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A parent's guide to buying video games

December 15, 2008 | 10:34 am

Video game shopping

For some parents, Christmas and Hanukkah can be more terrifying than Halloween -- and not because of the in-laws.

It's because many kids expect to receive good video games, and their parents are often clueless when it comes to a medium that scarcely existed when they were growing up.

Game makers don't make it easy. They release hundreds of new titles, at $50 to $60 a pop, into the market ahead of the holidays, like bats exploding into the night sky.

For those of you who don't know the difference between a D-pad and a DS (one is a button on a game controller, the other a hand-held console), we've assembled a few easy tools to help parents get in the game fast.

Read the full story about buying video games here.

-- Alex Pham

Photo: Richard Drew / Associated Press

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