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Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4

Can't get tickets to opening day? Play "Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4" at home. Credit: Lego With "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2," the final installment in the beloved magical movie Potter series, hitting theaters today, ...Celebrate today's movie opening with a little game play at home.

Parents Are the Ultimate Video Game Controller

If you have a child between the ages of 3 and 17, chances are there is some video game playing going on in your house. And, these days, it's more likely than ever that most of you parents are gamers, as well. A whole generation has now grown u...Use rating tools -- and your own judgment -- to determine which games are appropriate for your kids.

Beware the Sound of Games

If you've got teens who are big into video games, especially shoot-em-ups, you might want to suggest they turn the sound down while they're playing. It seems two young men in Denmark were playing a violent video game on their Playstation recently and...

Study Shows Grown-Ups Love Video Games

A new study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project shows that parents of young children are among the biggest gamers in the country. The study found that, along with teenagers, parents with little ones are more likely to be gamers than pare...

Violent Video Games Alter Boys' Heart Rates, Sleep

Scientists in Sweden have found that violent video games affect boys' heart rate -- both during play and during sleep afterwards -- more than non-violent games. For the study, the boys were given two video games to play at home in the evening while t...

Guitar Hero teen drops out of school to play

Blake Peebles likes to play Guitar Hero, the video game that lets players pretend to be rock stars with a small plastic guitar. In fact, he likes to play it so much that the sixteen-year-old has dropped out of school to be able to play the game more....

Video game design for kids

Video games and kids -- you can argue about whether or not they make a good combination, but there's no question that the latter loves the former. But even if you don't approve of playing video games, writing them is certainly a different story. Only...

Target won't take part in "Manhunt 2"

Big box retailer Target has decided not to carry the violent video game Manhunt 2 this holiday season, citing the games excessive violence and the ease of accessing unrated, normally filtered material. The game focuses on the killing spree of a socio...

GamerDad low on health points

The GamerDad website has been mentioned a few times around here in the past and I'm sure there are a lot of parents who look to the site for the latest in gaming news and reviews, especially from a parent's point of view. Unfortunately, the latest ne...

Motherhood and violence (fatherhood too)

Lately I've been noticing that my tolerance for violence in movies has basically gone down the drain. The more I think about it, the more I think that it has little to do with my age and more to do with the fact that I am now a mother. It all start...

Shakespeare in space

Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer / The slings and arrows of outer space travel... Forbidden Planet is a classic in the world of science fiction. It has been said that the movie opened the door to the mainstreaming of science fiction, allowin...

Product Recall: Nintendo Wii controller wrist straps

Nintendo of America Inc., in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, is voluntarily replacing the wrist straps used with controllers for the Nintendo Wii video game system. The wrist straps originally included with the game system ha...

Comical bedroom idea

"Ooh, that's cool!" That's what Jared said when he walked into the room and saw this picture of a hotel room in Berlin, Germany on my computer screen. I kinda have to agree with him. Being an old fart, it made me think of Tron or perhaps the Take on ...


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