Category Archives: Toys & Games

Hatch Proof: Why Hatchimals fell flat with consumers

They were the most sought after toy this Christmas season.  Stores sold out of them.  They were impossible to find.  And if you did find them, the resale price was astronomical.  Parents who did find them went out of their way and spent a lot of time and money and frustration to get one.  And then when it was time for the Hatchimal to

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Online Offerings: Why parents should worry about recalled toys online

When it comes to toys and safety, parents don’t take any chances. As they comb the aisles of a retail or toy store specifically, they take note of toys they can see with their own two eyes that could potentially pose a hazard to their kids, whether it is small pieces included, age recommendations for certain toys or hazards of any and all proportions.

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Spy Games: Are smart toys taking away privacy of kids

When the term “smart” was paired with phones, the world of technology got a little easier, more convenient as we were able to be that much more in the know from the comfort of our phones. Some 10 years after the first smart phone wowed us, “smart” might quite have the same feeling among the masses, although you’d be hard pressed to find someone

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Game On: Nintendo continues stellar streak of return games

Even though it’s been retired for over a decade, the Game Boy is making a comeback.  Originally Nintendo’s creation, it won’t be Nintendo who’s bringing it back though. Retro Bit is the company that will be resurrecting the Game Boy, under the name Super Retro Boy.  Retro Bit’s version is kind of a clone of the original Game Boy in appearance.  But it is

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Classically Trained: Why the original Nintendo reigns supreme again

If you spent the better part of the holidays looking for the repackaged version of the original Nintendo Entertainment System, better know as NES Classic Edition, you most likely came up short handed. The funny thing is even after the holidays, tracking one down is still nearly impossible. No, you haven’t transported back to 1985, and the mad rush at the local mall (what

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Action go Figure: Why some movies don’t make for great toys

Disney, Star Wars and other brands that are slam dunks in the movie theater also equate fairly well when the larger than life characters find a home on the toy shelves, too. From Woody from “Toy Story” to Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, you’d be hard pressed not to find a parent or child alike that hasn’t been infatuated with these toys on some

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Hardly Boring: Why board games are making comeback

Looking for some family fun for the upcoming holiday season? You wouldn’t think so but board games actually are giving some of the more renowned and wanted toys a run for their money for a variety of reasons, namely marketing and a stronger push toward better sales. Some of these board game ideas that mix updated versions of some classics with some new school ridiculousness.

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Gamers Guide: How gamers and gaming have helped PCs

Last year marked the fifth year in a row that sales of PC’s has fallen.  With more and more people using their smart phones instead of desktop or laptop computers, it’s no surprise for the decline in sales.  But instead of backing off, PC makers are coming up with a new game to push up sales.  And that “game” is simply targeting gamers. HP,

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Tech Savvy: Why toys that teach still can be enjoyable

School shopping and all thing back to school has begun as yet another school year is set to begin, and with that comes the typical bonanza of buys such as backpacks, pencils, clothes and lunch boxes among other things as kid prepare to hit the books for yet another nine months. Let the learning begin. And as far as learning goes for kids, one

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Toying Around: Do toys and aggression really link to violent behavior?

An age old discussion as it relates to toys, games and anything else you buy for your child that is going to, good or bad, elicit some sort of psychological and potentially physical response, is whether or not that toy is appropriate and won’t trigger some sort of violent affect as a result of the purchase. For the longest time, parents and watchdog groups

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