​Third-Graders Really Don't Like Video Games Tracking What They Do

By now, most adults are used to the idea that the software and services they use—including video games—record what they do to send feedback to the companies that make them. But when some third-graders found out that games they love have some kind of data-mining, it was a heartbreaking combination of funny and sad. » 11/08/13 1:30pm 11/08/13 1:30pm

What Metroid Looks Like Through the Eyes of a 2nd Grader

Yesterday, a good friend of mine invited me to speak at an after-school game club in East Harlem about the game industry. As an adult, it was one of those very illuminating and humanizing experiences that reminds you exactly what it was like to love games dearly when you're 11 years old. Trust me, the kids are… » 1/29/13 12:30pm 1/29/13 12:30pm

How Do You Make a Zombie Apocalypse Kid-Friendly? Ice Cream, Of Course

A few years back I played a little Wii game called Cold Stone Creamery: Scoop It Up, and advertainment piece that involved assembling ice cream cones for random customers passing by a storefront. Thefty Jack's Zombie I Scream is pretty much the same thing. » 12/28/12 4:55pm 12/28/12 4:55pm

The Best Way To Play Skyrim Might Just Be to Make It Kid-Friendly

Generations of gamers who have not only the arcade but also years of computer, Nintendo, and PlayStation games in their pasts are now, themselves, raising children. In a world of wall-to-wall screens and endless gaming options, it can be hard to find just the right game for game-loving parents and their inquisitive… » 7/30/12 6:00pm 7/30/12 6:00pm