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Two new ways to follow Jason on DPM and Gaming
Hello friends, First and foremost, thank you to all of those that read this blog. It’s been an enjoyable way for me to share information (and my opinions) and I hope you’ve enjoyed them as well. Easily one of the most cool things that happens to me when meeting customers and partners is to have...
28 Apr 2009
My son has a higher gamer score than yours!
OK, serious gamers ... he hasn't beaten yours. But he does have a 1440 ... and he's six . It is amazing to me how Achievement Points have affected gaming in my family. Here are a couple of examples: We already owned Star Wars LEGO II for Xbox ... having played the first one all of the way through...
17 Aug 2007
Family Game Recommendation -- LEGO : Rock Band
A big hat’s off and ‘thank you’ to the folks at LEGO and Harmony for a great game in LEGO: Rock Band For those that have read my blog before, you know that I am a big fan of all of the Lego titles, including Batman, Star Wars , Indiana Jones, and Battles . And I have been waiting for this game...
5 Jan 2010
Game Recommendation - Scene It? Lights, Camera, Action
My wife and I recently unwrapped one of my Christmas presents to ourselves - the Scene It? Lights, Camera, Action game for Xbox 360. And the only complaint we had was that we wished we had opened it sooner. The kit comes with four controllers, each featuring a big button for fast "buzz-in", as well...
1 Mar 2008
I am an Xbox Dad !
If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know that the only thing I enjoy more than Data Protection and storage technologies is gaming -- and specifically family gaming is an area that I think is less covered than it should be. Well, the kind folks over at XBOX.com, specifically Trixie and...
1 May 2008
I am going to miss HD DVD
Farewell friend -- we hardly knew ye . Yes, with the news that Toshiba is pulling out and Microsoft has announced that it will discontinue the HD-DVD player add-on for Xbox360 , the format war is over. And that is a good thing. While we early adopters may have had to bet on two horses, mainstream consumers...
25 Feb 2008
Fun and Free Xbox Arcade game -- Dash of Destruction
Add a Dash of Giggles Another Dash of Loud Laughter Plus a Dash of " No, don't eat my truck with your dinosaur " That's how you get a " Dash of Destruction " -- and now you know what my house has sounded like since my sons and I downloaded this free Xbox Arcade title from the Xbox...
31 Dec 2008
LEGO Rock Band Announced
Earlier today, it was announced that: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games have joined forces with the LEGO Group, Harmonix and MTV Games to merge two of the most popular videogame franchises with the creation of LEGO® Rock Band® . The unique family-friendly music experience is currently...
22 Apr 2009
It's time for some fun - in High Definition
Okay, with DPM's launch now complete, I am committed to getting some geek-fun back into my world. And it started with the epiphany that the video projector that I use for my gaming supports 1080 and I wasn't using it to its fullest capability. FYI - if you haven't read a clear and complete explanation...
30 Nov 2007
The best kids' game that I know of -- LEGO Star Wars
These have been out for a while, so this recommendation is a little late -- but as I have been telling folks about it for a while, I wanted to get this in print. The first release, LEGO Star Wars , was actually for the last generation of gaming consoles -- and covered the first three movies -...
24 Mar 2008
Co-creator of Dungeons and Dragons has died -- Gary Gygax 1938-2008
source : http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9885383-7.html?tag=nefd.only Gary Gygax, co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons, died on Tuesday at the age of 69, due to heart problems. I never met Gary nor have I been to a D&D convention - and I think the last time that I rolled a 20-sided dice was...
5 Mar 2008
A Kingdom for Keflings on Xbox Live Arcade (and on-sale thru Jan.10)
This is a really clever game that has captured my family’s heart. In fact, I think that it is the only game that I have ever purchased twice. We have two Xbox 360’s and it allows my kids and I to collaborate across systems. Kingdom for Keflings is one of the first Xbox Live games to...
5 Jan 2010
Viva Piñata : Party Animals ... recommendation from a gaming dad
As most of you know, when I am not obsessing over Data Protection or Windows Storage concepts, I can often be found playing Xbox360 with my family. So, outside of my weekly backup/storage posts, I am intending to routinely offer my "reviews" (opinions) of games that I play. Hey, maybe if Xbox Dad...
9 Jan 2008
Full House Poker – for Xbox 360 and Windows Phone
This is a great example why it is cool to have a phone that is integrated with Xbox Live – you can have a continuous gaming experience across devices! Last night, the Marketplace released two games: Full House Poker for Xbox 360 (Live Arcade) Full House Poker for Windows Phone Okay, I might be a little...
16 Mar 2011
What do the Fantastic Four, Harry Potter and DPM 2007 have in common ?
Answer - I wrote about all of them today. But since I am publishing in different places, I am posting a set of links for those that are interested. The topics are varied, so please read or ignore as you see fit. :-) XBOX DAD Recommendation for the Fantastic Four : Rise of the...
14 May 2008
Xbox Family Game Recommendation – Family Game Night by Hasbro
FINALLY !! Old fashioned family games -- on Xbox!! The classics -- Yahtzee, Scrabble, Connect Four, Sorry, Battleship, and others... This month, on Xbox Live Marketplace Arcade, Hasbro released a really cool shell, where you will find yourself in a game room. On the game wall, you'll find these...
3 Apr 2009
Family Game Recommendation -- Fantastic Four : Rise of the Silver Surfer
My sons are 7 and 9 -- and we are routinely looking for 3-player games. We've done party games like Viva Pinata : Party Animals , as well as Fuzion Frenzy2. We have games on our Nintendo GameCube and Wii. And we currently do a lot of tag-teaming on 2-player games, where I play with one boy...
4 Mar 2008
Another Viva Pinata is coming !!!
No, not a sequel to the first Xbox 360 game - which is too bad, because that really is a good game. The current VP game is great for kids and one of the best reasons I had for putting a second Xbox360 in my house. The first one is all mine, but my wife and kids (and I) love that game. For the kids, its...
14 Jul 2007
Xbox Family Game Recommendation – Crash of the Titans
In my opinion, Crash is one of the less appreciated kid-gaming characters out there. Sure, we've all heard of Sonic and Mario, but Crash the Bandicoot? Why not ?! Crash of the Titans is the first Crash title that I've played (though my boys have played others) and I think I look forward to this one...
16 Mar 2009
Xbox Live – Family Game Night - TONIGHT
Have you ever played Scrabble or Battleship with someone 1000 miles away? Me neither – let’s try it !! A few weeks ago, the fun folks at Electronic Arts teamed with Hasbro to release several classic board games for the Xbox 360. They are available via the Game Marketplace as...
14 Apr 2009
Xbox Game -- Rise of the Argonauts
I must admit that I have been looking forward to this game for a while. Of course, I am big fan of RPG style games, but a few things made this one special from the beginning: Instead of the generic middle-earth or Dungeons&Dragons type world, this one is set in the rich tapestry of Greek Mythology...
10 Mar 2009
XBOX DAD post -- the power of Windows Home Server with an Xbox 360
As you may have seen in some of my other gaming posts, I love it when my favorite things overlap - e.g. Star Wars and Video Games. In this month's Xbox Dad article , my Windows Home Server hooked up with my Xbox360 and effect was beautiful (literally), as my family photos and video, along with my...
5 Jun 2008
Xbox Dad -- where did you go?
It's actually a rhetorical question -- effective December 1st, Xbox.com has retired the 'Xbox Dad' persona/column on family gaming. My sincerest thanks to the original Xbox Dad (Duncan) for sharing his column with me this year -- and to the folks at Xbox.com for the opportunity to contribute. ...
1 Dec 2008
NXE is here - and my kids are loving the Avatars
Most of you know that aside from my vocational passion around Data Protection and Storage Solutions for Windows servers ... my vice is video gaming, particularly with my family. And in that vein, the kind folks at xbox.com have been letting me co-write about family games as XBOX DAD. . ...
19 Nov 2008
Coolest Gamercard Yet
There are lots of third-party ways to display your gamertag and stats. But I think i found the coolest one over on Xbox Friends Watch and Adam Kinney’s site ( http://AdamKinney.com ). It’s cool because of the detail it shows – and it is the first that I am aware of that uses Silverlight.
7 Jul 2007
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