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What Parents Need to Know About Star Wars Battlefront: Get Your Kid a Fake ID
1 year ago

What Parents Need to Know About Star Wars Battlefront: Get Your Kid a Fake ID

Star Wars Battlefront has faced some mixed reviews in its first week; it’s a fun couch co-op game, but reviewers almost unanimously mourn the lack of both more single and multiplayer content. Nevertheless, it’s a really fun game, and even more fun to play with your kids. Just one tip: first, get ’em a fake I.D.

Before you hop in the car and drive to some shady alley downtown, you won’t need a real fake I.D. But it might take some number-fudging and superfluous accounts to get your children playing Star Wars Battlefront online. Keep reading for a step-by-step process to get them online.

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Is Disney Infinity the Video Game With the Most Playable Female Characters?
3 years ago

Is Disney Infinity the Video Game With the Most Playable Female Characters?

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If you’ve got a daughter, you’ve no doubt thought about the representation of women in video games. Maybe some of your daughters have explicitly asked to play a game “as a girl.” Maybe you just want to teach your daughter that women aren’t relegated to the sidekick or the “princess in distress.” Maybe you just want more characters at your disposal.

Whatever the reason, you’ll be pleased with the Disney Infinity franchise. The Disney Infinity 2.0 launch has added a new handful of female characters, bringing the current tally of playable female characters to 14. It’s quite possibly the most female-inclusive video game ever.

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When Is It Appropriate to Show the Star Wars Movies to Your Kid?
5 years ago

When Is It Appropriate to Show the Star Wars Movies to Your Kid?

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I’ve stumbled my way into many, many heated discussions surrounding divisive parenting issues since becoming a parent. There are certain topics that just seem to bring the worst out in moms and dads, issues where parties on both sides feel defensive, attacked, and vastly self-righteous all at the same time. The topics range from breast-feeding to TV-watching habits to the question of “If your child has a late birthday, should you send them to kindergarten earlier or later?” (That last one is a particular party-ruiner.)

But, while I’ve battled my way through debates on all of those issues and more, possibly THE most contentious parenting issue I’ve encountered so far was one I wasn’t really expecting. If you really want to see a group of modern parents tear each other from limb to limb, just take a deep breath and ask, “So, when do you think it’s appropriate to show your kids the Star Wars movies?”

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Watch Dads Singing Little Mermaid Classic Anthem
5 years ago

Watch Dads Singing Little Mermaid Classic Anthem

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Dads Sing Little Mermaid

What do doctors, lawyers, police men, barbers and The Little Mermaid have in common? Well, until Tommy Riles and company got in the mix, not much.

Riles owns Life Of Dad (dot com, y’all) and among other things on the social networking site for dads, he makes humorous videos. That’s where we’re going with all this.

Most recently, the Life of Dad crew got dad-friends and dad-family from across the country to sing “Part of Your World,” from The Little Mermaid. Video after the jump, with a couple of words from Riles himself.

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Mom Glued To Laptop While Watching Her Kids At Disneyland
5 years ago

Mom Glued To Laptop While Watching Her Kids At Disneyland

Categorized under OMFG… a mom with her kids in line, on a laptop, at the Toy Story Mania Ride at Disney California Adventure.

According to my source who captured …
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Episode 026: Chocolate Creme

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Episode 026: Chocolate Creme

This week’s episode covers the following stories on 8bitdad.com for the week leading up to April 17th, 2012: PQotW: How Early Is Too Early for …
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The Unpretty Portrayal Of Dads In The Disney Princess Movies, Part 2
5 years ago

The Unpretty Portrayal Of Dads In The Disney Princess Movies, Part 2

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The Unpretty Portrayal Of Dads In The Disney Princess Movies, Part 2

Editor’s Note: This is part two of a two-part epic about how dads are portrayed in the Disney Princess movies. Check out part one here!

Recap: As a service to the dads out there struggling with kids who might have a similar affinity for the Disney Princess Industrial Complex, I decided to breakdown how fathers are portrayed in all ten of the major Disney Princess films, if only to point out exactly how low Disney sets the bar when it comes to showing fathers in a positive light onscreen. Disney Princess fathers are largely absent, oblivious, easily manipulated, loathe to accept responsibility, and generally not the sharpest tools in the shed. Their daughters normally succeed in life DESPITE them, not because of them. And, speaking as a dad, I think that kind of stinks. Take a look at ten of the least impressive fathers in film history and decide for yourself if they’re as potentially damaging to a kid as the old-fashioned damsel in distress. Part two after the jump! Read More

The Unpretty Portrayal Of Dads In The Disney Princess Movies, Part 1
5 years ago

The Unpretty Portrayal Of Dads In The Disney Princess Movies, Part 1

The Unpretty Portrayal of Dads in the Disney Princess Movies, part 1

Editor’s Note: This is part one of a two-part epic about how dads are portrayed in the Disney Princess movies. Check back tomorrow to see part two!

As the father of a five-year-old girl, I fought the good fight against the Disney Princess franchise and – I’m man enough to admit – I lost. I totally got my butt kicked. My wife and I did our best to keep our little girl away from all of the princess culture indoctrination material with the crowns, make-up, jewelry, and the wishing that someday her prince would come, but, despite our valiant efforts, Disney Princesses found their way onto her radar when she was about three years old and they’ve stayed there ever since. And, now that I’m two years in, I’ll acknowledge that the whole princess thing isn’t completely horrible, provided that, as a parent, you balance it out with a lot of other material and some indoctrination of your own.

Our main worry was that some of the Disney Princesses aren’t exactly the best role models for young kids. They’re often submissive, passive, way too focused on their looks, and completely beholden to the men who come to their rescue. And, trust me, as the father of an only girl, you definitely want your little sweetheart to act more like Wonder Woman or Hit Girl than Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty. And, thankfully, I think my daughter gets it. When she plays with her princess figures, she has THEM save the princes and not the other way around. She’ll wear princess dresses, but only if she can also carry her homemade lightsaber too. We somehow stumbled into a nice equilibrium with the Disney Princess craze, which was a nice surprise, but, once I stopped worrying about how the princesses were portrayed in the Disney films, I had time to start worrying about how the dads were portrayed. You know, the kings, the lost aristocrats, the noble warriors… the extremely, extremely absent father figures. And, as you can guess, what I was seeing wasn’t very pretty.

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