All games, not just video games, can be harnessed as great learning tools. A game teaches planning, strategy, cooperation and even a bit of cunning. You learn the importance of keeping track of your resources and planning ahead. You know that, no matter how hard you try, that sometimes things aren't going to go in your favor.
Video games are ideal because their self contained (no pieces to lose), interactive and can be run at the user's own pace. Board games, on the other hand, are much more social.
I find it ludicrous that so many people who ought to know better still don't get how to design games for the female population. One only has to look at "unplugged" games like Monopoy, Apples to Apples and Trivial Pursuit to understand that games do not have to be gender specific. Even so, the video game industry continues to be overwhelmingly male, and immature at that. I speak from personal experience on that. Read the Article at HuffingtonPost
29 Years ago, Milton Bradley introduced an electronic fantasy game called Dark Tower. The goal of the game was to collect the three keys necessary to open the gates of the Dark Tower and vanquish the forces within. To do so, you must travel through the land, exploring tombs, fighting brigands and hopefully not getting lost in the process. It seems quaint now, but in 1981 it had graphics far superior than most video games of the time (Dark Tower acheived this by lighting up pictures on a rotating cylinder). And the game play was actually quite engaging. Now you can try it yourself online: Dark Tower at HotFlashGames.
Download Google Pacman: How To Still Play Without Google Doodle
I knew the Google Pacman "doodle" wouldn't be up forever, but something that clever deserves a little extra time in the limelight. I am glad to see that Google has put the playable Pacman version of their logo in a permanent spot ( http://www.google.com/pacman )
It's not Flash, which means it will actually show up on many portable devices that don't do Flash. But don't get your hopes up - the refresh rate is murder and unless you have some way to emulate input of the keyboard cursor keys you won't be able to do much than watch. Watching the game refresh a frame every couple of seconds on my Nintendo DSi was more than I could handle. Read the Article at HuffingtonPost
Pacman Google Logo (VIDEO, PICTURE): Doodle Celebrates 30th Anniversary Of Iconic Game
Has it been 30 years already? I actually remember the first time I wandered into an arcade and saw a couple of young women totally engrossed in this new game. Simple, easy to understand and hard to stop playing. Still going strong. That's saying something. Read the Article at HuffingtonPost
Here's a new concept. The Skal media player uses RFID technology to let you select your media. Place a cartoon character in the bowl and it calls up a video with that character in it. The technology is very durable and the RFID chips inside the objects do not require a powersource. Admittedly, this does not help you decide which of the 154 episodes of Deep Space Nine that you want to watch, but the possibilities are interesting.
LEGO Mania: 5 Ways to Prevent the Pain of Stepping on a LEGO Brick
If I might suggest another solution. Use a dedicated dustpan (I marked mine with a permanent marker so it wouldn't be used to on spills) to scoop up the bricks. If you're lucky, your kids will find this as fun as playing with the Legos in the first place. Read the Article at HuffingtonPost
See More Frogger Returns Screenshot at IGN.com Looks like you can't keep a good frog down. "Frogger Returns" is now out as a download for the Nintendo DS. This latest incarnation of everybody's favorite green hopper seems to be returning to its roots. At $5, this might be worth picking up. I'll be watching this closely.
31 Board Game Commercials From Your Childhood (VIDEO)
I'll admit that a lot of these games passed the threshold into my home. I remember playing Boobytrap with my brother and Sorry has been around for decades. My kids played with a lot of the games featured in this link. Personally, I'd love to see the original Fun Factory commercial from the 60's-70's Read the Article at HuffingtonPost
Warner Brothers Sues Marc Toberoff, Families Of Superman Creators
Never let it be said that Warner won't fight tooth and nail for anything they perceive to be theirs. I think the bigger question is why can't they seem to manage to do anything with their properties? It's clear that they know they have something of value here. But it seems that they lack the understanding that it was creative talent that developed and made these properties blossom in the first place. And I'm not seeing Warners taking the steps necessary to cultivate and nurture that creative talent.
I see it as the difference between two gardens. In one garden, the seeds are thrown into the ground and the plants are dutifully fed and watered. But otherwise left alone. The other garden is tended by a gardener that not only takes the time to carefully tend to the plants, but actually understands what the plants need to thrive. Both gardens produce plants, but I'm sure you can guess which one looks better. Read the Article at HuffingtonPost
It wasn't so long ago that not even the death of the creator could stop a syndicated comic strip. I suppose if it was still making money (like Peanuts or Lil' Abner) then Tribune would be happy to keep the strip going. But comics are a competitive market. As a cartoonist myself, I'll be interested in seeing what they'll be doing with this property. Unless I miss my guess, it will be endless recycling of older material. Read the Article at HuffingtonPost
To be honest, I'd love for my handheld devices to recognize Flash. Who wouldn't? However, I'm wondering if Jobs has made a mistake by declaring "war" on Adobe. Seriously, can you imagine any work getting done at Apple without the use of Photoshop, Illustrator or Acrobat? Read the Article at HuffingtonPost
Some of you may remember my glowing review of the original Picross for the DS. When I first started playing Picross 3D, the simplicity of the puzzles had me concerned about whether or not this new game was worthy of the Picross name or if the 3D feature was just some gimick. After playing the game for several days I am pleased to say that Picross 3D is everything I could hope for. Interestingly enough, the gameplay is somewhat different from Picross, so if you've never played the original, don't worry. Imagine something like a 3D Minesweeper. Picross 3D is available for less than $20 new - if you like puzzle games, you definitely should give this a try.
Sue The T. Rex Gets Cleaned For Anniversary Party At Field Museum (PHOTOS)
I'm a big dinosaur nut and have been since I was a kid. It was great to see "Sue" at the Field Museum in Chicago, but she's just part of the fantastic collection of dinosaurs that they have on display. If you get a chance to visit, I heartily reccomend it. Read the Article at HuffingtonPost
Francis Ford Coppola: 3D Is Just A Way 'To Make You Pay More Money'
Seriously, didn't we go thorough this rush to 3D in the 50's? Can we just dispense with the gimicks and go back to entertainment with less eye candy and more substance? Then again, when 3D TV's are all in vogue, I might be able to get a nice large screen TV for cheap. ;) Read the Article at HuffingtonPost