2016 Game of the Year Voting

Make Your Picks For The 2016 GOTY Awards

We made it! Another year is coming to a close, and for us that means it’s time to pick the winners (and losers) for the 1st official Fathers of the Grind GOTY Awards. Fathers of the Grind co-hosts Derek Tigue and Tim Nester will pick their personal GOTY winners on the podcast, but the OFFICIAL awards will be decided by you – the community.


There are 2 short ballots to complete (linked below), and all the info you need should be there. [The only required vote is for at least one “Overall Game of the Year” and the rest of the categories are optional]

By submitting BOTH surveys (even if you leave some categories blank, that’s fine), you will be automatically entered to win a gift card to for PSN, Xbox Live, eShop. We will draw for the winner(s) during our GOTY episodes this month, so be sure to listen to see if you are the winner!

Deadline to submit your ballots: Friday, December 9th

Be sure to comment here or email us (fathersofthegrind@gmail.com) with any questions you have about the voting process. Thanks!!

Special thanks to Allen Heinen for his artwork for these awards! You can check out more of his work here


3 Reasons You Should Still Love Your 3DS

The 3DS Isn’t Finished Yet

It remains to be seen what the Nintendo NX will mean for the 3DS system. Rumors continue to swirl about the new hardware, but until the official New Nintendo 3DS XLdetails are revealed, we are left to speculate. One thing that doesn’t require speculation, however, is that the 3DS is alive and better than ever.

I’m going to share 3 reasons that you should still be excited about your handy dandy portable platform.


1. The 3DS 2016 Games Line Up Is Stellar

The games that have already released this year have been superb. Highlighting this fact is the recent release of Fire Emblem Fates – one of the highest-rated and best-selling games the system has had to offer. On a personal note, I’ve been putting several hours into this game, and I can confirm: it has met and exceeded my expectations! (We talk about this in Episode 8 of our podcast, so go check it out!)

fire emblem fates

I’ve also had the chance to play Final Fantasy Explorers, and it is a great mash-up of Final Fantasy and Monster Hunter. It’s a much more accessible game than most MH entries, with a friendlier learning-curve and simpler systems. On the other hand, Continue reading “3 Reasons You Should Still Love Your 3DS”


Saying Goodbye To Old Game Consoles

All good things must come to an end.

My Xbox 360 is still sitting in its usual spot in my entertainment unit, and it’s getting awkward. I have SO many games downloaded on that system, but I have no idea if I’ll go back to them. It’s like the old veteran on the team who doesn’t get much playing time anymore, but nobody wants to tell him he should retire. “I’m still important! I’m the soul of this team! Right, guys? …Guys?”

I'm kind of a big deal

So as I begin to contemplate “life after the 360,” it reminded me of the times I’ve said goodbye to old consoles over the years. You see, I’ve never seen myself as a collector, and while there are certainly some consoles & games I wish I would have held on to, there is something to be said about letting go of old stuff that holds no sentimental (or actual) value. Here are the consoles I’ve said “Game Over” in my lifetime.

Atari 2600 – Probably in a landfill

Christmas of 1987, my older brother got an Atari 2600 with a box full of game cartridges. While most kids had already moved on to the NES, we rocked that Atari until we got our SNES in 1993. I really wish I still had that console, but alas, the Atari was sold for a few measly bucks at a yard sale.

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Family Gaming Update: What We Are Playing

A family that games together…

1912136_989415088484_5293135678435326793_oIt goes without saying that I am an avid gamer. I like to play video games. Then I talk about them. Then I write about them. Then I start the cycle over again. IT’S SO FUN! (Yes, I’m a child.)

Fortunately for me, I’m not the only gamer in my household! Here is an update on what the rest of my family is playing:

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TV Review: House of Cards – Season 3

*Note: This is a gaming & music blog. Occasionally I’ll wander into other avenues of entertainment if I really need to get something off my chest. This is one of those moments.

It all started so wonderfully…

I loved the first season of House of Cards. It was a dark tale of greed and power that centered on the political career of a ruthless senator. Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) is more than a politician – he’s an actor. And his stage is Washington D.C.

Season 1 had a charming hook. Every once in a while, Underwood would look straight at the camera and provide commentary for what was happening in the scene. He would either break down the intentions of another character, or slyly reveal how effortlessly he can deceive. There were times that I completely believed his sincerity, only to see him stare coldly into the camera moments later, growling his true thoughts. It was a jarring, but refreshing, way to give us insights into his character.

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His first time talking directly to us. I’m in.

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My PS4 Is Stealing My Sleep

My battle against sleep

That is a tad misleading: I don’t actually battle sleep. I simply avoid it in the name of entertainment. Therein lies the issue: I become a lesser version of myself when I am tired.

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Jerry Seinfeld knows what I’m talking about.

I’m cranky when I’m tired. For example, my 4-yr-old son was singing the first line of The Itsy-Bitsy Spider over and over and over and over… at the top of his lungs.

Cheerful, well-rested Tim’s response: laugh heartily and capture it on video to share with the world.

Cranky, tired Tim’s response: Demand silence and crush his joyful spirit. (Okay, I’m not THAT cruel, but you get the point)

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10 Nintendo Games That Should Go Mobile

Nintendo Spreads the Love

After news broke this week that Nintendo is partnering with DeNa to develop mobile games, I immediately said: “NO. I don’t want a crappy Mario port on my phone!!!” (Then the other people in the board meeting were like “…What?”)

It wasn’t until later that day that it dawned on me: This could take Nintendo games to a new level of awesome. I realize this sounds a tad schizophrenic to change lanes so quickly, but hear me out…

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Why I Bought A Playstation 4

It’s time for a new gaming console

For a family as big as ours, tax season means a return is coming our way.

And for a gamer like me: that means it’s time to pull the trigger on a new gaming console. Here were the options before me:

Nintendo Wii U. Xbox One. Playstation 4. Gaming PC. Playstation Vita.

Before looking to the future, I had to evaluate my current console collection. Let’s set the stage with the systems I currently own:

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The Journey of This Gamer Dad

It began with a little triangle shooting dots at flying circles.

It was 1987, I was bouncing off the walls with excitement. It was Christmas morning, and I FINALLY had my 5-yr-old hands on a piece of tech that I was sure would change my life forever…
The Etch-a-Sketch Animator.

Etch-a-Sketch Animator

This little beauty took all the knob turning goodness of the original and – you guessed it – animated it.

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