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Competition: Win Nintendo Switch OLED and Sonic Colours

14/09/2021 - 5 days ago

Andy Robertson

 

This month's competition is sponsored by Sonic Colours. We have a Switch OLED and Sonic Colours for you to win and as usual, a few ways to enter. Each one counts as an entry and at the end of the competition we will collect them all in and pick our winner att random from all the entries.

Can Video Games Help Getting Back To School

23/08/2021 - 3 weeks ago

Jo Robertson

 

As August marches on, summer starts to dwindle. Holiday trips have been taken and we realise that the rather average weather isn’t really going to improve. There’s that fresh early morning nip in the air telling us that autumn is on its way. We are reminded it’s time to start making the transition back to routine and school.

Finding Games That Fit Your Family Schedule

02/08/2021 - 6 weeks ago

Jo Robertson

 

Managing children’s screen time is top of parental pressures and often talked about topics when it comes to video games. It’s easy to feel like video games take over. Children naturally want to keep doing what they enjoy, even when it’s long past the time they should have stopped.

How Young Is Too Young For Video Games

12/07/2021 - 9 weeks ago

Jo Robertson

 

Children arrive as these tiny precious bundles that we are hardwired to love and protect. I remember that first walk with the buggy, the first drive in the car when they were newborns, the first time they ate solid food: terrifying!

6 Things I Wish I’d Know About Video Games When My Children Were Small

28/06/2021 - 11 weeks ago

Jo Robertson

 

Hindsight is a wonderful thing. As my children grow up, sometimes all I can see are things I wish I had done better or differently. I know I’ve done a good enough job but parenting is full of ups and downs and we are learning as we go. Each child is different and brings new challenges - and joys!

Video Games Parents Google The Most

22/06/2021 - 12 weeks ago

Andy Robertson

 

Here are the games that parents and carers are Googling to find out more about this week. With thousands of parents using the site every day, we have a unique view of what is topping the concerns and interest of family conversation.

What To Do About A Problem Called Esports

07/06/2021 - 3 months ago

Jo Robertson

 

My son loves Rocket League and as far as I can tell he’s really good at it. But I worry it will end up being a replacement for real sport. When his youth football team came to an end this summer after nine years of Saturday morning matches and weeknight training, I met a bit of a brick wall when I asked what he wanted to do instead. He’d just finished exams and the dangling carrot that had been keeping him going is having lots of time to play Rocket League with no revision to do first.

Video Games Which Aid Mental Health

24/05/2021 - 3 months ago

Jo Robertson

 

As May is Health Awareness Month we wanted to look at video games through this lens. There is a lot of focus in the media about cutting our screen time to improve our mental health but with so much of our lives functioning via our phones, computers and tablets this isn’t always easy.

Video Games Can Help Your Fitness

10/05/2021 - 4 months ago

Jo Robertson

 

Like many people, the winter lockdown over the long dark months of January and February had a detrimental effect on my activity levels. I realised that I needed to fully embrace the lockdown walking thing. So I took to trudging around the freezing neighbourhood, feeling more and more like a cliche with each person I passed, also doing the same thing.

Moving Beyond Mindless Video Game Violence

04/05/2021 - 4 months ago

Jo Robertson

 

As a mum reading headlines about video games; I could believe they are all about combat and violence. Video games are reported to lead people into a dark world of violent thoughts and evil behaviours. This is the reputation video games get and one that I used to be afraid of as my children got into gaming.

Games Worth Playing, Even If You Don't Play Games

26/04/2021 - 4 months ago

Jo Robertson

 

It’s easy to assume video games are entertainment for children that (we hope and pray) they will outgrow. The reality is that games are played by people of all ages and many children will likely play their whole lives -- just as we have continued reading books and watching films as we have got older. This means that an important aspect of caring for a child who loves video games is to try some games for ourselves so we know what they are like.

Everyone Can Paint Beautifully In Video Games

19/04/2021 - 5 months ago

Jo Robertson

 

I’m a creative person but I am terrible at drawing and painting, if someone suggested doing a fun art activity, I’d say - 'ummm no thanks!' But if that art activity was based around a video game, I would be much more tempted to give it a go. Not that I’m a big video game player but that the idea of doing art within the parameters of a game makes it feel much more doable.

Playing Video Games Across The Ages (And Abilities)

06/04/2021 - 5 months ago

Jo Robertson

 

There’s quite a bit of gaming-skill disparity in our house. With me at the bottom of the pile and the husband and kids jostling for the top spots.

These Video Games Take You Somewhere Beautiful

29/03/2021 - 5 months ago

Jo Robertson

 

This week we are going to be sharing some of our favourite games to help you escape. Whether that's a form of virtual travel or escaping to an alternate world, there are loads of games to help you find some new scenery.

The Best Video Games to Play As A Family

23/03/2021 - 6 months ago

Jo Robertson

 

This week we are going to be sharing some of our favourite games to play together. Whether it's Friday night with the teenagers or Sunday afternoon with toddlers there are a great selection of games to get the family gaming together.

Video Games Parents Googled in February 2021

23/02/2021 - 6 months ago

Andy Robertson

 

Here are the games that parents and carers are Googling to find out more about this week. With thousands of parents using the site every day, we have a unique view of what is topping the concerns and interest of family conversation.

Video Games Parents Googled in January 2021

30/01/2021 - 7 months ago

Andy Robertson

 

Here are the games that parents and carers are Googling to find out more about this week. With thousands of parents using the site every day, we have a unique view of what is topping the concerns and interest of family conversation.


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