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Video games can help your fitness

10th May 2021 - 2 days ago

 

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.

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Moving Beyond Mindless Video Game Violence

4th May 2021 - 8 days 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.

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Video Games Parents Googled in April 2021

29th April 2021 - 13 days 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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Games Worth Playing, Even If You Don’t Play Games

26th April 2021 - 2 weeks 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.

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Everyone Can Paint Beautifully In Video Games

19th April 2021 - 3 weeks 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.

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Playing Video Games Across The Ages (And Abilities)

6th April 2021 - 5 weeks 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.

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These Video Games Take You Somewhere Beautiful

29th March 2021 - 6 weeks 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.

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The Best Video Games to Play As A Family

23rd March 2021 - 7 weeks 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.

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Video Games Parents Googled in March 2021

22nd March 2021 - 7 weeks ago

Jo 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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Video Games Parents Googled in February 2021

23rd February 2021 - 11 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.

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February Parents Newsletter

22nd February 2021 - 11 weeks ago

Andy Robertson

 

Welcome to the Family Video Game Database February newsletter. It's been a busy month with a lot of new games and trends to tell you about. We also added game prices to the database which, as you can see below, mean we can tell you about some great bargains.

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Video Games Parents Googled in January 2021

30th January 2021 - 3 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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January Parents Newsletter

21st January 2021 - 3 months ago

Andy Robertson

 

Having our finger on the pulse of what children are playing, what family are enjoying playing, what parents are worrying about and what new games are being releases means we can keep you ahead in the world of video games. This is what you need to know to guide your child's gaming in healthy directions this month.


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The information on this database is designed to support and complement the in-depth discussion and advice about video game "addiction", violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. If you have any concerns or questions in these areas, email our editor who is quick to respond or can arrange for a one-to-one conversation.

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