Kids and video games: Why children should play more

Parents, politicians, and educators often criticize video games as a waste of time that distract kids from healthier activities such as school, outdoor play, sports, and community service. Just one problem: Research is quickly proving the theory wrong and illustrating that gaming can be a beneficial and well-rounded part of a healthy, balanced media diet. Moreover, due to their interactivity, at odds with passive mediums such as television, kids’ video games can actually be one of today’s most powerful tools for sparking learning and creativity.

The top 10 family games of 2011: Kinect Disneyland, Sesame Street, and more

They may not be the most glamorous ticket in town during the holiday buying season, but family games are one of a very small number of video game genres where the adults can have as much fun as the kids. Family games have seen a resurgence in recent years thanks to the advent of motion-gaming technologies like Nintendo’s Wii, Sony’s PlayStation Move and Microsoft Xbox Kinect that simplify play mechanics beyond memorizing button placements or manipulating two analog joysticks in tandem. Family games are more about getting everyone in the room involved than spending 18 hours clawing and scratching your way through a singular adventure.

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Dance Cam mobile app promotes Dance Central 2 on Xbox 360

Digital ad agency AKQA has created a novel new app called Dance Cam to promote the Dance Central 2 game that works with Microsoft’s Kinect motion-sensing system for the Xbox 360. The mobile app is designed to showcase new songs, new moves and features of the game while letting users create their own studio-quality music video.