Game Goods 2019: Bob Hoose’s Year-End Picks

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Yes, it’s December and time for Plugged In to wheel out its end-of-the-year “Best Of” lists. And in the gaming category, that’s not an easy call—not because there’s too little to choose from, but too much: I reviewed a pretty heavily populated crowd of fun games this year. But fear not, we’ve culled the crowd […]

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Fifty Years of Sesame Street and the Internet: Which Hurt My Kids More?

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OK, so this blog’s title is a little click-baity, but it’s still worth thinking about for a bit. The Internet and Sesame Street are both celebrating their golden 50th. They popped into being back in the fall of 1969 (on Oct. 29 and Nov. 10 respectively). Each required years of planning and hard work. Their […]

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What’s Streaming in November 2019 (a.k.a. Disney+ Streams Your Childhood)

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The holidays are blowing in quickly—along with snow days, fall breaks and all those outlier relatives who tend to show up for free meals and presents—so your thoughts may have already turned to: How do we keep the kids and my unibrowed Uncle Harry entertained? Well, I’ve got a good news/bad news scenario for you. […]

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Pokémon Goes to Sleep

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Three years ago, something of Wailord proportions hit the gaming world: Pokémon Go launched on smartphones. And not only did that release reinvigorate and revolutionize Nintendo’s gotta-catch-’em-all franchise, it pretty much singlehandedly put augmented reality on every gamers map. In a heartbeat, there were kids and adults walking around looking for Pokémon in their school […]

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What Netflix Shows Are Your Family Watching?

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Here at Plugged In, we do our best to cover the TV shows everyone’s talking about, whether they’re on broadcast TV, cable networks or, increasingly, on streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon and Hulu. Typically, we cover one or two new shows each week, as well as two-to-four episode reviews of series we’ve looked at […]

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Controversial “The Best Men Can Be” Gillette Ad Is Actually Brilliant

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Still from Gillette "The Best Men Can Be" ad featuring a father separating two boys who were fighting.

Gillette’s “The Best Men Can Be” short film is actually the culmination of a longer marketing campaign, and a good one at that. Cause marketing isn’t exactly new, but we have certainly heard a lot more about it over the last few years thanks to the Internet and social media. It used to take a […]

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Silence is Golden—Especially If It’s a Silent Phone

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If you’re willing to dress up like a cow on Chick-Fil-A’s “Cow Appreciation Day,” you can be assured you’ll be dining on a free entrée. On 7-Eleven’s “Free Slurpee Day,” you’ll quench your thirst without dipping into your wallet. If you traipse into any number of restaurants on your birthday, you’re almost certain to get a […]

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Generation Alpha’s Revolutionary World … And Parenting in It

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If you’ve been lying awake at night wondering what we’re going to name the kids born after Generation Z (those who arrived between 1996 and 2009), the solution is simple: Go back to the beginning. Savvy marketers, who always pay more attention to stuff like this that you and I do, are one step ahead […]

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Vodcast: Leveraging Childhood Stuff to Tell Adult Stories

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No Sesame. All Street. If you grew up watching Sesame Street, you may be a bit shocked with the new “puppetry” movie, The Happytime Murders. By taking a bunch of puppets who look a lot like those beloved childhood Sesame Street Muppets and making them very adult—this movie aims to shock. But we’ve seen this […]

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