Thursday, 5 March 2015

Gamer Girl Giveaways - Week of March 5


There will be an ongoing linky, but will be published each Thursday. Stop in weekly and link up any gaming related giveaways. Or come on by and browse for gaming giveaways to enter!

Wondering how to participate? It's easy!

Under Your name: put the name of your giveaway prize and the end date. For example something like this "My Cool Blog - Excellent Prize (Can/US 3/12)" or  this "Awesome Prize, 4/16".

Under Your URL: copy and paste a direct link to your giveaway, not to the main page of your blog.




If you're looking for more places to list your giveaways   
check out our lists: Giant Linky List, and Giveaway Listings.

And finally... if you link up, please help spread the word about the Gamer Girl Giveaway Link-Up. Grab our button or send out a quick tweet. The more folks that know, the more exposure your giveaway will receive!

Gamer Girls Giveaways Link-Up


Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Getting My Nerd On with Nerdblock Jr


Over the past year or so, I have been given the opportunity to check out numerous NerdBlocks, and I always love cracking my new one open!

This month I was given the opportunity to check out the Nerdblock Jr from February!





Grab your subscription to Nerd Block Jr now, and don't miss out on any of the exclusively nerdy items!

La Boca - Wordless Wednesday



Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Ultimate Video Games List - U




At And She Games we love all kinds of gaming, and all types of games! So we have been curating some Ultimate Game Lists to show off to you!  We have been working our way through the The Ultimate Board Games List for a while now, and would love if you would check that out as well!

We wanted to work on Video Games next.   But first, let me say that there are a lot of video games out there.  Every type and variety, and I am sure we will miss some a long the way.  Also since some games and systems are obsolete and "current" can be a relative term, we went with 2005 and newer, and as many as we can find.


We would love your input on any we may miss along the way!  We would also love to hear your thoughts of some of these games.  If you would like to write a review of the game on our blog (we can link back to your game or business), please email us.


Check out the other letters: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T

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Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

  • New functionality including the ability to remain with your friends while matchmaking; map customization and the pooling funds gathered in different modes for use in unlocking content and upgrades.
  • An game world layout that allows players to take an aggressive or new stealth approach to combat.
  • Free-flowing "traversal gunplay" that adds a unique vertical element to standard 3rd-person shooting mechanics.
  • Award-winning cinematic storytelling, incorporating new and familiar characters, as well as all new and varied play environments.
  • A wide array of gameplay modes including a robust single player campaign and a franchise first online multiplayer modes including competitive and cooperative play options.

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Nathan Drake's Blockbuster Adventure Continues
A search for the fabled "Atlantis of the Sands" propels fortune hunter Nathan Drake on a trek into the heart of the Arabian Desert. When the terrible secrets of this lost city are unearthed, Drake's quest descends into a desperate bid for survival that strains the limits of his endurance and forces him to confront his deepest fears.

  • An interactive cinematic experience that blurs the lines between games and Hollywood films.
  • Nathan Drake's journey will put you through new challenges and take you to stunning locations around the world, from a derelict chateau in France to the merciless Arabian Desert.
  • Epic single-player campaign with evolved signature Uncharted gameplay.
  • A new breed of action-adventure multiplayer that brings the exciting cinematic elements of the single-player campaign into the multiplayer.
  • Experience the thrill of Uncharted in stereoscopic 3D.


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Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

One ordinary man one extraordinary adventure

In Uncharted: Drake's Fortune a 400-year-old clue in the coffin of SirFrancis Drake sets a modern-day fortune hunter on a pulse-pounding exploration for the fabled treasure of El Dorado.  His quest leads to the discovery of a forgotten island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

The search turns deadly when Drake is stranded on the island and hunted by mercenaries.  Outnumbered and outgunned Drake and his companions must fight to survive as they begin to unravel the terrible secrets hidden on the Island.
 
Using maps and ancient artifacts uncover clues and unravelmysteries to find a forgotten island and a treasure that was thought tohave never existed. Explore exotic locations and traverse through livingjungles and spectacular 400-year-old ruins. Drake's panions and allies play an important role in theadventure through cooperative mechanics gun play and exploration. 
 
Experience fast-paced gun play use a variety ofenvironmental elements for cover shoot enemies off of moving vehiclesin high speed chases and more 
 
Use and array of hand-to-hand fighting moves to put your enemy off balance using anything from wild haymaker punches to running drop-kicks.


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Monday, 2 March 2015

Getting Checked


I previously wrote about my hatred for Chess....seriously... that game makes me bonkers, which is funny because I never much minded Checkers.  I think it's because it's a similar style game but with out the ridiculous rules.

I always found Chess to have so many rules for the sake of making it complicated. Like each piece has it's own set of rules and there are so many of them. It gets to the point where it's like you could've made this game easy, but it is more elitest.  Anyways...this not about that. LOL

This is about my love of Checkers.  OK maybe not love, but I have always liked the game.

Checkers is fairly easy to teach, and pretty much anyone can learn how to play.  I love the accessibility of it, and to me that's what makes a game fun.

I have fond memories of playing checkers with my Grandpa, Dad, and sisters all through out my childhood.  It's something that I want to play with my boys as it makes you think but not to the point where it will take someone 5 minutes to make a move.  Although my Dad use to do that to me.

Dad loves Chess, so we were playing checkers together and he started taking longer and longer to make his move.  Finally I got up and left.  By the time he made his move he was looking for me, and my mom is like I am pretty sure Shari is outside playing.  He explained that couldn't be as we were playing checkers together.   Mom looked outside, and I was out there playing.

Seriously I don't have patience for Chess. LOL

Are you more a Checkers or a Chess kind of person?

Sunday, 1 March 2015

The Modern Parents Guide to Kids and Gaming Review



As my kids get older, their interest in gaming has continues to grow and change. Even though I consider myself a fairly active gamer (not quite hardcore but moreso than the everyday social gamer), I think it is important as a parent to learn more about the world my kids are exploring. 

I happened to stumble onto an ebook called "The Modern Parents Guide to Kids and Gaming." Written by a professional in the gaming industry, this book encourages parents to consider the positives of games for kids and how to embrace the gaming world alongside your kids. Primarily focused on parents who might not be gamers themselves, there is still plenty of great information, suggestions, and resources for the more invested gaming parent. 

Far too often, we hear about how bad video games are for kids - citing research into brain and social development, so it was a nice change to get information about the benefits that game can offer. The author takes some time to tackle the major concerns head on, especially the ideas of increased violence, addiction, health, and online safety. (In fact, there were a few times that I felt he might have repeated himself on these arguments.) In opposition, he presents all the good things that have come because of games. 

His practical ideas surrounding setting ground rules are terrific, as are his suggestions for parents to be involved with their kids' gaming life - asking questions, joining in, and being genuinely interested to know more. There are explanations on how games are rated, basics of gaming lingo if you aren't familiar with it, how to handle conflicts with your kids over gaming, and explaining the differences between kinds of games (and why kids find them enjoyable). I love the ideas of thinking like gamer in order to help prevent arguments. Let's face it - which of us would like to have to hard-crash a game after hours without a save point just because our time was up? It was a great reminder to me when dealing with my boys and their time limits. 

There were several great extras - such as a whole section all about girls in the gaming world and what kinds of games they like, especially how they don't care if a package is pink and girly. I loved that. It's ok for girls to like games that aren't marketed to them explicitly! Yay! The back of the book also has recommended links and gaming sites. As the book isn't exactly new, some of these are sadly obsolete, but still a great tool to have. 

 If you are a parent with kids who are interested in gaming, I'd say snag it and read it. It's insightful, useful, and a handy reference to have.


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Written by: Lisa Marie Fletcher is a Canadian, homeschooling mom of 4 boys, and wife to a man in the golf industry. She keeps herself (extra) busy by blogging at The Canadian Homeschooler, reading, and doing other miscellaneous design work. She loves to game - and spends many an evening playing Final Fantasy XI online with her hubby.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

App of The Week: Matching with Friends




This Weeks App of The Week is a favourite of mine, Matching With Friends

Matching with Friends is a strategic puzzle game you play against your friends.  You are given 3 sets of blocks, that contain 3 blocks with colours in each one.  You then place the tiles strategically on the board so that you gain the maximum amount of points, and while still matching 3 more blocks of the same colour together. 

Once you are done your move, the game tallies up your score, and it's your opponents turn.  At the end of the game (you get 11 or 12 turns), you see who won.  Both of you get coins, although the winner gets more. 

Use these coins to buy swaps, or block removers.

The one major downside to the game is...well....if you don't have friends interested in playing or your friend doesn't make a move....well you can't play.  So that sort of minimizes the fun a bit.

Overall this is a fun game, that I do enjoy playing.





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