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The LEGO Movie 2 Video Game (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC)

The LEGO Movie 2 just came out in theaters, so naturally there’s a video game about it, too.  I expected it to be like any of the other LEGO games where you tromp through 12 to 15 levels, breaking bricks, building structures, and collecting studs along the way.  But nope, to my surprise this game based on the movie is totally different!  Well, it’s not completely original, as it plays very similarly to a game I reviewed a couple of years ago called LEGO Worlds.  This new game is available for nearly all current home consoles and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Treasure Stack (Switch, Xbox One, PC)

Treasure Stack is a medieval themed falling block puzzle game for Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PC (reviewed on Switch here).  You control a character at the bottom of the well, and different colored treasure boxes fall in.  Pick up and move the treasure boxes however you like, and match them with the same colored blocks with keys to open them and get the coins inside for points.  This’ll also make the treasure boxes disappear, too.  When a stack of boxes reaches the top of the well, you lose.  Up to four can play at the same time either locally or online.

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Jump Force and Cup Noodles Team Up!

Around this time last year, I wrote a short article about how Cup Noodles ramen was doing a promotion with the fighting game Dissidia Final Fantasy NT.  Well they’re doing the same thing again this year but for a different game: Jump Force.  It’s a 3-D fighting game featuring various anime characters, so let’s take a look at this cross promotion.

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Dreamworks Dragons: Dawn of New Riders (Switch, PS4, Xbox One)

The final installment in the How to Train Your Dragon trilogy just hit theaters recently, and now you can have even more adventures with your favorite dragons and Vikings with Dawn of New Riders.  It’s available on most current home consoles, but reviewed on Switch here.  Even though there are events from the third movie happening in this game, Dawn of New Riders is a whole new adventure.  In this game, you play as Scribbler, a Viking scholar who has lost his memory.  He finds himself on an island refuge for dragons and must fend off trappers.  He finds a dragon egg that soon hatches into a new friend: Patch.  Together, Scribbler and Patch embark on a 2-D top down Zelda-like adventure to save the dragons.  Along the way, they’ll meet up with several familiar characters from the movies and cartoon series, including Hiccup, Toothless, Astrid, and more!

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Crocs, Climbers, and Carnivorous Plants, Oh My!

I got a new batch of amiibo figures recently.  These include two of the newly added characters to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, as well as one returning from a previous game in the series.  So let’s take a look at them!

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Spike Volleyball (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

As far as sports video games are concerned, there’s not a whole lot out there for indoor volleyball.  Oh sure there are a few beach volleyball games here and there.  In fact, one of my favorite sports games is SEGA’s Beach Spikers on the GameCube.  But now there is a new indoor volleyball game with Spike Volleyball for PS4, Xbox One, and PC (reviewed on PS4 here).

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Mercury Learning Books

When I was at PAX South, I visited Mercury Learning Books.  They publish all sorts of books about game design, and I got the opportunity to review a couple of them.  So here we’ll take a look at three books I got.  The first is Classic Game Design, which teaches you how to make examples of popular early arcade games.  The second book is Video Game Writing, which explains what to expect if you go into that field.  The third book is a treat, as I had my dad, Randy Woodham, review it here!  It’s Basic Electronics: Theory and Practice!  So let’s dive in and take a look at each book!

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Sennheiser GSP 550 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset

Even though I mostly write game reviews, I’ve also written reviews on gaming accessories ever since my days at The Dallas Morning News more than 20 years ago.  And I think the Sennheiser GSP 550 gaming headset is probably one of the most high end headsets I’ve ever reviewed.  So if you do a lot of PC gaming and take it very seriously, you may want to check out this review and see if this headset is right for you.

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Glass Masquerade (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC, Mobile)

In Glass Masquerade, you put together pieces of a stained-glass window to form a clock face.  So yeah, it’s a jigsaw puzzle.  It’s available to download on nearly all current gaming devices, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Cary Wrecks Winter Movies!

At the end of summer, I usually see enough movies that season that I can write a blog about them.  And sometimes during the winter, I see enough movies to do that, too!  And this is one of those times!  So here are my impressions of new movies I’ve seen in the past few months.  I’ll try to keep spoilers to a minimum, but in case a small one seeps out here and there, you’ve been warned!  OK let’s begin!

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