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Call of Duty Pizza Rolls

CODPIZZAHey everybody! Just wanted to share with you something I found at the grocery store a while back!  These are pizza rolls with Call of Duty on them.  I found that pretty funny.  Just goes to show you how popular that series is!  They’re pretty much like any other pizza roll except they have extra flavor powder on the outside breading.  It gets on your fingers so I don’t see how anyone would want to play a game while eating these, but they still taste pretty good I guess.  On the back of the box is a code for a “Digital Specialist Card.”  I don’t know what that is because I don’t play Call of Duty, but since the code is printed on the back of the box, I don’t know what keeps people from snagging the code without buying the box.  I also think it’s funny that the box has a big M for Mature rating on it?  Does that mean the pizza rolls are rated Mature?  Ha ha!  Just joking.  Anyway, click here to see a bigger picture of the front of the box below.

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Super Bowl 50 Ads: Cary’s Best That Ever Was

POKE20Well, Super Bowl 50 has come and gone, and like most years, I didn’t really care about either team. But I’ve always liked Super Bowl commercials, and I just like commercials in general.  Sometimes they’re even better than the show they’re advertising.  I know, I’m weird like that.  And it’s always been a tradition of mine to write a blog about my favorites, so here is this year’s.

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Dash Quest (iOS, Android)

DASH_BOXDash Quest is a continuous runner with a 16-bit RPG theme to it. It’s available free-to-play to download on iOS and Android devices, but reviewed on iPad here.  In the game, you view your hero from a top-down perspective as he runs straight forward, battling enemies and using magic spells along the way.

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PAX South 2016: Costumed Crazies!

PIKMINAt video game and comic book conventions (and even amusement parks nowadays), some people like to dress up as their favorite characters! And PAX South was no exception.  So here are a collection of cosplayers that I took pictures of last weekend.

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PAX South 2016

SIGNThe Penny Arcade Expo, or PAX for short, is one of the biggest gaming conventions open to the public. It’s been around for a good while, but at first it was only limited to being in Seattle (I’ve been to quite a few of the Seattle ones).  Over the past few years, that’s changed as there have been PAX conventions in Boston and even Australia!  And now, for the second year in a row, they had a PAX South convention located in San Antonio, TX last weekend!  I live near Dallas, TX, so I attended this one as well as last year’s.

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Pac-Man 256 (iOS, Amazon, Google Play)

PAC256_BOXPac-Man 256 is another new free-to-play Pac-Man game, but this one’s actually really good. It’s available for download on iOS, Amazon, and Google Play, but reviewed on iPad here.  I believe it was also made by the same folks who did the popular Crossy Road mobile title.  So what is the significance of the number 256 and Pac-Man?  Well, in the original arcade game, there was a glitch where if you got to maze 256, half of the screen would mess up and make the game unplayable. I guess the makers of Pac-Man didn’t think anyone would get that far!  But what if you could try and outrun the glitch before it engulfed the whole maze!  Well that’s what Pac-Man 256 is all about!

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Unplugged: Runebound, 3rd Edition (Boardgame)

runebound coverBoardgames like Runebound pack the positive feedback loop gaining power in MMORPGs into a few short hours of a boardgame.  This new (3rd) edition of Runebound provides a new-player friendly boardgame where everyone can choose their own character’s path to power.  Players can gain in power by questing to explore locations, interact with the denizens of the land, or simply fight monsters.  The first player to become powerful enough to defeat the final villain wins the game.  With its open-ended options, playing a game of Runebound gives the enjoyment of adventuring in a MMORPG packed into a single evening of face-to-face game play.

Runebound, 3rd Edtion
Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
Ages: 14+
Players: 2-4
Time: 2-3 hrs
(Review copy provided by Fantasy Flight Games)
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Pac-Man Bounce (iOS, Android)

PACBOUNCE_BOXPac-Man Bounce is a free-to-play puzzler for iOS and Android (reviewed on iPad here), and it stars the most famous video game character of all time: Pac-Man! In each single screen level, you must get Pac-Man to eat a key, but you don’t control Pac-Man directly.  You must manipulate arrows and walls so that Pac-Man will follow and bounce off of them.  When you are ready, just tap on Pac-Man and he’ll start moving and hopefully make it to the key so you can progress.

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Cary’s Top Ten Mario RPGs

PAPERThe newest game in the Mario & Luigi RPG series just came out on the 3DS: Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. It’s a crossover title between Mario & Luigi and the other popular Mario RPG series: Paper Mario.  In honor of that, here is a blog where I rank every Mario RPG game in a top ten list (granted there’s only been ten of them, so, yeah).

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Minions Paradise (iOS, Android)

MINIONS_BOXOne day, all the Minions took a relaxing tropical vacation on a cruise ship. Even accident-prone Phil.  Poor Phil.  When he mistakenly turns the ship’s helm and steers them right into a rock, all seems lost as the ship sinks.  Luckily, Phil finds a deserted tropical island nearby, and all the other Minions survived.  But for ruining their fun, they’re not very happy with Phil as they swim to the island.  Help Phil get the island ready with lots of fun things to do and make, so the other Minions can still have their tropical vacation!  Minions Paradise is available free-to-play to download on iOS and Android devices, but reviewed on iPad here.

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