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    Episode 133: Fingers Crossed

    The Mommy Gamers Podcast Episode 133

    In Episode 133 of The Mommy Gamers Podcast Marciais back from E3 and has actual smart things to say about games.  Carrie is just glad E3 is over, and Desirai talks about the fire at her house.  Enjoy an extra hefty dash of gaming chat as the ladies discuss Ghost Recon Wildlands, Resident Evil 7, Outlast 2, and some trending Overwatch drama.  For the health and fitness section Desirai discusses her frustrations over tring to eat healthy in a hotel room, Marcia is just plain lazy, and Carrie is sipping on hot sauce.  Game Developer Barbie is a thing. So is an app for any of you who find joy in ruining Game of Thrones for your friends…or enemies.  Looking for a fun family vacation?  You can have the time of your life at the Dirty Dancing resort in Virginia…AND you can enjoy listening to Marcia and Carrie sing about it.  Listen to the whole episode for all of that and more, and make sure to stick around for the bonus content at the end because transformer sex.

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    Episode 130: Can’t Vegan

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    For The Mommy Gamers podcast episode 130 the ladies get into a passionate debate about post-interview thank you notes.  Do you send them after a job interview? We’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below.  Marcia, Desira and Carrie also discuss hamsters, the new game from Niantic Labs: Pokemon Go, Blizzard’s new first person shooter Overwatch, Captain America, Chewbacca mom, and lots more.

    Interested in supporting The Mommy Gamers? Earn exclusive rewards by becoming a patron on Patreon. Remember, you can subscribe to The Mommy Gamers podcast for FREE on iTunes and Stitcher or you can access The Mommy Gamers app through Podcast Box on iTunes or in the Amazon app store for Android. Don’t forget to follow them on Twitter, and Facebook too!

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    Thanks to Neko Atsume, I’m A Virtual Cat Lady

    The Cat Collecting Craze…

    neko-atsume-logoI admit it. Lately, I haven’t been playing that many games. Oh, I still dabble in Clash of Clans or Super Mario Maker once in a while, but life – and work – keeps getting in the way, and I was never any good at gaming anyway. I do play enough that some Facebook quiz, trying to guess my gender, age, and income level via the apps on my phone, seems to think I’m a 32-year-old married man with a $52,000 per year salary. In reality, I’m a middle-aged single mom trying to eke out a living as a freelance writer, working from my laptop at home, baking Alton Brown recipes for fun.

    In other words, I’m a perfect candidate for Future Crazy Cat Lady. Enter Neko Atsume.

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    My milkshake brings all the cats to the yard. Or something like that…

    Preparing me for my upcoming feline-friendly career, Neko Atsume is a cat-collecting game. You must have seen it. It’s a non-game kind of game, which is pretty much perfect for the amount of brain cells I have alive in my head by the time I’m ready to do anything fun.

    My son, through the kids at his school, introduced me to this free mobile game. But it doesn’t matter. I would have found it some other way. For one thing, my college alumnae pet group (I went to a women’s college) is obsessed with Neko Atsume, and I’m always getting on to Facebook to find my feed littered with advice on how to get certain cats, or just people posting screen captures of the cats in their yard. I played this game for two months, off and on, before I actually got interested in it.

    I don’t get it. There is no reason this game should occupy me the way it does. I mean, you buy stuff. You put it out in your yard. Cats show up. They go away, leaving gifts behind that you can use to buy more stuff. That’s literally it. Nothing else happens.

    Yet there’s something very Zen about Neko Atsume. The stakes are low. If you leave, there are no consequences. No one attacks you while you’re gone. There’s no action whatsoever. There are cute kitties, sometimes with bags on their heads (isn’t that adorable?). Because they are drawn to different objects, it’s almost like they have personalities. You make them happy by providing items they like. It’s like virtual love, with the minimum amount of energy expended.

    I’m not the only one who feels this way. Heck, I’m late to the party. Plenty of people have spent time pondering this simple game’s popularity, and many others have jumped on the bandwagon. Academics and comedians have weighed in. Blog posts have been written. Buzzfeed has done a list (because of course they have). There’s a Tumblr (duh). There’s a sub-Reddit. The cats have been ranked. Recipes have been created. Heck, I learned to capture screenshots on my Android phone just so I could share pictures of my collected cats. I don’t even share pictures of my REAL cats (much).

    For those of us aspiring future multiple-cat-owners-about-to-be-raided by-the-humane-society, Neko Atsume is perfect. These cats don’t pee where they’re not supposed to, or need to go to the vet to have their teeth cleaned, or shed fur all over all my black yoga pants (I’m looking at you, Beasley), or steal tuna off the counter (I’m looking at you, Elsie).

    I think I like being a virtual cat lady. It’s at least a touch less pathetic than being a real one. Right? Right?

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    Episode 52.5: Extra Life 2013


    Marcia and Desirai wanted to make sure you all know about their Extra Life marathon on November 2nd, 2013 where they will be gaming for 25 hours straight to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The ladies are briefly joined by the amazing Doc Adams, founder of Extra Life. They also talk about how you can get their new smartphone app!

    To donate to anyone on The Mommy Gamers team and support them as they raise money for sick kids go to You can still JOIN their team if you’d like. The more the merrier! You can also “like” our Facebook page for Extra Life in Jacksonville, Florida if you’d like to follow along with the fun we’re having.

    Live streaming of the event will be available via Twitch: Twitch.Tv/UndergroundAlley


    The Ustream will be our main coverage, with interviews throughout the day and lots of other fun things. Make sure to tune in that day to win prizes and cheer the team on as they raise a ton of money to help sick kids.

    Zombie! Zombie! Zombie! – PAX Prime 2013

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    Zombie, zombie, zombie…so nice they had to say it…thrice? Coming to mobile devices later this fall, Zombie! Zombie! Zombie! is a fast-paced match-3 style game set in an apocalyptic world.


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    The game play is pretty addictive. You use your finger to match three similar zombies in order to form a triangle. This destroys all zombies within that triangle. The waves of zombies come at you with increasing speed and strength. Just matching up the zombies to create the triangles isn’t enough, but fear not…as there is a seemingly endless variety of weapons and power-ups to help you with your battle against the undead.

    Hannah had a great time playing this game. When it was time to move on, I had to physically pry the tablet out of her hands.

    Zombie! Zombie! Zombie! has not been released yet, but you can keep up to date by registering your email address on their website, or following them on Facebook or Twitter.

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