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10 Technologies that Bring the Family Closer

Video Games

While fragging your father in an online deathmatch might not sound like a good bonding experience, you might want to consider giving it a (head) shot. Kids love video games, and as long as the titles you play together are fun and age-appropriate -- no deathmatches for the little ones! -- they can provide a safe environment that's much more interactive than say, watching TV. And you don't have to virtually kill each other. There are many nonviolent games that encourage collaborative play, from platformers to sports titles. There are even cooperative campaigns in many violent first-person shooters, such as the Halo and Call of Duty franchises, so it's easy for parents to find something to play with their kids, no matter how old they are.