GeekDad Review: Sound BlasterX H5 Gaming Headset From Creative

Sound BlasterX H5 headset

I conscripted my twins Jon and Aidan to help me test out a gaming headset sent by Creative. The 13-year-olds spend an awful lot of time playing on Xbox Live with their friends, and they already have several headsets to compare the Sound BlasterX H5s to. The verdict? This is a gaming headset well worth considering. Continue reading

Deadpool Joins ‘ Marvel Contest of Champions’

Marvel Contest of Champions Deadpool

Just a quick update on ‘Marvel Contest of Champions’ for you Deadpool fans: the Collector put Deadpool in charge of the latest set of quests, and he’s made a real mess of it. As far as Deadpool goes, this one includes a lot of silliness but is fairly tame—so it’s kid-safe even if the movie is very much not. Continue reading

Wizard World Comic Con Is Coming to Portland


Wizard World Comic Con Portland is now just a week away (February 19-21), and I can’t wait to attend. This will be my first Wizard World convention. Continue reading

Yo-kai (Toys) Are Everywhere!

yokai watch logo

When I first began talking about the arrival of Japanese super-property ‘Yo-kai Watch’ here in the New World, I truly wondered if American kids could possibly grow to love these distinctly eastern ghosts and ghoulies. If my children are any indication, the answer is a resounding yes. Continue reading

Video Game Review: ‘Firewatch’ by Campo Santo


‘Firewatch’ is a first-person mystery game where you play Henry, a 40-something man who’s avoiding the mess his life has become by taking a summer job as a fire lookout deep in the heart of Wyoming’s Shoshone National Forest. But, as Henry learns, isolation isn’t going to solve your problems. Continue reading

PDP’s PlayStation 4 Universal Media Remote Puts You in Control

pdp remote

The thing I missed most about my PS3 was its perfect Blu-ray remote. When I upgraded to the PS4 last year, I was disappointed that it wasn’t compatible, and so I waited for Sony to release another exemplary first-party equivalent. That never happened. Continue reading

GeekDad Review: ‘Lionel City Builder 3D: Rise of the Rails’

Image: Big John Games

Newly out for the Nintendo 3DS is ‘Lionel City Builder 3D: Rise of the Rails’ made by Big John Games. This downloadable game is affordable and fun. With both structured and freeform elements, there’s something here for every level of player. Continue reading

Game Review: ‘That Dragon, Cancer’: A Profoundly Moving Tale About Parents and Their Terminal Son

That Dragon, Cancer

Parents need to know ‘That Dragon, Cancer’ is less a game and more a downloadable interactive narrative that follows the true story of two parents trying to cope with their emotions while looking after their terminally ill son. Continue reading

Everything You Need to Know About ‘Minecraft’


If your kid has been swept up in the ‘Minecraft’ craze, you’ve probably come to realize that resistance is futile. It isn’t only the game itself that kids obsess over. There are ‘Minecraft’ YouTube videos, a whole ‘Minecraft’ language, ‘Minecraft’-like games, and more. Continue reading