Saturday Video Round Up: August 30 – September 5

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Hey, it’s PAX Prime weekend! For those of you attending, have a great time. This also means that it’s time for another Round Up, bringing you the best trailers and gameplay from the past week. With September upon us, the ushering in of another fall/holiday release schedule is here. That also means the trailers are falling like water. So lets get to it, then!

I’ll make the argument that there isn’t a cuter game coming out in 2015 than Yoshi’s Woolly World. I mean, it’s Yoshi in a world completely made of yarn. Come on, what’s not to love?! The visual style is simply outstanding and as we’re still well over a month away, the trailer below will have to tide you over for now.

If you’re curious to see how Halo 5: Guardians begins, Microsoft gave you a nice sneak peak this week as the opening cinematic released. The game is still a month and a half away from retail but if you need a Halo fix, come watch the impressive opening moments with Spartan Locke and Fireteam Osiris.

I’ve also got new videos for Forza Motorsport 6, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Mad Max and so much more after the break, so come check out this week’s batch of trailers!

The full list of videos await you after the jump…

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I game with my child.

I game with my child.


Electronics are a daily part of everyone’s life.


From checking your social media updates on your cell phone, to reading this article now. We are constantly attached to tech, in some way shape or form.


Like many parents, I’m concerned about how much is too much in the gaming department for my child. Although my son is still a toddler, I am concerned about how long I should let him play “Angry Birds: Space” or “Plants vs. Zombies” (he is better at those games then I am).


I want him to be outside playing and exploring his world.


It’s important to me to have him reading books rather than being attached to tech.




Video games are proven time and again to be one of the biggest helpers in development and learning for children.


With this in mind, as a gamer, wouldn’t I want to introduce my child to games? Because I know how much fun they are and it would promote bonding in another way with my child.


Video games, in general, are meant to be shared and games offer so many teaching opportunities with critical thinking and problem solving. Games, such as “Little Big Planet 3” offering two-player mode in which you help your child to solve challenges in the game. Each challenge becoming progressively more difficult, allows for room to teach and express frustration at a task, but to find a way to calm down and refocus on the goal. I’m highly anticipating “Unravel” for this reason alone.


While, video games offer learning and developmental skills to children, I find that we enjoy at the heart of it fun in play. He may not be old enough, just yet, to express well thought out conversations, but I do think talking about a game we’ve played together or him “helping” me through an area in LBP3 promotes imaginative play. He can pretend to be a character in a game, and I see this reflected in his unplugged play.


Sure, many choose video games as escapism and that is fine, video games help to relieve a lot of stress.


I choose to use video games as a learning and bonding tool for us. You can still enjoy video games with you child, and with so many family games out now, it is hard to not find a game that the family will love. Children enjoy working with their parents and parents will find they are shaping their child’s imagination. So, be one of the 18% of parents who choose to buy a console over a tablet this year.


And play video games with your kids.

Just when I thought it might be time to turn in the Wii U…


Image by Flickr user (CC)
Image by Flickr user (CC)

My relationship with the Wii U has been complicated from the start. When it was first announced, I was confused. When it was first released, I was curious. When its commercials saturated my vision, I was frustrated. When its games trickled out, I was bored, except when it came to Super Mario 3D World, and then I was happy. When I finally got one, I was overjoyed. When I realized it had been sitting on the shelf unused for months, I was upset. And as I am a realist, in the recent past I seriously considered that my days with the Wii U were over.

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Youtube Time: The Duck Plays: Rayman Origins-Geyser Blowout (Lum Medal)

Hello there!  Today, I will be sharing with you another juicy and delicious (wait, what?) installment of my gameplay series for Rayman Origins.  In this video, I get the Lum Medal in the second level of Jibberish Jungle, Geyser Blowout.  As you can see, this level took me two tries, as I was not able to get 350 Lums for the Lum Medal during my first attempt.  I was still getting used to the game, thus my minor incompetence.  Plus, I just miss the helicopter ability.  It is useful, but I don’t get that until the Desert of Dijiridoos.  Sigh. Continue reading Youtube Time: The Duck Plays: Rayman Origins-Geyser Blowout (Lum Medal)

Overlooked: The Secret Room in Rayman 3’s Tower of the Leptys

You may have noticed by now, but I really like secret rooms in video games.  I love finding something I had never seen in previous playthroughs.  And I rather love bragging at people over things I have found that they haven’t.  Hey, when you’re like me, and you’ve managed to lose 100% of the matches against your friends in Super Smash Bros (honestly, what the heck), you need something, anything, to prove to them you’re still a proper gamer.  And I am, darn it.  I am a darn good gamer.

Confident in my excellent skills as a gamer, yes, excellent, I am fine with admitting to one secret room that remains barred to me to this day.  Yes, I, the Duck, great secret finder that I am (not really, but whose really going to argue?), has never been able to enter the secret room in the Tower of the Leptys (no, Globox, it’s not the Tower of the Tetris, you silly glute!) in Rayman 3. Continue reading Overlooked: The Secret Room in Rayman 3’s Tower of the Leptys