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The askaboutgames blog is where we keep track of breaking stories and news about games and families. We’ll also be writing regularly with updates on new releases, and news from our family gaming advocates.

Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 12th April March. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. This grouping represents appropriateness of content rather than the ability or age required to enjoy the game. FIFA 14 (Electronic […]

Welcome to our weekly video-game news for families presented by Jordan Erica Webber. This video-game news round up is designed to help keep mums and dads up to date with the latest gaming developments. If you want to play a more active role in the gaming life of your family it’s a great way to […]

Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 5th April March. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. This grouping represents appropriateness of content rather than the ability or age required to enjoy the game. FIFA 14 (Electronic […]

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 29th March. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. This grouping represents appropriateness of content rather than the ability or age required to enjoy the game. PEGI 3+ has a […]

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Welcome to our weekly video-game news for families presented by Jordan Erica Webber. This video-game news round up is designed to help keep mums and dads up to date with the latest gaming developments. If you want to play a more active role in the gaming life of your family it’s a great way to […]

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Minecraft is fast becoming one of the most popular video-games in history. We asked families to explain what makes Minecraft so compelling.

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 22nd March. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. This grouping represents appropriateness of content rather than the ability or age required to enjoy the game. PEGI 3+ sees FIFA […]

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Kinect Sports is a motion controlled sports game played with the Xbox camera controller. This means you play the different activities without holding anything, while the game detects your bodily movement.

Welcome to our weekly video-game news for families presented by Jordan Erica Webber. This video-game news round up is designed to help keep mums and dads up to date with the latest gaming developments. If you want to play a more active role in the gaming life of your family it’s a great way to […]

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 15th March. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. This grouping represents appropriateness of content rather than the ability or age required to enjoy the game. PEGI 3+ sees a […]

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 1st March. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. This grouping represents appropriateness of content rather than the ability or age required to enjoy the game. PEGI 3+ sees a […]

Family Gaming News

This video-game news round up is designed to help keep mums and dads up to date with the latest gaming developments. If you want to play a more active role in the gaming life of your family it’s a great way to become more informed. NEWS Family Game of the Year: After counting votes we […]

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 1st March. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. This grouping represents appropriateness of content rather than the ability or age required to enjoy the game. Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze […]

This video-game news round up is designed to help keep mums and dads up to date with the latest gaming developments. If you want to play a more active role in the gaming life of your family it’s a great way to become more informed.

Each month we field all manner of different questions on askaboutgames. Some people have intricate queries about particular games while others want to know which console will be best for their family. Here are our picks this month.   Question: Who made Minecraft? Answer: Minecraft is an indie game originally created by Swedish programmer Markus “Notch” […]

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 22nd February. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. This grouping represents appropriateness of content rather than the ability or age required to enjoy the game. Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze […]

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 15th February. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. This grouping represents appropriateness of content rather than the ability or age required to enjoy the game. NBA NFL 25 reppears […]

Family Gaming News

This video-game news round up is designed to help keep mums and dads up to date with the latest gaming developments. If you want to play a more active role in the gaming life of your family it’s a great way to become more informed. Headlines Sega has announced a new Sonic game called Sonic […]

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 8th February. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. This grouping represents appropriateness of content rather than the ability or age required to enjoy the game. Madden NFL 25 reppears […]

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 1st February. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. This grouping represents appropriateness of content rather than the ability or age required to enjoy the game. Gran Turismo takes number […]

The OFT’s (Office of Fair Trading) final eight principles for what it calls “online and app-based games” have been published today. The video-game industry is expected to comply to these principles for in-app content sales by 1st April. They are designed to be a guide to help games business sell in-app content responsibly, particularly where […]

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This is our guide to the wide range of information and advice about online safety for families. This complements advice about how to use parental controls to set limits on behaviour, with helpful guidance and good practice for video games use. It also provides a starting point for when things go wrong. For information about […]

Each month we field all manner of different questions on askaboutgames. Some people have intricate queries about particular games while others want to know which console will be best for their family. Here are our picks this month.   Question: My son lives in England and has a PS3 bought there.  I live in the […]

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 25th January. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. This grouping represents appropriateness of content rather than the ability or age required to enjoy the game. NBA 2K14 sneaks into […]

Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 18th January. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. This grouping represents appropriateness of content rather than the ability or age required to enjoy the game. FIFA holds on to […]

Each month we field all manner of different questions on askaboutgames. Some people have intricate queries about particular games while others want to know which console will be best for their family. Here are our picks this month.   Question: Can Skylanders Swap Force be used with the Giants Starter Pack. Answer: You can only […]

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 11th January. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. This grouping represents appropriateness of content rather than the ability or age required to enjoy the game. First change for a […]

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 4th January. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. This grouping represents appropriateness of content rather than the ability or age required to enjoy the game. No change this week […]

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 28th December. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. This grouping represents appropriateness of content rather than the ability or age required to enjoy the game. No change this week […]

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 21st December. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. This grouping represents appropriateness of content rather than the ability or age required to enjoy the game. No change this week […]

Disney Infinity’s Toy Box game creation mode could save you money, help children get creative and possibly open the door to a new career in game development.

We went to the Eurogamer Expo this year to talk to families first hand about the games they enjoyed together, and how they went about choosing them. The Buckle family were at the event, Mum and son. I asked them what games they played as a family and Zelda was top of their list. “I […]

Wonderbook is a series of games and educational titles for the PlayStation 3 that make use of the PlayStation Eye camera and a blue physical book. Placing the book in front of the camera populates its pages on the screen.

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 14th December. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. This grouping represents appropriateness of content rather than the ability or age required to enjoy the game. FIFA 14 (Electronic Arts) […]

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 7th December. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. This grouping represents appropriateness of content rather than the ability or age required to enjoy the game. FIFA 14 (Electronic Arts) […]

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 30th November. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. This grouping represents appropriateness of content rather than the ability or age required to enjoy the game. FIFA 14 (Electronic Arts) […]

Each month we field all manner of different questions on askaboutgames. Some people have intricate queries about particular games while others want to know which console will be best for their family. Here are our picks this month.   Question: I’m a great fan of Ashes Cricket video game but i have PS Vita so […]

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 23rd November. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. This grouping represents appropriateness of content rather than the ability or age required to enjoy the game. FIFA 14 (Electronic Arts) […]

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 16th November. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. This grouping represents appropriateness of content rather than the ability or age required to enjoy the game. FIFA 14 (Electronic Arts) […]

Each month we field all manner of different questions on askaboutgames. Some people have intricate queries about particular games while others want to know which console will be best for their family. Here are our picks this month.   Question: What games console would you recommend for a 60-something who wants to get into gaming?  […]

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Zelda, or The Legend of Zelda to give the series its full title is an action-adventure video-game created by Japanese game designers Shigeru Miyamoto, Takashi Tezuka and Eiji Aonuma. The games that span many different console generations and are published by Nintendo. They offer a rich mix of action, adventure, and puzzle solving. The games […]

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We went to the Eurogamer Expo this year to talk to families first hand about the games they enjoyed together, and how they went about choosing them. The Jones family were at the event, Dad and son. They kicked off our conversation by suggesting the games that they enjoyed playing together. Top of this list […]

Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 9th November. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. This grouping represents appropriateness of content rather than the ability or age required to enjoy the game. FIFA 14 (Electronic Arts) […]

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We went to the Eurogamer Expo this year to talk to families first hand about the games they enjoyed together, and how they went about choosing them. The Layton family were at the event, Mum and two boys. Wendy said she wasn’t a gamer herself but could talk coherently about how best to pick and […]

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Back with another competition for you and your family. The new Beyblade Evolution 3DS game was released this week. It offers a battle top experience with an augmented reality feature so you can play on the go or at home.

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Each month we field all manner of different questions on askaboutgames. Some people have intricate queries about particular games while others want to know which console will be best for their family. Here are our picks this month.   Question: Is there any news when or if minecraft is coming to PS3, I have read […]

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We went to the Eurogamer Expo this year to talk to families first hand about the games they enjoyed together, and how they went about choosing them. The Dodman family were at the event to play Nintendo games specifically, alongside other titles that caught their eye. We asked them about what brought them to the […]

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 26th October. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. This grouping represents appropriateness of content rather than the ability or age required to enjoy the game. FIFA 14 (Electronic Arts) […]

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We went to the Eurogamer Expo this year to talk to families first hand about the games they enjoyed together, and how they went about choosing them. The Moore family were at the event to play different games before buying them and talk about how they used the PEGI ratings as a baseline guide for […]

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 12th October. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. This grouping represents appropriateness of content rather than the ability or age required to enjoy the game. FIFA 14 (Electronic Arts) […]

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 5th October. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. This grouping represents appropriateness of content rather than the ability or age required to enjoy the game. FIFA 14 (Electronic Arts) […]

Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 19th October. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. This grouping represents appropriateness of content rather than the ability or age required to enjoy the game. FIFA 14 (Electronic Arts) […]

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How to get the best family value from games like Skylanders Swap Force. We talk to the families we work with to discover their top tips for gaming without breaking the bank.

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Nintendo announces a new handheld. The 2DS plays all DS and 3DS games, offers a robust design at a low price. Following their tradition of improving the DS hardware every couple of years, Nintendo have just announced a new version of the 3DS. The 2DS is a low cost version of the 3DS and 3DS […]

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We spent Thursday-Sunday last week at the Eurogamer Expo talking to families, answering questions and playing games, like Skylanders, that might be a good fit for different aged gamers.

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 28th September. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. This grouping represents appropriateness of content rather than the ability or age required to enjoy the game. FIFA 14 (Electronic Arts) […]

Each month we field all manner of different questions on askaboutgames. Some people have intricate queries about particular games while others want to know which console will be best for their family. Here are our picks this month.   Question: I need to know if I can buy the Nintendo 3DS Skylanders Giants Portal Owner […]

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 21st September. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. This grouping represents appropriateness of content rather than the ability or age required to enjoy the game. PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2014 […]

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With Wii-Sports Club coming in November we look back at the series that sold 115 million games and consider if it’s still relevant for families.

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 14th September. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. This grouping represents appropriateness of content rather than the ability or age required to enjoy the game. FIFA 13 (Electronic Arts) […]

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As we mentioned recently, this year we will not only be attending the Eurogamer Expo to see which new games are best for families but we are also hosting our own stand. A first for Ask About Games, we will be making ourselves available (along with representatives from PEGI) to answer your questions directly on […]

Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 7th September. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. This grouping represents appropriateness of content rather than the ability or age required to enjoy the game. The Family Gamer TV […]

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 31st August 2013. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. This grouping represents appropriateness of content rather than the ability or age required to enjoy the game. The Family Gamer […]

This month’s mailbag proved as interesting as ever. With Skylanders Swap Force being released soon we had more questions there, as well as some around PlayStation hardware and gaming tips.

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 24th August 2013. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. This grouping represents appropriateness of content rather than the ability or age required to enjoy the game. The Family Gamer […]

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Visit Ask About Games and PEGI at our Eurogamer Expo booth. Who knows you may even be filmed for Family Gamer TV.

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 17th August 2013. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. This grouping represents appropriateness of content rather than the ability or age required to enjoy the game. The Family Gamer […]

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 10th August 2013. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. This grouping represents appropriateness of content rather than the ability or age required to enjoy the game. The Family Gamer […]

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Games are an area of life where my family enjoyed being a little bit more competitive. Whereas at school, particularly in the early years, there is a focus on individual achievement rather than competition, at home it’s nice to let the kids excel or fail and then talk about the consequences. One game that, perhaps […]

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 3rd August 2013. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. This grouping represents appropriateness of content rather than the ability or age required to enjoy the game. The Family Gamer […]

Each month we field all manner of different questions on askaboutgames. Some people have intricate queries about particular games while others want to know which console will be best for their family. Here are our picks this month.   Question: My mother is going to buy a Skylanders Giants game for my 3DS but I […]

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Children instinctively want to draw pictures of the things that inspire them. Whether they like fire fighters, train drivers or celebrities their creative juices are often spent on colouring in and sketching their heroes. Video games are no different, and my children will often find pictures online, print them out and colour them in. This […]

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The ubiquity of tablet and smart phone devices mean that new game experience are being created on them for new audiences all the time. For families this is a great, and cost effective, way to get into video-games. A good way to start finding apps to play is to ask other families with children of […]

Each month we field all manner of different questions on askaboutgames. Some people have intricate queries about particular games while others want to know which console will be best for their family. Here are our picks this month.   Question: Are Xbox games locked by region? I just bought a Kinect game in the UK […]

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We recently had the chance to contribute some of our Ask About Games know how to the BBC’s The One Show. They were putting together a segment about families and game ratings so we were only too happy to help. As you can see above, we move from a scenario where just the children play […]

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 22nd June 2013. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. This grouping represents appropriateness of content rather than the ability or age required to enjoy the game. The Family Gamer […]

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Each month we field all manner of different questions on askaboutgames. Some people have intricate queries about particular games while others want to know which console will be best for their family. Here are our picks this month.   Question: What is TBC rating? That is a very good question, and not immediately as obvious […]

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Families can be put off video-games because they see them as overly competitive or combative experiences. However, there are many games that offer a wide range of ways to play. A good example here are video-games that offer an experience that evolve over time. These attract players by offering a constantly changing world that is […]

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When you think of electronic entertainment chances are that you have an image of young people sat in front of a screen. However, there are a number of new games that get children up and moving. Beyond the usual, go-to games on the Wii some novel titles coming up for PlayStation 3 offer a gaming […]

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Swap Force is up first. As we have mentioned previously this is a new game in the toy-meets-video-game genre. Together with titles like Disney Infinity and App Mates, it enables you to access in game characters by placing a toy figure on a USB device that plugs into your console.

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Each new generation of video-game consoles work in a slightly different ways. This comes from both the new technology but also new business models. With the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 now announced, and the Wii U already available for some time, a bit of research goes a long way to ensuring you are getting […]

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 11th May 2013. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. The PEGI 3+ chart is unchanged this week. In the PEGI 7+ list Nintendo holds the top two spots again […]

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 4th May 2013. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. The PEGI 3+ chart see FOOTBALL MANAGER 2013 re-enter at number two. In the PEGI 7+ list Nintendo holds the […]

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Each month we field all manner of different questions on askaboutgames. Some people have intricate queries about particular games while others want to know which console will be best for their family. Here are our picks this month.   Question: Can you trade in games that have a higher age rating than your actual age? […]

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 27th April 2013. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. The PEGI 3+ chart is unchanged this week, with Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins grabbing the top spot in […]

Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 20th April 2013. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. This grouping represents appropriateness of content rather than the ability or age required to enjoy the game. The Family Gamer […]

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Each month we field all manner of different questions on askaboutgames. Some people have intricate queries about particular games while others want to know which console will be best for their family. Here are our picks this month. Question: I was told that if you’re playing Skylanders on your PS3, if you were to bring […]

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In-App Purchases offers users the ability to buy new functionality or upgrades for a particular game or application on a Smart phone or Tablet device. They are a way for developers to charge players for only the parts of the game they are using. Because these transactions can range in value from a few pence […]

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 13th April 2013. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. This grouping represents appropriateness of content rather than the ability or age required to enjoy the game. The Family Gamer […]

Here’s our fact file post for download able content in video-games. We aim to explain the basics of this concepts for family players so they can make an informed purchasing decision. Q1. What is DLC? A. Downloadable content (DLC) is extra content for a game usually distributed via the internet by the game’s official publisher. […]

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 6th April 2013. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. This grouping represents appropriateness of content rather than the ability or age required to enjoy the game. The Family Gamer […]

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 30th March 2013. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. This grouping represents appropriateness of content rather than the ability or age required to enjoy the game. The Family Gamer […]

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The Lego games are often popular with families. They combine puzzle and action elements with exploration and platforming. They usually offer a two player co-operative mode that suites living room play. Here’s our fact file run down on the upcoming new Lego game Lego City Undercover. Fact 1: Lego City Undercover offers more exploration and […]

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New Super Mario Bros U has been voted the top family game in 2012 by viewers of FGTV Game of the Year. New Super Mario Bros U was closely followed by both Just Dance 4 and Skylanders Giants. The awards vote on games in each of the following age groups: Infants: New Super Mario Bros […]

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 23rd March 2013. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. This grouping represents appropriateness of content rather than the ability or age required to enjoy the game. The Family Gamer […]

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 16th March 2013. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. The PEGI 3 chart remains unchanged again this week, while the PEGI 7 charts sees Skylanders Giants hold on as […]

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 2nd March 2013. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. The PEGI 3 chart remains unchanged this week, while PEGI 7 charts has Skylanders Giants and Sonic All Stars Racing […]

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Each month we field all manner of different questions on askaboutgames. Some people have intricate queries about particular games while others want to know which console will be best for their family. Here are our picks this month. Question: Due to our job situation our lives are split between the US and Germany and I […]

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Video-games offer creative worlds in which to play, some of them also enable you to create your own games within those worlds — like Little Big Planet and upcoming Disney Infinity for example. However, beyond this virtual creativity they can also fund imaginative play and inspiration in the real world. Playing games with your children […]

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 23rd February 2013. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. The PEGI 3 chart sees Forza 4 revving into the third spot while the PEGI 7 charts has Skylanders Giants […]

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 16th  February 2013. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. The PEGI 3 and PEGI 7 charts are unchanged this week. In the PEGI 12 category Ni No Kuni slips […]

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One of the subjects we get most questions about in our Ask a Question feature are titles that cross-over between toys and video-games.These range from Skylanders to Wonderbook to Disney Infinity and even the upcoming Lego City Undercover title for Wii U. We had the opportunity to put some of these questions to the CEO’s […]

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The new trend of video-games that use toy figures to access characters and unlock levels has become very popular with families. We get a lot of questions around these titles ranging from technical queries about what equipment you need to play them to advice on which figures to buy. In this post we will take […]

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 9th February 2013. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. The PEGI 3 rating chart is unchanged this week. In the PEGI 7+ chart, Sonic & All Star Racing Transformed […]

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We visited the Cribbs Causeway Bristol Game Store to talk to families and offer advice in our Pop-up Family Gaming Surgery. Here is the next of the episode from Bristol from Family Gamer TV — catch the other videos here. More information on how to use the PEGI ratings to help your family find the […]

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At an event on 5th Feb in New York, Activision unveiled a new version of their Skylanders video-game: Skylanders Swap Force. It offers a new kind of Skylander figure that can be separated and mixed and matched to create custom abilities. Skylanders Swap Force will offer the following elements: 16 new core Skylanders including Rollerbrawl […]

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Safer Internet Day is almost upon us. It’s the day in the year we all pause browsing to make sure we are up to date with the latest advice and information to be safe online. You can follow events on the day via the @UK_SIC Twitter and using the #SID2013 hash tag. There will also […]

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 2nd February 2013. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. The PEGI 3 rating chart is unchanged this week. In the PEGI 7+ chart, Lego Batman DC Superheroes returns at […]

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We’re happy to announce that a family from Rotherham is our overall winner the nationwide competition to find the UK’s most collaborative gaming families. Mackenzie Clarke (11), from Clifton Village, impressed the judges with her idea and her description of what her family game characters’ powers would be. In her game, her family  work together, […]

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Each month we field all manner of different questions on askaboutgames. Some people have intricate queries about particular games while others want to know which console will be best for their family. Here are our picks this month.   Question: Do you believe on average that most parents are aware of the violence that occurs […]

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 5th January 2013. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. PEGI 3 and PEGI 7 rating charts are unchanged this week. In the PEGI 12 category Lego Lord of the […]

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We visited the Cribbs Causeway Bristol Game Store to talk to families and offer advice in our Pop-up Family Gaming Surgery. Here is the next of the episode from Bristol from Family Gamer TV — catch the other videos here. More information on how to use the PEGI ratings to help your family find the […]

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At an event today Disney Interactive announced a game of interest to families who have enjoyed Skylanders. Disney Infinity uses a range of toy figures in a similar way to Activision’s game while also offering a way for children and parents to create their own games in a Toy Box mode. The toy figures enable […]

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Each month we field all manner of different questions on askaboutgames. Some people have intricate queries about particular games while others want to know which console will be best for their family. Here are our picks this month.   Question: My son wants the new Sonic Racing game. He has a normal Wii but can […]

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 5th January 2013. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. PEGI 3 and PEGI 16 rating charts are unchanged this week. The PEGI 7 category sees Sonic and Skylanders trade […]

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We visited the Cribbs Causeway Bristol Game Store to talk to families and offer advice in our Pop-up Family Gaming Surgery. Here is the next of the episode from Bristol from Family Gamer TV — catch the other videos here. More information on how to use the PEGI ratings to help your family find the […]

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We visited the Cribbs Causeway Bristol Game Store to talk to families and offer advice in our Pop-up Family Gaming Surgery. Here is the next of the episode from Bristol from Family Gamer TV — catch the other videos here. More information on how to use the PEGI ratings to help your family find the […]

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We visited the Cribbs Causeway Bristol Game Store to talk to families and offer advice in our Pop-up Family Gaming Surgery. Here is the next of the episode from Bristol from Family Gamer TV — catch the other videos here. More information on how to use the PEGI ratings to help your family find the […]

videogamebox_blog

While we track the top selling games each week on Ask About Games, Family Gamer TV is getting its viewers to vote on which has been the best video-game for their family. The awards pick games that are particularly suitable for each PEGI grouping, considering not only whether the game is appropriate, but also whether […]

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 15th December 2012. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. PEGI 3 sees the Football Manager 2013 back in the charts at number three. The PEGI 7 category is unchanged […]

questionnaire_blog

Video Games are the top Christmas “most wanted” list for children in 2012. Research reveals more families will play games together this Christmas than attend carol services or nativity plays, but Christmas pester power may result in inappropriate games being purchased. Christmas is upon us and UK high streets and online stores are swelling with […]

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 8th December 2012. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. PEGI 3 sees the Moshi Monsters back in the charts at number three. Need for Speed takes to the top […]

safer_blog

Have you heard of Safer Internet Day? It’s the one day in the year we can all pause browsing to make sure we are up to date with the latest advice and information to be safe online. This year’s Safer Internet Day has the theme of Online rights and Responsibilities and will take place on […]

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Each month we field all manner of different questions on askaboutgames. Some people have intricate queries about particular games while others want to know which console will be best for their family. Here are our picks this month.   Question: During the past few years I have had a few PS3s, is there a way […]

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 1st December 2012. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. PEGI 3 sees the Moshi Monsters knocked off the top three by Football Manager 2013. Nintendo Land is the first […]

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We visited the Cribbs Causeway Bristol Game Store to talk to families and offer advice in our Pop-up Family Gaming Surgery. Here is the first of the episode from Bristol on Family Gamer TV — catch the other videos here. We talked to the Pells family who were in store looking for games. They used […]

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 24th November 2012. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. PEGI 3 sees the new Moshi Monsters 3DS/DS game enter at number three. The PEGI 7 chart’s top two spots […]

comp-harrypotter_blog

Win a copy of Harry PotterTM  for KinectTM and a games console to play it on. We recently published our All About post for Harry Potter Kinect. As promised we have a competition to go along with that. Prize: A copy of Harry Potter for Kinect and a games console  to play it on Enter: […]

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 17th November 2012. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. PEGI 3 sees FIFA 13 still at the top while Just Dance 4 jumps up a spot to number two. […]

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We visited the Cribbs Causeway Bristol Game Store to talk to families and offer advice in our Pop-up Family Gaming Surgery. Here is the first of the episode from Bristol on Family Gamer TV — catch the other videos here. Today we talked to the Drew family who were in store looking for games for […]

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After the success of our first Pop-up Family Gaming Surgery, where we offered families in-store advice on what to buy, we’re coming to the Bristol (Cribbs Causeway) Game store. Come and meet us in store on Sunday 18th Nov for a free family gaming consultation with our gaming experts to discover which games will work […]

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 10th November 2012. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. PEGI 3, PEGI 7 charts remain unchanged this week. PEGI 12 sees two re-entries for Kinect games, Kinect Sports and […]

q1_blog

Each month we field all manner of different questions on askaboutgames. Some people have intricate queries about particular games while others want to know which console will be best for their family. Here are our picks this month. Question: How do you save in Wii Skylanders giants? Answer: Skylanders Giants saves progress in two ways. […]

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 3rd November 2012. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. It’s a week of new entries in our PEGI age rating charts. Football Manager 2013 pops up in the PEGI […]

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 27th October 2012. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. Moshi Monsters enters the PEGI 3 top three, pushing  Pokemon to number 4. Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask enters […]

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We visited GameStation to talk to families and offer advice in our Pop-up Family Gaming Surgery. Here is the sixth of the Family Gamer TV conversations we recorded at the pop-up gaming surgery — catch the other videos here. Today we talked to the Skinner family who were in store talking about what the appropriate […]

harrypotter_blog

Let us take you on a mystery tour through the various Harry Potter video-games. From consoles to handhelds to smartphone and tablets, there are a wealth of different ways to play in the world of Harry Potter. We suggest a few places to start. Harry Potter for Kinect (Xbox 360) Unlike the other Xbox 360 […]

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Each month we field all manner of different questions on askaboutgames. Some people have intricate queries about particular games while others want to know which console will be best for their family. Here are our picks this month. Question: I’m doing a school project (University) that requires me to find a driving game that each […]

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We spent another morning in GameStation talking to families and offering advice in our Pop-up Gaming Surgery. Here is the fifth of the Family Gamer TV conversations we recorded at the pop-up gaming surgery — catch the other videos here. Today we talked to the Majors family who were in store looking for games for […]

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 20th October 2012. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. Just Dance 4 enters the PEGI 3 top three for the first time to take the no.2 spot. Skylanders Giants […]

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We spent a morning in the Exeter GameStation store talking to families and offering advice in our Pop-up Gaming Surgery. Here is the fourth of the Family Gamer TV conversations we recorded at the pop-up gaming surgery — catch the other videos here. We talked to the Dart family who were in store looking for […]

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 13th October 2012. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. PEGI 3 sees another shake up with Pokemon Black and White taking spots two and three. X-Com Enemy Unknown enters […]

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 29th Sept 2012. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. PEGI 3 sees another shake up with Just Dance 4 a new entry at number two. Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure reenters […]

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 22nd Sept 2012. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. PEGI 3 see a shake up this week as F1 2012 and Pro Evo hit the top two spots — […]

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Each month we field all manner of different questions on askaboutgames. Some people have intricate queries about particular games while others want to know which console will be best for their family. Here are our picks this month. Question: I have 2 grandsons who want giant Skylanders.  Does each player need a portal or is […]

phones_blog

With tablets and smart phones becoming ever more powerful it is no surprise that video games are as at home on there multifaceted gadgets as they are on dedicated handheld consoles. Because of this it is important to understand Age Rating systems for iOS, Windows Phone, Android and Blackberry phones as well as the broader […]

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We spent a morning in the Exeter GameStation store talking to families and offering advice in our Pop-up Gaming Surgery. Here is the third of the Family Gamer TV conversations we recorded at the event — you can also catch the first and second conversations. The Brace family were in store looking for a puzzle […]

videogamebox_blog

Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 15th Sept 2012. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. While the PEGI 3 and PEGI 7 categories remain unchanged there is a new entry for NHL 13 in the […]

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We recently published our All About post for Skylanders Giants. As promised we have a competition to go along with that. You can win a Skylanders Spryo’s Adventure Starter Pack and two Skylanders figures, Hex and Dino-rang so you can get them all leveled up ready for the new game. Here are the details: Prize: […]

PEGI Charts

Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 8th Sept 2012. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. This grouping represents appropriateness of content rather than the ability or age required to enjoy the game. The Family Gamer […]

skylanders_blog

In the second of our “All About” series we are looking at the Skylanders video game franchise. Skylanders is published by Activision and developed by Toys for Bob. The first game, Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure was released on 14th October 2011 in Europe. The second game, Skylanders Giants is planned for release on 19th October 2012 […]

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We spent a morning in the Exeter GameStation store talking to families and offering advice in our Pop-up Gaming Surgery. Here is the second of the Family Gamer TV conversations we recorded at the event — catch the first video here. We talk to the Brooks family who were in store discussing which games are […]

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Here is our look at the top selling video games for each PEGI age rating for the week ending 1st Sept 2012. We break down the top selling games into the five PEGI age ratings. This grouping represents appropriateness of content rather than the ability or age required to enjoy the game. The Family Gamer […]

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We spent a morning in the Exeter GameStation store talking to families and offering advice in our Pop-up Gaming Surgery. Here is the first of the Family Gamer TV conversations we recorded at the event. You can hear from three generations of the Barker family who play games — both separately and together. It was […]

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In the first of our “All About Video Games” series where we will be looking at a particular video game franchise, we are focusing on the Lego video games. Although there are other types, the main Lego video game titles are platform games. Players progress through the game by solving puzzles to reach particular platforms, […]

questionnaire_blog

Ukie (The Association of UK Interactive Entertainment) has just completed a fascinating poll of over 1,000 parents of children under 18. Designed to get to the heart of the state of the gaming-nation, the poll asked families questions about their gaming habits and opinions. The highlights from the poll are as follows: Nearly all parents […]

pegi_blog

A big step towards simplifying game ratings, PEGI has become the single video games age ratings system, under which it is illegal for a retailer to sell a video game with a PEGI age rating of 12, 16 or 18 to someone below that age. Retailers also welcomed the announcement of the implementation of PEGI […]

PEGI in the Park

We return to the park to find some more parents to ask about PEGI ratings. Martin has a young daughter who is just starting her journey into gaming, he talks about how askaboutgames.com may help him to find appropriate games for her. He also discusses how he chooses games to play himself and how the […]

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Playing games together as a family is a great way to spend time doing something that all ages and abilities can participate in. However, any family with children of different ages knows how frustrating it can be for the younger ones if the controls or controllers don’t work for them. Finding the right games to […]

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With so much choice, even video game fans can struggle to pick out a game that will be good for them to play. In families it is often left to the children to make these choices because parents aren’t interested or find the whole thing a little bewildering. But that doesn’t have to be the […]

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A big step towards simplifying game ratings, PEGI will soon become the single video games age ratings system, under which it is illegal for a retailer to sell a video game with a PEGI age rating of 12, 16 or 18 to someone below that age. To mark the coming change in legislation, Ukie has […]

familytimer_blog

We had a trip down to a camping holiday in Cornwall this week, and on the way my children started playing a game where they tried to work out what the different road signs meant. Along the way we passed a number of “Tiredness can kill, take a break” motorway notices. The children were intrigued […]

videogamebox_blog

Although this might sound like an obvious question, there is actually more to the humble videogame box than meets the eye. Quite often it is those of us more familiar with games who actually overlook information on the box that can help us make good choices for our families.

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Deciding that you’d like to play a few more video games as a family is one thing, it’s quite another to navigate the different options you have in terms of hardware. A good way to start playing games is with a portable system. Not only are these less intrusive into the home, but they also […]

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It’s always an eye opener to talk to real families about video games. This is particularly true when it comes to video game ratings and labeling. This first episode from Family Gamer TV looks at how PEGI ratings are understood and perceived by families. At askaboutgames.com we’re keen to collaborate on this to get fresh […]

britannia_blog

Games Britannia, staged at the MAGNA Science Adventure Centre, offers hands-on experience and inspiration for aspiring games designers. What better place to launch the askaboutgames.com search for a PEGI Family Gaming Ambassador. As you can see we went up to the Games Britannia festival with a stack of family games and our brand new website. […]

competition_blog

One of the best ways to get useful tips and advice about video games (not to mention other areas of life) is to hook up with families at a similar stage to your own. Not only can you find out which games worked best for them, but also how often and when they played. This […]

Family Advocates

Video games can be a sophisticated and fast evolving medium. Therefore like film, books and theatre it can take some time to fully understand and appreciate them and for them to give the best that they have to offer to their audience. Combine this with their technical nature, the equipment and setting up required before […]

Xbox Controller (credit: flickr/samcatchesides)

Because technology and trends in the video game world change faster than other consumer products it can seem hard to keep up. However, this change isn’t as confusing as it first appears.