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Cary’s 2015 Super Bowl Commercial Round Up

SUPERBOWLIt’s kind of a tradition for me every year to write a blog roundup of my favorite Super Bowl commercials.  I think it’s interesting how us folks here in the US treat the Super Bowl like a national holiday or something.  Nothing wrong with that, I just think it’s interesting.  I have to say, though, that while most years the commercials are disappointing, this year they were especially disappointing.  A lot of the commercials were all serious and depressing.  Where’s the funny?  Normally as I watch the game, I take notes on the commercials that stood out to me.  This year I didn’t even fill up one page!  But I’m still going to write a blog about it anyway.

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Unpixelate (iPad)

PIXEL_BOXUnpixelate is a marble maze rolling game downloadable for the iPad and iPhone (reviewed on iPad here).  Use the touch screen to control your marble as you roll around obstacles like pits and breakable floors.  Try to collect all of the cubes in the level then head for the exit door.  Gather enough cubes to unlock new levels.  I guess the name comes from the fact that as you roll closer to objects, they become less pixelated and more clear and detailed.

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PAX South 2015: Part 2: Costumed Crazies & Eager Beavers

CLAPTRAPAt PAX as well as other gaming and cartoon conventions, many people like to dress as their favorite characters.  So for Part 2 of my PAX South article, we’ll take a look at my favorite costumes that I was able to take a picture of (and could recognize who they were).  And we’ll also look at some other things I did around San Antonio when I wasn’t at PAX.  There’s a lot of stuff to do there in the city, too!

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PAX South 2015: Part 1: Gaming in the Lone Star State

PAXSOUTHLOGOThe 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.  Over the past few years, that’s changed as there have been PAX conventions in Boston and even Australia!  And now, for the first time ever, they had a PAX South convention located in San Antonio, TX last weekend!  I live near Dallas, TX, so I thought that was cool that they had one so close to where I am!  Usually when I go to PAX in Seattle, I only bring one or two people with me.  But for PAX South, I had a whole crowd including both my parents, almost all of my little brothers, and a few of my good friends, too!  Keep reading to find out everything I did at the show last weekend!

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Reader Review: Super Comboman (PC)

COMBOMAN_BOXSuper Comboman is a 2D brawler platformer, downloadable for PC from Adult Swim Games.  And since my friend Leroy and PC games are a great combo themselves, he gets to write this review!  Check it out!

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Satellina (iPad)

SATELLINA_BOXSatellina is a touch screen game of skill available for download on iOS and Android devices (reviewed on iPad here).  In the game, you use your finger to run over green dots, but try to avoid yellow and red dots.  Once you’ve cleared all the green dots, the yellow dots turn green and the red dots turn yellow.  In this fashion, you must clear the whole screen of dots. It’s that simple!  If you touch a yellow or red dot, you’ll have to start the stage over again, so be careful!

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The Princess Bride: The Official Game (iPad)

PRINCESS_BOXWow, it’s been a LONG time since I’ve seen The Princess Bride movie.  I don’t remember too much about it.  I know there were some funny lines and Andre the Giant was in it, but that’s about it.  I do know it’s since become a cult hit among fans, and I guess that’s why someone just now decided to make a game out of it.  The Princess Bride: The Official Game is a downloadable title for iOS devices, but reviewed on iPad here.

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Area 777 (iPad)

AREA777_BOXAliens have invaded Las Vegas!  Actually I went to Vegas for real a few years ago and I’m pretty sure aliens have been there for a while!  Ha ha!  Anyway, in this free-to-play iOS game (reviewed on iPad here), play as Chazz Fabulous, a clueless, idiotic Vegas stage magician who receives sarcastic tips from his hapless assistant.  The only way to defeat these aliens is by…playing slots?!?  Yup, but while this is your typical slot machine game, it certainly held my interest a bit more than most, so let’s see why.

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G.P. the GamerPuppet Unboxes the Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix Collector’s Edition!

KH_BOXHey folks!  G.P. the GamerPuppet here!  For Christmas, Cary got the Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix Collector’s Edition, and he let me unbox it for you!  This game has an HD version of Kingdom Hearts 2 for play on PS3, as well as a PS3 version of Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep, which was previously only playable on PSP. So let’s take a look at all the neat goodies you get inside!

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Hola! Amiibos! (Wave Two)

AMIIBO_LOGOThe first time I talked about Amiibos here, I went over the Wave One figures and what they did, so if you missed that, please click here.  This time, we’ll take a look at the six figures featured in Wave 2.

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