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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Too soon?

Wow it's been so long since I've posted on this thing that I forgot the password, heh. Anyway, sorry for the long absence, having two kids under the age of 17 months can take up a lot of your free time. Modern Warfare 3 and now Star Wars The Old Republic, are consuming what little is left. On that note, let's talk about how soon is too soon when it comes to kids entering child care.

My wife and I went to see a daycare today. My daughter Serafina really liked it, she made herself at home immediately. It's a small place, run by a mother and daughter. They're Hispanic, but I only mention it because they do a lot of communicating in Spanish and the mother cooks the kids their meals. Both pluses in my book, I want Sera to learn both English and Spanish, unfortunately we don't use Spanish very much here at home. All of the literature I've read says that learning two languages at once will not stunt their language development, so I'm all for it. 

Anyway, we liked the place, got some paperwork and headed home. Of course we were dealing with both kids and I placed the folder on top of the Jeep, sure enough I forgot about it (even after specifically telling myself not to forget it when I put it up there). We even heard a slight thud on the way home, I assumed it was something in the back, most likely it was the folder flying off.

I feel horrible about it, this is the type of stupid stuff I obsess about it. What if someone from the center finds the folder. Will they think we're jerks and just threw it out the window? We had to be referred to the center by someone that my wife works with, we actually ran into him there, and his child seems happy and quite intelligent. If we end up not sending Sera there I'm going to feel like we wasted a lot of people's time. Or that we thought something was wrong with the place, and what if we want to send her later, then maybe they won't accept us.

The other part of it is that my school, NEIU, has an excellent day care center that Serafina has been signed up for since before she was born. It has a two year waiting list. They don't take kids until they're 15 months so I waited until then. Like an idiot I never checked in, and they didn't have space for her in the spring. They should have space in the summer. It's a little more expensive, but I get a student discount. Furthermore, I did some observation/clinical hours there for my program and I was really impressed. The kids learn Spanish and Korean in addition to everything else they learn. 

Why do we even need to put her in daycare. It's scary. I never went to daycare, I pretty much didn't leave home until the first day of Kindergarten. Same with Melissa. I would never fogive myself if something happens to her while she's not in our care. My mom and sister will probably babysit Ruby, so why not Sera as well. Keep everything the way it has been. I don't know. Serafina needs to socialize. I already feel like she's falling behind at times. I'm sure it's not her and that she isn't really, I mean she's not even 17 months yet, it's my deal, but what if she is?

Ugh. I know I'm overthinking it, but it's what I do. Your thoughts, comments, and advice would be welcomed below. Anyhow, I hope you are all doing well and that the holidays have been good to everyone. Have a safe and happy 2012.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The 10 Days of Fandads

Starting today we are starting the 10 Days of Fandads on our Facebook page.  Everyday we will post up a question or saying and the first person to answer or post a comment will get a prize. It's as easy as that.  So head on over to our Facebook page, "like" it if you haven't and good luck.

Updated:  While we tried to keep the prizes a surprise like an advent calendar, we have decided to give you a small list of what we're giving away. So what are we giving away you ask? Items for your 360 avatars, dynamic themes for the PS3, Xbox live and point cards, PSN $20 cards, 1 month of Playstation Plus, a StarHawk Private Beta code, T-shirts, a few games we got at the Chicago Toy & Game Fair, Key chains, and the winner of the last day of Fandads....we'll keep that a secret.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Bane Poster Released

Yesterday was a big day for fans of the Batman films.  If you have been following the the alternate reality game, yesterday Operation Early Bird was released.  If you followed the link it showed a map of the United States and depending on your area you could have claimed passed to get into an early screening of the new 6 minute prologue.  This sneak screening is going to take place on December 13, but if you didn't get a pass, the prologue will be show in front of the IMAX screenings of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.  If that wasn't enough Dark Knight news for you, today a new poster was released showing the new villain Bane with an ominous crushed cowl in the foreground.  What could all this mean?



Friday, November 25, 2011

Playing at the Chicago Toy & Game Fair








On the weekend of November 19 & 20, the Chicago Toy & Game fair was held at Navy Pier and hundreds of different toy manufacturers were on hand to promote their new toys and give everyone a sneak peek at what will be hot this holiday season.  If you were unable to attend, don't worry, Fandads was on hand to see all the great toys and I even brought my professional toy tester, my daughter, with me to partake in the festivities. 

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving from Us!


Happy Thanksgiving from the Fandads.  We are very thankful for the exciting past few months.  We saw our first sponsored giveaway from Rockabye Baby and from the Chicago Toy & Game Fair.  We also want to say thanks to all our friends and family that have supported the site.  We have a couple of interesting stories coming soon, including my mini adventure with the Chevy Sonic I was given for three days through Klout.  Thank you all very much and enjoy your Thanksgiving with your families today.

Your Friends,
Gil & Vic
The Fandads

Saturday, November 19, 2011

New Avengers Banners!

One movie coming out next year, that we can not wait for is The Avengers.  This week we saw the release of two banners that showcase the main characters of the movie.  Take a look and tell us what you think.


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Video Game Award Nominees.

The nominees have been announced for Spike TV's Video Game Awards and the two games with the most nominations are Batman: Arkham City and Portal 2.  Both games are going head to head in the Game of the Year category along with The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, and Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. 

Other notable nominees are:
Gears of War 3 for Best Multi-Player game.
Jetpack Joyride for Best Handheld/Mobile Game.
"Exilke Vilify" by The National (Portal 2) for Best Song in a Game.

Head on over to the VGA website to see the list of nominees and vote for Most Anticipated Game and The Gametrailers.com Trailer of the Year. 

The Video Game Awards will air on Spike TV December 10, 2011. Check your local listing for showtimes.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Time to Play and have Fun!! Updated Again!



Next weekend Navy Pier is hosting the Chicago Toy & Game Fair and Fandads will be there to preview all the upcoming toys and report it back to you.  This will be a great opportunity for us to see what the hot toys will be this holiday season and also talk to the manufacturers/inventors of these new toys. 

Tickets for the show are: $5 for children (3-13) & $10 for adults. 
Show hours are:  Saturday, November 19 - 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
                         & Sunday, November 20 - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Complimentary admission is available to Educators, Military, Police Officers and Firefighters (with ID).

Star Wars fans on Saturday there will be a Star Wars Breakfast with members of the Star Wars 501st Legion: Vader's Fist at 9am and there is still time to register for it.  Pricing for this is $30 for children (12 and under) and $36 Per adult.  These prices include one day admission to the Toy and Game Fair, giveaways from Hasbro and Top Trumps, breakfast and photo opportunities with the 501st.

We are currently trying to see about getting passes to give out to our readers, so stay tuned for that information.

Update.
Great news Fandads!  Want to attend the show this coming weekend?  We have two offers for you.  We are giving away a family pass to the Chicago Toy & Game Fair to one of our lucky readers.  To win this pass, just leave a comment below telling us what you're excited to see at the fair and we will choose a winner by 5pm on Thursday, Nov. 17.

In addition, we have a $2 off coupon available for you to print and take to the show courtesy of Fandads and The Chicago Toy & Game Fair.  Click on the coupon or the link below to get your coupon and we'll see you at the fair.


Updated Again! We asked and were given the okay to give out a few more passes.  We will give two passes away on the website.  Just leave a comment saying what you're excited about seeing at the show.  Also, if you are a fan of our Facebook page,  we are giving away one pass on there.  All you have to do is like ChiTag's page and leave a comment telling us you "liked" them.  Winners will be chosen on Thursday November 17, by 5pm.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Are you Sonic Fan?



A few months ago we hinted at a contest with everyone's favorite speedy blue hedgehog and it was kind of left on the back burner.  With the recent release of Sonic Generations we have decided to bring back this contest and make it, like Sonic, fast and easy.  "What do I have to do to win?" Simply, leave a comment stating why you are Sonic's biggest fan in five words or less.  Winners will be chosen by next week Nov. 19, so get those thinking caps on.  Here's a small hint at your prize and with winter time coming up your head will thank you for it.


Sonic Generations is available on Playstation 3, Xbox 360 now and on the Nintendo 3DS November 22.

Snow White and the Huntsman Trailer.

I do admit that the images that have been released for this movie had me intrigued.  The more pictures that they release for the movie the more my interest is peaked, but now with the first trailer out I think that I am sold.  This looks great and I can't wait to see this!



Snow White and the Huntsman is scheduled to release this summer.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Grand Theft Auto V Trailer!!

Today was the big day for the reveal of the new installment of Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto series: Grand Theft Auto V.  While there will be a lot of speculation about who the main character/characters are, it seems like this world is huge just like in Grand Theft Auto IV.  Here is the trailer enjoy it and let us know what you think.

Star Wars; The Phantom Menace in 3D. Will Meesa Like?

Anyone that knows me knows that I am a huge Star Wars fan and I am a little excited to see these, but I do have my reservations about the new 3D conversions coming out.  While there are some cool scenes in Phantom Menace that would be great in 3D, I'm not so sure how the rest of the movie will play out.  Needless to say, I will go see this at the theaters when it's released next year.  The one cool thing about the re-release is that now I can bring my little girl with me to see Star Wars at the theaters.  Are you excited for the 3D release or going to see this version?



More Star Wars: Episode I %2D The Phantom Menace 3D Videos

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace will release on February 10, 2012.
Click the link above to go to IGN for more information about the 3D releases.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Rockabye Baby Contest Winner!


We would like to congratulate Jeremy B. on winning our CD give away with Rockabye Baby.  Thanks for participating Jeremy and Rockabye will be sending you their new Police CD soon.  Thank you to all who entered and be on the look out for more giveaways soon.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Five Favorite Things & A Giveaway UPDATED

Last month we did a post about the Dad Blogs we like and we promised we would do more posts in the future highlighting some of the things we like.  This month we decided to go with a mixture of things from video games to movies and even CD's that are great to have around when you're winding down with the little one.  Read on and let us know what you think of this month's picks and check out the giveaway we are doing with Rockabye to win one of their great CD's.

The Avengers Trailer is UP!!

We have been waiting for this for a while and it's finally here!  I can not wait to see this and with Joss Whedon behind the writing and camera, this might be the superhero movie we have been asking for. The Avengers is scheduled to be released on May 4, 2012.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Gimmies


Recently my little girl has gotten a case of the "gimmies".  Now it hasn't gotten to the point where she throws herself on the ground and has tantrums like Brother & Sister bear in the picture above, but it has become an issue that we are trying to curb before it gets worse.  Whenever she says, "gimmie that!" I respond to her "No, that's not how you ask for things.  You say, "Can I have that please"" and then she will repeat what I just said.  This process goes on a few times a day, so slowly I hope she is internalizing it to the point where she won't say it anymore. 

Are you children starting any habits that you feel might be an issue as they get older? Let us know what you are experiencing and how you are going about in correcting the issue.

Thanks for reading.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Quick Update on the Fandads

It's been a busy few weeks for the Fandads, but we wanted to let you know what has been going on.  Thank you very much for the comments on our last post "Dad Blogs we Like" we hope to do more things like that in the future.  Maybe showcase other things we like: video games, movies, comics, etc. 

Over the summer we were both in school, so that was an adventure in itself.  With work, taking classes and family life it had been a little hard to keep up to date on the blog.  We have been talking about doing some kind of logo and have had some people interested in making one for us, we'll keep you updated on the process of that. 

We did have a new father join us here at Fandads, but he has been a little busy too with his two little girls, so hopefully he'll introduce himself to everyone soon.  In the meantime, we want to say thanks for the support and for reading.

-Victor

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Dad blogs we like

There are so many great father blogs out there that it's impossible to visit all of them, but we have decided to highlight a few of our favorite ones and share them with our loyal readers.  Now this is not a "best of" or "top five" type list, this is just a few blogs that we like reading and want our readers to know about.  Check these guys out when you can and let them know that The Fandads sent you.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Cookie Monster Shirt.

Over the weekend I went to Wizard World to see some celebrities and buy some comics.  While I was there I looked around to see what I could get for my little girl.  She likes Yo Gabba Gabba and Sesame Street so I went to the Stylin booth to see what kind of T-shirts they had.  While looking around I found the perfect shirt for her.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Memories of the Chicago Comic Con/Wizard World


With the Comic Con starting today I have decided to give a list of my ten favorite moments of going to the con. I've been attending Comic Con since my grade school days and I always had fun.  Hopefully, my memories will inspire you to share some of your favorite memories with us.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

New Dead Island Co-Op Trailer

Is anyone else as excited as I am for this game to come out?  I already have my copy pre-ordered and I'm just counting down the days.  Who else is getting this and for what system?



Just in case you have never seen the reveal trailer, here it is.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

New Beginning and a First Look. Updated!

This has been a great week so far for fans of comic books and comic book movies. Earlier this week the internet went crazy with the reveal of the new Spider-Man, Miles Morales and today we get the first look at Henry Cavill as Superman in Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel". Check out the images and tell us what you think.  Updated: First image of Anne Hathaway as Catwoman.

Courtesy of Marvel.com


Source JoBlo.com


Monday, July 25, 2011

Avengers Assembled

Over the weekend at comic con Marvel unveiled new posters for the Avengers movie coming out next May. These posters show each Avenger in an action pose, some with new costumes, but when placed together they form a cool team shot. What are you thoughts?

Friday, July 22, 2011

Walking Dead Season 2 Trailer

Now the Walking Dead was a series that I did not read from the beginning. I think I really started reading it a few years ago and I was hooked. I began buying the books and trying to keep up, but I can tell you that the show is amazing even if you never read the comic. Season two begins in October and I will be counting down the days. Watch it and tell me it doesn't send chills down your spine.

Star Wars on Blu-Ray

Now I have been a Star Wars fan since I first saw A New Hope thirty-something years ago and I always remember seeing images of scenes that were not in the movie.  I remember seeing the trailer to Empire Strikes Back and there was a scene with C3-PO removing a warning sign from a door. Later I found out that that room housed Wompas and by removing the sign the stormtroopers walked into that room and were ambushed.  Why wasn't this in the movie.  Well, hopefully we'll be able to see that scene and various others in the complete blu-ray edition coming out this September 16, 2011.  In the meantime we have this trailer to hold us over.  I can't wait and I already pre-ordered mine. 

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Happy Birthday!

I suck at posting, I'll try to do a real update soon, however I just wanted to give a quick shout out to my fellow Fandad Vic on his 21st birthday! (or something like that)

-Gil

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Quick Update on What's Happening.

Hi everyone,

Sorry about the delay in postings, but Gil and I have been really busy these past couple of weeks.  We are both taking summer classes and our course load is a little heavy, so we've been behind in putting up new content.  Do not fear, we do have some stuff we are working on and we have a new Fandad that has joined the family.  He will introduce himself in the coming months when his little girls give him the chance to use the computer.  I still have to give my opinion on the "Death of Spider-Man" and put up some video game reviews of games that I have been playing.  We also are going to try to do some weekly postings, like "Video Game Time" but maybe focusing on comics (I mean, we do read comics, after all) and maybe highlighting some of the other blogs that we read. 

Thank you for visiting us, supporting our page, and don't forget to "like" our Facebook page when you get a chance.

Thanks again,
Gil and Victor,
The Fandads

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Dark Knight Rises Teaser Poster

Although we have to wait another year for The Dark Knight Rises to be released this poster already brings up a lot of questions.  Rumor has it that the first teaser trailer will be attached to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.  Let's see if this is true.  In the meantime enjoy!


Thursday, June 30, 2011

Tantrums, Tantrums, Tantrums!!

Now that my little girl is almost approaching two, she has already begun with the tantrums.  Now, I know that this is a normal stage in growing up, but is there a right or wrong way to deal with them?

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I Survived the Warrior Dash


If you remember I put up a post awhile back about how I was trying to get myself in shape for the Warrior Dash that took place on June 19th. A little more than a week later I filled you in on my progress and started to worry and second guess my attempt at completing this obstacle course.  Well, it's be over a week and let me tell you that I survived and it was a great experience. 

"I'm a Celebrity Look-Alike" Blog Hop



So Morgan from The Little Hen House has posted a fun Blog-Hop called "I'm a Celebrity Look-Alike" and while reading this I noticed that there were no dad bloggers represented.  I started to think about some celebrities that I've been told I look like and these are the two that I constantly hear.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Video Game Time 6/21 Edition

This week we have the continuing saga of Point-man, a man's journey to hell to save his girlfriend, a new co-op fantasy game and another movie tie-in.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day!

We here at Fandads would like to wish all the fathers out there a Happy Father's Day and thank you for all the support in our first year here.  Being a father is an amazing experience and everyday it just keeps getting better.  As we grow as fathers we remember words of advice that was handed down to us by our fathers and famous fathers.  Below is a small list of famous fathers quotes, feel free to add your favorites in the comments below.

"If you put your mind to it, anything is possible!" - George McFly, Back to the Future

"I am your father." - Darth Vader, Star Wars

"You totally rock,Squirt! So gimme some fin!" - Crush, Finding Nemo

"I've just always wanted you to be strong, be your own man." Mr. O'Brien, Tree of Life

Friday, June 17, 2011

Warrior Dash Update!

Well, there are two days to go before the Warrior Dash and I haven't really had that much time to work out for it.  Am I ready? Who knows, but I am going to try my best.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Video Game Week on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Last year after the Electronic Entertainment Expo, Jimmy Fallon dedicated an entire week on highlighting some of the biggest games that were announced and revealed them on his show.  This year he's doing it again and he chose some great titles to highlight each night.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Training the Fandad way!

As many of you know by now, I am participating in the Warrior Dash on June 19th.  Now while I am not in peak physical shape, I am in decent shape and have decided to start working out so I won't embarrass myself doing the dash.  I thought of a few ways to get in shape and I decided to share them with you, our loyal readers.  Remember, I am not a professional trainer, I'm just a fandad.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Video Game Time 6/7 Edition

This weeks games include:
  • Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters
  • Infamous 2
  • Operation Flashpoint: Red River
  • Red Faction: Armageddon
Many new games were announced these past few days at E3 and be sure to read our post about some of these titles.  We have a few items to giveaway, but we are trying to create a contest to give these items to our readers.

Here's a sneak peek at one of next weeks releases.  Can you guess what game it is?

Monday, June 6, 2011

Microsoft Announcements

Hey everyone, I'm busy being more of a dad and less of a fan, but I was able to watch the Microsoft special today and I just wanted to touch on a few of the announcements/demos while the little monster angel is taking a nap.

  • Kinect
  • HALO HD
  • HALOs 4 through 6
  • MW3
  • Gears of War
  • Fable (The Journey)
  • GHOST RECON
  • MISC
So, the most exciting news has to be the remake of Halo in HD right? Oh wait, how about official confirmation on another trilogy of Halo games. Awesome.

The Kinect demos were quite impressive, the games looked interesting and it actually looked responsive. I might have to cough up the dough and get one this summer. I was especially intrigued about being able to scan in objects and use them in the virtual world. Baby Serafina in a fighting game? Yes please! How would you feel about getting beat up by a ten month old, lol. Throw yourself in Halo and those post victory umm...let's say cups of tea, start feeling just a bit more uncomfortable.

I really liked seeing how the voice recognition stuff worked, the Ghost Recon demo using Kinect was awesome. I'm sold. Modern Warfare 3, Gears of War 3, the New Tomb Raider, lots of stuff was demoed. The new Fable game didn't do much for me, but we'll see how it turns out.

Well, E3 has just begun and if you asked me it started with a bang, can't wait to see what else these brilliant minds have in store for us. Oh by the way, is it a good thing that names like Peter Molyneux, Cliff Bleszinski, and Dan and Sam Houser are like household names to me now?

Have fun with all of the E3 news!

Friday, June 3, 2011

PlayStation Network Back Online. UPDATED

The PlayStation Network is back online and there are a bunch of new downloadable games, demos, add-ons available for you to purchase.  The "Welcome Back" package is not available yet, but will soon be. In the meantime head over to the PlayStation Blog to see the entire list of content available.
Now I can finally download my Mortal Kombat and L.A. Noire pre-order exclusives.

UPDATE 6/3
The Welcome Back package is now available.  Head to the PlayStation Blog for details on how to get your free games.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Video Game Time 5/31 Edition

These are the new releases for the week of 5/31.
  • Hunted: Demon's Forge
It's a slow week for game releases, but next week there is one release that I'm pretty excited about.  Can you guess what game this is?

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Fandads do not just play video games all day!

Being athletic is one thing that people don't associate with being a fandad.  Most times when people think of fanboys/fandads they visualize overweight guys with thick glasses sitting at home playing video games or reading comics all day.  That is not the case.  Most fandads that I know are active and in good shape and are always looking for something to do to keep them and their little ones busy.  What I have decided to do is list a few upcoming events that might be or interest to those fandads out there looking to relive some glory days.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Video Game Time 5/24 Edition

These are the new releases for Tuesday May 24.

Dead or Alive Dimensions - The popular fighting series in 3D on the 3DS.

Dirt 3 - Latest installment in the popular rally car series. (360,PS3)

Kung Fu Panda 2 - Another movie tie-in that uses the Kinect on the 360 version (360, PS3, Wii, DS)

Naughty Bear (Gold Edition) - Same game with bonus levels and DLC. (360, PS3)

Currently playing LA Noire and need to get a few more hours in to give it a full review, but liking it so far.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Restructuring of Video Game Time.

I know that Video Game Time has been kind of on a hiatus for some time and it's not for our lack of putting it up.  Lately, there has been a lot of great games coming out that it's hard to keep track of all of them and reviewing them in a timely manner.  So after much thinking about it, I've decided to change the way we do video game time in the future.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Welcome back Sony! A fandads take on the fiasco.

Ok, the PlayStation Network was down for 24 days. 24 Days! To some that seems like an eternity, for me it was more of an annoyance than anything. The network was taken down due to some "security issues" then promises were made, information was compromised and dates for the network to be up and running again came and went. I know that there is more to this story, but I'm just giving you the abridged version.  What was a fandad to do?

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

TV Show Rant

I know I've ranted about this before, but I'm going to do it again, so BACK OFF! Lol. I think I'm going to stick to movies and DVDs from now on. No more watching crap on tv, I'll stick to whatever I'm currently watching, wait for that to get cancelled and/or end and that'll be it.

I was upset that Terriers got pulled, and now they're pulling The Chicago Code. I also thought that Mad Love was pretty funny, even though Jason Biggs gets on my nerves, and Lie to Me was friggin' awesome. All gone. I was especially invested (vested?) in Lie to Me, the other two shows were only one season but Lie to Me had a great cast and it was interesting and different. Outsourced was funny, but it was kind of expected, no big names other than "Oswald". America's Most Wanted, it's been cancelled before so maybe it'll come back, Friday Night Lights was excellent, but it was cancelled a while ago, luckily it'll get a proper ending. That's what bugs me the most, the lack of closure on some of these shows. Take Smallville for instance, started out great, sucked for a while, admittedly, I stopped watching, and this last season was pretty awesome. I'm not even that much of a Superman fan, but the show did his mythos justice. He should totally play Supes on the big screen. 

What makes matters worse is the stuff they keep. Does the world really need three CSI's? Cougar Town? Glee? The Cleveland Show? Speaking of which, I like McFarland, to a point, but the reboot of The Flintstones is just a bad idea I think. We'll see. Anyway, I'm ranting, and although there are still a lot of good shows continuing to live on, it's going to take a lot to get me to watch a new show.

Hmm..this and my DVR make me think that we spend way too much time watching TV, on the other hand there's not much else we can do, it's cheap and it's convenient, at least until the kids are older, I suspect I'll be watching lots of TV. For parents with small children at home, DVRs are a Godsend. Especially if you don't agree on what to watch sometimes. I can watch my shows at night when everyone's asleep, and the wife can watch her shows whenever she gets a chance. Especially for people like me who hate interruptions, and commercials, heh. Anyway, I've got to get back to L.A. Noire for a little while, (again, while everyone's sleeping) until next time...


-Gil 

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Sony is back online!

Here are a few words from Kazuo Hirai about the re-launching or the Playstation Network. 




What do you think of this message? Is this enough to make up for the weeks of no service? Let us know what you think.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

More Gears Beta Codes.

We here at Fandads have been able to get our hands on a few more codes for the Gears of War 3 beta.  How can I get one you ask?  Well, this time it will be a little different than the last contest we held and you'll have multiple chances to win.  Each way listed below counts as one entry, doing them all gives you three entries to win.
  • Leave a comment below as to why Gears 3 will be the best Gears game ever.  
  • If you follow us on twitter (@fandads) copy and paste the sentence "I just entered the "Why I believe Gears 3 will be the best" contest over on @fandads for a free beta code. http://tinyurl.com/fandads
  • "Like" our fanpage on Facebook. (If you already do, that will count as an entry.)
Winners will be announced by midnight tonight, so get going and tell your friends and we'll see you on the frontlines.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Thor

Thor was pretty good. He's never been one of my favorite characters but I am familiar with his mythology and in my opinion they did a great job of telling his story. Loki was good in the movie, as was Odin. Sif, Volstagg and the other warriors were also prominent in the film. (I did have a problem with an aspect of Loki's character but I won't mention it as it may be a spoiler) It does a fair job of tying the story into the Avengers and SHIELD, and a character or two make cameos and are mentioned, but I think that it was probably geared more towards people that don't know much about Thor. I guess every first movie is, Spider-Man, Iron Man, they all have to give the origin story for the benefit of those who aren't familiar with the characters. The effects were great, I especially liked how they weaved the Hubble Telescope pictures into the film. I watched it in 3D IMAX, although I really can't say it did much for me. I guess the 3DS has made 3D kind of novel for me at the moment. Overall, I definitely would recommend this movie for comic book fans, and it's probably a decent watch for action fans. It's not going to be in my top ten superhero movies, but it's definitely not in the bottom either.

Afterwards, my friends and I hit Buffalo Wild Wings and had some grub and a couple of beers. It was my first beer in several months. Crazy. My baby girl is nine months old, and in that time I've gone out probably a handful of times. You've got to try to make time for yourself or you'll go nuts. This was a good chance for me to catch up with old friends and blow off some steam, I actually felt like a real live person for a while instead of just a dad and a student, heh. Not that I'm complaining, I'm getting too old for the clubs and bars, but every once in a while it's fun to just have a day to yourself.


-Gil 

Monday, May 2, 2011

To 3D or not 3D, that is the question...

Let's talk about the Nintendo 3DS.  I know it's been out for a while but I wanted to spend a little time with it before I posted my review. Let's start out with the basics. It costs as much as a console and it doesn't come with a game. Ouch. Sure, it has AR Games, A Mii game, and Face Raiders, but I'm not sure if it's enough. Now, I'm upgrading from an old DS so I'm not sure what was on the DSi but the camera, activity log, recorder and pedometer are all new to me and fun additions. It's pricey but it kept me busy until I was able to purchase a game a few days later.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Thanks

As I am sure you've all heard, Osama Bin Laden is dead. The Fandads would like to take a moment to say thanks to all of the brave dads, moms, women, and men bravely serving our country and doing us proud. We can all sleep a little bit easier tonight.

Friday, April 29, 2011

The Accident

In video games when a character gets hurt they lose a bit a stamina or a bar of health.  The same could be said about comic book characters, they are usually well by the next page or last panel.  Unfortunately, this is not the case in real life, when someone gets hurt or has an accident there are bruises, crying and a lot of screaming.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Contest, updates and more. UPDATED

If you follow us on Twitter (@fandads) or "like" us on Facebook you would have seen that this past weekend we had a contest to win a Gears of War 3 beta code.  We want to send a congratulations to Codie S. who won our contest and received the Gears 3 beta code.  We also would like to let you know that we have more contest in store in the coming weeks and months. Read on to see what we have planned.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Homefront

The reviews of Homefront haven't been too kind. Some people are complaining about the graphics, others are disappointed with the length of the game. I know that it isn't a Halo killer, and it didn't blow anyone's mind, but after playing it through and spending sometime playing it online I have to give it my seal of approval. 

For the sake of those of you that haven't played it, I won't spill too many details, but it gets you into the story from the start. I found myself having visceral reactions to what was happening on the screen. The story is good, maybe even a little too hard to watch at times. I feel that Homefront does a good job of pulling you in, I know I wanted some payback early in the game. Yes, the story is short, but is that such a bad thing? Quality over quantity right? Do you really want long, drawn out missions just for the sake of shooting enemy soldiers? I think the story is just right, it gives you some closure, a sense of accomplishment, but it definitely sets things up for a sequel or DLC.

Multiplayer is fun, nothing to write home about, but in my experiences it isn't as full of glitchers or campers as some other FPS are. I'm not the greatest FPS shooter, which frustrates me in most games when playing online, but Homefront is actually fun and I can hold my own. The points you can accumulate also add another interesting dimension to online play. Even if you haven't been pulling your weight, you can always save them up for something big and help out your team in the clutch. 

Overall, Homefront is pretty much what I expected, hopefully this is the beginning of a new franchise, if for no other reason than finding out how this story ends. That's why I think you should check Homefront out, if for no other reason than finding out how the story begins...

-Gil

And You Thought You Took Too Many Pictures.

An MIT scientist has recorded 90,000 hours of his son's first words. Interesting read, check it out.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Fandad Quote of the Day

A hairdryer is used for two things: 
Blow drying your hair & 
Making it easier to remove the price stickers from your action figures.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Home is Where the War Is.

I'm not a fan of horror movies. I'll watch some for the hell of it, for the fun factor, but I think most people watch them because they like to be scared. I guess that's why I'm not a fan, other than the occasional jump scene, they don't scare me much. Really, I'm more afraid of having to get up in the morning than possibly encountering a machete wielding murderer. The only movies that could give me a scare were the ones that seemed plausible. The Day After, Red Dawn, even films like The Road, told the type of stories that I could get into.

That's why I've been eagerly awaiting Homefront by THQ. First off, the game is written by John Milius, who co-wrote Apocalypse Now and wrote Red Dawn. They had me at Red Dawn, but then they worked with ex-CIA intelligence officers to work on a plausible storyline. Without getting into too much detail, Homefront basically takes place in the late 2020's, and a unified Korea is invading the country. (Can you say "Wolverines!") A lot of things had to happen in order for this to occur, including gasoline hitting $20 a gallon, but the more I read about the fictional story and timeline, the more I find myself thinking that this could happen.

IGN put up a good article about the game today and the Wikipedia article does a good job of summing the game up. I can't wait to get my hands on Homefront, I'm totally sold, the only question I have now is what platform to get it on.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Video Game Time Part II

Today's game: Killzone 3

As far as first-person shooters go: Call of Duty pretty much corners the market along with the Halo franchise.  Killzone 3 is a great FPS that clearly holds it's own with these titles.  From the massive environments to the spectacular sequences, Killzone 3 is the shooter that PS3 owners have been waiting for.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Video Game Time 2/22 Edition Part 1

Better late than never, huh guys?

So I few big titles have come out in the past few weeks and we are a little behind on the reviews, so today we will play catch up.  Last weeks big title was Marvel vs Capcom:  Fate of Two Worlds. 

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Video Game Time Update.

Video game time has been delayed for the past few weeks because my life has been consumed by Dead Space 2.  This game has completely taken over my gaming time and it has been my favorite game of the year so far.  We will be back next week with reviews for Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, which features over 30 playable characters and Killzone 3.  Killzone 3 is a title that I have been waiting for ever since I played the beta earlier this year. 


 

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Dead Island Teaser Trailer!!

If you tell me zombies, I'm there. It doesn't matter what the context is, throw in zombies and it just gets a hell of a lot better.  Dead Island is, by it's developer, Techland, called a "first-person zombie-slasher/action RPG."  All that is know about the game so far it that it takes place on a vacation resort, you play as a preselected character and you skills increase as the game proceeds.  IGN has more videos and screen shots of the game so check out their story when you can.

Below is the first announcement trailer for the game and all I can say is that the slow piano playing in the background really creates a eerie and tense mood. Watch it and tells us what you think, also check out their Facebook page for more info.


The Amazing Spider-Man

Over the weekend Sony officially announced the title to the Spider-man reboot: The Amazing Spider-man. Now while this title reminds me of the only Spider-Man series I actually kept up with I hope it evokes the same heart and soul that the Sam Rami movies did.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Why a Fandad should watch the Super Bowl. Updated with trailers!!

So, you're a Fandad and you do not follow sports, but want a reason to watch the Super Bowl?  Here are a few reasons to watch the big game later this afternoon.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Video Game Time 2/1 Edition

Last time I was really scared playing a video game it when I played Clock Tower on the original PlayStation back in the day.  I remember the frustration of trying to run away from the Scissor Man only to have my character fall and then impaled by those enormous scissors.  There hasn't been a game that has given me the same type of scare like that one until I played Dead Space on the PlayStation 3.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Next Generation Portable AKA Playstation Portable 2

Late last night Sony announced at their PlayStation Meeting 2011 in Tokyo the Next Generation Portable, the much rumored PSP2. While this system is not going to be released until this holiday season, Sony didn't hold back in announcing some new ways to interact with PlayStation along with some new titles for the NGP.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Video Game Time is Back

It has been a busy Winter for gamers! There were so many hot titles coming out each week that it was hard to keep track of everything that has been released, but today I will try to highlight a few and speak on last weeks big release.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

New Costumes, New Directions.

So this week we were introduced to the new look of Spider-Man and the first look of Chris Evans in Captain America.  While many people may not like the new look of Spider-Man, I for one will hold my opinions on Spider-Man until I see more, but I am just upset that I won't be seeing the combination of Sam Raimi and Tobey Mcguire on the big screen again.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Thoughts of an Evolving Fandad.

"I ain't no perfect man, I'm trying to do the best that I can, with what it is I have." Mos Def

It's a new year. It's that time where everyone makes resolutions, promises or lists of the things that they want to accomplish in the new year.  That time of year where everyone wants to start fresh and feel like they're actually doing something positive in their lives.  That time of year where we all want a new beginning.