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Hello and welcome to Parents Press Play & Friends where we talk about unique and interesting topics across gaming, entertainment, and technology for people of all ages. Parents Press Play & Friends is part of the Covering Videogames Network.

This week, in Episode 216: Nintendo Direct E3 2019, we are joined by 2 Dads. I am your Host Kaleb Rutherford, @kahleeb on Twitter, and joining me this week is the newest Parent that Presses Play but we know him better as “Mr Rise Broadband” Derek Smith, @DigitalSamson on Twitter.

On the Show, we talk about the Nintendo Direct at E3 2019.

Hello and welcome to Parents Press Play & Friends where we talk about unique and interesting topics across gaming, entertainment, and technology for people of all ages. Parents Press Play & Friends is part of the Covering Videogames Network.

This week, in Episode 214: Pre-E3 Madness, we are joined by 1 Dad and 1 Friend. I am your Host Kaleb Rutherford, @kahleeb on Twitter, and joining me this week is my little minion, “Kase-O,” Kase Rutherford.

On the Show, we talk about: Pre-E3 leaks, E3 predictions, Google Stadia, Pokemon Direct, Nintendo Labo VR, and Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age on Nintendo Switch.

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Welcome to Episode 30 of Parents Press Play. This week, in Holy VHS Batman, we have all three Dads together to discuss the latest in the world of technology, entertainment, and videogames.

This week, Kaleb, @kahleeb on Twitter, Michael, @blitzz5 on Twitter, and Daniel, @ppmddad on Twitter talk about Don’t Starve, SNOW, Nintendo Losses, Youtube Ethics, The Raven, Rube Works, 24 is Back, Batman, and Hill Street Blues.

Michael fills us in on the latest PlayStation Plus title on the PlayStation 4: Don’t Starve.

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Dan tells us about the upcoming ski and snowboarding title SNOW and its availability on Steam Early Access.

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Nintendo Loses a nice chunk of change. Is this the end of their console business? How can they save the Wii U?

Kaleb tells us about Youtube Ethics and how Microsoft, Machinima, and EA seems to be doing some shady stuff.

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Daniel tells us The Raven is now available on yet another platform. He really wants you to play this game.

Rube Works is available on iOS and Android.

24 is Back this May. Kaleb and Michael couldn’t be more excited. Daniel has a different story.

Holy 1960’s Batman! Daniel gives us the good news about a “home video” release.

Shout Factory has some news regarding the influential police drama Hill Street Blues getting a “home video” release.

Remember to follow Parents Press Play on TwitterFacebook, and subscribe to the Podcast via our RSS feed or iTunes. You can also follow our individual twitter accounts: Daniel (ppmdad), Michael (Blitzz5) and Kaleb (kahleeb).

Until next time, Keep Pressing Play!

By Kaleb Rutherford

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Welcome to Episode 21 of Parents Press Play. This week, in Excuse Me I Have to Blow My Nose, we have all three Dads together to discuss the latest in technology, entertainment, and videogames.

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This week, Kaleb, @kahleeb on Twitter, Michael, @blitzz5 on Twitter, and Dan, @ppmoddad on Twitter talk about the TV Show Vikings, Madden 25, Happy Meal Books, Pokemon X & Y, Watch Dog Delay, Windows 8.1, and we close with our Band of the Week.

We start off the show, this week, with Dan telling us about the Blu-ray version of Vikings he has been watching.  Michael also wants you to know about the story Dan wrote on his blog about Cherry Medicine.

Next, Kaleb turns the conversation to Madden 25 and how it is the best football game they have made despite a few issues. Kaleb wrote up a full review of Madden 25 over at CVGames.

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We then talk about McDonalds and their upcoming Happy Meal promotion that will include a book with each Fast Food Meal.

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Up next, we discuss Pokemon X and Pokemon Y and how this is the best version of Pokemon ever made.

Our conversation then moves on to the Watch Dog delay and how it impacts “bundled consoles” preordered at GameStop and Amazon.

We then talk about the release of Windows 8.1 and some of the features found in the first major update to Windows 8.

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Finally, we end with our Band of the Week featuring Skylanders Swap Force Soundtrack by Lorne Balfe. This album is available digitally at all major providers found online.

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You can also follow our individual twitter accounts: Daniel (ppmdad), Michael (Blitzz5) and Kaleb (kahleeb).

Until next time, Keep Pressing Play!

By Kaleb Rutherford

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Welcome to Episode 15 of Parents Press Play. This week, in Best of PAX, we have the two Dads together, with Michael, @blitzz5 on Twitter, stuck in a traffic jam, and discuss the latest in technology, entertainment, and gaming.

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This week, Kaleb, @kahleeb on Twitter, and Dan, @ppmoddad on Twitter, talk about the Xbox One release date, the new Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Matchbook, and the best of PAX that Dan saw this year.

We start off the show discussing the Xbox One release date announcement and ponder what is going on over in Redmond…

Next up, Kaleb talks about the new Kindle Paperwhite announcement and who this eReader is for.

He also gives the details on Amazon’s new Kindle Matchbook service.

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Finally, the bulk of the show surrounds the Penny Arcade Expo–known as PAX. Dan goes over the best things he saw at the show. The list includes:

Remember to follow Parents Press Play on TwitterFacebook, and subscribe to the Podcast via our RSS feed or iTunes.

You can also follow our individual twitter accounts: Daniel (ppmdad), Michael (Blitzz5) and Kaleb (kahleeb).

Until next time, Keep Pressing Play!

By Kaleb Rutherford

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Welcome to Episode 14 of Parents Press Play. This week, in PAX Eve, we have the three Dads together as a group and discuss their entertainment, technology, and gaming.

This week, Kaleb, Dan, & Michael talk about Blu-ray movies, the AppleTV Update, Ben Affleck as Batman, Nissan and Driverless Cars, The Raven, Cubetractor, the Wii U Price Drop, the 2DS, and we close out with our What the Heck!?!? segment.

Dan opens up the show talking about two very different Blu-rays: Cockneys vs Zombies and Return to Neverland.

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Michael tells us about the new AppleTV update and the content it gives users.

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Kaleb talks about Daredevil star Ben Affleck becoming the new Batman for the 2015 Batman vs Superman film.

Next up, Michael talks about Nissan and their promise to have driverless cars on the road by 2020.

Dan talks about two games he has been playing: The Raven and Cubtractor.

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Next, Kaleb tells us about the new Zelda Wii U Bundle and the $50 price drop the console is getting in September.

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Michael and Dan next argue with Kaleb over the 2DS and why they think it is a bad idea.

We end with our What the Heck!?!? segment and Nintendo’s cafeteria food situation with their President Iwata..

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Remember to follow Parents Press Play on TwitterFacebook, and subscribe to the Podcast via our RSS feed or iTunes.

You can also follow our individual twitter accounts: Daniel (ppmdad), Michael (Blitzz5) and Kaleb (kahleeb).

Until next time, Keep Pressing Play!

By Kaleb Rutherford

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After another week of our exciting lives surrounded by children, Kaleb and Dan return to their computers and talk in the 3rd Episode of Parents Press Play! This week we talk about “Whatcha Been up to,” Things we have been Watching, Tech we are playing on, Stuff we have been Reading, the latest Video Game News, “What the Heck!?!?,” What we have been Listening to, and the “Band of the Week.”

Keep reading for the full shownotes.

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In our introductory “Whatcha Been Up To,” Dan recounts his tale of putting up their household crib for the first time in over ten years. Dan also has a full post about this story here.

Kaleb talks about the the upcoming Sonic Lost World coming to the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. You can read his full “First Look” preview here. You can view the reveal trailer here.

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Kaleb also chimes in about the local Hawaiian Falls Water Park with 5 locations close to the DFW Area. This is a family friendly Water Park. You can learn more about this by going to their website.

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Dan’s kids have had him busy watching Dora Rocks and Bubble Guppies Sunny Days.  He wrote about the Dora DVD here and the Bubble Guppies DVD here. Listen to the podcast to hear him rage about price versus content.

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Meanwhile, Kaleb and his wife, Emily, were able to go out to see Star Trek Into Darkness. We talk about the movie without spoilers. After the movie, Emily geeked out by watching all of the original Star Trek Films! Yes, even the bad ones!

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In our “Reading” portion of the show, Dan talks about some books his kids are reading. First up is Howl’s Moving Castle. He also speaks about The Lost Stories: Book 11 of Ranger’s Apprentice.

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After talking The end of the Spider-Man last week, Kaleb recounts the events of the Green Lantern in The New 52 up through the amazing conclusion of the 64 page Issue 20.

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Moving to our “Tech” section, Kaleb talks about his experiences with the Samsung Google Chromebook.

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In our “Video Game News,” Dan and Kaleb discuss the Rayman Legends, for the PlayStation Vita and Sony streaming their upcoming E3 Press Conference onto the Vita screen.

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We discuss the release of FUSE on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC platforms. FUSE is the new IP from Insomniac Games who are best known for the Ratchet and Clank series.

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Nintendo is also having their Wii U and Nintendo 3DS E3 titles playable at Best Buy locations across the US and Canada. To find the Best Buy nearest you, that is hosting the E3 Nintendo games, visit their site. Nintendo is currently scheduled to have the games available from 4-8 PM, local time, on Wednesday, June 12, and 1-5 PM, local time, on Saturday, June 15.

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In this Week’s What the Heck!?!?, Microsoft is ready to use the Xbox One to make TV less boring and give you achievements for watching shows and commercials.

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Moving to the “Listen” section, Dan tells us more about his Ireland trip, Depeche Mode’s new  album: Delta Machine, and the upcoming Depeche Mode concert he is going to.

Finally, Dan introduces us to Poplock Holmes and his song Monster Hunters. You can view his website here.

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Until next time, Keep Pressing Play!

By Kaleb Rutherford

In today’s episode we begin with Daniel and Kaleb talking about what we have been playing and watching since our last episode.

Daniel has some thoughts about the new re-release of The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim with all of the DLC.

We next move on to E3 News. E3 2013 is only six weeks away and we are beginning to learn more about the next Xbox. Microsoft will officially acknowledge their next-generation Xbox to the Public at an event in Redmond, Washington on May 21, 2013, at 10 AM PST. There will be streams online and seen on Spike TV.

Microsoft plans on detailing the console more and sharing its full lineup during their E3 2013 Press Briefing 19 days later.
Time to put all these rumors to rest!

Speaking of rumors, remember how EA didn’t appear on Sony’s stage for the reveal of the PlayStation 4? EA said, afterwards that it didn’t make strategic sense for them. I commented that this must mean they were “in bed” with Microsoft. This appears to officially be the case as Respawn Entertainment’s first game, from the original creators of Call of Duty, is going to be exclusive to the Xbox 360 and next Xbox platform.

Respawn Entertainment will be showing off something at E3 for the first time. Will they also be at the May 21st Xbox Reveal event or will they make their big announcement at Microsoft’s E3 Press Briefing? Respawn Entertainment is part of EA’s Partners Program.

In other E3 2013 news, Nintendo has revealed plans that are not going to be popular. Historically, Nintendo has had their annual E3 Press Briefing the Tuesday morning E3 began. For Nintendo, this gave them “the last word” after Microsoft and Sony moved their Press Briefings back to Monday.

However, Nintendo has elected to cease their E3 Press Briefing and will focus on their Nintendo Direct events. Nintendo Boss Satoru Iwata says:
“We [have] decided not to host a large-scale presentation targeted at everyone in the international audience where we announce new information as we did in the past. Instead, at the E3 show this year, we are planning to host a few smaller events that are specifically focused on our software lineup for the U.S. market.”

Has Nintendo conceded that their announcements this year won’t be able to stand next to new consoles from Microsoft and Sony? Is Nintendo already waving the white flag on this generation?

After Nintendo revealed that they will not host an E3 Press Conference at E3 2013, 2K Games has sent word out that they will not be having a booth at E3 2013. Instead, the company will have meeting rooms.

Ronnie Singh, Digital Marketing Director, had this to say:
“While 2K will not have a booth on the show floor at this year’s E3 conference, we will have a lot of great news coming your way this spring. Stay tuned for our live gameplay and event broadcasts to see the latest gameplay from our upcoming titles.”

2K Games’ booth has been closed off to everyone but Press, with appointments, and Partners. Is this a big deal? Is E3 going to shrink or cease in the near future?

Quantic Dream delivered 35 minutes of gameplay footage of its upcoming Beyond: Two Souls at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York this past weekend. The footage shows us how immersive the new title is and gives us some insight to the mature themes that star Ellen Page will face during the gameplay.

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Though there might be a few spoilers in the video, they are kept to a minimum and I highly recommend you watch the video below.

How would you combat piracy? For Greenheart Games’ new Game Dev Tycoon, they decided to get a bit creative. At the release of the title, they uploaded a slightly altered version, of the game, to popular torrent sites.

As the player begins to release their titles, in the game, they slowly lose money until they go bankrupt. There is even a screen that mentions piracy of your titles caused the studio to go broke.  What makes things more hilarious is the people, who pirated the game, went on to Greenheart Games forums and complained about it. One poster wrote: “Why are there so many people that pirate? It ruins me!”

Greenheart Games was watching the usage and they had over 93.6% piracy rate for a title that was only $7.99 to begin with.

Greenheart Games said, about the situation: “We are not wealthy and it’s unlikely that we will be any time soon, so stop pretending like we don’t need your 8 dollars! We are just two guys working our butts off, trying to start our own game studio to create games which are fun to play. The game is DRM free, you can use it on up to three of your computers for your own use, you get copies for Mac, Windows and Linux, you can continue your game before piracy wrecked your company and we even aim to provide you with a free Steam key once the game is on Steam. All for a mere eight bucks.”

This week we are debuting a Band of the Week. This week we are featuring the Newsboys and their song God’s Not Dead. We hope to reach out to many artists and gain permission to play their music in future episodes.

Also, I apologize for not having my information about the song and band fully in front of me while recording. You can learn more about the Newsboys on their home page or Wikipedia.

By Kaleb Rutherford

Deep Silver may be “Deeply Sorry” about offending people with their headless and armless bloody bikini statue, but they are still proceeding with including it as a preorder bonus for Special Editions in Europe and Australia.

When the statue was originally revealed, in January 2013, Deep Silver said they sincerely regret this choice and they would never make a business decision that would be found so offensive.

Is this something that the US just can’t stomach but the rest of the world can appreciate? How do you think our kids, especially younger ones, react when they see such violence?

Dead Island Riptide is available today on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

Daniel really likes his Warships with a focus on the 70’s!

We need to stop for a moment and wish a very happy birthday to UP, UP, DOWN, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT, B, A, SELECT, START. Of course, this is the famous Konami Code with bonus lives for both players as seen in Contra. Oh Contra, how much joy you brought me in my youth!

Did you know that the code originally appeared, this week, in the 1986 release of Gradius? What memories do you have of the famous Konami Code?

What is the best way to share console memories of your youth, like the Konami Code, with the next generation? Can they ever really understand the impact that the code had in pop culture and the videogame world?

THQ has officially ended with the remaining assets being sold off to the highest bidder. Gearbox Software ended up winning the rights to Homeworld and Nordic Games won the rights to the Darksiders franchise.

Okay, we know Gearbox Software is the studio behind the awesome Borderlands franchise and that Aliens: Colonial Marines mess–but who is Nordic Games? They are the Publisher that released Alan Wake and Painkiller: Resurrection on the PC Platform.

Here is the breakdown of what was sold:
$4.9 million from Nordic Games Licensing AB, a Swedish-based video games publisher, for Darksiders, Red Faction, MX vs ATV, Other Owned Software (includes Destroy all Humans!, Summoner and more), and Other Licensed Software (includes Marvel Super Hero Squad, Supreme Commander and more);

$1.35 million from Gearbox Software, LLC, a Plano, Tex.-based developer of interactive entertainment, for Homeworld; and

$.3 million from 505 Games Srl, an Italian video game publisher, for Drawn to Life and Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter
505 Games is a publisher behind titles such as Terraria, Cooking Mama and Armored Core.

Nintendo surprised fans by revealing they will release Earthbound on the Wii U Virtual Console. Did you know that Earthbound is only one of the Role Playing Games better known as Mother in Japan? Earthbound, in Japan, was Mother 2. One of the most requested entries, in the franchise, Mother 3, never saw release on the GBA despite an outcry from fans.

In fact, a group of fans did a translation and Clyde Mandelin, who headed up the translation project, said they would be more than happy for Nintendo to take, and use, their script to properly release Mother 3 to the masses. The script was originally completed in 2008.

What do you think the chances are that Nintendo releases Mother 3 outside of Japan? Are there any games, exclusive to the Japanese market, that never made it to the states that you would love to see released in the US?

Kaleb just reviewed such a title this last week–Shin Megami Tesami: Digital Devil Saga: Soul Hackers. This was originally a 1997 Saturn game that was later released, as a PlayStation game, but never outside of Japan.

How many Earthbound fans will buy a Wii U just to play the Virtual Console version of their favorite RPG?

Nintendo also announced a new 3DS Yoshi’s Island sequel and a new 3DS Zelda title set in the world of A Link to the Past. As a fan of both of these franchises, I have big hopes for these games. What do you expect Nintendo to deliver?

Pizza Hut is coming to Xbox Live and 360 owners can order a pizza and have it delivered to their house. Pizza Hut made history in EverQuest 2 where players could type /pizza to order a pizza.

Are we entering an age where our kids will order food on their consoles? Should we be concerned or is this just where technology is headed?

By Kaleb Rutherford