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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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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What’s an RPG?

So…. What’s an RPG?  There’s a lot of different game genres these days.  Sports, Racing, Fighting, Hero Shooters, MOBAs, Strategy Games, Battle Royale, Rogue-likes, the list goes on and on.  One of the oldest and most pervasive of these genres, though, is the RPG.  It’s tropes go back to some of the earliest days of gaming, and today, modern games are still using those same mechanics to expand their audience.  

So, what exactly is an RPG?

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League of Legends Concepts Parents Need To Know

I’m not a League of Legends pro.  I’ve played a fair number of matches though.  I understand the mechanics, I understand the gameplay, I understand the tactics.

At least I thought I did… Until I watched a stream of pros playing the game.

The action was moving so fast, and the jargon was so thick I could barely make sense of what I was seeing.  It really drove home both the true complexity of the game and an appreciation of the skills needed to play at the professional level.

It also reinforced for me how difficult it is to communicate what’s going on the game, let alone understand.

And that brings us to this post.

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What’s a MOBA?

What’s a MOBA?  This is a great question, and as a parent of a gamer, an important thing to know.  This nonsensical term is tied to several of the most popular games in the world.  If you’re a parent of a gamer, chances are they either play – or know someone who plays – a MOBA game.

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