72 – The Family Gamers Podcast – Holiday Gift Guide

Episode 72: Holiday Gift Guide

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – time for board game presents! If you’re wondering what to get the gamer(s) in your life, we can help. » Read more

69 – The Family Gamers Podcast – Top Video Game Gifts for 2017 – with Stephen Duetzmann

Top 10 Video Game Gifts for 2017

Welcome Stephen Duetzmann from Engaged Family Gaming this week! Since EFG has already released their holiday gift guide, we decided that Stephen would be an excellent resource for our listeners. We present our top ten(ish) video game purchases for your family this holiday season.

What We’ve Been Playing

Stephen has been really enjoying Tail Feathers with his older son (11 years old). It’s their favorite move-minis-around game. We should get back to Mice & Mystics soon.

We all loved Boston FIG, and re-visit a few of the games we first mentioned on our post-BFIG episode. King of the Hat reminds Andrew a little bit of a game called Gang Beasts (another over-the-top brawler game, but not as appropriate for kids).

Anitra has been playing more BOO, a great game for $5. See our review.

Stephen asks about Dairyman, which we really enjoyed (and reviewed).

Speaking of fighting games, our kids have not yet tried Street Fighter on our SNES Classic, but they love Super Punch Out. Stephen gives some excellent advice on how to introduce Street Fighter (or similar fighting games) to children or anyone who hasn’t played them. Start with move, jump, and ONLY ONE attack button that you all agree on (ie. “heavy kick”). This will teach strategy and positioning, and gives opportunities to learn fighting skill without having to grasp the special moves (ie. fireball).

Andrew’s first try on the SNES Classic was Starfox. Anitra’s was Mario Kart.

Bob Ross Art of Chill – it’s a game that is “mechanically neutral, and therefore relies on its theme”.

Top Ten Video Game Gifts

Toys-to-life: most of them are well-designed for kids, and the older styles are aggressively marked down, making them an excellent deal – as long as you don’t need the online features. Our favorite is Disney Infinity; Stephen’s is Skylanders (Superchargers version). We’re not a huge fan of LEGO Dimensions; it’s much more expensive even though it has been discontinued.

LOVERS in a Dangerous Spacetime: an excellent co-operative game, and no one player is dragging the other(s) along. Note: LOVERS is an acronym, and the spaceship is powered by the “ardor reactor” and the power of love. The actual characters are cute bunnies/frogs/etc. ($15)

SNES Classic (mentioned above). An excellent value for the money, and it will introduce your children to video game history. Nearly all of the games included were groundbreaking when they were first introduced and have stood the test of time – true classics. ($80)

Nintendo Switch: it’s an excellent time to buy it. Between Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey, this is an excellent buy for your kids. A home console that is also a handheld seems too good to be true, but it really does work and is sturdier than it looks. ($300 + games)

Note: if you have Amazon Prime, you get 20% off pre-ordered video games. What a deal!

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: among other things, it has accessibility controls that actually make it possible for a 2 or 3 year old to really play! This may be added to the Smith family Christmas list, even though we already have Mario Kart 8 for the WiiU. Especially since with the Switch, you and your kids can play it anywhere. ($60)

Splatoon 2: A great way to introduce a third-person shooter to your kids, without any of the PvP violence usually associated with shooters. And it will help your kids develop the skills they will want when they grow up and want to play Call of Duty. ($60)

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle: A turn-based strategy game. Not a great introduction, but great for moms & dads who grew up playing Final Fantasy Tactics, XCom, or other heavy strategy games. It’s a challenging game, but also inviting. Not for everyone, but perfect if you enjoy strategy games and would like to be able to play in front of and with your children. ($60)

Rocket League: if your kids want to play something that looks more grown-up. Adults and older kids can hone skills; young kids can have fun driving up the wall and bouncing the ball around. ($20-60 depending on platform)

Compromise games:

If your kids are getting old enough that they really want to play Call of Duty, Gears of War, and other M-rated shooting games, you could compromise with one of these T-rated games instead.

Star Wars Battlefront 2: You are a clone trooper or rebel trooper. The dead just give off sparks. This version introduces a single player story mode, but the first version ($20) is also good. TURN OFF VOICE CHAT in multiplayer. ($60)

Overwatch: cartoony, but some blood. Avengers-style heroes battling. Another T-rated shooter. TURN OFF VOICE CHAT. ($40)

Horizon Zero Dawn: story-driven. This would be the compromise versus Assassin’s Creed Origins. There are some bloody parts and some language, (rated T for a reason) but the rest is killing robot dinosaurs. ($50)

More game suggestions:

Minecraft: The only reason why we haven’t gotten Minecraft for our kids is because it’s so hard to stop once you start, and we limit our kids’ screen time. Educational, creative… if you haven’t heard of Minecraft, we’re not sure what else to say. ($20-30)

Cuphead: It’s basically an old-school cartoon made consumable in the form of boss battles. Tamer than some Bugs Bunny cartoons, surprisingly! It’s really hard, but simple to learn. Failure is built-in but obvious; if your kids can handle a game with a lot of failure, it could be a great option. Rated E10+ (mild language, fantasy violence) Also note that it is a Microsoft title, therefore exclusive to Xbox ONE and PC. ($20)

 

We hope you enjoyed the show and it gave you some ideas for your holiday shopping! Whether you liked the show or not, we would love your feedback. Leave us a comment on the show notes, on iTunes, or your podcast catcher of choice.

Find more from Stephen Duetzmann at engagedfamilygaming.com and Engage! A Family Gaming Podcast. Interact with the EFG community at engagedfamilygaming.com/community

Until next week, play games with your kids!

65 – The Family Gamers Podcast – Boston FIG 2017

Boston FIG

It’s our favorite time of year! We discuss our favorite games from Boston FIG, with special guest, Corey Lagunowich. Then, listen to interviews from the show floor with Andrew.

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50 – The Family Gamers Podcast – Reflections, the meta-podcast

Reflections

Welcome to episode 50! We’ve been doing The Family Gamers Podcast for quite a while, and thought we would take an opportunity to look back, especially at a few of our early episodes.

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46 – The Family Gamers Podcast – Video Game Vocabulary

mario, end of world 1-3

MMO and RTS and FPS, oh my! What is a platformer? Should my toddler play a sandbox game? We define a few common video game terms and abbreviations.

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41 – The Family Gamers Podcast – PAX East Interviews

Family Gamers Dinosaur at PAX East

This week’s podcast is a compilation of interviews from the show floor at PAX East 2017. Andrew talks to Zoink Games, Andrew Innes (creator of Anomia), Jammed Up Studios, and GameWright.

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40 – The Family Gamers Podcast – Gaming Cooperatively or Collaboratively

We were inspired by our recent experiences playing Zelda: Breath of the Wild to talk about playing games collaboratively or cooperatively. We often talk about cooperative board games, but did you know there are many options for playing together with video games, too? » Read more

27 – The Family Gamers Podcast – Boston FIG Digital

Boston FIG

We played a LOT of games over Labor Day weekend, and then we went to Boston FIG! We have so much to talk about from BFIG that we decided to cover only the digital games in this episode.
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23 – The Family Gamers Podcast – Super (Minecraft) League

We played a few games this week, and we discuss a billboard we saw… for Minecraft. Wait, what? » Read more

21 – The Family Gamers Podcast – The #TeamCap Show

What we played this week:

Ascension
Bring Your Own Book
Pie Rats of the Carob Bean Farm

Kickstarters we’re excited about:

Pie Rats is fully funded and in production!
Campaign Trail
Tesla vs. Edison expansion

SeaFall, which is not a Kickstarter, but available for preorder (get fancy coins) (or pre-order it cheaper here)

Video games this week:
Rocket League
Ratchet and Clank
WarioWare Smooth Moves was a breakout hit with our kids (we recommend buying it from GameStop or eBay)

Also… some spoiler-free discussion of Captain America: Civil War. Are you #teamCap or #teamIronMan?

Still 1 day left to enter the giveaway!

20 – The Family Gamers Podcast – So Much PAX

Wow, Andrew saw a lot of games at PAX East! And our first thoughts on a few games we received recently, plus a giveaway. » Read more

19 – The Family Gamers Podcast – The Pre-PAX Show!

We’re baaaaack! We’re finally back from our longer-than-desired hiatus and we’re super excited. We talk about what we’ve been up to and what we’re looking forward to at PAX East and in 2016!

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17 – The Family Gamers Podcast – The Best of 2015

Games received for Christmas:

  • Patchwork
  • Pandemic: Legacy
  • Kindle (not a game, but hearkens back to our screen time episodes)
  • Captain Toad’s Treasure Tracker

Favorite new games of 2015?

  • Santa’s Little Helpers & the Ice Cube Jam
  • 5 Minute Delivery
  • Project Rocket Golfing
  • Rocket League
  • Maze Racers
  • Fallout 4
  • Fallout Shelter
  • SolForge
  • World’s Fair 1893
  • Campaign Trail (honorable mention – coming back in 2016!)

In 2016, we’re looking forward to:

  • playing Patchwork
  • eventually playing Tesla vs. Edison
  • Lost Woods
  • Pandemic: Legacy
  • Star Wars Rebellion board game
  • Amplitude remake

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a pair of Little Hands card holders! Go to our facebook page, or enter on our website.

15 – The Family Gamers Podcast – Families Playing Video Games

Did you play video games with your family when you were a kid?

Anitra didn’t… the closest was “Star Trek: The Next Generation Interactive VCR Board Game”. With her friends, a lot of Mario and Zelda.

Andrew played a lot of Goldeneye (N64) and Mario Kart. » Read more

06- The Family Gamers Podcast – Boston FIG

Thanks for tuning in! This week, we talk about the Boston Festival of Indie Games, with some special guests – our kids! » Read more

04 – The Family Gamers Podcast – Scream Time (Part Duh!)

Thanks for tuning in to Episode 4 of the newly rebranded Family Gamers Podcast!

On this week’s episode, we, Andrew and Anitra, talk about a bunch of stuff we played (Campaign Trail once again, Ragnaroll, Most Glorious Comrade)

Our topic this week is Screen Time. How do we manage screen time with our children? What is appropriate for our children to view, and how should we manage content in the home?

We’ll give you some really great tips to think about as you construct a home environment safe for your children’s media consumption.

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03 – A New Challenger Approaches! – Scream Time!

Thanks for tuning in to Episode 3 of A New Challenger Approaches!

On this week’s episode, we, Andrew and Anitra, talk about a bunch of stuff we played (Campaign Trail, Dragonwood, Quoridor, Super Mario 3D World…)

Our topic this week is Screen Time. What does the AAP recommend for screen time? How do we work through the AAP’s recommendations as a family of five?

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02 – A New Challenger Approaches! – Don’t get Board of Video Games!

Thanks for tuning in to Episode 2 of A New Challenger Approaches!

On this week’s episode, we, Andrew and Anitra, talk about a bunch of stuff we played (Cabaret and Alhambra)

Our topic this week was both video games and board games and how to expose our kids to both without overdoing it.

We’ll also talk about a few more games we recommend you consider if you need a break and your kids want to play a board game together without you.

Come check us out and let us know what you think of the show!

 

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