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Meta-games provide another way to measure success. A meta-game creates additional challenges that overarch the game itself. Co-operative style experiences often offer a meta-game as a way for players to compare their performance while still contributing to the team effort. Achievements on the Xbox 360 and Trophies on the PlayStation Network are examples of meta-games. They take things a step further by providing points for achieving goals across different games so that players slowly build up a score for their performance on the console as a whole.

Colors 3D and Flipnote studio provide two great way to interact with the DS and 3DS beyond only playing games. In this week's FamilyGamerTV, we talk to a gaming family about the ways that they get creative - and even learn - using DS and 3DS software... watch now

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Rocksmith is the latest in a line of music-based games which have proved so popular with Guitar Hero, Rock Band and You Rock. While former games never really feel like they are teaching applicable, real guitar technique, FamilyGamerTV looks at Rocksmith and how it actually teaches guitar skills... watch now

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Uncharted: Fight for Fortune is a card-game spin-off of the brilliant Uncharted series, for the PS Vita. It seems a world away from the gunplay and exploration of the main series, so how exactly will it work?.. read now

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The Pokemon franchise produces some fascinating off-shoots. In this edition of FamilyGamerTV we look at Learn with Pokemon: Typing Adventure and Pokemon Black 2/White 2... watch now

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Wonderbook: Book of Spells gives players the chance to go deeper into the Harry Potter world. In this pair of interviews with the game's Director, Dave Ranyard, we get a glimpse inside the game and find out about future plans for the Wonderbook peripheral. We also put Wonderbook into the hands of a real family!.. watch now

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LittleBigPlanet on the PS Vita offers a step up from previous handheld versions of the world-building and platforming hybrid game. We look at how our family responds to the creative side of the game on the new PS Vita console... watch now

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After our first battery test, we were asked about all kinds of other handhelds' performance. So, this week, we put an ever bigger range of handhelds to a real-world test and filmed the results on a time-lapse camera. We'd have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for those pesky kids!.. watch now

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Journey and Flower are both games which can offer a tranquil and thoughtful experience. In this pair of FamilyGamerTV episodes, we bring gaming into Religious worship in two different places with Flower at the Greenbelt Festival and Journey at Exeter Cathedral... watch now

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We persuade the Pestridge to take a 3DS on their family holiday to Spain to find out how good the eShop games, 3D Camera, Letter Box and Internet Browser are when out on the road... watch now

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Is Nintendogs is a possible ideal solution for the gaming-sceptic family? In this week's Family Gamer TV, we talk to one such family and see how well Nintendogs earns a place in family life and its leftfield application in fending off requests for real pets. We also talk about how playing games fits into family life for the different kids and what age it is ideal for children to start with videogames... watch now

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FamilyGamer TV takes a good look at the new 3DS XL handheld with the assistance of a junior presenter. We also look back at the history of Nintendo's handheld consoles and how the new XL version of the 3D handheld fits in... watch now

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Jewel Master: Cradle of Persia twins the match-three puzzle genre with an empire-building sideline. It also tweaks the genre itself to provide new challenges. The question is, are the changes a strong foundation or a cul-de-sac?.. read now

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SiNG is a new party karaoke game launching for the Wii U alongside the new console. The new feature this time around is the handy gamepad. But what's the benefit?.. read now

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Wii Fit U is the first new Wii Fit title in a long time and will make the most of the freedom offered by the Wii U tablet controller... read now

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Jewel Master: Cradle Of Rome 2 is the latest in a series of hugely popular jewel-matching games, with a strategic and historical twist... read now

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Sunflowers is an intriguing new strategy puzzler for the Playstation Vita and will re-introduce a feature which occasionally sees sunlight on a handheld: vertical display... read now

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LittleBigPlanet Karting makes the leap from platforming adventure to quirky cartoon racing, with a customarily advanced modding kit which begs the question: what else can it build?.. read now

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Dust 514 on the Vita is a game but supports your gameplay on the Playstation 3 by making the management and social functions of the game portable... read now

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Sumioni: Demon Arts promises a lush artistic style combined with innovative touch-screen gameplay features. Whether this new IP will make an impact on Sony's Vita remains to be seen... read now

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Cooking Mama World: Babysitting Mama is a terrifyingly saccharine assault on the senses. However it provides a great way to blur physical play with the game world, as long as you're the right age... read now

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