All posts tagged 'Misc'

New Smash amiibo

A new Super Smash Bros. game recently came out on Switch, with lots of new characters and all returning ones.  So naturally they’re going to have new amiibo figures, too!  I got the first three: Star Wolf, Inkling Girl, and Ridley, so let’s take a look at them!

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GamerDad Unplugged: 2018 Holiday RPG Guide

Role Playing Games have surged in popularity in the past couple of years. If someone in your life shows a leaning towards imagination, creativity, or storytelling, an introduction to the world of role-playing games might be in order. In the past few years I’ve mentioned a few in the annual Unplugged guide, but the resurgence of the hobby deserves its own list this year. If you’re thinking about adding a role-playing game to your holiday gifts or activities, here are a few examples and ideas spanning a wide variety of types and recommended ages.

 

 

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15th Annual GamerDad Unplugged Gift Guide – 2018 Edition

Happy Holidays! Boardgaming has had a serious upsurge in the past few years, and there’s no better time to get into the hobby than an extended holiday break. As we at GamerDad have done for the past 15+ years, it’s time for an annual rundown of recent boardgames well worth your time. Nothing beats the social aspect of in-person gaming with friends. Last year’s run-down is a great list of recommended games. Here again are some great examples of boardgames to get you and your family gaming. You might not find all these titles at your local mega-mart but many can be found online or in a friendly local game store. Some may argue $50+ boardgames are expensive, but compare that to videogaming (and where multiple copies are required for multiplayer play) or heading out to the movies ($30+ for four people) and the economics of boardgaming shows their true value. Good boardgames are timeless, just as good today as they will be years in the future. They will provide many more hours of entertainment than most video games. In that vein, feel free to delve into some past year’s guides for 2016 , 2015 , 2014 , 2013 , or 2012 . For each game I’ve provided the number of players, an approximate MSRP (you might find it lower), and expected time for one game.

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Pac-Man Red Bull

I don’t really like canned energy drinks, so I don’t even look at them when I’m at the grocery store.  Luckily a relative saw these (good eye, Mom), and got me a couple of these cans of Red Bull with Pac-Man on them, so I’m going to show them to you all here and explain why they have Pac-Man on them in the first place!

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Nintendo Hallmark Christmas Ornaments

Christmas is almost here, and what better way to celebrate than with some Nintendo themed Christmas ornaments you can get at Hallmark!  I managed to get them all, and there’s a nice variety of them, so let’s check them out!

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The Legend of Zelda Astro Gaming Headset

Astro Gaming is one of the leading makers of gaming headphones, and now they’ve made one featuring The Legend of Zelda.  Let’s take a look at it, as well as another headset celebrating the 10th anniversary of Astro Gaming’s A40 model, too!

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Catacombs (3rd Edition) (Boardgame)

Catacombs takes the basic idea of flicking wooden discs around a game board and transforms it into a competitive role playing game of players vs a game master. Played over a series of boards, players journey into a dungeon in hopes of becoming powerful enough to beat the final boss in the game. A fun mix of disc-flicking, tactics, and a fantasy theme create a very unique, and enjoyable, boardgame. The newest edition (with fancy new rubber playmats rather than cardboard) is currently finishing up a Kickstarter campaign.

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4 Dudes on a Couch: Switch Co-Op Games

Videogaming with your friends in the living room has never been so good. When the Nintendo Switch was released, the detachable controllers meant that two player multiplayer gaming was ready out of the box. Buy a second set and now you have controllers for four. True multiplayer games were slow to start, but soon after Mario Kart was released a flood of indie titles were ported over or released onto the console. While cramming four people around a single Switch display may be asking too much, but the system is portable enough to carry over to a friend’s house for some fine multiplayer gaming. As a fan of 4PLG (four player local gaming) on a single system, I’ve kept my eye open for good quality multiplayer titles and I thought I’d share them here with you. Some are big-name indie titles ported over to the Switch while others are far less famous. There are many quality options out there, so consider this the beginning of what may be an ongoing series. Each of the following games allow four player local play on the same screen and (unless noted) can be played with just four JoyCons.

 

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G.P. the GamerPuppet Unboxes the Soul Calibur VI Collector’s Edition

Hey there!  G.P. the GamerPuppet here.  You know Cary, right?  He reviews a lot of stuff here.  Mostly, he prefers playing family friendly, silly colorful titles like Kirby, Mega Man, or Mario.  That’s why he’s a great fit for reviewing games on this site!  But sometimes he likes to play games that are a little more grown up, like Phoenix Wright or Metroid.  Another more ‘adult’ series that Cary likes is Soul Calibur from Namco.  It’s a 3-D fighter that looks great and is very accessible to newbies and pros.  Recently Soul Calibur VI came out and Cary got the Collector’s Edition, so here’s pictures of me unboxing it!

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Dark Souls amiibo

I got a new amiibo figure that I thought I’d share with you all.  It’s the Dark Souls amiibo!  This one proved to be one of the hardest for me to get, as it was a GameStop exclusive.  I hate it when they do that!  Also, I’ve never played a Dark Souls game, nor do I plan to, so I got this amiibo simply for collection purposes.  So I don’t have much to say about it either.

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