Lego Batman 2 May Be the Coolest Video Game Ever

"It's Awesome!!!" That's the initial review of Lego Batman 2: DC Superheroes from my 9-year-old son Jason. And I pretty much have to agree with him. The Lego video games in general are all-around incredible (the Star Wars ones actually make Episodes I-III not just tolerable, but downright entertaining). The first Lego Batman was fun, but Lego Batman 2 soars to new heights. Not only do you get to play as Batman and Robin, but some of the DC Universe's heaviest hitters join the Lego party: Superman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Green Lantern, Flash, and more! And of course the usual gang of Gotham's Worstest crash the scene. Lex Luthor actually joins up ...

Review: Monopoly zAPPed Edition – Don’t Be a Hater

Normally, I'm not a big fan of when companies try to modernize certain games simply by tossing in some simple apps or electronics that really do nothing to enhance the gameplay. I even wrote an article recently about Classic Toys Ruined by Technology. So when I was asked to review Hasbro's new Monopoly zAPPed Edition, I was more than a little bit skeptical. My oldest son Jason is a Monopoly addict. We must have five or six different versions in our house (Regular, U-Build-It, Fantastic Four, Hershey's, Star Wars...). He just loves playing and it's actually his "Go To" game when Grandma and Grandpa come over to babysit. So how could ...

Of Kids and Potty Mouths

My kids couldn't be more different. At least when it comes to certain things. Jason is the quiet one who is a stickler for the rules. Ryan, on the other hand, tends to have a motor mouth, and while he doesn't go around breaking rules left and right, he's not quite the Hall Monitor that his big brother is. So last night, my wife gets it in her head that she should teach our kids a few curse words. Before you start gasping and reaching for pitchforks, she's not going around turning them into little George Carlins. She just wants them to be aware of them in case my kids overhear ...

I Survived Another Olympic Day With My Kids

As another school year comes to close, my kids participated in Olympic Day once again. Otherwise known as Field Day. Or as we parents call it, the Stand-Out-In-The-Crazy-Hot-Sun-For-Hours-On-End-To-See-Your-Kid-Run-For-Two-Minutes Day. The school breaks all the students up into three competing teams; red, white, and blue. This year, both my boys were on Team Red. Thankfully they try to match up siblings to keep us parents sane. The crummy part was that K-2 competes in the morning and 3-5 gets the afternoon shift, with about an hour and fifteen minute break in between. So yeah, my wife and I spent just about the entire day there. It's really a blast though, because the kids ...

Happy Father’s Day!

I've had a great Father's Day so far, snagging some awesome presents and tons of hugs. For my 40th birthday earlier this month, I got the Lego Batcave, which I literally finished putting together last night. Today I switched to the Marvel Universe and got a bunch of Avengers Legos. Yeah, I already had to put Captain America together. Looking forward to spending the whole day with the extended family. I can't believe I've been a dad for 9 years already. It still seems like yesterday when my wife and I came home from the hospital with this little munchkin, sat on the couch in our house, looked at each other ...