Stephen Duetzmann is the editor-in-chief of Engaged Family Gaming, a website by and for parents to help identify games appropriate for the entire family. Games are a powerful medium for teaching logic, leadership, and empathy — but it takes research and investment to choose the right games. The ESRB ratings are a good first step, but knowing what games your kids are playing and how to participate in their gameplay can turn gaming from a passive, solitary pastime to an active, shared one.
In this discussion, Ken and Stephen discuss what led him to launch his own website for gamer parents; his two PAX East panels on parenting and gaming; the value of gaming in a society that often perceives it as contributing to childhood obesity; Stephen’s experience watching his kids play Final Fantasy IV, one of his favorite games from his own childhood; whether family-friendly games are more likely to come from indie developers, triple-A studios, or both; and the representation of LARPing in Hollywood movies.
Links mentioned in this episode:
- Engaged Family Gaming
- Stephen Duetzmania on Twitter
- Polygamer #14: Parenting & game development
- Nicole Tompkins-Hughes on Twitter
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- Super Mario is coming to Minecraft: Wii U Edition
- The Future of Panzer Dragoon
- Knights of Badassdom
- Role Models
- Viking Squad from Slick Entertainment
- Jandy Hardesty reviews Mortal Kombat (1995)
- Mortal Kombat: Untold Story of the Movie That “Kicked the Hell” Out of Everyone