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The Full Suburban: It’s all fun and games – except, of course, it’s not

There is a sickness ravaging my home – a madness, you might call it. It’s not COVID-19 or anything actually life-threatening, thank goodness. But it is nonetheless a tribulation I have been forced to bear. I speak of my family’s unmitigated love of games and their desire to play them at all times.

Video game streaming surges in popularity amid quarantine

The New York Times said this month video game streaming might be “the most virus-proof job in the world.” Streaming video is not new technology, but watching another person play a video game over the internet might seem a silly idea to some – why not play the game yourself?

From ‘Frogger’ to ‘Minecraft’: Leaping from one bestseller to the next

Over the past four to five decades, video gaming has gradually risen from a niche hobby to a multibillion-dollar industry. Asking a stranger if they’ve ever heard of “Mario” is about as silly as asking if they know of the film “Star Wars” or the song “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” by Journey.

Game On: Virtual reality finally has its ‘killer app’

Is virtual reality the future of gaming? If you had asked me even a month ago, I would’ve told you “no.” It’s impossible to deny that traversing a virtual three-dimensional space with physical limb gestures is a compelling concept – there just hadn’t been a single game to really pull it off.

Game On: Playing games, reading books to fight the coronavirus

It’s a weird time we live in when “doing your part” means staying home and passing the time. For those of us who feel that’s not quite enough, there’s the “Humble Conquer COVID-19 Bundle,” a massive selection of PC video games and ebooks available for $30.

This week’s free game: Drawful 2

A good game of Pictionary in 2020 doesn't require a sandwich board, a sharpie and a digital timer. The folks from Jackbox Games, makers of You Don't Know Jack!, have an online version that is free to download from the Epic Game Store, Steam and Xbox One right now.

Use games to add fun to math lessons at home

So, while families are home thanks to the coronavirus outbreak, along with using the materials teachers sent home, one way for parents to help their kids practice math is to play games with them.

Social distancing? Online gaming is your best bet

An unexpected benefit of Washington state’s “stay home, stay safe” order is the extra time to reach out to loved ones and reconnect with family members and old friends. You won’t be inviting friends over to play traditional couch co-op games like “Super Smash Brothers” any time soon – but online gaming just became more appealing than ever.

Your turn to find some fun with the family

Fun games offer both distraction and mental challenges. If taken outdoors, they also can offer a boost from physical activity and fresh air. Spokane resident Erica Demateis said she and neighbors played corn hole and other outdoor games on Tuesday, which got adults and children outside in the area of the Ridge at Hangman. Demateis set out oversized game pieces she has used for school parties. They include games for Connect Four, ladder ball and a giant Jenga set.

Olympic torch relay in Greece suspended because of virus

The Greek Olympic committee suspended the rest of its torch relay on Friday because of the “unexpectedly large crowd” that gathered to watch despite repeated requests for the public to stay away to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Board games from the ’80s are rebooted for Generation X

Restoration Games is one of several board game makers trying to capitalize on the tabletop gaming renaissance. Restoration is remaking and reissuing some of the treasured games of old – both for wistful Gen Xers and their more discerning children.