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E3 2015: Nintendo Direct: Reaction – A family of gamers

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E3 2015: Nintendo Direct

The kids and I were eagerly anticipating Nintendo’s E3 show. We all raced into the living room at 1 minute of, kicked on AppleTV, went to E3.nintendo.com on my iPhone, and grabbed a seat on a sofa for the about-to-start livestream.

So many games! What a jam packed hour! Muppets. StarFox, Mario, amiibo, Zelda, Metroid, Fire Emblem, and more!

Here’s a recap, and our reactions.

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FingerTag multiplayer app – Play with your kid!

We released a game!

This was a family effort. We had the idea for FingerTag over 3 years ago, and after talking about it for a long time, we started development. Everyone pitched in.

BabyChao and Mom designed the artwork. Mom created the artwork files on the computer. Dad did the coding. Berreh and Fire did play testing. (A lot of play testing.) Chao did the music, and overall app design.

There are lots of 1 player app games out there, but what if you want to engage with your child? What if you don’t want to just give them a screen to play on, to entertain themselves – what if you want to play WITH your child?

My daughter and I invented this game because we wanted to play together, and we got tired of playing air hockey. There wasn’t really anything else that we could do together on my phone.

Now, with FingerTag, she can play with me on 2 player, or she can play with her three brothers on 4 player. Or she can play with mom and dad on 3 player.

It’s a fast-paced, silly, fun game. And you can play anywhere, anytime, just for a quick smile or a giggle.

Part of the fun is being able to hit the color item that you chose, and part is trying to block the other player from being able to hit their color.

It’s simple, yet silly, and we almost always laugh and smile when we play together.

We play while we’re waiting for big brother’s band concert to begin. We play while waiting for our food to arrive at the restaurant. We play while we’re waiting for our turn at the doctor’s office. We play if they’re bored at grandma’s house and we need a quick pick me up.

Sometimes we play instead of flipping a coin – if you win, I have to do dishes, if I win, you have to do them.

We were torn over how to release it – whether to charge $.99 for it, or make it free. But, I wanted no ads on the app, so if you’re playing with your kids, you don’t have to worry about accidentally launching an ad. (We will also be releasing a free version, with ads, very soon.)

It was a fun and educational experience for us. And as a bonus, if we make a little money, the kids get to go out for pizza. #winwin

So give FingerTag a try! It’s available on both the App Store and Google Play. And let us know what you think!

Just play with your kids.

(Warning – you may want to trim your fingernails, first. It can get a little hairy with 4 people all tapping and poking and stabbing all at the same time.)

What apps do you like to play with your kids? What would you like to play with them? And, let us know if you’ve designed an app with your kid!

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Apps for Kids: 2048

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My 6th grader came home from school last week, and asked to use my iPhone – “for homework”, she said. I rolled my eyes, smiling, as I handed her the phone – “Oh, really?”, wondering which game she would start up.

She then went to the App Store and downloaded 2048. “My homework is to get as high of a score as possible, Mom!” After 30 minutes or so, she quit at 128.

As a parent, it’s important to keep an eye on what my kids are doing, so, of course, I had to check it out. I asked her to explain how it worked. 30 minutes later, after many Game Over’s, my high score – 256.

Dang. This is like Flappy Bird – for math!

What is 2048?

2048 is a free single player online sliding block puzzle game, where you slide numbered tiles on a grid to combine them. The goal is to join the numbers so they eventually add up to the 2048 tile.

How to play:

On your smartphone, swipe to move the tiles. On your PC, use your arrow keys to move the tiles.

When two tiles with the same number touch, they merge into one.  Get to the 2048 tile, and you reach a high score.

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Simple and fun, 2048 is free to play, and not monetized in any way.

According to Wikipedia:

The game has been described by the Wall Street Journal as “almost like Candy Crush for math geeks”.

I know people who have gotten as high as 8192, and some people play this game for days – weeks even – to try to attain the highest score possible. Crazy. But geek-cool. Highest score so far? One Reddit user got a score of 3,866,384.

And if you like 2048, which is a game of 2’s, you might want to try out Threes.

Links:

PC download – http://gabrielecirulli.github.io/2048/

iOS download – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/2048/id840919914?mt=8

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88 fun things to do with your kids when you’re stuck indoors, that don’t require electricity

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It’s that time of year.  Snow, cold, sleet, slush.  Even in Atlanta.  What do you do with your kids when you’re stuck indoors?  Sure, you could let them watch TV, or hand them a tablet.  But, what it you want to do something with your kid?  What if the power is out?  Or maybe you’d like them to unplug for a bit, and have some old fashioned fun.

Here’s a list of 88 fun things to do with your kids when you’re stuck inside. Some are old classics, some are new. Some are high energy, movement ideas, and some are more quiet and calm. Try to switch it up a bit, and go with what feels right for your kid’s energy level.

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What’s Hot: Nerdy Nummies

Yesterday we had reason to celebrate. Son #1 got a big envelope from the college of his choice. He was accepted, and received a sizeable scholarship.

Me: “What should we do to celebrate?!?!”

Kids: “Go out to dinner!!”

Me: “No! We’re poor – we have to save for tuition!!”

My 10 year old daughter: “Let’s make a cake – just like Nerdy Nummies!”

Me: “Huh?”

My 10 year old daughter: “YouTube, Mom, come on…” *commence rolling of the eyes*

Unbeknownst to me, my girl has been watching hours of Nerdy Nummies on YouTube. And, she put it to good use – she made a chocolate cake, frosted it, put frosting in a plastic baggie and decorated it all fancy – all by herself.

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Top E rated video games for kids

I’m a bit overdue, but here are my latest lists on the top selling and top rated video games that are appropriate for kids – all with an ESRB rating of E or E 10+.  This time I sorted by console, to make it easier for you.

Top selling E rated video games

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Top E rated video games for kids 2010

Note: This list is from Christmas 2010 – for my list of top E rated video games for kids for Christmas 2012 click here. And for my list of top E rated video games for kids for Christmas 2011 click here!

There’s only 46 days left until Christmas, according to eBay’s new countdown-to-Christmas clock – time to get cracking on holiday shopping plans.  Here are my latest lists on the top selling and top rated video games that are appropriate for kids – all with an ESRB rating of E or E 10+.

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