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Family game night is a must in our house. It gives us time to play, laugh, and relax with each other. Sometimes it means a little (okay a lot) of friendly competition, too. One of the best times of the year is coming soon-everyone has a holiday break which means we’ll get plenty of time to game together. We have definitely put more than a few family games under the tree this year. The benefits of gaming for our family is huge-below I share the benefits we’ve personally seen from game play and one of the best games under our tree this year.
7 Benefits of Game Play
My personal opinion is that game play (yes, video games included) can help improve family life in many ways. While some of the benefits outlined below have some scientific data to back them up I’m speaking specifically to my family’s experience.
- Builds Collaborative Skills: My family is not immune to rivalry and family dynamics that need improvement, and gaming provides a great way for us all to learn to better collaborate. For instance, when two of the kids work together as a team it gives them a sense of teamwork that can translate to less arguing and more working together even if it is teaming up against Mom and Dad sometimes!
- Improves Problem-Solving Skills: We all love a good challenge. That’s why strategy games or games with puzzles are so fun for us all. One of the things I’ve seen games help with is an improvement on how to solve a problem in the real world. By applying some of the same skills they learn from gaming the kids are doing better thinking up solutions.
- Gives Insight To Career Paths: This may not apply to everyone, but it helps my kids understand what they want to do. With an aspiring artist, a future game designer, and a potential programmer in the house it’s helpful to see how their skills can be put to use in video games, board games, and app games. They’ve honed their eyes for what works and what doesn’t in the games we play.
- Helps Reduce Stress: While it can be stressful organizing game play or figuring out who gets the car in Monopoly when we’re done playing games we always feel more relaxed. It’s a great stress reliever we can all do together.
- Aids Attention: I have noticed that the attention to detail and organization can improve by playing games.
- Provides Family Bonding Time: The #1 reason I like to game is it provides us with much needed family bonding time. It allows us all to connect in a way that’s just not possible with other activities.
- Improves Social Skills: with two kids on the autism spectrum this is a big need in our house. I find that the more we play together the more social skills improve. While this will still be an issue for these kids for life it helps them understand taking turns, paying attention to unspoken cues, and so much more.
What’s Under the Tree: Super Lucky’s Tale
We’re always looking for new games to try out. While we’re big fans of putting away the devices and playing board games we also love a good video game. That’s why I love games like Super Lucky’s Tale. This kind of game is perfect for the whole family. Whether you have kids that are elementary school aged or teens this is a game everyone can love.
Lucky is a friendly and adorable fox who is the main character in this quest. The game provides a quest for our hero, but also provides tons of challenges and puzzles along the way including hidden ‘foxholes.’ In a fun and colorful world filled with tons of memorable characters, Lucky leads us to find out why the villain of the game, Jinx, is reshaping the world and rescue the ‘Book of Ages’. This is a classic platformer game with obstacle courses, puzzles, and hidden challenges that will have everyone wanting to play.
Get Super Lucky’s Tale
Super Lucky’s Tale is available on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. It features Xbox Play Anywhere which allows you to continue your play on a separate device. That means you can start on the Xbox and head over to your PC to wrap up your game play. Playful Corp.’s Super Lucky’s Tale is $29.99 making it the perfect gift for anyone on your list this holiday season. If you’re like me and giving this as a gift you can click ‘Buy as a Gift’ to purchase. I often print out an image of the game if I buy something online, so the kids have something to open on Christmas morning.
Find out more about the game and purchase Super Lucky’s Tale here.