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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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 -...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Game Recommendation : LEGO Battles for Nintendo DS

    As promised, I did receive LEGO Battles for Fathers Day – so I wanted to share my enthusiasm for this game.  My sons have both been into LEGO for a few years – and of course, I played with them when I was a kid. We have collectively played through all 3 video game series (as well as a few older...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Family Game Recommendation -- Cooking Mama

      For those of you who follow my gaming recommendations, you've heard lots about my two sons, ages 7 and 9 -- and the games that we play together.  But there are two other gamers in my family, whose ages are 3 and 29-and-holding -- and their favorite pastime right now is Cooking Mama -- for...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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. ...
  • Blog Post: Yes, there is a Video Game belt-loop for Cub Scouts

    If you have read my blog, then you may know that I am a Gamer and a Dad (hence my other blog -- XboxDad.com ).  What you may not know is that I am also a Cubmaster for one of my son’s Cub Scout Pack and an Assistant Scoutmaster for my other son’s Boy Scout Troop, and I was a scout growing up in...
  • Blog Post: 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. . ...