New Entries

New Entries: Measure

Our second game for the month of January is Measure,  a word game helping young players to learn Mandarin Chinese grammar structures. All objects in Chinese are assigned a measure word for grouping, just link in English we have a flock of sheep or a ream of paper or a bunch of flowers. In Chinese, these grouping/measuring/classifing words are a key component of the grammar, and learners cannot get by on using the general purpose crutch word “ge” (个)forever! Measure helps player-learners to practice their recognition and use of these important words.

Click the icon below to read our parental guidance report for this useful educational game:

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New Developments For 2017

We have a number of planned changes and updates to GameHub for the New Year, but we need your feedback in order to decide what to implement and when! GameHub has always been built in response to parents’ needs, wants and concerns – your input drives everything we do. So please, if there is anything not in the list below that you’d like to see added, drop us a line in the comments box and let us know!

New developments for 2017:

  • We are going to move all blog content on gamehubhq.wordpress.com to the main site at gamehubHQ.com, creating a true “hub” of parental guidance for games.
  • After some testing, we are going to make visual improvements and tweaks to the landing screen, as it can appear faint on screens where there is “low contrast” (the colours are not as bright and distinct as they could be.)
  • Our “Word of the Week,” jargon busting column, is ending, and will be replaced by a new regular feature in February. We think we’ve taught you all the mad words of gaming you need!
  • Funding drive, to keep GameHub alive the way you want it!

And, of course, we will be attending all our regular national level events, including the Norwich Games Festival, Yorkshire Games Festival, GameCity Festival, Eurogamer Expo and the Women In Games Conference! Look out for our representative and always feel welcome to ask questions about the work that we do.

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New Entries

New Entries: Mini Metro

Our final game of 2016 is Mini Metro. A lovely, minimalist puzzle game to get your brain cells fizzing, Mini Metro tasks the player with creating their own Underground system in various cities from around the world. Town planning has rarely been this fun! If you think this game could be a good fit for one of your children, or even someone else in the family, check out our guide by clicking the link below:

 

New Entries

New Entries: Rise of The Tomb Raider

Our next December game going live on GameHubHQ.com is Rise of The Tomb Raider. The game follows the popular adventuring heroine on a journey into snowy Siberian mountains, searching for a religious relic her father, Lord Croft, once hunted for his own research. With equal focus on exploring, fighting and crafting, the game is likely to appeal to many different player archetypes, and is notably less visceral in its depictions of gore compared to the previous title in the series, Tomb Raider. The themes of religious and political fundamentalism shown through the narrative would make interesting topics for discussion and further learning. Click the icon below to read more about this game:

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New Entries: Bushido Bear

Our first the game for the month of December is Bushido Bear. We hope our parental content report for this fast-paced fighting game will help you understand whether its the right title for you and your family.

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Words Worth Knowing

Words Worth Knowing: Escort Mission

One of the most challenging aspects of video-games culture for a newcomer, especially for a busy parent, is trying to learn and understand the many, many acronyms and specialised terms. GameHub HQ entries are jargon-free, so you can get the information you need as easily and painlessly as possible, but there are still some words worth knowing. Every Monday, we break down one Word Worth Knowing from the world of gaming. This is our final WWK for 2016. We wish all our readers a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 

What is an escort mission, what do you need to know and why do you need to care?

What It Is: Escort Mission = Despite its alarming name, an escort mission is simply the generic name for a quest, challenge or mission in which the player must escort a player from point A to point B on the game map. Despite being a standard of game design in many genres, escort missions are almost universally unpopular!

Why You Care: Escort missions are the bane of many players lives! The accompanying character is often defenceless or slow-moving, making them vulnerable to attacks. Some escort characters require the player’s character to carry or support them, making the player themselves vulnerable to attack. Some escort characters are invulnerable, causing a huge headache for the player who suddenly has many assailants to fight without assistance. Escort characters may be programmed to be more aggressive, inquisitive, exploratory or timid than the player’s own preferred play style, causing a conflict which can drive even the most even-tempered player to absolute distraction. Some escort missions require the player to stay hidden, yet the escorting character attracts attention at every turn, or require the two to stay within close proximity, which is challenging when the escorted party insists on forging ahead into dangerous territory. In some story-heavy games, escort missions are a slightly awkward way of shoe-horning exposition into the game, and players will become bored and irritable as they are forced to tail a chatty character around the game listening to them waffle on! Whatever kind of escort mission the resident gamer in your house is currently enduring, expect a great deal of bad language and controller throwing. Proffer biscuits and retreat to a safe distance.

 

Words Worth Knowing

Words Worth Knowing: Demo

One of the most challenging aspects of video-games culture for a newcomer, especially for a busy parent, is trying to learn and understand the many, many acronyms and specialised terms. GameHub HQ entries are jargon-free, so you can get the information you need as easily and painlessly as possible, but there are still some words worth knowing. Every Monday, we break down one Word Worth Knowing from the world of gaming.

What is a demo what do you need to know and why do you need to care?

What It Is: Demo = Demonstration version.

What It Means: A scaled down version of a game, eg the first few levels, offered for free to allow players to try the game out and decide if it’s for them. This term applies primarily to the PC and console markets. Popular in the 90s and 00s, demo versions are not as commonplace as they once were.

Why You Care: Demo versions allow players to get a taste of a game and see whether they enjoy it before committing to a full purchase. For console games, which may RRP at around £40-60, this makes financial sense and can reduce or resolve family tensions over game purchases.