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Games to give you a good fright

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 by

Can you feel a chill in the air? The spooky season has kicked off with a cackle and the shops are ready to service all your pumpkin and confectionery-based needs. While some may be planning a killer costumes for trick-or-treating or a scare-sational movie marathon, the geekier among us may be picking out the latest horror games to scare us out of our seats.

We’ve rustled up our top picks from the Steam library for a frighteningly good time. Will you be brave enough to play with the lights turned off? Read on to find out!

 

 

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Augmented reality – turn games into exercise

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 by

Are you looking to spice up your exercise routine? While we all know that exercise is a vital component of your health and wellbeing, sometimes it can be difficult to get motivated or interested in getting active. The first steps in developing healthy exercise habits can often be the most difficult, precisely because you haven’t developed the habit yet. To give you a hand, we’ve found some interesting apps that can help you get moving more using just your smartphone.

These days, most Australians have their own smartphone and thanks to the rising popularity of augmented reality technology (not quite virtual reality, but close) there’s a number of apps out there that can help exercise feel more like you’re playing a game, so you’ll find 30 before you know it! Best of all, most of the apps are free to download and if you do indulge in an in-app purchase or two, it’ll probably cost less than your average gym membership. Let’s get moving!

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How to stop kids from buying stuff in games

Sunday, July 15th, 2018 by

Back in the day, an unexpected bill racked up by your kids was most likely something like a broken window after a game of cricket gone wrong. As technology became a bigger part of daily life, it became important for parents to sit down and have a chat with their kids about using a mobile phone responsibly so they didn’t make calls to premium numbers or use tons of excess data.

Fast forward to today and microtransactions in games are becoming a serious problem. They’ve been a common pest in mobile games for a few years now, but thanks to the massive popularity of “free to play” games such as Fortnite, more parents are learning about them the hard way.

Fortnite is a battle royale shooter game that made waves when it was released on mobile devices, making it extremely accessible. After all, most kids are more likely to have a mobile phone than a certain gaming console or gaming PC. Fortnite doesn’t cost money to start playing, but a number of in-game items such as different costumes for your character to wear cost V-Bucks, which are actually bought with real-world cash. A quick Google search will show you there’s already dozens of stories of kids blowing hundreds of dollars on the in-game currency.

Fortnite isn’t the only game to have a big microtransaction problem and mobile phones aren’t the only device you may need to lock down to stop kids racking up a bill on supposedly “free” games. To help you (and your wallet!) we’ve put together a guide on how to stop kids making purchases in games across a range of devices including mobiles, tablets and gaming consoles. Just follow these steps for some peace of mind that your littles ones won’t be making any in-game purchases, by accident or otherwise.

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