Questions of the Month for October

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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 its going to be available for PS4 but only interested in PS3 for the minute.

Answer: According to the developer website Minecraft will be coming to PS3. You can read more here. It will also be available on the Vita and PS4. The latest version Minecraft 1.7.2 has also recently been released for PC.


Question: Do you need to have the Spyro Adventure game to play those characters on the Skylander Giants game?

Answer: Skylanders Giants and Swap Force supports all the old characters. To play any character in a Skylanders game you need to own the toy figure they relate to. If you own the figures in Spyro’s Adventure you can then also use them in the other games.

Question: My son wants Skylanders Swap Force for Christmas. We don’t have any of the common games boxes. We have Apple tablets and phones. Can we use that system. If not, which system do you recommend. Our only use for it will be when my son is playing Skylanders.

Answer: There are Skylanders games available for the iPad tablet, Skylanders Lost Islands. Skylanders Swap Force can be played on any of the recent video-game consoles. These all offer a similar experience so price may be the main driver. The portable versions of Skylanders Swap Force are however different to the home consoles.


Question: This term with my year 6 (10-11 year old’s) class we will be debating ‘Should video games emulate war?’ Do you have any views or knowledge that would help the children in this debate?

Answer: This is an interesting topic to debate. The main benefit here is to talk about the issues and consider how the PEGI ratings help players of all ages (and their parents) make appropriate choices about the gaming purchases. I would also suggest that a wide range of war games be considered, some offer excellent educational value like the Total War series that have been used in BBC historical reconstructions.


Check back next month for more great questions from readers, and our best attempts to answer. If we’ve missed anything in our responses this month, why not fill in the gaps in the comments. Also, you can ask your questions here.

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