Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Gaming: Video Game Releases in May 2019

***WARNING:  Some of the videogames I feature are rated T (teen) and M (mature).  I celebrate the technology and the skillset -- seriously -- of these games.   I respect that every family makes their own decisions for what games are played in their house.***

Yep, it's May already which means we have a whole new batch of of game releases to get excited over.  Let's talk about worlds, features and what to expect.







Rage 2 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - May 14

“Rage 2” will revisit the story told in “Rage 1” and confirm what happened after the original game's divisive ending. ... “Rage 2” takes place 30 years after the events of the original game, and the world – complete with vegetation, swamps, and biomes – is no longer a wasteland.


    Team Sonic Racing (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) - May 21
    Team Sonic Racing is a racing game in which players race against each other in multiplayer racing using fifteen characters from across the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. ... In the latter case, it allows players to work together as a team to win races by sharing power-ups and speed boosts


    Little Friends: Dogs & Ca
    It's time to meet your new Little Friends! These adorable puppies and kittens can't wait to meet you in the first pet training game for Nintendo Switch.  Play with up to 3 pets at once and own up to 12. Get to know their personalities and feed them their favorite food. Play with your pet using their favorite new toy or take them out for walks and compete in the flying disc tournament, using the Joy-Con™ motion controls or Nintendo Switch touch screen. Each pet has its own personality, behavior and looks. Look after your pet to develop a bond and grow your friendship. Dress them up in more than 600 stylish accessories to make them look their best. Care for your new furry friend to develop a long-lasting friendship.

    Tuesday, April 30, 2019

    Gaming: Team Sonic Racing – 5 Awesome Features You Need To Know About

    ***WARNING:  Some of the videogames I feature are rated T (teen) and M (mature).  I celebrate the technology and the skillset -- seriously -- of these games.   I respect that every family makes their own decisions for what games are played in their house.***

    Sumo Digital are returning with their third Sonic kart racing title, but with Team Sonic Racing, they’re mixing things up quite a bit. New elements are being introduced, new mechanics are going to be in play, while several ones from the older games are being dropped, as Team Sonic Racing looks to craft a new style of kart racing experience. As we look ahead to its launch on May 21st, in this feature, we’ll be taking a look at fifteen things you need to know about the game.







    Characters in Team Sonic Racing will fall into one of thee categories: speed, power, or technique, with each of these three having their own characteristics and attributes. Speed class characters will, as their name suggests, be speedier, while power class characters will be able to smash and drive through obstacles on tracks. Meanwhile, technique class characters will be able to drive over rough terrain without slowing down.

    CO-OP FOCUS

    Why this focus on classes, though? Well, in a big shake-up to the formula, Team Sonic Racing is putting great emphasis on co-op play. Players will be part of a team of racers, who must work together to perform better. Paying attention to the performance and actions of your teammates will be key, while mechanics such as sharing power ups with team members will also come into play.



    RACE COMPOSITION

    So what’s the composition of the races in light of this focus on co-op? Each race will see twelve competitors in total, who’ll be divided into four teams of three. Any character can be in any team, while players can also choose to have three of a single character being in a single team as well- though of course, given the focus on classes and co-op play, that might not be ideal in most situations.

    POINTS-FOCUSED

    Here’s another way Team Sonic Racing is setting itself apart from other kart racers, which also ties in with its focus on co-op racing. Races in Team Sonic Racing won’t be won on the basis of your positioning, but rather your team’s total points. As such, working together and performing well as a team will be key to victory.


    INSPIRATIONS

    Sega and Sumo Digital have looked at quite a few games to serve as inspirations for the co-op-based gameplay of Team Sonic Racing. For starters, the idea came to them from Sonic Heroes, whose team-centric gameplay was used as a point of reference. Meanwhile, the developers have also cited the likes of Splatoon and Overwatch as inspirations.

    CARS ONLY

    Unlike Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, which also allowed players to take control of boats and planes, Sonic Team Racing will focus on cars, and cars only. The developers say they have done so because they felt having vehicles other than cars didn’t fit with the game’s team-based gameplay, which is something that they wanted to emphasize a lot.


    BONUS: ONLY SONIC CHARACTERS

    But other vehicle types aren’t the only thing Team Sonic Racing is dropping. No, unlike its predecessors, Team Sonic Racing will only feature characters from Sonic, and not from other Sega franchises. So while previous Sonic kart racers have featured characters from the likes of Crazy Taxi and Jet Set Radio, here, it’s all about Sonic and his friends (or enemies).


    SOURCE: https://gamingbolt.com/team-sonic-racing-15-things-you-need-to-know-before-you-buy

    Tuesday, April 23, 2019

    Gaming: Rage 2’s latest trailer shows "insanely wild open" World!

    ***WARNING:  Some of the videogames I feature are rated T (teen) and M (mature).  I celebrate the technology and the skillset -- seriously -- of these games.   I respect that every family makes their own decisions for what games are played in their house.***

    The newest trailer outlines what an “insanely wild open world shooter” it is  Bethesda has released a new trailer for Rage 2 showing off all of the wild and wonderful possibilities at your fingertips in the game.
    “You know how most games have either guns OR cars OR open worlds OR superpowers? RAGE 2 says ‘nah’ to OR and ‘hell yeah’ to AND AND AND AND AND,” says the video description.
    The game is bursting with features to make players feel like a superhero.

    Check out this trailer!




    Rage 2 is going to be as nuts!
    Rage 2 is out May 14 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

    Tuesday, April 9, 2019

    5 Easy Family-Friendly Game Night Ideas

    We love hosting a good old-fashioned game night. It’s so much fun to get together with family or friends and laugh the night away – without spending a dime. Sure there are board games that cost $30 or more, but you don’t have to buy a new game every time you have people over. There are plenty of ways to keep the cost of game night low while keeping the laughs abundant.





    Here are 5 free or cheap ideas for your next game night.

    Card Games

    1. Egyptian War
    This is probably my all-time favorite card game, and I don’t think that I have ever won even once. It is similar to regular war in that the object of the game is to take possession of all the cards in the deck. This game could last 5 minutes or 5 hours depending on the course of the game and the aggressiveness of the players. Read the rules for the game, also known as Egyptian Ratscrew.



    2. Spades
    If you want to play a card game and you have exactly four players, I highly recommend the game of Spades. I like this game because you can play with a partner which often adds even more excitement to game night. Check out the Spades rules to learn how to play.

    3. Spoons
    This game is played by sitting in a circle with one less spoon in the middle than there are participants (kind of like musical chairs). Each player starts with 4 cards in their hands. The goal is to get 4 of the same rank. As a deck of cards is passed around the circle one card at a time, your goal is to find a desired card and then discreetly exchange it for one you want to discard from your hand. Once you get 4 cards of the same rank, discreetly get a spoon from the middle. When other players notice that a spoon is missing from the the middle, they all must attempt to grab a spoon as quickly as possible in order to not be the only one left without one.

    Classic Games

    4. Pictionary
    Not an artist? No worries. This game is actually more fun if you can’t draw. Get ready for loads of laughter when your team can’t decipher if what you’re drawing is a banana or an airplane! You can create your own game set with a white board and some fun words to draw written on small pieces of paper, or you can buy the actual Pictionary game (made by Hasbro) for around $30.



    5. Charades
    You can never go wrong with a classic game like charades. Simply split into teams and then have one person from each team act out a movie, book, or TV show to see who can guess the answer. This is a great game for introverts who want to be less shy.

    6. Telephone
    One person starts the game by whispering a sentence into the ear of the person sitting next to them. They whisper what they think they heard to the person on the other side of them. This continues until the sentence gets to the last person. At that time, the person says out loud what they think they heard. This is a great game for kids, particularly for kid’s birthday parties, but adults can have fun with it too!

    Tuesday, April 2, 2019

    Gaming: Video Game releases in April 2019

    After the bumper year that was 2018, it might seem unlikely that 2019 can top it. There are some fantastic releases lined up though, from Bioware’s action MMO Anthem, to a new Pokemon game from Nintendo. 







    For April we have a few major games to look forward to. We’ll be updating when we get more though.

    • Shovel Knight: Showdown (PC, Mac, Lin, PS4, Wii U, Switch, Xbox One) - April 9
    • Mortal Kombat 11 (Switch, Xbox One, PS4, PC) - April 23
    • Days Gone (PS4) - April 26
    • Super Meat Boy Forever (PC, PS4, Xbox One, iOS, Android, Switch) - April TBC

    • Dauntless (PC, Switch, PS4, Xbox One) - April TBC
    • Super Crate Box - April TBC
    • Katana Zero - April 18

    Tuesday, March 26, 2019

    Get Ready! Here are the Best Family Movies on Netflix in April

    This April, as you scroll through Netflix's Children and Family section, and become suspicious of the sea of bright colors and flashing lights, you're probably starting to wonder how many of these flicks are actually good. If already know the difference between a film that will (hopefully) inspire their young mind and one that simply numbs it, you've come to the right place. We've found the films meant for some quality TV time with your relatives, with many of them good enough for both of you to find something to enjoy.






    The Incredibles 2

    The Incredibles was such an instant classic that many were worried that even an OK sequel would tarnish its legacy. Fortunately, this sequel packs enough pizzazz and heart to sit side-by-side with its predecessor. Vibrating with a wonderful jazzy soundtrack and inventive visuals, The Incredibles 2 is a joy to watch. Story-wise, everybody's favorite super-powered family is back, and dealing with the immediate aftermath of the original film: a society that wants to ban their abilities. Scenes featuring Bob (voiced by Craig T. Nelson) dealing with the uber-powered Jack Jack steal the show, and function as fantastic centerpieces.




    Peter Rabbit

    This refreshing adaptation of Beatrix Potter's novels revive Peter Rabbit for the younger set, by injecting the character with a bit of mischief. Yes, while that decision upset those tied to Potter's original work, the film doesn't come across as mean or insincere.  A couple of warnings, though: a human character dies relatively early, so this might not be a perfect movie for the super-young set. Also a minor ruckus was raised over a scene where a child allergic to blueberries was pelted by blueberries, which forced him to use his Epipen.





    Mary and the Witch's Flower

    If you're looking for a new twist on solid tropes, check out this film from Academy Award nominee Hiromasa Yonebayashi, whose credits include Studio Ghibli masterpieces Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, and Ponyo. This animated film centers around a young girl named Mary who finds herself surrounded by the utterly fantastic: a magic flower that grants magical powers, a broomstick that she flies above the clouds, and the magic university of Endor College (no, there aren't any Ewoks). Features voice acting by Kate Winslet and Jim Broadbent. 




    A Wrinkle in Time

    Ava Duvernay's adaptation of the Madeleine L'Engle classic may have rubbed some critics the wrong way, but most agree that this is a great flick for kids. As long as you watch the film with a child-like sense of awe and wonder, so you can enjoy the movie's gorgeous special effects and not blanche at its wholesome demeanor. Its focus, a depressed 13-year-old named Meg — whose misery is linked to her dad's mysterious disappearance — who goes on a mystical journal that will answer her biggest questions.

    Tuesday, March 19, 2019

    Gaming: Video Game Releases in March 2019

    After the bumper year that was 2018, it might seem unlikely that 2019 can top it. There are some fantastic releases lined up though, from Bioware’s action MMO Anthem, to a new Pokemon game from Nintendo. 







    March 2019 is a little bit quieter for game releases, but there are some great games coming out. Here are the game releases for March 2019.
    • Dead or Alive 6 (PC, PS4, Xbox One) - March 1
    • ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove (PC, Mac, Lin, Switch, Ps4, Xbox One) - March 1
    • Left Alive (PS4, PC) – March 5
    • Total War: Three Kingdoms (PC) – March 7
    • Devil May Cry 5 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – March 8
    • Kirby's Epic Yarn (3DS) - March 8


    • The Division 2 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – March 15
    • Super Robot Wars T (Switch, PS4) - March 20
    • The Sinking City (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – March 21 


    • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – March 22
    • Tropico 6 (PC, PS4, Xbox One) - March 29
    • Yoshi's Crafted World (Nintendo Switch) - March 29