Tagged:  video games

Why Did U Leave Me, Arcades

I can’t think of old style video game arcades without getting a little misty. Those loud, dark rooms, packed with upright arcade machines, all singing to themselves, ready to explode when someone dropped a quarter into them…it was magic.

A magic that, frankly, kids these days don’t get.


Disney Infinity MOAR Females

If you’ve got a daughter, you’ve no doubt thought about the representation of women in video games. Maybe some of your daughters have explicitly asked to play a game “as a girl.” Maybe you just want to teach your daughter that women aren’t relegated to the sidekick or the “princess in distress.” Maybe you just want more characters at your disposal.

Whatever the reason, you’ll be pleased with the Disney Infinity franchise. The Disney Infinity 2.0 launch has added a new handful of female characters, bringing the current tally of playable female characters to 14. It’s quite possibly the most female-inclusive video game ever.


Dad's Rallisport Car

A YouTube commenter stole the show when he found his late father’s “ghost” in an old Xbox game.

And warning: someone is cutting all the onions right now. All of them. It’s dusty, I have allergies, and all of the onions are cut.


Hadoken Day

I don’t remember when my son started eating solid foods. I’m not entirely sure when it was that my son took his first steps. And sure, I guess I remember his first day at preschool. But by far, the most memorable milestone he’s had so far was throwing his first Hadoken.

Look. Every kid eats food. Every kid walks. And my son’s got at least 12 more years of school. A lot of the milestones we track and obsess over as parents…well, they don’t mean much, and all they do is stress us out. But this last weekend, my 5 year old son started his journey toward total Street Fighter domination, and I will remember Saturday, July 12, 2014 – the day he threw his first Hadoken…



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.


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)


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.


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.