Think Gaming Is For Kids? Here’s Why You’re Wrong

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Games consoles and the latest titles will once again be the most wanted Christmas presents among children up and down the country. While this certainly adds to the preconceived ideas that gaming is for kids, the truth of the matter is that it offers a lot to older gamers too. And that’s regardless of your personal background or other lifestyle activities.

Here are just three reasons why gaming can be a fun activity for adults to enjoy.


Gaming Can Be Social

Let’s face it; you’re not going to drag the kids off of their consoles. If you can’t beat them, why not join them? A range of family-oriented titles are available across multiple platforms. Or you can play multiplayer sports, RPG, and FPS games together too.

Thanks to the growth of online gaming, activities, and interactions needn’t be limited to your household. This is a great way to stay social with friends, especially when you have headsets to chat. Alternatively, online gaming communities can help you form new friendships. Whether they remain purely digital or grow into real world bonds is up to you.

The social factor plays a central role in most hobbies and gaming should be no different. Ultimately, if you are able to do something you like with the people you love, you’ll have every reason to keep smiling.

Gaming Can Fight Health Problems

Gaming has long been seen as an activity that harms a person’s health. While there are many studies to show the negative impacts that addictive gaming will bring, there are positives too. As with most things in life, finding the sense of balance is everything.

If you’re worried about the threat of becoming a couch potato, choose active games. Sporting games on the PS Move, PS VR, and Xbox Kinect can all get you moving. You can discover the best titles at This brings the benefits of a home workout DVD to your living room. Only, it’ll be far more enjoyable, and every experience is fresh and exciting.


It has been shown that puzzle games and related genres can keep the mind active too. This helps users fight off the symptoms of dementia and other mental health issues. Without being a magic cure, it certainly helps.

Gaming Can Aid Your Financial Situation

For a lot of people, the idea of gaming in a serious fashion can seem like an expensive habit. However, once you’ve completed the initial outlay, buying a new game each month works out cheaper than one date night to the cinema.

Moreover, there are ways to actively turn this love into a money making opportunity. Whether playing for money at, making YouTube videos, or entering eSports competitions is entirely up to you. Either way, even a small boost to the bank balance will feel like a major success story. Not least because the gaming habit is a lot cheaper than alternative hobbies.

If nothing else, it’s nice to have those physical assets in your home. Should any unforeseen circumstances leave you in a financial mess, selling those assets online can gain quick access to funds. This emotional safety net is another bonus that every adult gamer should embrace.


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Open World Games You Have To Try

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If you are an enthusiastic gamer and you fancy trying your hand at something new for the festive season, there are tonnes of amazing games to choose from in the world. For a start, there’s shoot ‘em ups such as COD and Splinter Cell to play with: you could choose a racing game such as Real Racing, or perhaps adventure and puzzles are more your thing… in that case Uncharted is perfect for you. Today though, we are going to take a quick look at some of the top open world games which are on the market at the moment, and there are some awesome picks for every type of gamer.

Assassins Creed

The Assassins Creed franchise has been one to dominate the world in the last few years and there are so many games for you to choose from and to enjoy. In these games you are an Assassin who is tasked with taking down the evil Templar Empire in different time periods.  One game you will be in renaissance Italy and the next you’ll be in Victorian London. There’s a game out there for everyone and you can take on the main missions at your own pace.

Fallout 4

For those of you who enjoy games where you have to learn to survive: Fallout 4 is the ideal pick for you. In the story you are caught up in a nuclear event which effectively ends the world, however you, your partner and son are able to stay in a bunker and are cryogenically frozen for 200 years. Your partner is killed and your son is taken, and you have to navigate a post nuclear world with your wits and get him back. It’s a great game to play because the map is huge meaning you can spend hours in one place and the next day you can be somewhere totally new.

Just Cause

This game really was a pioneer in the open world category, and suggested by the name, you can do anything at any time… Just Cause. If you feel like beating the mob and shooting it up, go for it. If you would rather drive around and cause mayhem for a few hours… the choice is yours! This game is purposely built to let you do whatever you fancy, and this is what makes it a great open world game.


Runescape is probably one of those games you played back in the day at school and it is still beloved by man people today. In Runescape you can build a character, choose what kind of creature it is and then you’ll play in an open realm with others from around the world. We would suggest to buy osrs gold when you are in gam to help you get the most out of it all, and it can be a game you get lost in for hours and hours.


The prequel of the well-loved game Skyrim is one which is just too funny to miss, and although for a serious gaming session it might not be the best choice, it is by far the most entertaining one you can play on this list. The open world of this game has been ambitiously filled with people who have conversations and get on with their day to day lives around you, but it doesn’t always go to plan. When mistakes are made it is hilarious and it is well worth having a friend or two with you when you play this game.

Lego Marvel Superheroes

For years now, the Lego games have been taking over the video game world with fantastic adaptations of some of the world’s most beloved franchises, and one of the ones which have to stand out from the crowd is Marvel Superheroes. This game has every hero you could possibly think of from Marvel Comics as well as the bad guys, and you are able to explore New York freely and complete tasks for citizens and heroes alike during the gameplay. It is a game ideal for a family and one which you could easily have some friendly rows over!


Ahh, Grand Theft Auto. We all remember a few instances where we would try to drive along with the rest of the traffic in the originals before getting bored and speeding off into the distance. For a game where you can be shooting people one minute and flying a plane the next: there really isn’t much else to say about this.


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4 Achingly Cool Retro Games Seeing A Resurgence

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It seems that everywhere you look at the moment there is something retro making a comeback. Mid-century Scandinavian furniture is all the rage, people love taking their polaroids on vacation, and the odd kooky pal will choose a Nokia 3310 over the latest smartphone. The world of gaming is no different with an untold number of 16-bit classics from the 1980s and 1990s making a comeback, albeit in a more advanced and sophisticated twenty-first century way. With an improvement in graphics and gameplay, a new generation of gamers is discovering the joys of a whole host of retro titles.

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Super Mario Run

Although Mario never really went away, he did make his first venture into the world of smartphone apps in 2016 with Super Mario Run. From the days of old when he had Yoshi as a sidekick, and he was in search of the princess, up and down pipes, and battling Bowser on a range of Nintendo devices, he still retains his cheeky and likable persona. There’s no hint of a Call of Duty shoot ‘em up encroaching on the sweet innocence of this little Italian plumber. Mario has a new legion of fans who enjoy playing games on their smartphone as much as their console. By moving with the technological times, Mario looks set to be a franchise that will continue to build on its success.

Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire

Hironobu Sakaguchi’s science fiction classic from 1987 has had a lifetime of installments, adaptations, and enhancements. Exploring different worlds and battling with magic or fighting hand to hand has been the stalwart of these games. As an RPG, this franchise has been the best selling of all time and has spawned books and anime series of the same name. You can experience Final Fantasy 15 by downloading an app straight to your smartphone. Gone are the days of the NES; now it’s all about Android and the iPhone.

Bubble Bobble

If you loved nothing better in your youth than controlling two little dragons and helping them out of some random obstacle courses by popping bubbles, then you’ll be pleased to know that the Commodore 64 which launched the game is making a comeback in 2018. Preloaded with the original 1989 game and other Commodore classics, there have been no updates or developments to make the game sharper or make it a more immersive experience. The game is how it was nearly thirty years ago with the same blips and glitches as before.

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Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition

It doesn’t matter whether you enjoyed battling as Ryu, Ken or Blanka, the original characters from the 1987 classic beat ‘em up all appear in the latest installment. With its manga-style graphics, awesome gameplay and cool special moves, Street Fighter is simplicity at its best. Highly addictive with the arcade editions proving the most thrilling to play, Street Fighter remains head and shoulders above its rivals.

If you fancy getting your offspring into gaming without the gore and violence of Call of Duty or GTA, take a look at some retro classics to bring some fun into the household.


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Sofia The First – The Secret Library FREE Printable Activities

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Sofia the First The Secret Library cames to DVD today! Grab your copy now and check out the fun, free activities below:

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ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS – FREE Coloring Sheets, Activity Pages, & New Clips!

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Alice Through the Looking Glass is now in theaters. Here are 2 fun clips and some FREE printable coloring pages. Enjoy!

“Meet the Young Hatter” Clip

“Save the Hatter” Clip

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image004In Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” an all-new spectacular adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories, Alice returns to the whimsical world of Underland to save her friend the Mad Hatter. Directed by James Bobin, who brings a unique vision to the spectacular world Tim Burton created on screen in “Alice in Wonderland,” the film is written by Linda Woolverton based on characters created by Lewis Carroll and produced by Joe Roth, Suzanne Todd and Jennifer Todd and Tim Burton with John G. Scotti serving as executive producer. “Alice Through the Looking Glass” reunites the all-star cast from the worldwide blockbuster phenomenon, including: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Matt Lucas and Helena Bonham Carter along with the voices of Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen and Timothy Spall. We are also introduced to several new characters: Zanik Hightopp (Rhys Ifans), the Mad Hatter’s father and Time himself (Sacha Baron Cohen), a peculiar creature who is part human, part clock.

Alice Kingsleigh (Wasikowska) has spent the past three years sailing the high seas. Upon her return to London, she comes across a magical looking glass and returns to the fantastical realm of Underland. Reuniting with her friends the White Rabbit, Absolem, the White Queen and the Cheshire Cat, Alice must save the Hatter and Underland itself, before time runs out. Presented in Digital 3D™, Real D 3D and IMAX® 3D, Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass” opens in U.S. theaters on May 27, 2016.



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FREE Finding Dory Activities!

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With FINDING DORY swimming into theatres everywhere next month, here are some fun FREE Finding Dory activities for your family! I can’t wait for Finding Dory to come to theaters June 17th. I feel like I’ve been waiting forever to see it. Are you as excited as I am? Click the image or the wording to download the activities!

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Coloring Pages

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Connect the Dots



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Activity Packet

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Micky Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey’s Sport-y-Thon Now on DVD- Preview and FREE Activities

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Micky Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey’s Sport-y-Thon is now on DVD. Here’s a few previews for you:



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RATCHET & CLANK is coming to theaters nationwide on April 29, 2016! Learn about the movie, watch clips, and play the fun new sheepinator game below:

From Rainmaker Entertainment and Blockade Entertainment, Ratchet & Clank is a CG-animated movie based on the iconic PlayStation video game. Two unlikely heroes struggle to stop a vile alien named Chairman Drek from destroying every planet in the Solana Galaxy. Ratchet is the last of his kind, a foolhardy “lombax” who has grown up alone on a backwater planet with no family of his own. Clank is a pint-sized robot with more brains than brawn. When the two stumble upon a dangerous weapon capable of destroying entire planets, they must join forces with a team of colorful heroes called The Galactic Rangers in order to save the galaxy. Along the way, they will learn about heroism, friendship, and the importance of discovering one’s own identity.

Voice Cast:
 Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, Bella Thorne, Rosario Dawson, Jim Ward, James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye, Armin Shimerman, and Sylvester Stallone

Directed by: Kevin Munroe
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 94 Minutes


Here are some fun clips:

“Combat Gear”




“Phase One”

Official Ratchet and Clank Trailer

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Disney Infinity 2.0 Plus LOTS of Big Hero 6 Toys For This Holiday Season #BigHero6Event

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Disclosure- I have been provided an all expense paid trip to Los Angeles for the Big Hero 6 movie premiere and ABC TV Event in exchange for coverage of these events.  All opinions are 100% my own.   Thank you so much Disney and ABC TV!

Disney_ToyBox_1My family and I are a bit behind the times when it comes to video games.  We have an old Wii that doesn’t work anymore and my girls have Nintendo 3DS but that’s it.  I was so amazed when I learned about Disney Infinity 2.0.  Video games have come a long way!  Disney Infinity is an interactive gaming platform where players have unprecedented freedom and endless opportunity to create stories and play experiences starring the beloved characters from across the worlds of Disney. The latest chapter, Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, launched this September. In the all new game, players use real-world interactive figures to activate original storylines (Play Sets) in the virtual game worlds of popular Marvel franchises and create new adventures with other Disney Infinity characters in the Toy Box mode.

Disney_ToyBox_5A special Disney-themed Toy Box Starter Pack and line of Disney Originals figures launched in November. This unique Starter Pack allows fans to begin their Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition) experience using existing Disney figures and Power Discs, new Disney Originals characters, and the latest additions from the recently launched Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes game in the enhanced Toy Box mode.

Disney_ToyBox_2Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition) is rated E-10+ by the ESRB.

Check out this video that really explains it all:

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Disney-Lineup_2-0Bring on the Disney Originals! Stitch, Merida, Tinker Bell, Maleficent, Donald Duck, Baymax, Hiro, Aladdin and Jasmine are coming to Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition)! This great cast of characters is playable with all Disney Infinity 1.0 and Marvel characters in the Toy Box 2.0, where it’s even easier than ever to build worlds and share them with the community.

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Chem-Capsules Shhhh, don’t tell my girls but I’m thinking about getting an XBox 360 so they (ok WE) can play with the Disney Infinity: Toy Box Starter Pack (2.0 Edition) and Big Hero 6 figures that I received from Disney when I went to Los Angeles last month.  It looks like so much fun!  I love that my girls will be able to use their imaginations to create their own games as well as play with preset games, too.  It is great for most ages and levels so it is perfect for our family.
Disney Infinity 2.0 is available for Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Just in time for the holidays, Big Hero 6 products are available now at mass and specialty retailers nationwide, Disney Store locations and  There is something for everyone in your family.
big hero 6 merchandiseHere are some of my favorites:
deluxe baymaxDeluxe Flying Baymax
MSRP: $39.99 
Retailers: Mass
Large and in-charge, this massive Baymax is ready to fly into battle using all his great weapons and features. Towering at 11” inches with a soaring 18-inch wingspan, the Deluxe Flying Baymax features 20 points of articulation, multiple lights, sounds and other fun features such as a launching rocket fist. Baymax comes with a 4.5” Hiro Hamada figure, which when attached to Baymax’s back unlocks additional flying sounds that vary depending on whether Baymax is flying up, or down.

armor up baymaxArmor-Up Baymax
MSRP: $19.99 
Retailers: Mass

Transform Baymax from his 6” white nursebot form to an 8” crime-fighting hero with the Armor-Up Baymax. 20 body armor pieces construct a powered-up Baymax, growing two inches in height while preparing for battle in his red armored suit.
honey lemon go go dollGoGo Tamago and Honey Lemon 11” Dolls
$16.95 each
Retailers: Disney Store and

These fully poseable character dolls feature their accessories from the film, including GoGo Tomago’s spinning ”mag-lev discs” and high-speed armor and Honey Lemon’s messenger bag.Projection SFX Baymax10” Projection/SFX Baymax
MSRP: $29.99 
Retailers: Mass

Smooth and fun to touch, the 10” vinyl Baymax has an incredible projector feature in his belly, allowing fans to view images and hear sounds from the film.plush baymaxBaymax Plush-Medium-15”
Retailers: Disney Store and

Cuddle up to soft stuffed Baymax for compassionate care and comfort throughout the daily adventure of life. This big plush robot is sure to cure any dull day.fist rocketBaymax Rocket Fist
MSRP: $19.99 
Retailers: Mass

Put the power of Baymax in your hands with the Baymax Rocket Fist. Easy reloading and fun launching up to 10 feet in distance with soft material on the fist makes it safe and fun to play.Big Hero 6 MasksBig Hero 6 Masks
MSRP: $9.99 each
Retailers: Mass

Featuring comfortable padding with an adjustable strap, fans can take on the evil forces of San Fransokyo as Big Hero 6 heroes Hiro Hamada or Baymax.

big hero 6 beddingBig Hero 6 Prodigy Bed Set
MSRP: $19.88-199.99 
Retailers: Kohl’s, Walmart and

After a long day of adventures and defeating bad guys, cozy up in this five-piece bedroom set that features Hiro Hamada and Baymax graphics.big hero 6 pjsBig Hero 6 PJ Pals for Boys
Retailers: Disney Store and

He’ll be able to battle baddies in his dreams in the comfort of Disney Store’s Big Hero 6 PJ Pal featuring Baymax and other colorful characters from the movie.big hero 6 clothesBig Hero 6 Graphic Tees 
MSRP: $12.95-14.95 each 
Retailers: The Children’s Place

Channel your inner hero with these colorful Big Hero 6 cotton tees that feature all of your favorite characters from the film.
big hero 6 bookBig Hero 6: Hiro and Tadashi
ISBN: 978-1-4847-0831-6
MSRP: $16.99
Retailers: Wherever Books Are Sold

This beautifully-illustrated picture book timed to release with Big Hero 6, focuses on tech-wiz Hiro and his older brother, Tadashi, as well as their unique styles and tastes in building robots! Readers will get a feel for their fun, compelling relationship, their mutual love for technology, and get to know the characters behind the super team, Big Hero 6!big hero 6 iphone caseBig Hero 6 Baymax iPhone 5/5s Cases
$39.95 each
Retailers: Disney Store and

Protect your iPhone 5/5S in style with these sleek and lightweight cases that feature Big Hero 6’ breakout character, Baymax.big hero 6 appBig Hero 6: Baymax Blast App
MSRP: $5.99
Retailers: iTunes App Store

Big Hero 6: Baymax Blast is an action-packed endless runner adventure that invites fans to join Baymax and Hiro as they search San Fransokyo to recover Hiro’s stolen Microbots. Featuring original video clips and art style based on the film, fans will learn more about each character in truly unique and immersive ways as they fly with Baymax, complete challenging missions, unlock upgrades and new characters, and more!

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My Little Pony Games to Play in Celebration of MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS: RAINBOW ROCKS

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My Little Pony Equestria Girls Rainbow RocksMy Little Pony Equestria Girls Rainbow Rocks3Head on over to rock on and rock out with these fun My Little Pony games in celebration of MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS: RAINBOW ROCKS on DVD and Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo now in the US and Canada from Shout! Factory Kids in collaboration with Hasbro Studios!

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