Category: Games + Gaming

Wood covers for gaming consoles level up your XBOX or Playstation into a work of art

Remember back when Ataris, station wagons, telephones, and all machines of power and taste included sexy strips of wood? We’ve covered (heh) wood veneers for iPads and other gadgets, and now we’ve got just the bling for your gaming console. Though it’s not blingy at all. It’s wood German design company Balolo offers custom, laser-cut wood covers for gaming consoles including XBOX ONE and Playstation 4, along with matching wooden covers for your Playstation controller. You get to choose from bamboo, cherry, walnut, and zebra veneers; and for the XBOX, decide whether you want to cover the power supply too. For the...

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5 printable Minecraft Valentine cards for the classroom

My kids will no longer settle for any old box of Valentine’s cards, especially now that they know how easy it is to dig up some cool printable Minecraft Valentine cards to hand out in class. Even for those of us who aren’t sure if the Sheep are good or why the green guy explodes all the time, it’s pretty clear that these cards would be the bomb with Minecraft fans.   1. 12 Free Printable Minecraft Valentine cards I love all the puns and large cast of characters found on Meet Penny’s free printable Minecraft Valentines. Her dozen different...

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Fun video games for families for your cool new video game console

I got the word that Santa delivered a lot of Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles this Christmas, which requires lots of fun video games for families. Even if you’ve received an older version of a console, which are still very much in demand by little and big kids all over the country (and available at great prices), here are a few of the newest, most fun video games for the family, to go with your new gaming console. Plus, Everything here is rated E or E10–sorry FPS fans.   Disney Infinity The interactive gaming platform that launched to high...

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The coolest Minecraft gifts for kids. Besides more time to play Minecraft.

I’m not sure about you, but in my house, Minecraft is pretty much all my kids talk about. They play it on the PC, on the iPad, and yes, even in real life. Hold the real pick axe. If your kids already have tons of Minecraft toys like mine, I’ve rounded up some cool Minecraft gifts for kids that I bet they’d love as much as I know mine will. Down with the creepers! The regular old teddy bear just won’t do for your little Minecraft lover. Better: This Minecraft plush set (above, from our Amazon affiliate) Who said an enderman...

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Nintendo 2DS Review: The new holiday tech toy of the year?

We’re huge Nintendo fans around here. From the Wii U to the Nintendo 3DS, and even an awesome real life Super Mario Brothers video, we’re hooked. But when Nintendo launched their new 2DS, we weren’t so sure whether a good review would find it worthy for our readers. But the minute I saw my 5-year old son holding the Nintendo 2DS, I totally got it. And it’s brilliant. The Nintendo 2DS was definitely designed with younger kids in mind. It’s perfectly sized for little hands–smaller than an iPad mini, but thicker and easier to grip. Nintendo eliminated the hinged...

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Piquing our Geek: Draw your own video game with Pixel Press.

My second grader is crazy into made up games he creates and customizes himself. Everything from blueprints for Star Warsian buildings to trains crafted from Toca Builders blocks are on his roster of perpetual projects, and creating his own video game is definitely at the top of the list. If it sounds like your kid and mine could be long lost twins, then Pixel Press is about to channel their creative energy and make it a reality. The soon-to-be-released iOS and Android app started as a successful Kickstarter Campaign with more than 2200 backers, and is designed to turn your child’s drawings...

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Robot Turtles game: teaching the basics of programming to 4 year olds. You read that right.

When I took BASIC back in the dark ages of computer programming, I found it to be anything but, a feeling that has remained which is why I’m thrilled that my kids have sites like SCRATCH and code.org to teach them some “basic” programming–and now an awesome new board game. Yes, board game. As in, actual game you play on a coffee table with no batteries. Crazy right? Created by Dan Shapiro, a dad of twins and former executive at Google, Robot Turtles is, in essence, a very simple programming language smartly disguised as a game that is coming...

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The best new Kindle FreeTime Unlimited downloads for kids

As parents, we’re big fans of Kindle FreeTime Unlimited, which gives you access to tons of kids’ content at one low monthly price–especially nice for those of us who have purchased ebooks, videos and games, only to find our kids were bored after one play. There’s been some confusion as to exactly what’s included in the monthly fee and the answer is…a lot! So here are a few of our favorite picks for big and little kids from the thousand new titles of games, shows, apps and books, all for the Kindle. And if you have FreeTime Unlimited well,...

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Disney Interactive, now on your Xbox 360

With so many families using their video game consoles to watch television programming, this news from Disney and XBOX is definitely something to get excited about. The new Disney app for Xbox 360 will give families (like us!) access to some of the coolest programming. You and your kids will be able to catch everything from Disney’s original web series and classic animated shorts, to clips from Disney shows and the latest Disney movie trailers. If your family is an Xbox Live Gold Member, you’ll be in Disney heaven. Now, who’s got the game controller? -Kristen The new Disney...

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The coolest features of the new Xbox One

Gamers everywhere have been eagerly anticipating today’s big Xbox announcement from Microsoft – especially because it has been almost eight years since the original Xbox 360 console was launched, and close to three since the introduction of Xbox 360 with Kinect. (I guess 3 years is like decades in gamer years?) Judging from the newest features, Xbox One was definitely an update worth waiting for. Here’s the scoop for families, on whether this is one to add to your holiday wishlist.   Here are some of the aspects of the new Xbox One that are getting us excited for...

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Ultimate Birthday Party Gift Guide

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