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    The positive life skills Fortnite has taught my children

    The positive life skills Fortnite has taught my children


    OPINION: If you're the parent of boys aged between eight and 18 as I am (mine are eight and 11), chances are that Fortnite is one f-word that has well and truly entered your sons'...

    OPINION: If you're the parent of boys aged between eight and 18 as I am (mine are eight and 11), chances are that Fortnite is one f-word that has well and truly entered your sons' lexicon.
    Fallout 76: Why this latest game in the franchise represents a seismic shift

    Fallout 76: Why this latest game in the franchise represents a seismic shift


    Gamers from around the world can now take country roads home to a very different version of West Virginia with the launch of Bethesda's Fallout...

    Gamers from around the world can now take country roads home to a very different version of West Virginia with the launch of Bethesda's Fallout 76.
    Kids buy the darnedest things: When online Fortnite purchases go too far

    Kids buy the darnedest things: When online Fortnite purchases go too far


     Give some children an inch and they take a mile – just ask Tanya Kane, whose son racked up a bill of more than $500 on in-app purchases on a popular online...

     Give some children an inch and they take a mile – just ask Tanya Kane, whose son racked up a bill of more than $500 on in-app purchases on a popular online game.
    Hitman 2 gives video game assassins the opportunity to kill in Hawke's Bay

    Hitman 2 gives video game assassins the opportunity to kill in Hawke's Bay


    A popular assassin-themed video game will feature Hawke's Bay as one of a handful of international locations where its main character can commit...

    A popular assassin-themed video game will feature Hawke's Bay as one of a handful of international locations where its main character can commit murder.
    Pokemon Go pensioner clocks up more than 2000 kilometres

    Pokemon Go pensioner clocks up more than 2000 kilometres


    One of New Zealand's oldest online gamers has clocked-up thousands of kilometres in her bid to be the...

    One of New Zealand's oldest online gamers has clocked-up thousands of kilometres in her bid to be the best.
    Game reviews - Forza Horizon 4, FIFA 19 and Mega Man 11

    Game reviews - Forza Horizon 4, FIFA 19 and Mega Man 11


    The busy season for gamers is well underway, with many titles being released ahead of the Christmas...

    The busy season for gamers is well underway, with many titles being released ahead of the Christmas period.
    Nintendo stop real-life 'Mario Kart'

    Nintendo stop real-life 'Mario Kart'


    Video game company Nintendo says it has won damages in a lawsuit against a Japanese business that rents go-karts for people to drive around in Super Mario...

    Video game company Nintendo says it has won damages in a lawsuit against a Japanese business that rents go-karts for people to drive around in Super Mario costumes.
    Cursed Sails adds new depths to the Sea of Thieves

    Cursed Sails adds new depths to the Sea of Thieves


    Since Sea of Thieves first raised anchor back in March, more than four million gamers have set sail in Rare's open world pirate playground. That's an incredibly large player base for a new IP (thanks in no small part to Xbox's Netflix-style Game...

    Since Sea of Thieves first raised anchor back in March, more than four million gamers have set sail in Rare's open world pirate playground.

    That's an incredibly large player base for a new IP (thanks in no small part to Xbox's Netflix-style Game Pass service) but despite the healthy uptake, it's fair to say the game has received a mixed response so far.

    Some players clearly love its light-hearted spirit of adventure, free-roaming structure and emphasis on social interaction and exploration. Others, however, have found the world sparse and empty, its quests repetitive and - ironically for game based on the deep blue sea - criticised it for being too shallow. Many have abandoned ship and even hardcore fans of the game have shown signs of mutiny.

    To their credit, the development team at Rare have taken all the feedback - positive and negative - on board and responded by rolling out steady stream of free content updates, regularly adding new features and gameplay elements to flesh out the world and lure crews back for more swashbuckling adventures.
    The dark side of gaming: Why child gamers are at risk

    The dark side of gaming: Why child gamers are at risk


    At least 200 million girls and 100 million boys will suffer abuse before reaching adulthood - and a significant number of those would have been lured...

    At least 200 million girls and 100 million boys will suffer abuse before reaching adulthood - and a significant number of those would have been lured online.
    Latest gaming craze Fortnite hooks children

    Latest gaming craze Fortnite hooks children


    The latest online craze, Fortnite, has a hold on young Kiwis and concerns are mounting school children are staying up too late playing the...

    The latest online craze, Fortnite, has a hold on young Kiwis and concerns are mounting school children are staying up too late playing the game.