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Why Is It So Hard To Make Video Games For Kids?

“Daddy? DADDY!” I look up from my laptop. This video game was supposed to give me a precious 15 minute respite from the endless drudgery of parenthood. What the hell’s gone wrong now? Advertisement “DADDY WHAT I DO? “WHAT I DOOOOOO?” Advertisement It must be really hard to make a good video game for kids. I know this because to date, I have only played one good console game made for kids. That game is Super Mario 3D World on the Wii U. Super Mario 3D World. I’ll never forget introducing it to my 3-year-old. In the beginning it was frustrating as hell. He couldn’t do anything, kept throwing himself off the edge, shrieking like a deranged hyena. I walked away then. It hurt to watch. I made myself a nice cup of tea. A couple of weeks later, sipping a different cup of tea, my son had mastered the game with literally zero input from me, his father who writes about video games for a living. I still have no idea how he did it. Actually that’s an exaggeration. I have a rough READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

DLC & Patches

You Can Pre-Load LittleBigPlanet 3 Update 1.25 on PS4 Ahead of Friday’s Launch

Launching on Friday, March 17, LittleBigPlanet 3 update 1.25 is 1.32GB and can now be pre-loaded on PlayStation 4. The LittleBigPlanet website explains: LittleBigPlanet Game Update 1.25 has begun rolling-out for some players today; is scheduled to go live on Friday March 17th at 12:01am GMT. What this means is that over the next three days, the update will become available to you all periodically but you won’t be able to install it until the time mentioned above. Meaning that once the install time of March 17th 12:01am GMT is here, you can all install the new update without having to wait for it to download and can begin playing together right away! After downloading the update, there will be a message in your Notifications that says, “Installable: 3/16/2017 8:00pm” (if you downloaded the US version of the patch). In response to a question about pre-loading the update, the LittleBigPlanet Twitter account said, “That’s a new thing! You can download the update early and install it at that time when the new update officially launches!” Here’s a look at the patch notes for update 1.25, which is coming to both PS4 and PS3 on Friday: New Feature – Genres Genres READ FULL STORY AT…

Media Molecule Says LittleBigPlanet Community Creations “Blew Everyone’s Minds”

In an interesting post on PlayStation blog, Media Molecule talks at length about the origin of the team, the ideas behind LittleBigPlanet, how they came to life, and the creativity that it ended up inspiring among gamers. A studio formed of ex-Lionhead staff members, the developer reveals that it was “working from a space above a bathroom shop” when it came up with the idea of a game that gave people the tools to be creative in their own ways without the fear of not being good enough. The result? After initially vowing an audience at GDC, Media Molecule and Sony ran a beta test in 2008 that “really blew everyone’s minds” – from Sony to the developer’s. Our jaws were open. We were witnessing something that nobody had predicted. A gaming community not just being consumers. They’re very clever, and talented folks with weird hybrid talents, very weird! I don’t know how they learn this stuff! That October, LittleBigPlanet released to universal acclaim. Interestingly, one of Media Molecule’s current staff members, Christophe Villedieu, was originally a LittleBigPlanet player whose creations impressed the studio so much that he was offered a job. Media Molecule is currently working on Dreams, which unsurprisingly…