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Great Educational Computer Games for Kids (Part 2)

The Oregon Trail

The highly addictive educational game “Oregon Trail” challenge players to survive when they travel on the Oregon trail in a covered wagon during the mid-1800s. Players face many difficulties ranging from hunger and starvation to drowning to death by dysentery as they accompany their families to a new life in the West. Developed to bring history to life for elementary school students, this classic game has been recreated for modern gamers, with upgrading versions available for the PC, and various other gaming platforms and even on Facebook. “The Oregon Trail” series not only helps kids enhance their history and geography knowledge, but also teaches them real-life problem-solving skills and techniques, including the consequences of various actions or choices.

Crayon Physics

In this deceptively simple-design looking game, players must base their decision on basis of the principles of physics to navigate a ball around obstacles that seem so simple as though they were drawn by a child. A mouse, trackball or stylus (for version on touch screen computers) can be used to draw tools to help navigate the ball in the right direction. As objects are drawn, they affect on the ball according to the principles of physics. This game teaches kids about motion, energy and gravity as they play. If the children draws a series of stairs, for example, the ball will go down them realistically with the momentum dependent on the height and angle. Children learning by doing, and because there are plenty of way to complete each level, children are encouraged to experiment and be as creative as possible. While younger children will absolutely enjoy the basic version of the game, older kids might want to try out the deluxe version, which allows players to design on their own and share custom levels using an online interactive playground.

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Great Educational Computer Games for Kids (Part 1)

Yes, you heard it right. Your children should spend time playing video games. According to researchers at MIT, girls spend average 12 hours a week playing games, while teen boys devote a staggering 23 hours a week to playing games. While some parents see these as wasted time, others see them as a powerful chance to support a child’s education and enhance critical skills using an interactive tool that children not only understand, master easily but also enjoy.

Of course, even the best educational games won’t work if your children don’t play them or play incorrectly. The key is to seek the games that incorporate educational themes within an engaging framework that ensure children to be motivated and guaranteed excitement to play. Skip the “skills and drills” parts, and check out these top titles that will encourage your children to learn and have fun on the virtual world at the same time.


The “Carmen Sandiego” Series
Yes, the globe-hopping recluse from your childhood has still needed to been found, and now it’s up to your children to track her down. The “Carmen Sandiego” games were one of the most famous and enjoyable educational series developed in the ’80s, and they still are famous today. After all, who doesn’t love being a detective? Designed for elementary and middle school children, these games enable kids to solve a mystery or track down Sandiego or another villain across the planet. The series has long worked as a teaching tool for reading comprehension and problem solving, geography, history, and the newest version focus on building mathematics skills. For example, children may need to place numbered columns in order from smallest to largest figures or solve a series of equations within a short time limit to move on to the next level. Children who enjoy these games might also like the companion books, TV shows and board games developed based on this game series.

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Pokémon Go could help people who have social issues (Part 1)

That’s the key finding of a psychology study which is the first to research the impact of players’ personalities, social competence and anxiety when playing the trendy mobile game.

As Pokémon Go requires players to go out and interact with others, the research found that people with strong social skills have the tendency to be more successful. This conflicts with the prevailing stereotype that gamers are socially inability. Rather, we find that modern video games, such as those with augmented reality, have improved social aspects and require players to develop good social competence to have good results.
Among 100 Pokémon Go players who took part in the study about their personality, social anxiety and competence, gamers played the game for 30 minutes under observation. Through their performance in the game, the results suggest that extroverted players caught more Pokémon, went to more PokéStops and went longer distances than players who are socially introverted.

Players who are socially anxious unlikely to engage in the game because of fearing others will judge them. They don’t feel comfortable to play as others watching and are unlikely to collaborate with other players, like sharing locations of nearby Pokémon or sharing tips.”

The researchers are researching ways for modern video games to be developed in a way that assist people who struggle socially. For example, video games could be developed in a way in which social features become increasingly important as the game progresses. For Instance, in the beginning, players only require to communicate with a person through written method, but as the game moves up a higher level, they are required to make physically contact with other players to collaborate and win. The game will create a context in which communication with others might be easier than walking up to a stranger and striking up a conversation from the beginning.

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Best family video games to play in a party (Part 4)

Streets of Rogue

Whilst Streets of Rogue hasn’t had a final release, you can choose to play the Early Access version on Windows, or Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Windows, OS X and Linux which will be made available soon in the future. Having both online and local cooperative modes, you’ll find that Streets of Rogue is a bit of a combination of various genres. If you are fan of the rogue aspects of FTL, but wanted to mixe it more with an RPG, then Streets of Rogue is perfect choice. A procedurally generated city is waiting for you and three other buddies, and provides you the opportunity to do whatever you want to in the game from running around and avoid killing everyone, or becoming a hacker? It’s all possible. Interested in going on a rampage? Also possible. Just beware that you need both cash and chicken nuggets to play the game.

Enter the Gungeon

Similar to Streets of Rogue above, Enter the Gungeon is a roguelike game that has been made available on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Windows, OS X and Linux, with a Switch version is in progress. Different from every other game on the list so far, Enter the Gungeon is considered as a bullet hell shooter – you have to shoot overwhelming amounts of bullets all across the screen while killing everyone appears on screen. Enter the Gungeon combines things by changing the layout of the titular Gungeon with other game you play. It’s only a 2 player cooperation game, but it’s still a great time for you and a friend to spend time with each other

With this list, you now can challenge your friends and family in competing in multiplayer mode. Enjoy everything from action games to cool adventure games where you can show off your amazing skills.

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Best family video games to play in a party (Part 2)

3. Rocket League

Rocket League is available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Windows, OS X, and Linux which is one of the best family-friendly games featuring both local cooperation and online multiplayer. Rocket League is a pretty simple game like playing football but with cars and a jet engine attached to the back. Up to 4 people can play together at the same time which can goes up to 8 players online, making it the this greatest party game. Besides, who doesn’t like driving around like crazy and flying into the air and smashing the ball into a goal from distance away? Rocket League is also great for both PC gamers and Xbox gamers to play against each other online.

4. Death Squared

Death Squared is available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows, and it’s suitable for either two people or four people to get crazy into at a party. You cooperate to guide your troop of robot to a particular colour goal whilst severe hazards along the way such as spikes, pitfalls, or moving blocks around, etc. Sometimes the hazards will be activated by other members of your team, which requires you all to communicate and work together to avoid exploding violently. If one member of your team dies, you all have to restart from the beginning of the level, so this is only suited for the patient members or those that doesn’t take the results too seriously.

5. Castle Crashers

A bit of an old but goldie, Castle Crashers is available on the Xbox 360 and One, PlayStation 3 and Windows and OS X. If you love to beat-em-ups with a side-helping of RPG elements, then Castle Crashers is perfect for your party. Up to 4 players can play at the same time to beat up enemies across levels. Along the way, you’ll all get the chances to upgrade your characters as long as you’ve all got a unique team to help beat the cooperative campaign.

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Best family video games to play in a party (Part 1)

In the past, if you liked to play a game with your friends, you’d have to call them to your house, gather around the TV and set up on the console. This was common by the time you own a Nintendo 64 with controllers to serve four people which was a great combination with crisps and fizzy drinks to some interesting gaming sessions.

Then online gaming became more prevalent, gamers become an argumentative and competitive bunch. Just talk anybody who was forced into playing a Halo pistol duel to witness who was the most skilled. But despite all the conflicts, we’ve still be able to keep a sense of community throughout the years. In this post, there is a list of family-friendly games for you to enjoy at a party for multiplayer fun with your family or friends for happy holidays together.

1. Overcooked

Overcooked is available on Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One as well as Nintendo Switch version. Overcooked is a multiplayer games you can play with your mates in which four players control chefs who go around a kitchen and prepare food. It sounds fairly simple but deceptively difficult as the levels increase with new obstacles force players to cooperate to get the high score. The game is highly recommended as it’s an addictive cooperative game that can be played by anyone.

2. Lego Dimensions

Lego Dimensions is available on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, as well as the Wii U. If you’ve played any of the other Lego games, then you’ll understand exactly what attracts you to Lego Dimensions, as its composition is very similar to the other Lego games. If you’ve never played any of them before, then you will play as a Lego character, with a partner either online or sitting next to you, together you beat up bad guys, solve puzzles, and build lots of Lego designs. Lego Dimensions is a great journey across 27 different franchises, in which players can purchase characters and worlds to play as their Lego selves. It’s always good fun combining Gandalf and B.A. Baracus from the A-Team, and get them cause chaos in a Lego world. Advised for the replayability on offer with many different packages available.

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When Should You Start Introducing Your Kids To Video Games? (Part 1)

As a gamer and parent, you may waiting for the day when you can play side-by-side with your children. Overtly or not, most of us expect that our kids will become mini Pokémon trainers or passionate Destiny squadmates. But what’s the best age to introduce kids to games?

Sometimes, forcing something too early can lead to negative consequences. There was case that parent tried showing his kids Star Wars when they were only three years old and ended up terrifying them many years later, they still won’t touch the game. Sometimes, as parents, our expectations to involve our children can outweigh our judgment to make the best decision. To be specific, as the parent turn on Pokémon Let’s Go on the big TV: the children annoyance that the parent was paying attention to the game other than the children. As the consequence, the children after which firmly says “NO NO PIKACHU” whenever they see the Nintendo Switch.

Introducing age-appropriate games to your kids might seem like the most obvious gentle method, but there’s more to consider here. It’s a general principle that not until they are about three years old, your kids will find anything that takes parent’s attention away from them as a Bad Thing. While Video games do have the attractiveness that catch our attention. Furthermore, most children are too young to be able to handle a controller themselves, so you don’t want your children to start associating video games with the feeling of being ignored. As such,  it is better to wait until they’re old enough to talk about what’s happening and maybe even try playing the games themselves.

Until they are ready, gently incorporating games to play into family time such as start playing some simple Toca Boca games with toddler on an iPad which are lovely, creative, developed around small-person concepts like trains, birthday parties and kitchens. Soon you will be surprised and impressed by how quickly they picked up touch-screen control and enjoy the game on their very own.

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Best Games for Children (Part 4)

Roblox by Roblox Corporation

Categories: Casual, building, social, expandable game
Roblox took the Minecraft concept and brings kids to the world of massively multiplayer and customization like a marketplace and hub for homebrew mini-games.  Leveraging its game-construction tools, players can easily create shareable user- experiences. Featuring over 90 million active monthly users, Roblox allow players to create, buy, and sell in-game items with the virtual currency “Robux,” and discover the constantly developed games and worlds that other players are crafting.
For children who playing Roblox and learn how to construct their own mini-games and items, Roblox allow them to access to and utilize their creations and earn a split of the real-world revenue for their virtual wares creation. If the children are good enough at Roblox game creation, they could conceivably pay their own college fee with the revenues earned. Isn’t it amazing?

Kerbal Space Program by Squad

Categories: Educational, science, applied science learning
In space video games, mastering the techniques is usually not rocket science; however Kerbal Space Program is the exceptional game out of this rule which is about building and sending rockets into space with a full-fledged space-program simulator, presented as a “sandbox” game. In which players direct a newly formed space agency of “Kerbals” and are given tools to create, test, and launch air and space vehicles.
Players are not using arcade-style controls and physics, but using realistic orbital mechanics. For instance, to navigate a moon landing, players are going to actually orchestrate a moon landing. It’s so real.
This is not the easiest game for younger kids looking for the quick comforts and rewards rather it offers a real sense of achievement and understanding of actual rocket-science for older children. And the rewards are marvelous for those who are compelled to learn and explore science.

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3. Cuphead by StudioMDHR

Categories: Retro-action, whimsical art style

Cuphead is one of the most beautiful video games kid of 12+ to play and also one of the absolutely hardest games to complete. The indie-darling game revives the animation style of classical Disney and Fleischer Studios with hand-drawing. Many early NES classic games like Contra or Gunstar Heroes that makes players feel like a living, controllable cartoon.

In terms of storylines, it’s about a titular character a designed living cup with arms and legs who lives with his brother Mugman on the fantastical land of Inkwell Isles, then one day, the brothers entered “The Devil’s Casino” and stuck on a winning streak playing craps. But they didn’t follow the Elder Kettle’s advice and risk their very souls on a dice roll and lose. Luckily, they’re given one last chance which is journey to Inkwell Isle and gather the “soul contracts” of the various animated denizens of the place and bring them back so that they might be spared. Then, they caught up into a gorgeous series of incredibly long battles with giant, 1930s-style cartoon menaces. It’s a combination of the difficult old days of retro-gaming with the art and animation style that doesn’t see much play in the era of computer-generated imagery (CGI).

Younger kids may throw their controllers in rage of frustration after constant death at the hands of a giant boss at the same time, find that special kind of dedication impossible to resist.

The gameplay is hard, yet simple with platform controls of jumping, shooting, and dodging which kids can master easily to unlock progress with the most impressive animation one may see in gaming.

4. Goosebumps: The Game by WayForward

Categories: Reading/puzzle, critical thinking

Goosebumps book series are many kids’ first time opening to the world of horror fiction; scary, with tales of werewolves, vampires, mummies, and haunted ventriloquist dummies. With starring Jack Black, Goosebumps: The Game was released and gacd young gamers of 9+ a story-driven puzzle-adventure where they really do have to have read the books to get the most out of the game.

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Best Computer Games for Kids (Part 1)

Video computer games help teens and adults occupied and entertained for hours, but what are some titles that are made for them to have fun, learn, and grow with? Here are the best computer games for kids.

1. RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 by Frontier Developments

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 is a non-violent, educational, building game that allows players age from 10+ to construct and manage a park full of paying customers, and design coasters from the ground up then “ride” them in first-person view.

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 allows the player in control of all aspects of planning, building and managing a theme park for maximum fun and profit. Day and night cycles serve different types and age groups, which will be attracted to different ride types.

Planning a fun, well-designed park is difficult; getting to see and feel what the coaster you designed and built looks like is fun. The game gives players infinite amounts of materials to build to their heart’s – and imagination’s – content.

2. Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga by Traveller’s Tales

Lego® toys is an action, toy-like combat game for players aged of 7+ which is able to recreate recognizable, blocky, and accessible versions of “fun.” The merging with Star Wars seems like a great draw for kids, re-telling the stories of the movies through playable action/puzzle/platform levels. 

Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga combined all the Lego Star Wars games into one cohesive package, with shiny graphics updates, allowing players to play through the “episodes” in whatever order they choose. Completing all the episodes and levels of the story mode takes around 15 to 20 hours of dedicated play with many unlockable player characters and collectibles. Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga is fun for casual action play, young kids to get the feeling of satisfying achievement-hunting completion tasks for the obsessive Star Wars fans.