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This week in Family Gamer TV the Pestridges try out a PS3 and enjoy the four player fun of Motorstorm and in-depth driving of Gran Turismo while the Robertsons get racing with F1 2011 split screen racing. The kids enjoy playing Ico, Andy stays up again to revisit Shadow of the Collosus HD and Jo has a go with Starfox 64 3DS.

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Previously on FGTV...
Pilot Episode: Pestridge Family Start Gaming
Episode 1.1: Pestridge Family Try Kinect
Episode 1.2: Pestridge Family Kinect Favs
Episode 1.3: Pestridge Family Tries PS3
Episode 1.4: Skylanders visit in San Francisco
Episode 1.5: Emmens Dad Kids Starts Gaming
Episode 1.6: Pestridge Mum Talks Kinect
Episode 1.7: Pestridge Super Young Gamers
Episode 1.8: Pestridge Dad uDraw and 3DS
Episode 1.9: Pestridge Mum tries Mario 3DS
Episode 1.10: Pestridge Mum Skylanders
Episode 1.11: Emmens Family Lego Games
Episode 1.12: Your Shape Fitness Part 1
Episode 1.13: Your Shape Fitness Part 2
Episode 1.14: Pestridge Mum Disneyland
Episode 1.15: Emmens Try Forza 4
Episode 1.16: Emmens iPad Gaming
Episode 1.17: Emmens Try 3DS and Mario
Episode 1.18: Guided Tour of the DS
Episode 1.19: Mum's Gaming Reality check
Episode 1.20: Emmens Plays Kinectimals
Episode 1.21: Emmens Try Skylanders
Episode 1.22: Season One Outtakes
Episode 1.23: Emmens try AppMates
Episode 1.24: Hilsons try PS Vita
Episode 1.25: Skylanders Giants
Episode 1.26: Skylanders Giants Devs
Episode 1.27: Kinect Rush Devs
Episode 1.28: Grand Slam Tennis 2
Episode 1.29: Skylanders Giants CEO
Episode 1.30: Hilsons try Runescape
Episode 1.31: Mum talks WiiU and Layton
Episode 1.32: Kinect Rush Gameplay
Episode 1.33: Kinect Star Wars
Episode 1.34: Right to Play Kinect


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This is where we get to answer your questions about family gaming. This week's question is:

How do I red a videogame box?

Although this can sounds like a silly question, there is actually a lot of technical information to decypher on the front and back of each videogame box.

  1. PEGI Ratings: This is a rating of how mature the content is in the game, it is not (as is easy to think) a rating of how old you need to be to enjoy the game.
  2. 360: Green text specifies the local gameplay features, Orange text specifies the online features and Purple text specified the Kinect features.
  3. PS3: A box on the back specified the features and which controllers you need to play it.
  4. Wii: The front specifies whether it is MotionPlus compatiable and the back specified the controlers supported and how many people can play it.
  5. DS: The boxes on the back specifiy how you can play the game with other people and whether its single cart or multi cart multiplayer. Single cart multiplayer is better as multiple people can play together with one copy of the game.

Appearing in this Episode

Andy Robertson appears in this podcast. "Videogame reviews for the whole family, not just the kids. I dig out videogame experiences to intrigue and interest grownups and children. This is post-hardcore gaming where accessibility, emotion and storytelling are as important as realism, explosions and bravado."

Tim Pestridge appears in this podcast. "I like bikes and video games because they both spark my imagination and provide seemingly infinite possibilities and just generally make me smile."


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