How Do You Know If A Game Is Appropriate For Your Kid

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Your kiddo wants to play the latest and greatest new game.  They’re excited about it. All their friends are playing it.  You, though, haven’t even heard of it.  You’re not alone.  Many many parents ask the same question: How do you know if a is appropriate for your kid?

There are a lot of games released each year.  Like, a lot a lot. In 2017, for example, nearly 8000 games were released on the Steam platform alone .  That jumped to over 9000 in 2018. Developers across the world release more than 20 a day.  And that’s just one platform.  

Now, things get a little easier to manage when you narrow the scope to just the major titles released in a year, but that’s could still easily top a hundred in a single year.  

Add to all that your own kiddo’s evolving tastes in the games they play. Then add the impact of what their friends are playing, and general hype.  On top of that, you can add in the overall trends for games in social media and it can quickly become impossible to know if a particular game is appropriate for your kid.

Thankfully, there’s a number of easy to use and readily available tools to help you figure all that out.  We’ll go over those tools and arm you with everything you need in this post.

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Kids Tired Of Minecraft? What’s Next.

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I’ve been there.  You’ve figured out the difference between gravel blocks and regular stone blocks.  You finally understand what a creeper is and what it does. You can recite the recipes for glow stones and wooden stairs in your sleep.  Heck, you even understand how Redstone works. You’ve done it. You can have meaningful conversations with your kiddos about Minecraft.

Then, it happens.  Your kids get tired of Minecraft.  Sometimes for a few months, sometimes forever.  Regardless, your kiddos are now looking for “the next thing” and you’re left scrambling, trying to catch up, and trying to help.

So… What do you do when your kiddo grows tired of Minecraft?

Thankfully, it’s pretty easy to help out, once you know what, specifically, about Minecraft your kiddos enjoy.

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5 Ways To Connect With Your Gamer When Not One Yourself

If you’re a parent and not much of a gamer yourself, it can be challenging to connect with your gamer.  It can feel like there’s a tremendous gulf between you and your kiddo.  On the one hand, you have your kiddo is very much into their hobby.  Games are their passion. On the other hand, when they try and talk to you about it, there’s so much there that you can’t follow.  It can be confusing and frustrating. 

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So, how with all that, how can you connect with your gamer?

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What’s E3?

Has your kiddo been glued to the internet more than usual the last few days? If you’re the Parent of a big gaming fanatic, there’s a reason for it. It’s E3 Season, which means huge announcements and hype for the game industry as a whole.  

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So, what exactly is E3? Why is it a big deal in gaming, and why is your game-loving kiddo obsessed with it? We’ll explore and answer all that in this post.

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Let’s Talk About God of War

God of War sat as number 1 in the game charts for 5 consecutive weeks, taking the record for Playstation 4 exclusives.  It also sold over 3 million copies in three days.  It’s the fastest selling PlayStation 4 exclusive ever made, and is both a commercial and critical success, sitting at a Metacritic rating of 94.

So, you might say God of War is a big deal in the gaming world.  And if your kiddo’s a gamer – you can bet they’re talking about it.  So, what exactly is this thing? And as a parent, what do you need to know?

What Parents Need To Know About God of War

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What’s a Metroidvania?

If you have a kiddo or kiddos way into games, you may have heard them talk about Metroidvania games.  They’re pretty popular for a game type with a completely nonsensical name.  As a genre or game type, you tend to find them in smaller indie games. However, nowadays, even large blockbuster games use the core mechanics of the genre.

What's a Metroidvania Game?

So, what are these games?  What is a Metroidvania game? Why is it called that? What’s this all about?  In this entry, we explore all that and give everything you, as a parent, need to know.  

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Everything Parents Need To Know About Fortnite

So, there’s this new thing now.  Fortnite… Anyone heard of it?

Oh… Everyone?  Everyone’s heard of it?  

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Yeah.  Everyone’s heard of it.   Parents, kids, grandparents, pets, aunts, uncles, cousins, space aliens, creatures from alternate dimensions, and I’m pretty sure even muppets… Everyone and everything.  Fortnite’s popularity is so strong, it’s pushed its way into mainstream pop culture. It’s moved from just gamers to the population at large.  If you’re a parent and want to know what your kiddos are playing, this post will give you everything you need to know.

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Parent’s Thoughts on Nintendo Labo

As an adult gamer that leans towards more hardcore games, I understand that I’m not the target for the Nintendo Labo.  As a parent of a gamer, though.  I think it’s brilliant.  Nintendo has a history of looking to expand how we play games and interact with them.  They’ve been on the forefront of this since the very first GameBoy.  And they’ve carried that focus all the way up to their latest product – the Nintendo Switch.  With Labo, they’re trying something very different, and it’s something parents should pay close attention to.

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Labo – Nintendo

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