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Family Video Games: Two to Try, One to Avoid

If the kids are going to spend an afternoon in front of the Wii, you might as well join them. Gaming is becoming an increasingly popular way for kids and parents to bond and get in some quality time together. But finding the right games can be ...If the kids are going to spend an afternoon in front of the Wii, you might as well join them. And there may be a few games you might actually enjoy.

Retro Gaming With Kids: Let Your iPhone Take You Back

Go back to the days of blips and pixels. Illustration: Christopher Healy
However you feel about them, video games make up a huge part of today's kids' pop-culture diet. But to many parents who grew up on the barely-2-D blips of "Pac-Man" and "Spa...

"Toy Story 3" Revolutionizes the Industry - The Video Game Industry, That Is

Woody explores a wholly original virtual world in Toy Story 3: The Video Game. Credit: Disney Interactive
In the world of video games, the movie tie-in game is generally the quintessence of mediocrity.
These are often games that developers s...

Reviews: What's New This Week

Here is a look at what's new this week in family entertainment as adapted from reviews and ratings by Common Sense Media. Click on the links to read the reviews in full. In Theaters: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Based on a video game, "Pri...

Reviews: What's New This Week

Here is a look at what's new this week in family entertainment as adapted from reviews and ratings by Common Sense Media. Click on the links to read the reviews in full. In Theaters: Shrek Forever After Everyone's favorite ogre is back for what...

A Cub Scout Badge for Video Games?!

A Cub Scout badge for video games? What next? Troop hikes to GameStop? Wienie roasts on the Wii? "On my honor I will try ... to blow away more virtual grunts"? "We are not encouraging them to go out and buy Halo," says Renee Fairrer, spokes...

Canadian Children's Author Dishes on Work, Travel and Parenting Teens

Helaine Becker doesn't do mornings. But that doesn't stop her from being a prolific and award-winning author of children's books, as well as a busy mother of two teenage boys -- Michael, 17, and Andrew, 15. The Toronto writer and public speaker has p...

Reviews: What's New This Week

Here is a look at what's new this week in family entertainment as adapted from reviews and ratings by Common Sense Media. Click on the links to read the reviews in full. In Theaters Now: Fantastic Mr. Fox Adapted from the book by Roald Dahl, "Fan...

Frequent Video Game Use Leads to Finger And Wrist Pain in Kids

Playing video games for an hour a day can increase wrist and finger pain in kids. Credit: Corbis
A study presented last week at the American College of Rheumatology's annual meeting showed kids who play video games for more than an hour a day inc...

Reviews: What's New This Week

Here is a look at what's new this week in family entertainment as adapted from reviews and ratings by Common Sense Media. Click on the links to read the reviews in full. In Theaters Now: Where the Wild Things Are The highly-anticipated big screen...

Video Games, Sleepovers, and Bath Tub Toys - Links We Love

Time to move your toddler out of her crib? Here are five things to think about to make the transition to more smoothly. -- LilSugar Here's one dad's answer to his son's request to play Call of Duty (a shoot 'em up video game): Research and discuss...

PlaySavvy Helps Moms Learn About Video Games

Hate to say it folks (and I know I'm about to get hit), but fathers sometimes do know best about video games. There's a fair share of dads who know their way around a wireless controller. But how many moms do you know who actually play video games fo...

Weekend Fun and Games

Got plans for the three-day weekend? If not, maybe this will help. Here's a run-down of what's new this week in kid's entertainment as adapted from ratings and reviews by Common Sense Media. At the Movies Based on the book by Sophie Kinsella, Con...

Weekend Fun and Games

Baby, it's cold outside! Looking for some indoor activities to while away the winter hours? Here's the low-down on what's happening in kid's entertainment this weekend as adapted from reviews and ratings by Common Sense Media. At the Movies Coral...

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...

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