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How to Buy Video Games for Kids

How to Buy Video Games for Kids

So, you want to buy a video game for that awesome kid in your life? Excellent choice. Video games are always popular with the young crowd, and for good reason: many of them tell compelling stories, they all get the brain working in some capacity, and, (this is vital) they’re fun to play. It’s hard to mess up while buying a video game as a gift. Whatever you get – especially if you’re a parent – is almost guaranteed to garner a happy...

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Games Kids Love and Parents Hate

Games Kids Love and Parents Hate

Men and women of all ages love video games, but the bond between a kid and his or her video game is special. Not only are video games fun and exciting–and even beneficial for a child’s mental and physical development, in some situations–but they can serve as a child’s introduction to storytelling that’s a bit more complex than “See Spot Run.” Which, in turn, lands video games in a love-hate relationship with parents....

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Video Games: A Family Tree

Video Games: A Family Tree

What, by definition, is a “video game?” Earth’s greatest scholars agree that it has something to do with sitting in front of the television and rescuing princesses, usually by way of manipulating a controller that is attached to a game box, which, in turn, is attached to a television. While that description of a video game isn’t necessarily incorrect, it’s about ten years out of date. Console and PC gaming is still very relevant, but...

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Online Marketing Guide: Tips, Tricks, Advice

Online Marketing Guide: Tips, Tricks, Advice

If a developer makes a game and nobody plays it, does it exist? Sure, but if a developer makes a game for commercial reasons and he or she doesn’t spend enough time or effort marketing it, that game will probably just melt into mist and leave behind a poorer studio. That goes double for a game that’s meant to be sold during the busy holiday season. Happily, we live in such a connected world that effectively marketing a game at any time of the year need...

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Software Piracy: Why it Benefits Video Games

Software Piracy: Why it Benefits Video Games

Piracy is a problem: the buccaneers tend to throw their dead parrots and used-up hat feathers overboard, and it makes a terrible mess. In all seriousness though, digital piracy has been a hot topic since the earliest days of the floppy disc and magnetic tape. Copying a game or a program is much easier than nicking a physical object from a store, and usually carries less consequence than getting collared in the middle of Wal-Mart with a pocket full of PlayStation...

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How to Make Money Playing Video Games

How to Make Money Playing Video Games

“Far Side” cartoonist Gary Larson once penned a comic wherein two parents watch their son play Nintendo while they cycle through starry visions of what the boy might make of himself through his gaming prowess. Select “jobs” included “Princess Rescuer” and “Nintendo Expert,” and each one offered a generous salary plus benefits. The joke is pretty obvious: a kid who pumps hours into a video game isn’t doing a...

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How to Buy and Download Digital Games

How to Buy and Download Digital Games

The North American shopping experience has extended far beyond our initial options (get in the car, drive to the store). Now we can purchase almost every conceivable item online, and video games are no exception. But buying a game online isn’t exclusively about going on Amazon.com and purchasing a game that’s already available at retail. When we talk about “digital games,” what’s being referenced is an entirely new breed of video game;...

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Mobile Games Beginners Guide: Gaming 101

Mobile Games Beginners Guide: Gaming 101

Alexander Graham Bell was a visionary, but it’s not likely that, even in his wildest dreams, he ever foresaw the telephone evolving into a multi-use tool. Our phones aren’t simply for communication anymore: we also use them for research, video recordings, and for getting us out of the woods when we’ve had too much to drink and wandered a bit too far into the wilderness. We also use our phones to play games, and said games have gone far beyond the...

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Video Game Stereotypes, Myths Debunked

At first glance, it seems silly to run to the defense of video games when the pastime comes under fire from critics, concerned parents, or politicians. After all, video games are a thriving multi-billion dollar business; what need does it have for its comparatively gnat-sized champions? In these instances, however, the popularity of gaming is irrelevant: if half-truths and misconceptions are lobbed at games, they should be debunked. If anything, the widespread...

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How to Implement Microtransactions Correctly

Microtransactions have changed the way we play games, but this highly popular e-commerce system has also changed the way they’re built. By collecting microtransactions, smaller development studios can secure a revenue stream while they keep on building their game. This makes it possible for indies to publish original (and sometimes weird) ideas without having to submit to the whims of a publisher, making microtransactions one of the most important business...

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