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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What I’m Playing – Knack

Knack is underrated.

Knack is NOT an amazing game. Some of the criticism it has received about its simplistic and repetitive combat is warranted (if not over-emphasized). Despite its flaws, Knack holds up as a solid action-adventure title.

Knack - PS4
“Say something about my simple combat again. To my face.”

 Visuals

From the opening scene, it’s evident that this game couldn’t run on a last-gen system. It looks like a Pixar or Dreamworks movie brought to life, and it maintains a steady frame rate throughout. On more than one occasion I found myself pausing to enjoy the use of vibrant colors and creative character design.

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We Still Use Our Wii

Wii will never die

I came home from work to a surprisingly quiet house. I usually open the door to a cacophony of noises. It’s a glorious combination of celebration and fights to the death. What was wrong today? Why were my children so quiet?

Super Mario Galaxy 2
Oh, Mario. You glorious bastard.

I look at the TV and see that my 8-yr-old (Cale) is playing Super Mario Galaxy 2. Oh, what a glorious game! The kids are enthralled. He is jumping and flying his way through level after level, and the magic of Mario proves to be just as strong as ever.

Right when I’m contemplating selling or donating the system, the feisty little Wii proves why it still deserves a spot in my entertainment unit. Continue reading “We Still Use Our Wii”

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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
Life-changing.

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

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