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    The Mommy Gamers Podcast Episode 169: The Period Pack

    The Mommy Gamers Podcast Episode 169

    For Episode 169 of The Mommy Gamers Podcast Marcia and Carrie are excited to be back after a short break. The ladies are joined by guest host Krystal aka Overyacting, an awesome Mom and the Xbox General at the PMS Clan. As a huge fan of Cards Against Humanity Marcia just had to talk about the new Cards Against Humanity for Her deck. It’s the same deck you’d usually get, except the box is pink and it costs $5 more as a jab at the “Pink Tax”. If you’re not familiar with the Pink Tax, it basically represents the fact that women’s products on average cost about seven percent more than similar products marketed to men. You can enjoy the usual CAH quips and pick up that deck on their website here. They also now have a Period Pack of cards to add to your CAH deck. A collection of menstruation themed cards all written while the writers were on their periods. We will be reading those cards to you on Episode 170 of the podcast. You’re welcome!

    Speaking of flow (period jokes…we’ve got plenty) the gaming chat flowed heavily this episode. Mass Effect Andromeda, Friday the 13th: The Game, Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds, ESO online, and Perception. You can read that review of Perception by Mike Robles on our site here. TV chat includes Wayward Pines, Nashville, Lucifer, Orange is the New Black, The Preacher, and Blood Drive. Guys…we had a LOT to talk about this week.

    Marcia is extra fired up about Twitch Affiliates getting a subscription button. Yes, we have a Twitch stream and you can stare at Marcia while she plays video games at www.Twitch.TV/TheMommyGamers if you’re into that sort of thing. You can also now use your Amazon Prime membership to subscribe to the channel for free!

    We also had some great listener questions! If you ever want us to answer your question on the podcast make sure to leave them for us here in the comments, or on our Facebook page.  This week we had some great questions about Twitch streamers that maybe reveal too much? Which then launched into a lively discussion about male Twitch streamers, like Scarfino, who also unfairly use their sexy beards to lure in viewers.

    Shout outs to our new Patreon supporters Derek Weber and Doughboyeeeee. If you are still reading this super long podcast description, love our show, and want to support us and get some fun rewards you can join our Patreon community here. Patreon supporters will be getting Carrie, Marcia, and Krystal reading 69 jokes as bonus content soon!

    And because you can never have too many links, as promised here is the Facebook link to Desirai’s new venture, Libri Labra

    Okay guys, that’s it for this pile of show notes. We will see you again in two weeks for a new episode. Enjoy, please share it around, and keep being awesome.

     

     

    Carrie’s Favorite Scary Movies

    Today is Halloween and to celebrate, I wanted to share my favorite horror films. I was raised on horror films, and am literally named after the Stephen King novel, so horror is very important to me. There are many different types of horror films, and all of them have place in my heart. The list below, however, are my top favorites across all the genres. These are listed in no particular order.

    1) Fright Night

    Fright Night has been one of my favorite movies since its release in 1985. Written and directed by Tom Holland (Thinner), Fright Night was a story of the Boy Who Cried Wolf with a twist. Charley Brewster is a normal teenage boy with an obsessed for old horror films. When a stranger moves in next door, he begins to connect the odd behaviors of his new neighbor with a series of disappearances in the area. Charley eventually comes to the conclusion that a vampire has moved in next door to him. He has a hard time convincing anyone of what he believes, but eventually they all are forced to listen. Fright Night stars William Ragsdale, (Herman’s Head), Amanda Bearse (Married with Children), and Chris Sarandon (Child’s Play).

    2) Halloween

    The original Halloween is hard to beat in terms of classic horror films. It really redefined the entire genre, and was the beginning of the slasher craze. All of the Halloween movies (with the exception of 3.. we don’t talk about 3… too many roaches.. can not handle) are great in their own rights. However, the first is by far the best out of the series. It is the only one that truly scares me. The second Halloween was also great, but still not quite the same standard as the first. Directed by John Carpenter (Big Trouble in Little China), Halloween stars Jamie Lee Curtis (Scream Queens), Donald Pleasance (Escape from New York), and P.J. Soles (Carrie).

    3) Evil Dead 2

    All of the Evil Dead movies are fun, but Evil Dead 2 is by far my favorite in the franchise. Evil Dead was true horror, Army of Darkness was comedy, and Evil Dead 2 was the perfect blend of the two. It was scary while still being funny and ridiculous. I tend to think of Evil Dead 2 as the “porridge that Goldilocks ate” as far as how perfectly it blends horror with comedy. If you haven’t seen any of the movies in the series, go ahead and start with this one. You’ll thank me. Directed by Sam Raimi (Spider-Man), Evil Dead 2 stars Bruce Campbell (Burn Notice) and Ted Raimi (Xena: Warrior Princess).

    4) Ghost Story

    Ghost Story is an oldie but a goodie. The movie revolves around a group of old men who realize that a secret they’ve held for 50 years has come back to haunt them… literally. This was one of the first ghost movies I ever saw, and it is still one of my favorites. If you haven’t seen it, you won’t regret spending time on it. The cast alone is enough to make it worth it. Ghost Story stars Fred Astaire (Funny Face), Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. (Little Caeser), and Alice Krige (Star Trek: First Contact).

    5) The Exorcist

    The only movie that every truly scared me was The Exorcist. I think my real fear of this movie came from my extreme fear of demonic possession when I was little. I suffer from sleep paralysis, but when you’re 5 years old, it’s as close to what you can imagine being possessed is like. Because of this, I had a serious fear growing up of being possessed. I know, I know, it’s super silly, but it doesn’t change how it was for me at the time. Even still, despite being terrified by this movie, it has always been among my favorites. It’s like riding a roller coaster, you’re terrified when you’re on it, but you can’t wait to go again. The Exorcist stars Max von Sydow (Strange Brew), Ellen Burstyn (Interstellar), and Linda Blair (Supernatural).

    These movies are just my top five of all time, but there are so many more worth looking into. Fright Night 2, Shutter (the original Thai version), Let the Right One In, Ringu, Silent Hill, and Nightmare on Elm Street are all great examples of some more of my favorite horror films. What are your favorite? Let me know in the comments below, on our Twitter, and on our Facebook page!

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    Character Profile: Lara Croft

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    Here’s a riddle for you. What do you get if you combined the X chromosome from Indiana Jones (before Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, of course) with the X chromosome from Bruce Wayne, toss them in a blender with a just a dash of Annie Oakley, and finally pour the whole thing into the mold of a British supermodel? If you guessed Lara Croft, the star of Eidos Interactive’s insanely popular Tomb Raider franchise, you’d be absolutely right. For the past two decades, fans have joined Lara on her globetrotting adventures in video games, comic books, and even two major motion pictures, with a third on the way.

    From the heights of the Himalayas to the depths of Atlantis, facing off against deities and doppelgangers or tigers and T-Rexes, Lara Croft has “been there” and “done that”.  Gamers were first introduced to Croft’s world back in 1996, when video game publisher Eidos reached out to her with the tantalizing offer of bringing her various adventures to life as a video game, allowing gamers the opportunity to walk (and run and jump) miles in her shoes. The first Tomb Raider hit store shelves and, before long, fans couldn’t get enough of Lara Croft.  

    One game wasn’t enough to stave off gamers’ thirst for adventure and their craving for this new heroine. So Croft and Eidos expanded their deal, leading to the release of a second Tomb Raider game … and a third … and a fourth. Games started popping up everywhere,  from PC to Mac, Dreamcast to PlayStation, Game Boy to PSP, PS3 to Xbox 360, and even now on iOS to Android and PlayStation 4 to Xbox One … if there’s been a gaming platform within the past twenty years, Lara Croft probably been on it.

    So what’s a girl to do after she’s conquered the digital world? Why, go after the entertainment world, of course. Just a couple of years after the success of the first Tomb Raider game, Hollywood started to take an interest in Lara Croft and her international exploits.  Of course, with Croft keeping herself busy travelling the world in search of rare artifacts, it’s not like she could take time out of her busy agenda to work around a film’s shooting schedule.  So who would filmmakers pick to fill Lara’s … er … holsters?  

    None other than Angelina Jolie.  Jolie’s look and attitude brought Lara to life on the big screen, not once but twice, in Paramount’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider in 2001 and the sequel, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life in 2003.  Fans seemed to enjoy the live action take on Lara Croft, as both movies earned sizeable box office receipts. Even now, Warner Bros. and MGM have green lit a new Tomb Raider feature film reboot for 2018, with Alicia Vikander taking over the role of the intrepid adventurer.

    After twenty years, Lara Croft still inspires people to overcome obstacles, to face their fears, to become better and stronger in the face of adversity, and to believe that they can accomplish anything. And Lara’s story is far from over.  With her new movie in the works, an upcoming PlayStation 4 release of The Rise of the Tomb Raider, and the ongoing comic book series from Dark Horse Comics, 2016 is definitely shaping up to be The Year of the Tomb Raider. And the most famous spelunker in video game history shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

     

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    The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today DVD Giveaway

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    The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today is out on DVD September 6 from Sony Home Entertainment and The Mommy Gamers has a chance for one lucky winner to get a copy of this DVD! Scroll down to the bottom for your chance to enter this giveaway, and make sure to check out the fun “Princess or Pirate” quiz! After a few years of my six year old daughter dressing up like a princess for Halloween, this year she wants to be a ninja. I’m curious to see if she changes her costume choice to pirate after watching this new movie. Personally, I would choose pirate…because rum 🙂

     

    In the brand new original animated film, Princess Alise is training to be the perfect royal but in her heart all she wants to do is sail the seven seas as a swashbuckling pirate! After setting sail, Princess Alise is shipwrecked and washes ashore on an island where she meets Lucas, a young boy who has been living there by herself. They have to work together to survive and get back to civilization!

    Take the “Are you a Princess or Pirate” quiz and unlock an exclusive GIF!

     

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    The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today DVD Review and Giveaway from The Mommy Gamers

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    Each household is only eligible to win The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today! DVD via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

    Remakes Are Officially Out Of Control

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    With the announcement today of a Clue remake, I have officially had enough of remakes in Hollywood. I have tried to be ok with remakes as long as possible, as I see the potential good they can do. They can reintroduce classics to an entirely new generation of movie watchers, and I get that. I have tried to watch some classic movies with my kids, who turned their noses up because it looked, “too old.” Giving a new spin on a classic can help grow interest with younger fans. However, enough is seriously enough.

    The first time I was irked by a remake was the 2010 remake of Nightmare on Elm StreetNightmare on Elm Street was one of my favorites when I was younger, and I knew that they weren’t going to do Freddy Krueger justice. I was correct. They focused too heavily on the pedophile aspect and turned what was originally a fun, yet scary, horror film into a genuinely upsetting and cringeworthy pile of crap. Even the always amazing Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen) couldn’t save it. 

    Freddy Krueger

    The next remake to get under my skin was the Fright Night remake. Fright Night has been on my list of top 5 movies since I first saw it at the tender age of 9. I used to obsess over that movie. I had a huge crush on William Ragsdale’s (Herman’s Head) Charley Brewster for years. When I heard there was a remake being made, I knew there was no way they would be able to recapture the magic of the original. I avoided watching it for the longest time, but eventually the pull of David Tennant (Doctor Who) and a bout of morbid curiosity got the best of me. My fears were all justified. They completely stripped the story of its “Boy Who Cried Wolf” theme which was the soul of the movie.

    The straight to video Fright Night 2: New Blood is a better remake of the original than the star studded 2010 was. If you want a halfway decent remake, you can check Fright Night 2 out on Netflix.

    Jerry Dandridge Fright Night

    I know your feels, Jerry, I really do.

    Then came the news that M. Night Shyamalan is rebooting Tales From the Crypt without the inclusion of the Cryptkeeper. I loved Tales From the Crypt so much when I was younger, I carved “TFTC” into almost everything I owned. I had posters of the Cryptkeeper on my wall and even went so far as to collect all of the original EC comics the show was based on. To hear the “King of the Crappy Twists” is going to be overseeing one of my all time most beloved shows is killing me inside.

    Don’t get me wrong, some remakes have been fine. I enjoyed Ghostbusters immensely. Despite all of the hate, it was truly an entertaining movie. This trend in Hollywood to just regurgitate what they see has worked in the past has got to stop. At the very least, if remakes are going to be made, they need to be treated with reverence and respect. Not to completely change the entire original theme of the movie.

    What do you think? Are you tired of seeing remakes in Hollywood? Is there one in particular that has upset you? Or one that you really liked? Let us know in the comments below or on our Twitter or Facebook.

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    LEGO FRIENDS: Girlz 4 Life Blu-ray And Lego Set Giveaway

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    I’m a very firm believer that you can never have too many LEGO’s laying around your floor, however…those sets aren’t cheap. So I am VERY pleased to announce this giveaway! One lucky winner will get a copy of the  LEGO FRIENDS: Girlz 4 Life Blu-ray and ALSO one LEGO FRIENDS: Pop Star Dressing Room Kit. Check out the details on the movie, and the LEGO kit and then scroll down to the bottom to enter for your chance to win!
    Lego DVDWatch the LEGO friends take life in the new animated movie LEGO® FRIENDS: Girlz 4 Life. Now available on digital HD, and Blu-ray combo pack 2/2.

    In this new movie Olivia, Stephanie, Emma, Mia and Andrea’s friendship is tested when the mega pop star Livi comes to town, and her manager steals the girls hit song “Girlz”. Check out this LEGO® FRIENDS: Girls 4 Life app to get the inside scoop on the friendship and listen to some rocking music! Check out more on the official L2M website.

    What could be more fun than an afternoon letting your daughters hang out watching the LEGO® FRIENDS movie? Building their own LEGO® FRIENDS Pop Star Dressing Room with their friends of course! Included in the set are Emma and Livi mini dolls, a mirrored vanity with dressing room, swivel chair and more! It really sounds like an afternoon too good to be true – the girls playing together while learning about friendship, no need for intervention because everyone will be happy with these.

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    Star Wars Cast Spoils The Force Awakens (Just Kidding)

    I’m not an obsessed Star Wars fan. I’ve seen the movies and will probably be marathoning through them machete order soon, I just haven’t been waiting at the edge of my seat for this new movie to come out. I haven’t minded that my facebook feed has been flooded with Star Wars memes, light saber profile photos, or even Star Wars branded fruit. What I have minded are all the silly declarations of unfriending and attempted murder over potential spoilers being released. With all that being said I find this NERDIST Fake pretty funny.

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    Veronica Mars DVD Giveaway

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    The Veronica Mars Movie

    It’s here! It’s here! It’s finally here! The Veronica Mars record breaking Kickstarter campaign that ended on April 12, 2013, was shot over 23 days during June-July 2013. The movie will be released in selected theaters nationwide on March 14th, 2014.

    If you were somehow out of the loop and didn’t know they were making a Veronica Mars movie, here’s what it’s about:

    “On the eve of graduating law school, Veronica Mars has put Neptune and her amateur sleuthing days behind her. While interviewing at high-end New York law firms, Veronica Mars gets a call from her ex-boyfriend Logan who has been accused of murder. Veronica heads back to Neptune just to help Logan find an attorney, but when things don’t seem right with how Logan’s case is perceived and handled, Veronica finds herself being pulled back into a life she thought she had left behind.”

    See it in select Theaters MARCH 14
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    Head on over to http://theveronicamarsmovie.com to watch the trailer.

    Follow @veronicamars and include #VeronicaMarsMovie in your tweets to let everyone know how excited you are.

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    In an effort to get everyone pumped about the movie’s release we’ll be giving away a copy of the Veronica Mars movie on DVD, when it becomes available of course. The DVD is expected to drop some time in May. For your chance to win take the 3 levels of “Purity Test Marshmallow Super-Fan Trivia” and post your results in the comments below.

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    Each household is only eligible to win One (1) Veronica Mars DVD via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

    A winner will be selected at random by 11:59pm EST Sunday March 30th, 2014.

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