Okay, so unemployment is at 6.7%, we've apparently been in a recession for 12 months, and terrorists are plaguing civilized nations around the world. The last time things were this bad, ordinary people sought comfort in the dim confines of their local movie theater. In 2008, may I suggest video games?
It's Christmastime, and once again the Wii is the hottest gift around -- for good reason. The majority of its titles are family-friendly, and require you to get up off the couch and move around. But there are also plenty of great games for kids (and parents) on the competing video game consoles, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. If you're making games part of your holiday shopping list this year, check out these resources for recommendations:
-At FE, every year we put together a list of the top 10 games for kids.
-The Brainy Gamer, Michael Abbott, compiled his annual roundup of "Games to play with your kids that won't drive you crazy."
-Last but not least, John Davison's WhatTheyPlay.com is an invaluable resource for parents who want to learn more about the games their kids are into.
It's gloomy out there, no doubt about it. Finding the right game to help your family have fun together is a great way to keep your personal forecast sunny.