Andy Robertson
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Andy Robertson is a videogame expert who specialises in family gaming. He edits the GeekDad blog, writes for national news papers and appears on BBC TV and BBC Radio as a gaming critic. He contributes reviews to the US GeekDad blog as well.
He also produces the Family Gamer TV YouTube channel and edits his own Family Gaming site.

Entries by Andy Robertson

Kinect Sports Rivals, More Like FIFA Than Wii-Sports

(0) Comments | Posted 14 March 2014 | (10:36)

Some people love the Xbox One's Kinect controller, while others seem intent on using it as a big stick to punish Microsoft for its insistence that every Xbox One includes it. Kinect Sports Rivals promises to change all that.

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What the...

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Guardians of the Galaxy Bristles With Tech Toys

(0) Comments | Posted 26 February 2014 | (13:15)

The dividing line between toys and video-games has shifted back and forth over the years. Most recently though there has been a blurring of this distinction. Many toys come with technical functions and many video-games are now support by physical play-things -- take Disney Infinity for example.

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Online Tuition Tailors Learning to the Individual Learner Rather Than the Class

(0) Comments | Posted 15 January 2014 | (10:59)

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There were many subjects I simply didn't do well at at school. For a long time I thought this was down to my ability, aptitude or general intelligence in particular areas.

However, while I've re-engaged with these topics as my children tackle...

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Christmas Day Travel Made Simple

(0) Comments | Posted 17 December 2013 | (13:39)

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We put a lot of effort into our festive celebrations. Food, drink, family, friends and presents all come together (hopefully) to make the big day a special occasion. But one thing I often leave until the last minute is planning how to get...

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Disney Infinity Hands Game Development Tools to Families

(0) Comments | Posted 17 December 2013 | (07:23)

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Disney Infinity's most over-looked feature could save families money, help children get creative and may even open the door to a new career in game development.

Imagine how video-games are made and large teams of highly talented individuals spring to mind....

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Testing PlayStation 3 Wonderbook in Real Family Life

(0) Comments | Posted 2 December 2013 | (09:28)

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New technology for the family is all very well, but what works in the test lab doesn't always translate into successful family fun in the living room. In these blog posts I'll be putting game tech to the test.

Wonderbook is a new...

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Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Spans the Generations

(0) Comments | Posted 14 November 2013 | (09:33)

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If you've not played them before The Legend of Zelda series of games from Nintendo are held in high regard among gamers, and for good reason. They blend a creative mix of puzzle solving, action and exploration that appealed to me when I...

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Pokemon X/Y Gets Families Playing Together

(0) Comments | Posted 4 November 2013 | (14:34)

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Pokemon X and Pokemon Y is not only a new iteration on the 3DS, it is the first Pokemon game my family has really played in depth.

Pokemon is one of the big game series that for one reason or another my family...

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Beyblade Evolution 3DS Combines the Real and the Virtual

(0) Comments | Posted 30 October 2013 | (12:37)

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One of the most popular developments in family video-games over the last few years is the cross-over between virtual and physical play. Games like Skylanders and Disney Infinity use real toys to access in game content and characters.
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Wii Party U Revolutionises Family Play

(0) Comments | Posted 23 October 2013 | (11:25)

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Wii Party U offers another strong reason why the Wii U's Gamepad controller makes sense for families. Although the second screen technological is readily available on other platforms, albeit not in exactly the same package, it's only in Nintendo's hands that we see...

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Legend of Zelda Wind Waker Spans Generations as It Returns on Wii U

(0) Comments | Posted 3 October 2013 | (16:13)

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There has been a lot of water under the bridge since I first played The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker on the GameCube. Not only two generations of video-game consoles, but also in in my family there has been the...

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Orbit Baby G2 Offers Intelligent Design

(0) Comments | Posted 6 September 2013 | (10:43)

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As a new parent I found my purchasing decisions have an added weight and importance to them. The big one for me was how to transport our new baby both in the car and along the pavement. Recently, I had the chance to try...

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The Wonderful 101 Offers Excellent Exuberant Game-Play For Families on Wii U

(0) Comments | Posted 18 August 2013 | (14:10)

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Wonderful 101 may not seem like a hugely significant game to many outside the core gaming set. That it comes from Platinum games and is on the Wii U may be a headline for the gaming faithful but for families these things matter less.

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Mario and Luigi Dream Team Bros. 3DS Review

(0) Comments | Posted 11 July 2013 | (14:06)

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Mario & Luigi Dream Team Bros. is the next game from AlphaDream and follows up the DS game Bowser's Inside story with more role play antics from the plumber brothers. What's more it arrives on the 12th July, almost a...

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Max and the Curse of Brotherhood Promises Serious Family Fun on Xbox

(0) Comments | Posted 21 June 2013 | (13:54)

Max And The Curse of Brotherhood is an unusual game for a number of reasons. Firstly it addresses a family subject that is rarely touched upon by video-games, that of sibling rivalry. Secondly it features a play mechanic where the player uses a magic pencil to interact with the platforming...

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Game & Wario Extends Wii U Family Fun Perfectly

(1) Comments | Posted 20 June 2013 | (11:29)

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Game & Wario extends the Wii U fun of Nintendo Land with another tight collection of mini-games that has something for all the family.

Some may deride the new Game & Wario Wii U title for only offering a collection of mini-games...

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Skylanders Swap Force New Characters Revealed at E3

(1) Comments | Posted 17 June 2013 | (13:59)

This year's big video-game conference in California has just concluded. During the three day event in Los Angeles it provided a host of information about the games our families are likely to be playing later in the year.

Beyond the headlines around the PS4 and Xbox One battle was a...

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New Bronze Hot Dog Skylander Unboxed for Swap Force at E3

(0) Comments | Posted 10 June 2013 | (12:53)


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As E3 opens its doors in LA, the yearly video-game show is garnering plenty of excitement among gamers young and old. While many core players will be excited about what new games appear on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 during the three day event, youngsters will be keeping an eye on the Activision and Disney Interactive booths to see which new Skylanders and Disney Infinity characters are unveiled.

In advance of seeing Skylanders Swap Force at the show I got my hands on a limited edition Bronze Hot Dog figure. This is the character that Activision will be giving away on their stand to media. Being so limited in number, any that (inevitably) hit Ebay will likely hit many hundreds of pounds.

However, rather than keep him in his box I decided to let the kids get to work on unboxing him and seeing how the Bronze version of Hot Dog plays in the game. Although he still looks like the normal Hot Dog character in the game, the novelty of a limited edition Skylander still has not grown old for my family.

As the show doors open on Tuesday it will be interesting to see what news we get around this genre of toys-meet-video-games. My hope is that with Disney Infinity stepping up as a big competitor to Skylanders Swap Force at E3, we'll see both companies driven to new innovation and greater value over the coming months.

I'll have more posts from E3 for you soon, and videos in my E3...

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Fantasia: Music Evovled is an Xbox One Music Game With Added Mouse

(0) Comments | Posted 5 June 2013 | (13:06)

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At a secret pre-announcement hands-on session with John Drake of Harmonix I had a chance to try out some early levels from their new Xbox One dance game: Fantasia: Music Evolved. Although the partnership draws Harmonix into the tricky family market, and...

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Animal Crossing New Leaf Gets Whole Family Playing (And Talking)

(0) Comments | Posted 30 May 2013 | (07:55)

In response to my previous post on Animal Crossing New Leaf, I've put the new game to the test with a real world family.
They have been set-up with the game and asked to film their progress through the experience each day. More than just charting...

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