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Holiday Gaming 2012 Family Friendly Games

Minecraft
Available for: PC, Xbox 360 (XBLA)

While parents spent their childhoods toying with Legos and Lincoln Logs, today's kids prefer expressing their creativity through the amazing Minecraft. The game's 'Creative' mode, where players have unlimited resources, the ability to fly and don't have to worry about health or hunger, can result in some terrific designs.

Top 10 games of the year

This year saw Facebook games and hit apps jostling with the usual console franchises - with Angry Birds still worth about 10% of the total gaming market in the UK. But 'hardcore' gamers were well-served as well, with Nintendo's 3DS dishing up an unexpected treat in the form of the superb Resident Evil: Revelations.