Gaming Podcast

What Homeschoolers Need to Know About Stadia by Google – WHS 244

Google recently announced a gaming service that requires no console. They’ve made some big promises about this new product and it looks to be the future of gaming. Michael Prince from BecauseFamily joins me today to discuss what parents and homeschoolers need to know about Stadia.

Gaming Nintendo Switch Parental Controls

Nintendo Switch Parental Controls In-Depth Look [Video]

YouTuber Nate the Ape recorded a walk-thru of the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls. If you have one or you’re planning to get one this video is a must-watch!

The Nintendo Switch parental controls are very robust but they do provide more flexibility than other systems. Some of the features include:

  • Time Limits from 15 to 90 minutes.
  • Suspending game-play once time limits expire.
  • Limiting games based on ESRB ratings.
  • Reports on usage including time played per game.
  • Restricting access to chat and other online activity.

The one thing I haven’t seen yet is whether or not there is a countdown or warning for the time limit. Suspending a game mid-play cna prevent it from saving correctly and kids could lose their progress. While I’m all for time limits on gaming, it’s important not to frustrate our children with these settings.

A 5 minutes warning and/or a grace period could give your kids time to save their progress and not “lose it” when the system suspends their game.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!


Microsoft Purchases Minecraft for $2.5 Billion – The Wired Homeschool

I don’t normally report on gaming news but Minecraft seems to have a large foothold in the homeschool community.

Kid-friendly servers have been created and there are even curriculum designed around the game. We’ve been able to avoid it in our home so far but I suspect that we’ll soon have it installed on our PC.

Microsoft Buys the Company Behind Minecraft for $2.5 Billion

If your family has Minecraft and you’re using it for homeschool, what do you think about Microsoft’s acquisition?