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Bello! 😀 Minions are back!!

We’re going all kind of bananas this week because the latest Despicable Me movie is out on Friday and we can’t wait to top-up on minions, Gru and fluffy unicorns!

To celebrate the release of Despicable Me 3 we’ve done a couple of minion related videos to get you in the mood for all things yellow and villainous 😀 so check out the blog later this week to see what we’ve been up to. In the meantime, you can check out the movie trailer here…

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10 million views in week!!

That’s what this Harry Potter origin film trailer has picked up since it came out last week – and we got pretty excited when we saw that they would be making a prequel film for the Harry Potter story, looking at Voldemort – or Tom Marvolo Riddle – as a young boy and how he became the Dark Lord.

You can check out official trailer here:

Apparently, the idea for the movie has come from fans, who made a fan-trailer in the first instance, which has now been agreed by Warner Bros to expand into a full feature film… Due in 2018, the main reason Gianmaria Pezzato and co-director Stefano Prestia have got the go ahead was because they are making the film for no profit and will release it for free on YouTube.

The idea came from a re-reading the sixth book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, where the pair found themselves with several questions. There are clues in the book that have inspired their ideas, but as with most book to screen adaptations not all could be explored in the main movies. The content of the trailer also suggests that it might draw on details from the script of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child which is currently running on the London stage.

So, what do you think of a film will tell the story of the rise of the Dark Lord before Harry Potter ever existed? Hopper and I were pretty excited when we saw this and we loved Fantastic Beasts from the wizarding world of JK Rowling… We can’t wait for more!

Catching up…

So, we’ve recently sorted out the editing issues we had and so there are a backlog of videos to get up onto the channel from content we’ve made over the last six months or so and not been able to post. To try and have them make sense, we’ll post them roughly in order and back date them, so if you’re currently following us and wondering why things are popping up all over the timeline, this will explain it! 🙂

Really wish it was because I’d found a time machine though…

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More Kid Friendly Minecraft You Tubers

The content of this post can be found in its original form at Common Sense Media a great resource site for parents on a whole range of topics, not just games. This post was made by Caroline Knorr Senior Parenting Editor and Mom of one, and gives a detailed overview of other YouTubers out there delivering kid friendly entertainment, mainly on Minecraft, but some other games as well.

This is obviously something that we’ve aspired to do with We-Game.Live as well, so if you’re looking for some more options for videos, this list is good and features some of our absolute favourite YouTubers: DanTDM, Stampy, iBallisticSquid and Little Lizard Gaming.

ThxcyaI will say that from this original list, I’ve taken out TheAtlanticCraft, although a lot of their videos are OK, there are a few odd ones in there that make me think it’s not 100% suitable for kids, so I wouldn’t include here. It also misses off one of our other faves ThxCya, who is a good friend of DanTDM – aside from doing general Minecraft videos he has these great Minecraft music videos with amazing animation – lots of fun and with ‘in’ jokes for regular Minecrafters – he is definitely one to check out and at the moment is just shy of 1 million subscribers, so you could help him get to that milestone 🙂 Check him out here at his YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/ThnxCya


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If Minecraft has taken over your kids and you hardly know who they are or what they’re talking about anymore, you’re in good company. But, although you may love that the game helps build 21st-century skills such as creativity, innovation, and collaboration, your kids’ obsession can be overwhelming. Perhaps most puzzling is that every waking moment they’re not playing Minecraft, they’re in front of YouTube watching Minecraft.

Minecraft videos on YouTube attract millions of views daily. There are tutorials (for ideas on new things to create), “Let’s Play” videos (footage of people playing the game), challenges (new gameplay ideas to try), mod showcases (which show off cool thing kids can download to modify their Minecraft worlds), and more.

But the unique things about the game, including the ability for any player to create anything they want, can result in wide variations in quality, age-appropriateness, and relevancy to your kid’s specific interests and gaming ability. There are hundreds of channels devoted to Minecraft, including popular but edgy ones such as Yogscast and SkyDoesMinecraft, and it’s hard to know which ones are good for kids. Although you could download an app such as KicVidz, which curates only kid-friendly Minecraft videos, you know your little fanatic will be begging — and searching YouTube — for more.

Even kid-friendly videos come with a few caveats. First, with many clocking in at 20 or 30 minutes, they can be a major time suck. Second, many have commercials that advertise products from cars to cookies to vodka. Third, some videos contain salty language so take note of our age recommendations below and preview videos when possible. But there’s plenty to explore to help fan the flames of this mostly worthwhile pursuit. Here are the top 12 best-for-kids YouTube Minecraft channels.


Stampy (aka Mr. Stampy Cat, aka stampylonghead). A British cartoon cat (voiced by Joseph Garrett from Portsmouth, England) hosts the lively videos on this lighthearted channel. Stampy offers Let’s Plays and tutorials on a range of Minecraft topics (and other games, all family-friendly), and his game worlds are distinctly colorful.
Best for: Younger fans. Stampy feels like a cross between Pee-wee Herman and Mr. Rogers.
Check out: His How To Minecraft series is excellent for noobs.

iBallisticSquid. Stampy’s best friend is a squid — remember, anything is possible in Minecraft! — voiced by Garrett’s real-life pal David Spencer. Squiddy (or Squid Nugget) exchanges mild, kid-friendly, English-accented banter with Stampy and uploads Let’s Plays, mods, and challenges (which are usually set for him by Stampy).
Best for: Younger fans. Squiddy’s squeaky-clean.
Check out: His Pixelmon Learning the Basics is a great introduction to a cool mod.

Paul Soares Jr. This self-described husband, father, entrepreneur, and gamer offers family-friendly Let’s Plays and tutorials in a kindly, straightforward style.
Best for: Younger kids, new players, and families. Soares mixes in a lot of how-to information while he’s playing.
Check out: Soares’ How to Survive and Thrive tutorials are newbie nirvana. Also, note the ratings on his videos; he’s the rare YouTuber who has bothered to have his content rated for families so you know it doesn’t contain mature content.

Little Lizard Gaming. Irish brothers Ryan and Scott Fitzimons run the super-popular Minecraft channel Little Lizard Gaming which features play-throughs, how-to’s, and mods.
Best for: Younger kids. The channel boasts that it’s “100% kid-friendly.”
Check out: Minecraft Pixelman Mod, a funny mash-up of Pokemon and Minecraft.

PrestonPlayz. This young Minecraft YouTuber has earned a large following based on his solid playing, awesome parkour maps, and positive attitude.
Best for: Intermediate players who know the basics and want to expand their Minecraft skills.
Check out: Preston’s “Draw My Life” video explains his unique background and the source of his motivation.

Popular MMOs. Although it’s known for epic battles and massive explosions, Popular MMOs’ host is a friendly, folksy guy named Pat, whose knowledge of and enthusiasm for the game plus killer mods draw big audiences. He also frequently plays against his fiancĂ©e, Jen (who hosts her own Minecraft channel, GamingwithJen).
Best for: Older kids with a taste for excitement.
Check out:The Minecraft Kitty Cat Challenge, where Pat and Jen honor the passing of their cat by duking it out on Minecraft, shows the human side of the game.

Minecraft Universe. Charming TrueMU (real name: Jason Probst) hosts this popular channel that’s jam-packed with adventure maps, parkour maps, mini-games, and even original electronic songs available for download. He often plays spirited games against other advanced Minecraft players in a group called Team Crafted.
Best for: All ages. There’s a wide range of content.
Check out: The “Hottest Girls Ever” Let’s Play, wherein Jason and an opponent play as female avatars, can spark a conversation about gender roles in games.

The Bajan Canadian. Twenty-year-old Canadian video game commenter Mitchell Hughes offers a wide range of technically adept Minecraft videos, mostly played with a gentle, nerdy patter against his mild-mannered gamer pals.
Best for: Older players who really want to geek out on Minecraft.
Check out: His parkour videos and downloadable “wacky parkour maps” are some of the best.

Maricraft. Hosted by female gamer Mari Takahashi on the ultra-popular gaming channel Smosh Games, Maricraft features mostly Let’s Plays of spirited battles with her pals in wacky Minecraft worlds.
Best for: Older fans. Players swear, but the words are bleeped out and there’s some juvenile humor.
Check out: In Splegg in Your Face!, Mari and friends pummel each other with spleggs (Minecraft eggs).

TheDiamondMinecart. Hosted by twentysomething Dan Middleton of Northamptonshire, England, TheDiamondMinecart is popular for its wide variety of entertaining, creative videos. The videos’ quality across all genres (Let’s Play, mod reviews, characters, and so on) has made it one of the most highly subscribed-to and most highly viewed channels on YouTube.
Best for: More experienced players; the offerings are pretty advanced, but they’re mostly clean.
Check out: The Hunger Games video wherein DiamondMinecart takes on Stampy has a fun twist at the end.

CaptainSparklez. With one of the biggest audiences on YouTube, CaptainSparklez dazzles with his technically advanced worlds and warm, entertaining commentary. Recently purchased by Disney-owned Maker Studios, CaptainSparklez is beloved as much for his intricate, atmospheric, and complex worlds as for his parody videos.
Best for: Experienced players who can grasp the technical jargon. He can get a little edgy, too.
Check out: His Super Modded Survival Series takes fans on an epic adventure full of dungeons, new dimensions, and mighty foes.

 

It started with Insomnia…

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Funnily enough, it wasn’t the normal kind of child-induced insomnia you expect as a parent…instead it was Insomnia 57 at Birmingham NEC “the UK’s Biggest Gaming Festival” that got this whole thing started.

Over the past three years, since HopperBoy got an iPad at Christmas we’ve gradually been pulled further and further into the gaming world that kids experience today: You Tubers, servers, mods and more… It’s a lot to take in, especially if you’re trying to get your head around it in the middle of handling your day-job, doing school runs and keeping on top of all the other domestic joys that get thrown at you.

So, whilst HopperBoy likes making his own videos and talking to himself like a YouTuber no matter what game he’s playing, I started the blog to share my travels along the gaming highway with him – because Google has become my new best friend in mastering the skills needed to download mods and play server-based games, all the while, trying to make sure that what you’re doing is safe and suitable. There are lots of fantastic parent-help websites around, for many of the games we play – certainly a lot more in-depth than what I’ll do here. This blog is intended to be a quick-fix for ideas on games, reviews from a kid and a parent to help you decide if the games are for you, and to share the bits of knowledge I come across that may be helpful to share.