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Unplugged: GenCon 2014

exhibit iconI was able to once again attend GenCon this year.  I was one of 56,000+ people who headed down to Indianapolis to play board, role-playing, and trading card games.
I wrote up my thoughts (as well as quite a few photos) at the site:  www.OpinionatedGamers.com

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Ultra Street Fighter IV Official Bible (Book)

FIGHT1There are some folks out there who are really into fighting games.  I mean, REALLY into fighting games.  Heck, people have big publicized fighting game competitions every year, that’s how big it is.  So if you’re one of those types who are really into fighting games, or if you want to get that way, then BradyGames has you covered with their Ultra Street Fighter IV Official Bible.  This guide, based on the new iteration of Capcom’s flagship fighter, is written for pros, by pros.  Let’s take a quick look and see what you’ll find inside.

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Cary’s Top Ten Tekken Toughies!

TEKKEN_BOXRecently I ordered a birthday present for a close relative online, but it wasn’t enough to get free shipping.  So I ordered Tekken Tag Tournament 2 for Wii U to go along with it.  I’m not a big fan of Tekken games, but I’ve been known to buy a couple of them if they have a few modes and features I like, and if the price is low enough.  For instance, I got Tekken 4 when it was cheap, simply because hidden in the game was an old Namco arcade 3-D space shooter called StarBlade.  The Wii U edition of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 had some Nintendo-centric modes and features I was curious about trying, but not curious enough to pay full price for.  But I found it cheap enough now online, and I’ve been playing it off and on.  So in honor of that, here is a blog about my top ten favorite Tekken fighters!

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Games for U and Mii

TOMODACHISo recently I was wrapping up playing Tomodachi Life on my 3DS.  It’s a life sim game that lets you use your Mii characters.  I started thinking about other Mii character specific games, and thought I’d write a blog that features them.  Most of these Mii games are geared toward casual gamers, and while Nintendo has gotten quite a bit of criticism on that, I still think they’re fun.  Now, there are many games that let you use Mii characters in titles like Mario Kart and Sonic & All-Stars Racing, but I’m focusing on just the games that only have Mii characters and nothing else.  So let’s get started.

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Unplugged: A Bit of Summer Archery

air_huntress_zcurve_product_copyAs I looked out at the summer rain today, I pondered what to do with my young grade school boys.  Looks like it’s time to break out the bow and arrow and do a bit of indoor archery practice! No, I’m not crazy, but I recently got a hold of some of the kid-friendly bow and arrow toys made by Zing Toys.

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Mario Kart 8 Toys in McDonald’s Happy Meals

One of Nintendo’s hottest games right now is Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U.  And now you can get toys based on the game in McDonald’s Happy Meals.  Click to take a closer look:

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Wonder Momo: Battle Idol Volume 1 (Book)

MOMO1The next entry in our “Nutty Namco Week” is another hardcover book collection of web comics, and this one is called “Wonder Momo: Battle Idol.”  Wonder Momo was an arcade game in Japan made by Namco (creators of Pac-Man) in the late 80’s.  In the game, you played as young girl Momo and kicked bad guys on a theater stage (there’s an audience and curtains and everything).  If Momo ran into a tornado and spun really fast, she would turn into Wonder Momo, a stronger super-hero version of herself who could throw a hula hoop at bad guys.  The game was meant to be a parody of “Magical Girl” anime cartoons like Sailor Moon, and spoofs of ‘sentai’ super hero shows like Power Rangers.  It was never released in the US, probably due to its slightly suggestive themes.  You had to avoid a photographer in the audience, for instance, who would try and take upskirt pictures of Momo from below.  The flash from the camera would stun Momo for a moment.  Anyhow, Wonder Momo has remained fairly popular in Japan and Namco has had cameo appearances of her in various other games.  Shifty Look, an online web comics site, makes comic strips featuring classic Namco characters, and Wonder Momo is one of their most popular ones.  It spawned a web anime series and now you can get a collection of the first 100 strips in a quality, hardcover book format!  Let’s take a quick look at what’s inside.

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Bravoman Volume 1 (Book)

BRAVO1It’s “Nutty Namco Week” here at GamerDad, where we’ll take a look at new books and games featuring odd Namco characters!  First up is Bravoman!  Bravoman is a classic arcade game by Namco, makers of Pac-Man.  The Bravoman arcade game was released in Japan only, but it did get ported to the US by way of the TurboGrafix-16 game console (and Wii Virtual Console).  It’s a 2-D platformer beat ‘em up featuring a super hero who can stretch his arms and limbs to punch and kick bad guys.  The game is meant to be a silly parody of super heroes and video games.  While Bravoman has made cameo appearances in other Namco titles, he would’ve faded into obscurity had it not been for Shifty Look.  Shifty Look is an online web comics site who has recently published strips featuring obscure Namco game characters.  Bravoman is probably their most successful and long-running series, and has spawned into a high quality web cartoon (featuring prolific cartoon voice actors like Rob Paulsen), and even a tablet game (that one’s not so good).  And now you can buy a hardcover book with the first 100 or so strips from the Bravoman web comic!  Click here to take a closer look!

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Cary’s Best Video Games of 2014 SO FAR Awards Show!

KIRBYAWARDCan you believe this year is already half over?  What I like to do this time of year is write about the best games of the year 2014 so far.  Most of the really good titles come out during the Christmas season at the tail end of the year, and the games that come out earlier tend to be forgotten.  So this is where those games get their due.

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Cary’s Favorite E3 2014 Games (And a Rant)

E3LOGOAnother E3 has come and gone, so I thought I’d write a blog about my favorite games and news stories from the show.  But before we get to that, I have to rant a little bit.  I do apologize in advance, but for the second year in a row I was denied a press pass to E3.  So I have to gripe about that a second.

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