I'm a big fan of thatgamecompany here in lovely Santa Monica. Their games - flOw, Cloud, and flower - are visually arresting, family-friendly, and move at a different pace than most games - particularly console games. As Dean Takahashi at VentureBeat says of Flower:
It takes you to a primal emotional level, like you feel when you watch a good IMAX nature film. Some people might very well find this boring since there are no guns and no fast-action button-mashing. But I see it as a breath of fresh air.
Bingo. For last night's Family Movie Night, we watched Planet Earth. My 2-year-old daughter focused on the animals and their babies; my 10-year-old science-loving son soaked up facts and details and loved the chase scenes; and Scott and I were mesmerized by the stunning visuals and sweeping story. Afterwards, we felt good -- energized -- uplifted with mind-stimulating entertainment.
I look forward to finding more games that can captivate our family -- bring us together -- leave us feeling energized -- like Flower, Rock Band, Karaoke Revolution, or a really good nature documentary. We're working on that Shufflebrain - bringing together media-sharing and braingames -- and we're inspired by brave visionaries like the folks at thatgamecompany
What games do you love to play as a family? What's your favorite family game? Love to hear your thoughts in the comments, or via email (amyjokim at gmail dot com)