Family video games – Christmas 2014 buyer’s guide

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2014 has seen the video game business continue to go from strength to strength.  With consoles such as Sony’s Playstation 4 having sold over 15 million units more and more family homes are making use of these to provide family entertainment.

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Video games provide a great activity for children and their families to enjoy sharing at home but many are not suitable for younger gamers.  Despite various aged certification on game boxes children are frequently being exposed to games that are not suitable for them to play.  What games are children allowed to play and which ones are they likely to want to play?

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The guilt of a busy week

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This week I’ve found myself later home from work than normal. Not in any way working late just later than normal. My slightly longer days haven’t been much fun for me but have made a big difference to my daughter.

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Yesterday she got upset several times during the day asking for me. Today she had her weekly day at Playgroup and for the first time ever she became upset there too.

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Parents beware/rejoice – “Let it go” is in Just Dance 2015

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The popular dance game series, Just Dance,  has its latest version out now and is likely to be appearing a lot of Christmas lists this year.

The game is avaliable on Xbox 360, Xbox One, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Wii U and amazingly the Wii.  I was not aware anyone was still making games for the Wii but such is the popularity of Just Dance and the Wii that they appear to be perfect partners.

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Book review: The book with no pictures

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Picture books have very much monopolised the market of books for little people.  American author, comedian and screen writer B. J. Novak (of The American Office fame) is releasing a book for small children that breaks the convention of traditional children’s books with “The book with no pictures.”

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The book with no pictures is just as it’s title suggests, a book with no pictures.  This is potentially a hard sell to young children and early readers but the book is more than just words on a page.

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That Dragon Cancer – An adventure game unlike any other

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That Dragon Cancer is a video game unlike any other.  The game is an indie title that has been made by a family who have 4 sons, one of whom battled terminal cancer for several years.

The game tells the family’s story and in particular their experiences in dealing with Joel, their son’s, illness.

It is advertised as “A videogame developer’s love letter to his son; an adventure game to inspire us to love each other; a voice for those fighting cancer.

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Open world action-adventure game face off

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This Month has seen the release of a number of BIG games.  Titles such as Dragon Age: Inquisition, Super Smash Bros and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will be popular on plenty of people’s Christmas lists.

Games featuring “open worlds” are growing dramatically in popularity.  They afford their players large worlds to explore, enjoy and usually offer a hours of content.  Of the various genres of open world titles that are available it’s the action adventure titles traditionally attract the most sales.

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This Christmas the most popular of these open world action-adventure games are Assassins Creed: Unity, Grand Theft Auto V and Far Cry 4.

The question is, if you’re a fan, which one of these is the game for you to spend hours exploring.

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