I Downloaded a Bunch of Games For My New iPad Mini

I just got a new iPad Mini and I decided to go on a game download spree. I didn’t want to just hit up the App Store and download the most popular games, because those games popularity is misleading since so many non-gamers download everything they can get their hands on. Instead I decided to take a look at what real gamers recommended so I thought, “what better place to start than the iOS Gaming Subreddit?”

I spent the last hour and a half looking at just the discussions on the front page and I found lots of great games to start with. I only downloaded the free games for now but I added any other paid apps that looked really good to my wish list. Here’s what I found.

Free: (some are free only for a limited time)

Below are the paid apps sitting in my wishlist. I also added these apps to my AppShopper.com account (which is free) because they’ll send me a notification when an app I want drops in price.

Do you have anything to add? I’m all ears for recommendations right now, free or paid.

Finally a Dragon Ball Z Game Worth Playing!

I’ve purchased two Dragon Ball Z games in the past and I’ve played a couple others, all of which pretty much sucked. It looks like the indie developer group, Team Z2, thought the same and decided to make their own version – Hyper Dragon Ball Z. The game is built on the Mugen freeware fighting game engine and was developed with the gameplay styles of Street Fighter and Darkstalkers in mind.


This looks like the Dragon Ball Z game that I’ve always wanted. Check out the demo trailer below. I couldn’t stop watching.

So awesome!

Check the description on the YouTube video page for more details on the project. If you want to keep up with the progress of the game, follow the Hyper Dragon Ball Z Facebook page or grab a pre-packed sample here: http://z2.smeenet.org/HyperDBZsample.rar

Why You Should Play Games With Your Kids Even If Society Thinks It’s a Waste of Time

Kid plays Donkey Kong

My wife is 22 weeks pregnant right now with our little baby girl. I mentioned to my wife when we first found out she was pregnant that I can’t wait for our daughter to get old enough for me to play video games with her. My wife said that she doesn’t want our kid to play video games because games are bad for kids and a waste of time.


Ok, now I get why people think this. I’ve heard this my whole life. But being an avid gamer since I was just a little kid, I know differently. I feel like games have benefited me greatly. I’ve always believed that my eye-hand coordination and reading skills have been enhanced by playing games. Games are also a great way for me to wind down, relax and recharge.

People can make all the assumptions they want, but recent studies are showing that games are great for both kids and adults in many ways.

In older adults, scientists at the University of California have found that playing video games can increase cognitive function and can treat neurological disorders. The researchers even believe that video games might be on par with prescription medications.

Just 15 minutes ago, my local news station aired a short story about Dr. George Sachs treating young kids with ADHD with video games. They used strategy-based games in the study and found that the volunteers showed better speed and accuracy on cognitive tests. That’s big news.

I don’t know how beneficial all games are for kids, but you’re probably safe giving your kids educational games or games that promote critical thinking. My favorite games as a kid were RPG’s which is what I think helped my reading skills develop so strongly. These are the kinds of games I plan to play with my daughter and I’m glad to know that gaming can be so beneficial in cognitive development.

I’m Sick This Weekend So I Guess I”ll Just Play Mega Man 9


I’ve been playing Fallout 3 for the last few months, with a short break in-between to play The Last of Us (AMAZING GAME!), but with all the recent news surrounding Keiji Inafune’s Kickstarter campaign to create a Mega Man clone called Mighty No. 9, I’ve been jonesin’ to play some Mega Man.


I caught a bad cold earlier this week and I’ve been stuck in the house for the last couple of days, so I decided to hit up the PSN Store to see if I could download Mega Man X, the SNES classic and my all-time favorite Mega Man game from my childhood. Sadly, Mega Man X is not available on the Xbox 360 or the PS3, so instead I settled on Mega Man 9.

It’s definitely as difficult as I remember Mega Man games being, that’s for sure. It reminds me of the days of the NES, when games were so hard that they often led to controllers being thrown across the room. Luckily, Mega Man 9 has a “save” feature, so that helps.


I’ve only played for a couple of hours so far, but I’ve only beaten two bosses – Splash Woman and Galaxy Man. Both of them are easy to defeat with just the Mega Buster and the levels aren’t too difficult either. All of the other levels in this game are ridiculously hard! I can barely make it to the half-way points in any of them. Mega Man is all about repetition and memorization though, so I’ll get it eventually.

I hope I can beat this game before the weekend’s over, but I think I may have already had enough Mega Man to get my fix 😉

Rock Band DLC: Cruefest Pack + Free Single

Crue Fest

The next update for Rock Band brings some good ‘ol Cruefest content. Each track available will cost only 0.99 this time around and there’ll also be a free single, “Promised Land” by fictional band Vesuvias from the upcoming comedy, The Rocker. Here are the tracks that won’t be free;

  • “Down the Whisky” by Motley Crue
  • “Time is Running Out” by Papa Roach
  • “Who’s Going Home With You Tonight” by Trapt

“Hot Coffee” Lawsuit Wasn’t Worth The Time

San Andreas

After all of that “Hot Coffee” mess that Take Two went through for hiding those sexually explicit scenes in Grand Theft Auto San Andreas, it turns out most people really didn’t care that much after all. After the lawyer, Seth Lesser, worked out a settlement of $5 to those offended or $35 if you still had the receipt, only 2,676 people participated in the class action lawsuit, resulting in basically a dud of a case. Way to go scum (Seth) of the earth, at least you still get paid, right? Just not as much.

Rick Moranis Won’t Do Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters Rick Moranis

Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, and Dan Akroyd will all appear in the upcoming Ghostbusters videogame, but who’ll play Loius Tully, the nerdy, nervous wanna-be Ghostbuster. It certainly won’t be Rick Moranis.

According to Ben Borth, the games producer at Sierra, “He made so much money off of Honey I Shrunk the Kids that he retired. He just doesn’t want to work anymore.” Well, that just plain sucks doesn’t it? Oh well.

New Duke Nukem Screenshot Surfaces

Duke Nukem in Desert

Another screenshot has surfaced from the long-awaited game, Duke Nukem Forever. This little tiny photo popped up on the 3D Realms website as a part of a “help wanted” posting for new developers. I sure wish there was more info about this game already, but I suppose this is just going to have to do for now.

SSFIITHDR Beta on Xbox Live Today

Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix

Did you buy Wolf of the Battlefield: Command 3 recently? If you did, your incentive is coming today. Not that you really need incentive since Commando 3 is such an awesome game, but today the beta for Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix goes live on Xbox Live Arcade. You can play as either Ken or Ryu and you can battle other players online.

The beta test is basically just a way for Capcom to stress-test their network, so that’s why there isn’t much to play, but hey, at least you got something… and PS3 owners don’t. You have 8 weeks to play the beta and it ends on August 20, so you’ve got plenty of time to wear it out. Have fun!

Full Pixies Album and Weezer on Rock Band

Weezer Red Album

The usual Xbox 360 Rock Band update is today and you can pick up some good stuff. First of all, you have the latest full album offering provided by The Pixies. You can download “Doolittle” for 1520 Microsoft points or individual songs from the album for 160 Microsoft points each. You can also download the Weezer pack, which contains 3 songs for 440 Microsoft points or each song for 160 points.