All posts tagged 'Misc'

Super Mario Loot Box

Next up on Loot Box Week is a Super Mario Loot Box.  I got it on sale at Wal-Mart after Christmas last year for five bucks!  It was on clearance so I doubt you can find it now.  It was such a good deal that I bought the other same one they had and gave it to one of my brothers for his birthday.  Anyway, let’s take a look inside!

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Midway Classic Arcade Loot Box

While not quite as popular as they used to be, Loot Boxes are a recent craze as of late.  They’re boxes full of themed items that you either order through the mail, or get in a store.  Most of the time you don’t know what you’re getting, but sometimes you do.  The themes in these boxes range anywhere from video games, movies, or just dog toys and treats.  I’ve been tempted to get loot boxes from time to time, but I usually don’t because I like to know what I’m paying for, and many are just too expensive.  That loot box at PAX South that had Mega Man on the sides was mighty tempting, but not at 50 bucks!  However, there have been a few times in the past year or so where I bought a loot box sold in the games section at Wal-Mart or Target when they were on sale.  Why did it take me so long to write about them?  Well I thought I’d save them for a rainy day, and now seems about as rainy as ever.  So it’s Loot Box Week here at GamerDad, and the first one we’re going to look at is a Midway Classic Arcade Loot Box!

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I Need an Island Vacation!

I think we can all agree that 2020 is one of the worst years in recent history.  It certain has been for me, and probably for most others, what with everything going on!  I feel like I need a vacation on a desert island.  And luckily, I kind of got that with Animal Crossing: New Horizons.  I am so thankful that it came out when it did.  It gave me a sense of normalcy and saneness during these times.  You see, the Animal Crossing game series is very special to me because it’s a game I’ve loved playing with my friends and family over the years.  And it’s not the first time an Animal Crossing game helped me cope with a rough patch in my life.  So in this blog, I thought I’d go over the other times an Animal Crossing game helped me get through tough times, and I’ll briefly talk about the other games in the series as well.

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AO Tennis 2 (Switch, PC, PS4, Xbox One)

Video games about sports come in two varieties, arcade titles focused on giving a fast-playing game giving just a taste of the sport, and simulations trying to preserve as much authenticity as possible. AO Tennis 2 is one of the latter. Focusing on the Australian Open (thus the AO in the name) rather than some of the It offers up everything one would expect of the genre, tutorials, plenty of character customizations, deep gameplay controls, multiplayer options, and a new career mode. As a simulation, AO Tennis 2 should appeal to those looking for more of a technical tennis simulation, but more casual players looking to smash a ball around with friends should look elsewhere.

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Unplugged: Shovel Knight Exceed Card Game

Shovel Knight is one of the most beloved and prolific indie games in the past few years.  It’s gotten several spin-off games and cameo appearances, and now you can play a card game featuring the characters.  Exceed is an existing card game with fighting game mechanics.  In fact, they did a version of it with Street Fighter characters that I reviewed last year.  So how does it fare with Shovel Knight themes?  Read on and find out!

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Amiibo Duo Clad in Blue-o

Got a couple of new amiibo figures recently.  Both are from Smash Ultimate and are echo characters: Dark Samus from Metroid and Richter from Castlevania.  Let’s check them out.

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Sonic the Hedgehog Toys in Arby’s Kids’ Meals!

Just in time for the live action Sonic the Hedgehog movie, Arby’s has toys in their kids’ meals based on the popular game characters.  Heck, I didn’t even know Arby’s had kids’ meals!  Anyway, I managed to get one, so let’s take a look and see what they’re like!

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New Mario Valentines!

You know those cheap paper valentines with popular cartoon characters that you’d give out to your classmates on Valentine’s Day?  Or maybe your kids do that now?  Well they make Mario ones and I wrote about them last year.  They’re doing the same thing this year, but the valentines are a little different so I’m writing about them again!

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Cary’s Best Games of the Decade 2010 to 2019 Awards Show Special!

I wasn’t sure at first if I was going to do a ‘best games of the decade’ blog since I wasn’t clear if the decade ends at 2019 or 2020.  But then I looked at the last time I wrote a ‘best games of the decade’ blog and it was at the beginning of 2010, and it went from 2000 to 2009, so I figured I’d do one now after all.  I provided a link to my last ‘best games of the decade’ blog because I thought it was interesting to read something I wrote ten years ago.  So we’re doing it again, although it’s pretty much the games that won my “Game of the Year” award for the past ten years.

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PAX South 2020

The Penny Arcade Expo, or PAX for short, is one of the largest video game conventions open to the public in the US.  It started out in Seattle, then expanded to another show out East in Boston, and for the past few years, they’ve also had a show in San Antonio with PAX South.  Since that’s only a few hours’ drive from where I live, I decided to go again this year along with my dad.  Let’s check out what I saw.

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