Here’s what graphic artist Neil Nakahodo is into right now:
One afternoon, a friend introduced me to this video game, and I was hooked. I was amazed how much it resembled an NBA telecast. After some practice, you can actually pull off Steph Curry’s dribble move, where he drives to the left, whips it behind the back and shoots with his right hand. The game has a handful of game modes, but I usually focus on MyTeam mode, where you play with current and historic player rosters. Good for relaxing in a relatively short time.
Nintendo Classic Edition System
I basically gave up trying to find this reissued game console. Who knew it would be such a hot item? Then a great friend surprised me with it as a Christmas gift. And, of course, I couldn’t wait until then to open it, right? So I plugged in a Wii gamepad as a second controller, and my son and I started playing some of the “Super Mario” games, and then “Super Contra” and “Double Dragon II.” In “Tecmo Bowl,” the players’ names were removed, but you can still tell that No. 34 is Bo Jackson when he runs it for a touchdown. The 30 pre-installed games are a good mix of action, adventure and sports, enough to keep me entertained for a while.
This movie is dark, especially for young viewers, but it’s still great for the whole family. Kubo is a young boy in feudal Japan who searches for his father’s magical armor. His right eye was stolen by his grandfather, who is trying to finish the job by taking the other eye. Animation studio Laika did a fantastic job at making it a fun, epic adventure that’s cinematically beautiful. The best part is when Kubo folds origami figures and brings them to life. My kids and I get so inspired folding origami after a viewing, but we usually give up in frustration.
I’m ashamed to admit I’ve been a fan since Hasbro released them in 1985. Originally, they were designed by Takara, a Japanese toy company, under the name Diaclones. Hasbro added the storyline of two warring factions, the Autobots and the Decepticons. They’re more than your static standing action figure, changing from a vehicle to a robot and then back to a vehicle. I restarted my collection when the first generation was reissued about 10 years ago. Now that my younger son is also a fan, I get to share my enthusiasm with him. It’s also an excuse to keep collecting them.
The first season ended two weeks ago. And unfortunately, I’ll have to wait a whole year for the second. Based off Michael Crichton’s novel and movie “Westworld,” the series is about a Western-themed amusement park inhabited by androids, where the human visitors can fulfill their wildest fantasies with no consequences. The androids, or hosts, are programmed to not hurt the guests, but when the hosts realize they’re being used as lab rats, they start to fight back. The chaos that slowly ensues is fun to watch. The acting is superb, plus there are plenty of plot twists and crazy multiple timelines. Toward the end of the show, I was on the side of the hosts, not the humans.