A Dad And His Kids Happily Play Video Games Together. They Have To.

This is an image of a happy family; a father and his two adorable children bonding over a video game. It's a stock photo, of course. Their excitement is fake, their game controllers disconnected. It's cheap theater, but I have to believe that somewhere in the country a genuine version of this scene is playing out — I… » 4/19/14 6:00pm 4/19/14 6:00pm

Save Me From Assassin's Creed III's Nightmarish Hell-Children

The Assassin's Creed series has always been full of weird ambient dialogue. People on the street mutter the same few lines, and the mix never sounds quite right. Most of us have less-than-fond memories of the "Mah-ney mah-ney mah-ney!!" guy from earlier games in the series, and those accursed bums who bump and bug us… » 11/30/12 4:00pm 11/30/12 4:00pm

I Am One of Those Horrible Neglectful MMO-Playing Parents

Whenever I post a story about a parent neglecting their children while playing a massively-multiplayer online role-playing game I can't hide my disgust for that sort of person, so you can imagine how I felt about myself this weekend when my two ten-month-old children left the house in the middle of a boss fight. » 4/23/12 9:30am 4/23/12 9:30am

Why Steal Game Consoles When You Can Get a Six-Year-Old Girl to Do It…

On Monday employees at a Super CD in Johannesburg, South Africa realized two PlayStation Vita systems were missing from the store's inventory. That was shocking, but not nearly as shocking as what they saw when they reviewed the closed-circuit television footage and discovered the culprit was a five or six-year-old… » 3/28/12 8:30am 3/28/12 8:30am

Scientists Want to Use Video Games to Help Kids' Eyes

When I was a small child my parents would warn me that spending all day in front of the television playing video games would ruin my eyesight. Today researchers at the University of Tennessee Space Institute in Tullahoma have integrated computer games into a device that could be instrumental in saving a child's… » 1/23/12 5:00pm 1/23/12 5:00pm

How To Talk to Your Children About Classic Video Games

It's a delicate subject but one that will inevitably come up for any parent, and you've got to be prepared. In this age of bright and shiny high definition games, how can we force our children to play through the games we grew up on first? This is commenter Balmung's question in today's Speak Up on Kotaku. Now eat… » 12/13/11 11:20am 12/13/11 11:20am