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AskAboutGames On The Road: Greenbelt Festival Gaming Fun And Advice

We have been out and about over the summer. A highlight was the time spent at the Greenbelt festival. Our editor was there to run a series of unusual video games. Before and after the sessions he was available to offer advice to parents.

The game uses a PlayStation Move controller and was originally available as part of the SportsFriends pack on PlayStation. The version we used at the festival was a community-made Joust Mania that ran on the Raspberry Pi.

Getting the game set up with the families there, as well as advising church and community groups on how to get the game set up back home, was all part of the fun. Once the tech was sorted we could then play the game with up to 20 players.

Before and after play, parents and carers were keen to talk about the games they play at home with their children. Setting up parental controls, finding really good games to play and understanding costs were popular topics.

Finally, after playing Joust, families were keen to find similar games based on motion, movement and teamwork:

  1. Active Arcade - Movement with a smartphone.
  2. Fingle - Finger Twister.
  3. Just Dance - Move to the music.
  4. Ring Fit Adventure - Get fit while you play.
  5. Bounden - Dance and move to win.
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Andrew Robertson
Andy Robertson is the editor of AskAboutGames and has written for national press and broadcast about video games and families for over 15 years. He has just published the Taming Gaming book with its Family Video Game Database.