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 Entries: Marco Polo Ocean

It can sometimes be hard to find suitable titles for your youngest family members. Marco Polo Ocean, our third game for the month of November, is specifically designed for curious tots, and offers a fun, safe digital place to explore the seas either alone or with the help of a parent/elder sibling.

Check out our report for this game by clicking the icon below:

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New Entries: Shibuya (Grandmaster)

We recently attended GDC EU and the Respawn: Gathering of Games Developers events in Cologne, and gave a talk at Respawn presenting our findings about how we think developers and and marketers could communicate better with a non-gamer parent audience. On the bus ride from London to Cologne, I slept, chatted, stole all the snacks we had brought with us, watched a couple of films, and played many, many rounds of this rather glorious little game. Shibuya is a retro styled game where blocks drop into a pile on the screen and the player’s job is to match them into sets and delete them, in order to free up space in the stack. It’s a simple idea, but it quickly gets a bit brain-breaking with so many tiny but important decisions to make under time pressure!

Check out more about this game with our parent’s guide. Just click the icon below:

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Games Culture

The BBC Reports on This Creepy 1960s Title

Games can be set anywhere, and can be about any topic. A game can be set on a remote Scottish island, or in a spaceship, on a flying zepplin zoo, or in a giant virtual reality simulation of a virtual reality simulation of a virtua-it’s a complicated  game, ok? This game, We Happy Few, currently in production, is set in a freaky version of 1960s England, where all is not as it seems…

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The game was a hit at E3, where many reporters were drawn to it by its striking visuals and some notable similarities to other titles, such as the BioShock series and British gameSir, You Are Being Hunted, in gameplay, themes and visuals. The BBC reported on the game with a video feature speaking to the members of the creative team, who are from Canada. Its a worthwhile watch for both those who and who are not interested in games, as it provides a comprehensive little view behind the curtain as to some of the thoughts and ideas that go into creating a conceptually innovative game. Give it a go and see the level of thought and research that goes into creating a game of this type, even if the end result isn’t necessarily to your taste. As for us, we are quite excited about exploring this freaky village, and hopefully saving the day, so we’ll keep an eye out for when the game launches. Until then, try out the BBC report. It may surprise you.

Words Worth Knowing

Words Worth Knowing: WoW

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.
Just a short one today, as it’s a Bank Holiday Monday and it might not be raining where you are, so get outside and have fun! Today, we are asking what is WoW, what do you need to know and why do you need to care?

What It Is: WoW = World of Warcraft 

What It Means: WoW is the abbreviated form of the game title “World Of Warcraft”.
Why You Care: World of Warcraft is one of the most recognisable brands in online multiplayer gaming. Originally released in 2014, World of Warcraft tends to be one of the first titles people shout out when faced with the challenge of naming some games, along with Call of Duty and the Lara Croft:Tomb Raider serieses. World of Warcraft is set in a vast fantasy land, where two main factions, the Alliance and the Horde, battle endlessly in quests, challenges and wars. Players engage in social, competitive and collaborative play, often working together to defeat challenging high level enemies which require tight teamwork in order to bring down successfully.

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Norwich Gaming Festival Begins Tomorrow!

Norwich Gaming Festival starts tomorrow!  We are pretty excited.

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Once again, we will be making the epic nine hour bus journey across the country to Norwich, where we will be in residence all week supporting the main show. We are there to answer YOUR questions on video-games. No question too big or too small, too simple or complex. Any time, any topic, anything! Whether you want to sit down and discuss a problem, or just want to drop an anonymous query in the question box, we’ve got a whole section to ourselves on the expo floor. The space is buggy-friendly and has nice comfy chairs, so parents, guardians, teachers, aunties, uncles and grannies and granddads and everyone in between,  come along and say hello!

Norwich Gaming Festival is one of our favourite events in the UK gaming calendar. A deliberately “family-friendly” games festival, there’s a great mixture of local, national and international games talent on display. From playable demos to the Retro showcase, to workshops and career advice, to cake-baking competitions and the famous GFest Quiz, there really is something for everyone! We are proud to be a part of Norwich Games Festival and support its aims of a friendly, inclusive gaming environment for all. We hope to see you and your family there!

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Come along to The Forum in Norwich.

 

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2 Days Until Norwich Gaming Festival!

It’s 2 days until Norwich Gaming Festival.  We are pretty excited.

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Once again, we will be making the epic nine hour bus journey across the country to Norwich, where we will be in residence all week supporting the main show. We are there to answer YOUR questions on video-games. No question too big or too small, too simple or complex. Any time, any topic, anything! Whether you want to sit down and discuss a problem, or just want to drop an anonymous query in the question box, we’ve got a whole section to ourselves on the expo floor. The space is buggy-friendly and has nice comfy chairs, so parents, guardians, teachers, aunties, uncles and grannies and granddads and everyone in between,  come along and say hello!

Norwich Gaming Festival is one of our favourite events in the UK gaming calendar. A deliberately “family-friendly” games festival, there’s a great mixture of local, national and international games talent on display. From playable demos to the Retro showcase, to workshops and career advice, to cake-baking competitions and the famous GFest Quiz, there really is something for everyone! We are proud to be a part of Norwich Games Festival and support its aims of a friendly, inclusive gaming environment for all. We hope to see you and your family there!

norwich forum Gfest building
Come along to The Forum in Norwich.

 

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3 Days Until Norwich Gaming Festival!

It’s 3 days until Norwich Gaming Festival.  We are pretty excited.

ngfBanner

Once again, we will be making the epic nine hour bus journey across the country to Norwich, where we will be in residence all week supporting the main show. We are there to answer YOUR questions on video-games. No question too big or too small, too simple or complex. Any time, any topic, anything! Whether you want to sit down and discuss a problem, or just want to drop an anonymous query in the question box, we’ve got a whole section to ourselves on the expo floor. The space is buggy-friendly and has nice comfy chairs, so parents, guardians, teachers, aunties, uncles and grannies and granddads and everyone in between,  come along and say hello!

Norwich Gaming Festival is one of our favourite events in the UK gaming calendar. A deliberately “family-friendly” games festival, there’s a great mixture of local, national and international games talent on display. From playable demos to the Retro showcase, to workshops and career advice, to cake-baking competitions and the famous GFest Quiz, there really is something for everyone! We are proud to be a part of Norwich Games Festival and support its aims of a friendly, inclusive gaming environment for all. We hope to see you and your family there!

norwich forum Gfest building
Come along to The Forum in Norwich.

 

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Daily Reminder: GameHub Loves Norwich Gaming Festival

It’s 4 days until Norwich Gaming Festival.  We are pretty excited.

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Once again, we will be making the epic nine hour bus journey across the country to Norwich, where we will be in residence all week supporting the main show. We are there to answer YOUR questions on video-games. No question too big or too small, too simple or complex. Any time, any topic, anything! Whether you want to sit down and discuss a problem, or just want to drop an anonymous query in the question box, we’ve got a whole section to ourselves on the expo floor. The space is buggy-friendly and has nice comfy chairs, so parents, guardians, teachers, aunties, uncles and grannies and granddads and everyone in between,  come along and say hello!

Norwich Gaming Festival is one of our favourite events in the UK gaming calendar. A deliberately “family-friendly” games festival, there’s a great mixture of local, national and international games talent on display. From playable demos to the Retro showcase, to workshops and career advice, to cake-baking competitions and the famous GFest Quiz, there really is something for everyone! We are proud to be a part of Norwich Games Festival and support its aims of a friendly, inclusive gaming environment for all. We hope to see you and your family there!

norwich forum Gfest building
Come along to The Forum in Norwich.

 

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Daily Reminder: GameHub Loves Norwich Gaming Festival

It’s 5 days until Norwich Gaming Festival.  We are pretty excited.

ngfBanner

Once again, we will be making the epic nine hour bus journey across the country to Norwich, where we will be in residence all week supporting the main show. We are there to answer YOUR questions on video-games. No question too big or too small, too simple or complex. Any time, any topic, anything! Whether you want to sit down and discuss a problem, or just want to drop an anonymous query in the question box, we’ve got a whole section to ourselves on the expo floor. The space is buggy-friendly and has nice comfy chairs, so parents, guardians, teachers, aunties, uncles and grannies and granddads and everyone in between,  come along and say hello!

Norwich Gaming Festival is one of our favourite events in the UK gaming calendar. A deliberately “family-friendly” games festival, there’s a great mixture of local, national and international games talent on display. From playable demos to the Retro showcase, to workshops and career advice, to cake-baking competitions and the famous GFest Quiz, there really is something for everyone! We are proud to be a part of Norwich Games Festival and support its aims of a friendly, inclusive gaming environment for all. We hope to see you and your family there!

norwich forum Gfest building
Come along to The Forum in Norwich.