sony's answer to the EyePet! Oh, wait ... ...
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Kid keels over after four-day Call of Duty marathon


Aug 09
// Jim Sterling
In science news, did you know that if you play Call of Duty for four days straight without drinking, you're ten times more likely to be hospitalized with dehydration? A teenager in Columbus, Ohio found that out just this week...
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Something is wrong with the Mario movie's coloring book


Aug 08
// Tony Ponce
Good news, bad news time. The bad news is that Bob Hoskins, famed English actor who starred in such films as The Long Good Friday, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Hook, and the notorious Super Mario Bros., was recently diagnosed wit...
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Nike+ Kinect Training and Kinect Sesame Street TV dated


Jul 24
// Jordan Devore
While it wasn't exactly entertaining to see during Microsoft's 2012 E3 press conference, I have a feeling Nike+ Kinect Training will do just fine for itself. The fitness game will be releasing in the United States on October ...
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Sony focusing on family-friendly games this Christmas


Jul 24
// Jim Sterling
If you're looking forward to a slew of cool PS3 games to play this holiday season, you might want to dial your excitement back just a touch. Sony has declared it'll focus on "family-friendly" games this Christmas, hoping to r...
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Goodnight, Termina Moon


Jul 18
// Tony Ponce
Goodnight Moon is one of the most beloved children's bedtime stories of all time. When set in the Zelda universe, it becomes the pool whence all nightmares emerge. That moon. There is no place to hide. There is no escape. Sweet dreams tonight, f*ckers. Goodnight, Termina Moon [Dorkly via GoNintendo]
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Man blames Microsoft for his kid's ú1150 Xbox Live bill


Jul 13
// Jim Sterling
A foolish child managed to spend £1150 of his father's money on Xbox Live. The father's response? Blame Microsoft for his own slapdash parenting, of course.  "He didn't realize it was costing real money," said...
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Awesome father paints Zelda mural on kid's walls


Jun 18
// Tony Ponce
If you are a deadbeat dad, go f*ck yourself. Seriously, you've got this little, impressionable person who looks up to you like you are the center of the damn universe, and you're NOT going to do everything in your power to m...
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The perfect evening attire for your Baby Blue Bomber


May 28
// Tony Ponce
Gamer parents who were born in the 70s and 80s are continuously discovering new ways to introduce their offspring to the hobby. Best to hook 'em while they're young, I always say! And what better way to instill an affinity fo...
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This five-year-old Mega Man fan ought to be Capcom's prez


Apr 23
// Tony Ponce
News came out this weekend that Reika Morishita, the vocalist of the Rockman DASH (Mega Man Legends) opening and ending songs, will be repackaging her MML tunes, and should the album sell 20,000 copies, Capcom might be persu...

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