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Nerdly News: Slinky Dog coaster arrives, Inhumans in IMAX

Rounding up some of the top geeky news items for today so you don’t have to go wandering the Internet (we know, you’re working):

VIDEO: Slinky Dog coaster cars show up at Disney World

It’s not just the new Star Wars World that has us excited to plan a trip to Disney World in the future. As part of its new Toy Story Land for Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the company is building a Slinky Dog Dash Roller Coaster, which “will make guests feel like they’re shrunk to the size of a toy” from the Toy Story movies.

The Disney Blog has a video showing the new carts arriving and interviews with Disney creators about the ride.

Game of Thrones in modern times?

A mysterious video trailer popped up this week touting a new “Westeros The Series”, in which characters from Game of Thrones are suddenly thrust into a new world. The Telegraph has more details on whether this was just a fan-made video or something that might actually be produced.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/2017/08/31/modern-day-game-thrones-everybody-hooked-mysterious-trailer/
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31 Aug 2017

Survey: If You Don’t Want to Fight, Don’t Play Monopoly

Monopoly board

A survey of 1,000 Americans reveals a key piece of advice: If you don’t want to get in a fight while playing a board game, don’t play Monopoly.

You can read the results from the survey, sponsored by OnlineCasino.ca, but some key stats:

Game Most Likely to Cause a Disagreement

  • Monopoly: 47.7% (Dead on)
  • Scrabble: 18%  (Dead on, Part 2)
  • Other: 7.2%
  • Risk: 5% (You can’t argue when you’re passed out from exhaustion)
  • Settlers of Catan: 4.5% (Trading squabbles are no joke. This is why we prefer Ticket to Ride)
  • Pictionary: 3.9%
  • Scattergories: 3%
  • Uno: 2.9%
  • Sorry!: 2.6% (Shocked this wasn’t higher)
  • Cards Against Humanity (Can’t fight if you’re laughing or drunk)
  • Apples to Apples: 1.8%
  • Chess: 1.7% (The Chess Federation frowns on board flipping)

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30 Aug 2017

Where to go for Star Wars Force Friday II merchandise

Rey (Daisy Ridley) in advertisement for Star Wars Force Friday II

Merchandise, augmented reality, maybe a new trailer?

Disney is planning another of its “Force Friday” events – Force Friday II is scheduled for Friday (of course), Sept. 1, 2017. The event is being marketed as “Find the Force”, with a new augmented reality app for mobile phones and a whole slew of merchandise. No word yet on whether a new trailer for Episode 8 (aka “The Last Jedi”) will also be revealed, but we figure that we’re due for one to get everyone excited for the film that opens on Dec. 15, 2017.

For the Find the Force event, the company is promoting a new feature on its Star Wars app (for iPhone and Android). With the app running, you can look for Star Wars graphics at participating retail locations and websites (here’s the list).

There will be up to five different AR-enabled Star Wars character graphics with the “Find the Force” icons – Rey, Kylo Ren, Poe & BB-8, and two other new characters from The Last Jedi. Two graphics with the Find the Force icon will be available online – Finn and Rose. When you scan the graphics with the app, an augmented reality experience will occur. The company says a “data chip” will be unlocked each time a new AR character experience is revealed, with digital rewards unlocking as you collect more data chips. The company says each graphic reveals a different AR experience every day from Sept. 1-3, so don’t worry about going away for Labor Day weekend, just go shopping!

Her’s a video that shows you what it might look like:


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30 Aug 2017

Injustice 2 Fighter Pack 2 to include Hellboy, Raiden and Black Manta

Hellboy Injustice 2 Fighter Pack 2

New characters revealed for superhero fighting game

Confession time – we recently downloaded the Starfire character for Injustice 2, but we haven’t gotten around to actually playing the character yet – we’ve been too busy blowing stuff up in Just Cause 3 (the free game for August for PS Plus members).

Now comes today’s news from the makers of the game that Fighter Pack 2 is coming soon, featuring three additional characters. Watch the video to see how Hellboy, Raiden and Black Manta will look in the game.


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23 Aug 2017

Game review: Think ‘n Sync

Gamewright Think 'N Sync box and cards

Kids and adults will love trying to blurt out the same answers

Game: Think ‘n Sync
Maker: Gamewright (Buy here on Amazon)
Ages: 12+ (Can be modified for younger players)
# of players: 3-8 (but larger groups could, in theory, play)

If you have a relationship with a spouse/partner or child in which you finish each other’s ___________ (you know you want to say “sandwiches”), then this game is for you.

Think ‘n Sync is a great party game for 3 to 8 players, in which the object is to blurt out the same word or phrase — at the same time — as the person sitting next to you. It’s a little bit like Anomia and 5 Second Rule (where you have to think quickly), but also similar to Taboo; the more you know someone and what they might say, the more likely you can succeed.
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23 Aug 2017

Our favorite trailers from Comic-Con 2017

Comic-Con International 2017 is almost over in San Diego, and a flurry of new geek-related trailers for movies, TV shows and video games have all come out. There was a ton of new footage (some new trailers, other leaked footage, etc.), but we here at Mom & Dad Are Geeks are just focusing on the ones that we enjoyed watching over the weekend:

Ready Player One
This was the first time we have seen some footage from the Steven Spielberg-directed movie, based on the totally awesome book by Ernest Cline. I think this first trailer shows some of the cool effects of the Oasis virtual world described in the book, but misses on the central theme/plot, which is about the main character’s search for the treasure/adventure. Hopefully future trailers will hit on that, rather than just another Transformers-like video game action movie.

Stranger Things, Season 2
At least one of us here on the M&DAG staff (me) loved Season 1 of Stranger Things, and we keep trying to get the other staff member to watch it (she’s stubborn). The addition of the Dragon’s Lair video game, arcade and Vincent Price narrative from Thriller make this so awesome. Can’t wait for October!

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23 Jul 2017

You know it’s true

Stormtrooper light bulb photo funny meme

The difference between geeks and non-geeks, Part 1.

22 Jul 2017

Our favorite geeky TV news from San Diego Comic-Con

OK, we’ve covered the new movie trailers from San Diego Comic-Con – let’s switch to the smaller screen. Here are a bunch of trailers for new series, new seasons and other TV-related stuff that debuted over the past few days at the geekfest known as SDCC.

Star Trek: Discovery
Something about the title bothers me – maybe it’s the fact that it reminds me of a cable channel, or a credit card. Or maybe it still bothers me that in order to see this series, you’ll have to subscribe to another Internet service. Listen, we love Star Trek, but do we love it enough to shell another $6 per month? When you consider subscriptions for Netflix, Hulu, Amazon (if you’re paying for Prime) and HBO Now, these are starting to rack up.

Maybe we’ll change our mind if we see something more than just a ship and a title (maybe some additional plot details? Some character profiles? Anything?)
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24 Jul 2016

Review: King’s Gold lets your kids play pirate by rolling dice

Kings Gold coins dice

Game: King’s Gold
Creator: Blue Orange
Price: $11.93 (buy here on Amazon)
Players: 2 to 6
Ages: 8 to Adult

King’s Gold is a very fast game that can end even faster if you have a lucky roll of the dice. The object of the game is to collect the most gold coins, reproduced here in the form of plastic. Players can collect gold in different ways – by grabbing it from the main game box, stealing it from the king (more on that later), or stealing it from other players (which the kids love the most).

These actions are achieved by rolling five dice, each decorated with different symbols (1, 2 or 3 coins, a skull, red crossbones or a cannon). Players get three rolls of the dice to try to achieve the final goal combination for a particular action, and you can save dice off to the side if you want. If your kids have played Yahtzee, they’ll quickly understand the process.
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18 Jul 2016

Geeky stuff you should buy on Amazon Prime Day

UPDATED: OK, the sale is on, so here are some additional geeky items on sale during Amazon’s Prime Day:

Doctor Who – The Tenth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver

DC Comics Deck Building Game

Firefly: A Celebration (Anniversary Edition)

Heroes Wanted Card Game

GoPro HERO Session with Remote, Memory Card, and Carrying Case

GlowBowl GB001 Motion Activated Toilet Nightlight

A lot of these deals have a time limit, so check back later when we peruse the site for some more deals!

ORIGINAL POST:
Here at Mom and Dad are Geeks, we’re not above celebrating a fake holiday, especially one created by Amazon.com as a way to get you to buy more stuff.

Yes, tomorrow (July 12, 2016) is Prime Day, Amazon’s yearly “shopping event” that wants you to go online for special deals that the online retailer has set up. More importantly, it’s a way to get people to sign up for Amazon Prime, its membership that offers members free shipping as well as access to its streaming media and music services.

On the off chance that you don’t already have an Amazon Prime membership, getting one on Prime Day is a great incentive – you get to participate in the Prime Day sales, and then are ready for the shipping frenzy that occurs later in the year during the holiday shopping season.

One way you can help us, the humble creators of this site, is to sign up via this site. Just click on the banner below, which will give us a small “finders fee” if you sign up for a Prime account (this link gives you a free 30-day trial). Go ahead, we’ll wait for you.

If you already have Prime, clicking on the banner below will give you some great deals on Prime Day:

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11 Jul 2016

Should you let your kids play Pokemon Go?

Wow, we go away for a few days (vacation!) and the whole world goes crazy over a mobile app.

Yep, we’re talking about Pokemon Go, which Nintendo released for iOS and Google mobile devices over the weekend, and apparently has taken the world by storm.

We’ve seen a lot of crazes come and go, and for a mobile app to become this popular this quickly either says something about Nintendo, the Pokemon game or the fact that we’re all so connected now that news like this amplifies and spreads so much quicker. But that’s a post for another time, perhaps.

What you really want to know is, “Should I let my kids download/play this app?”
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11 Jul 2016

Geek streaming you can/should watch with your kids in July 2016

With school out and the kids already saying “We’re bored!”, here are some “new” movies that are streaming on Netflix in July 2016 (and one holdover from June 2016) that will not only entertain your kids, but will give them additional geek cred (and heck, you’ll enjoy them too).

Back to the Future trilogy (1985, 1989, 1990)
If you haven’t yet shown your kids the time-travel series starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd yet, this is a great chance, as all three movies are available starting tomorrow. There’s some 1980s-level language to watch out for (especially the S-word and some G-damns), but for the most part kids aged 8 and up should be OK to watch this (they tend to ignore the subplots of the whole Marty/Lorraine arc). Mainly they’ll laugh every time Biff lands in the manure pile.


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30 Jun 2016

Watch us open the June 2016 Marvel Collector Corps box

Our junior staff members are back at it, unboxing the Marvel Collector Corps box that contains several Funko collectibles, a T-shirt, pins, patches and a comic book.

For the June 2016 edition, it’s “Women of Power”, featuring some of the female super-heroes we all love and adore. (Editor’s Note: We realized after we finished filming that our unboxer kept saying “Scarlet Spider”, when in fact it was Spider Gwen. Don’t send us any angry comments!)

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24 Jun 2016

Let’s create the menu for the Golden Girls restaurant

The big news yesterday for some people in this Golden Girls-obsessed household was the announcement of a Golden Girls-themed restaurant  in Washington Heights, New York (upper Manhattan).

The “Rue La Rue Cafe”, will open later this year (early September) to honor the late Rue McClanahan. The creator of the restaurant, Michael J. LaRue, was a close friend to the actress, who played Blanche Devereaux in the TV series. LaRue inherited much of McClanahan’s show business memorabilia after the actress’ death, and he said he plans to use some of these items to help decorate the restaurant. He also said he’s lined up actress Betty White, the only surviving major cast member from the show, to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The article mentions food items including “cheesecake, soups, wraps, salads, desserts, baked treats and wine”, with some items “tied to characters and situations on the show.” We love these ideas, but they seem to general to us. Here are our suggestions for the food items we’d like to see:
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21 Jun 2016

The ‘Wicked’ movie is coming in 2019: Here’s our dream cast

Wicked Movie Dream Cast

Until we get a Hamilton movie, the biggest upcoming movie based on a Broadway musical has to be Wicked. Since it debuted on Broadway in 2004, many, many people have hoped for a movie version (and since one of the producers was Universal, it was only a matter of time before they started to move on it).

According to several reports (including this one from Variety), they’ve now announced a date for the release of the movie – Dec. 20, 2019. This puts it into Christmas-movie and Acadamy Awards territory. With three-plus years to go, that’s a lot of time to make a movie that people will love, and it’s understandable that a cast hasn’t been announced yet.

One big reason for this, I think – casting this movie is going to make some people very happy, or very angry, or both.

For theater geeks, this will be bigger than Ben Affleck being cast as Batman in Batman v. Superman. It will be bigger than finding out who’s Rey’s parents are in Star Wars: Episode VIII or Episode IX.

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16 Jun 2016