Kindle Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Kindle RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Connecting With Kids: Can Gaming Really Bring a Family Closer Together? Tue, 04 Jun 2013 23:43:39 -0400 ErinV

Children nowadays are so tapped into electronics it's a wonder they even know their parents exist.

The family dynamic is dissolving as parents are becoming the gatekeepers of video games. Dramatic, I know. But in all seriousness, kids are more detached and have less in-person social skills than in the past. Younger and younger children have access to iPods, iPads, and more. Even the Nintendo DS is allowing children to form fake relationships through electronic communication.

So how do parents reconnect with their children?

By taking away their games? Of course, anyone who has a kid playing on a Kindle or other tablet knows that taking these away will do nothing for a healthy family dynamic. Instead of taking away their kids' games, parents should be giving them games. Now, I'm not saying that young children should be left to their own devices with their devices. Parents should pick out games that they can play with their kids. 

In 2006, my father went out and bought me Champions: Return to Arms for Christmas. A fantastic RPG that we played together. In fact, we spent years playing it on breaks from school and weekends until it became a tradition. It was something special that we could do together and it made us closer. We had to communicate and watch out for each other in order to achieve a common goal. We weren't competing: we were a team. 

Parents who want to reconnect with their kids in such an electronically-focused time shouldn't be alienating them.

They should be taking part in their interests. Parents, find a game that is age appropriate and that has you working together with your children, rather than competing against them. Instill good values while bonding over something your children would have done without you anyways. 

Both of my parents (even my mother, who is not a gamer) made an effort through the years to play video games with me and my brother. Sometimes the entire family would be involved. Other times, it would just be a couple of us. By playing the games with us, my family smoothly transitioned into the electronic era. We managed to find a balance between technology and family that left everyone happy. 

It's time to stop losing the younger generation to the grips of technology! Parents everywhere, step back into your kids' lives by simply taking charge of how they play their games and who they play them with. RandomInternetKid656 shouldn't be your child's best friend, but you should.

Temple Run 2 Now Available on Kindle Devices Sat, 26 Jan 2013 00:38:00 -0500 Gilbert Falso

Did you enjoy racing away from those crazy monkeys in Temple Run? Well good, get ready to do it again, this time in Temple Run 2. This action-packed runner came out a few days ago on iOS devices, but finally made it to Android and Amazon's Kindle tablets yesterday.

Just like the first game, Temple Run 2 is available for download for free, but they get you with in-game purchases and upgrades.

The graphics are much better - deeper and richer this time around. A lot of time has also been spent on perfecting the game play, and adding details to the scenes and levels. The developer, Imangi Studios, obviously put some time and money into this release - something they didn't have a lot of the first time around.

According to Apple, Temple Run 2 quickly shot to the top of the App Store to hit the top spot within a few hours, and had been downloaded more than 20 million times in just the first few days. No numbers have been released yet for Android or Amazon downloads.

Feel like channeling your inner Indiana Jones today? Download Temple Run 2 and get ready to have some fun.