Five Suggestions On How To Improve Unboxing Videos

It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of unboxing videos. I find the entire concept to be tantamount to a strip tease, except the subject being undressed (or unboxed, in this case) is nothing to get excited about. Clearly, I’m not the target audience, but I do have a few suggestions on how to make the videos more appealing. Continue reading

The Positive Side to Negative Reviews?

Every once in a while, the Reviewer community likes to kick up the dust by having a lively debate on the pros and cons of negative reviews. The argument normally consists of two parts. The first is if a reviewer can be taken seriously if they only provide positive reviews. The second questions if a Reviewer should publish a negative review at all. To bastardize the Bard, “To be negative or not to be negative is the question.” Continue reading

Introducing the Origami Millennium Falcon

Star Wars has been a passion of mine ever since I saw the (original) film in the movie theaters at the tender age of 2. HOLY CRAP, I’M OLD! Darth Vader scared the bejesus out of me (good thing I was still in diapers), but the idea of spaceships, distant planets, and countless alien races fascinated me. As I grew up, I read books about the Star Wars universe, learned about its characters, collected all the toys, ran around the house shouting “PEW! PEW!”, and grew to revere George Lucas as a god like being who could do no wrong. Continue reading

Five Reasons NOT to Attend Gen Con

Gen Con is “the convention” to attend if you’re a board game lover. Games of all types are played, sold, and discussed ad nauseam for 4 days straight. There are also live events to attend, celebrities to fawn over, and contests to win. It’s truly an incredible event and one of the largest geek culture gatherings currently located on planet Earth. I know, it sounds horrible, right? Here are five reasons why you are making the right decision by not attending. Continue reading

Online Tool Estimates Your Board Game Collection Value, Terrifies

Collecting and buying board games is a bit like getting your first tattoo. You don’t know what you are doing, odds are you’ll invest in something silly, and you’ll feel obligated to show it off. After a bit, you’ll get a hankering to get another one (be it a board game, tattoo or even both) and the next thing you know, you’ve spent a small fortune on that which you love. Continue reading

A “Real Life” Commercial

OK, here’s the setup. A button is placed in the middle of a sleepy town square where not much happens except the occasional jaywalker being honked at. The only thing next to the (big, red, shiny, candy-like) button that identifies its purpose is a sign that reads “Push to Add Drama”. And there the button sits…and waits. Continue reading

Ninja the Mission Force: Better Than Real Life

The Father Geek inbox gets a lot of mail nowadays. Subject matter ranges from review requests, questions from our readers, and so much SPAM we could put Hormel Foods out of business. I look through it all to make sure I don’t miss any opportunities and kindly responding to those who took the time to write to me. Today, the inbox was sent an invitation to take a look at a project that was described as “a bunch of twenty-somethings, mostly dudes, getting together to shoot some online videos.” Most of the time, I would stop right there, but then they said “Ninja”. Intrigued, I continued… Continue reading