Tagged:  video games

lego marvel corrupted save

As a parent, I rarely have to shrug and say “I don’t know.” I’m the dad. I have answers! How is this like that? I know about it. Where does so-and-so come from? I’ll tell you. As many “whys” as my son can throw at me, I’ve got answers. But I didn’t really have an answer for the seemingly most insignificant question: “where did all of our guys go?

I still have no real answer. Not one that would satisfy a five year old.

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Mega Man Pillow

Let’s face it: retro is cool, and stuff from our 80’s childhood is sneaking into our kids’ lives. But if you want to hear something retro-awesome and ready for your little non-robot creation, check out the Mega Man 2 Lullabies.

Mega Man 2 was a favorite game among our generation. Recently, one of the Capcom employees posted a link to a set of Mega Man-themed lullabies on his blog that are sure to delight you as your child naps. Created by a dude named Mark Polydoris for his nephew, you can listen to all of the soothing piano-only songs directly on the project site: MegaMan2Lullabies.com.

Oh sure, hearing Blue Bomber music this slow and sleepy might take away your competitive edge if you were trying for a Mega Man 2 speedrun.

One of the best ways to celebrate our youths while sharing it with our children is music. And it’s easy to start early. Womb-early if you’d like. Just get a set of earbuds and push ‘em in as far as you can.

KIDDING! Headphones over the belly works just fine.

 

(photo is from here)

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Making Retro Video Game Pixel Art With Perler Beads

One of the best parts of being a this-generation parent is doing nerdy stuff with your kids. And it’s just a bonus when you get to nerd-out with your kids while revisiting an old summer camp craft.

The most awesome of all summer-camp-crafts-turned-nerd-craft has to be Perler beads. These things basically look like pixels, so you know where I’m going with this (also, you saw the header image and you, dear readers, are not stupid).

Perler beads give you the opportunity to revisit some super-rad 8-bit classics while doing crafts with your kids. I’ll show you how to make a simple goomba from Super Mario Bros. 1 that you can stick on the fridge or wall. And just think – if you get the hang of this, you can create your own retro video game scene on your kid’s wall and be the envy of…well…me, at least.

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fatherhood in video games

Video games have had fatherhood themes running through them for years – in earlier times, more simple storylines and relations were popular, such as Donkey Kong passing the torch to Donkey Kong Jr*. Fatherhood was, for a long time, a trope for a sequel.

Jorge Albor of PopMatters, however, recently discussed the more modern and complex storylines that have created some of this generation’s great games. Games like The Last of Us, Heavy Rain, and The Walking Dead Season 1 provide good examples for Albor of modern games tackling fatherhood issues.

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that dragon cancer

In times of troubles, artists usually get to work. One father is taking his troubled time and creating a game as he deals with his son’s cancer.

In video games, very generally speaking, there’s a hero, a villain, and you get from Point A to Point B. But in Ryan Green’s That Dragon: Cancer, the equation changes.

Green, a video game developer by trade and a father of four, created That Dragon: Cancer as a way to not only focus his own emotion about his son’s illness, but to help others walk in the shoes of a family dealing with cancer.

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miniWHEAT CS:GO

Back in January, 2011, we put up a video of podcaster djWHEAT teaching his then-five year old son how to play StarCraft II.

Just yesterday, djWHEAT put up the “full episode” of his son (aptly named miniWHEAT) playing CS:GO, the latest in the Counter-Strike series. And if it doesn’t make you want to get your lil’un on an FPS, I don’t know what will.

But more than just make me think “man I can’t wait to do that with my son,” it made me mentally retread the ‘ol video games and violence conversation.

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Old Games for New Kids: Katamari Damacy

katamari damacy

In our series Old Games for New Kids, we suggest a great past-generation game to play with your new-generation children.


Katamari Damacy (2003)
by Namco – PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Vita, Xbox 360

(Okay, I realize this series is about “old” games and I’m talking about a series that’s available on all of the current systems. But since this franchise reaches back to the PlayStation 2, it’s fair to say that you’d be “old school” enough to yank the ol’ PS2 out of your closet and set it up in your kid’s room.)

If you yourself have never played the Katamari Damacy series, you’re missing out on a real treat. In every game in the series, you play the Prince, whose father is the King of All Cosmos – a foppishly dressed dude in charge of making stars. So, he has you, a little green prince, roll a ball around, picking stuff up (which you use to make stars…don’t ask). Literally, that’s the whole game! But whereas you start in small areas like a bedroom, picking up paperclips and candy, you later find yourself outside, rolling up whole buildings and oil tankers. As your ball gets bigger in a given level, you’re able to access more areas. The bigger your ball of stuff when the timer hits zero, the more pleased your dad-king is. And if you roll up hidden items in the level, you get extra royal rainbows!

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simpsons hit and run

In our series Old Games for New Kids, we suggest a great past-generation game to play with your new-generation children.


The Simpsons: Hit & Run (2003)
by Vivendi Universal – GameCube, PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox

I love sharing video games with my daughter, but I’ll admit that, lately, I’ve been a little concerned about HOW she plays video games. My kid is six, so the majority of games she plays are either touch-based games on the iPad or motion controller games on the Nintendo Wii. And, as a guy who grew up in the Nintendo generation, I wanted my daughter to spend some quality time with a more old school controller – i.e. a rectangular thing you hold with some kind of directional pad and/or stick and some kind of A/B button configuration. So I set out looking for older controller-centric games that might catch her interest and be simple enough in their design to help her get comfortable using an iconic action-button gamepad design. And the game I landed on was 2003’s The Simpsons Hit & Run.

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