Monthly Archives: Oct 2013

What A Gamer Needs For Halloween

We asked our favorite gamers, friends and family, what do you need for Halloween? You will be surprised by their answers … or not! Hope you enjoy as much as we did!

Lucas 10- said, holding his Pacman cookie: ” Every gamer needs gamer sweets for Halloween!”


Lucas also said: “Every gamer needs a costume of a character from your favorite game! That is why I chose Enderman from Minecraft!”

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Brandon and Luke agreed:

“Every gamer needs a gamer costume! ” So, Spyro was an easy choice for them!

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Our gamer said that the best trick or treat gift ever was what he received this weekend when Nintendo gave him the new Pac Man and the Ghostly Adventures to try! The full scoop on this new game will be coming up soon!

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Mummy or Mommy, A Trick or Treat Question!

This week I used my Halloween Flashcards to play different card games!


In one of my classes, one of my students asked: Ms. Claudia, what is this? looking at the Mummy picture. I told him, it’s a Mommy! He said: That’s not my Mommy! I said, yes, that’s a Mommy, meaning Mummy.

Brazilian Portuguese does not differentiate the u sound on those words, so, to me, I’m saying the same thing when using one word or the other, but an American can recognize the difference.

Same thing in Portuguese, we have avô  and avó, accent differentiates them and my students have a hard time hearing the difference.

Accent mark and sound can also put you in trouble as in:

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In case you are interested in practicing at home: our cards had the words, Bruja – witch, Calavera- skeleton, Momia – mummy, Dulce- candy, Pastel- Pie, Hoja- leaf, Murcielago- bat.

We also watched this cute video in the class, where vocabulary learned in the cards was seen on the video:

I have been learning English since I was five, this week’s lesson taught me that learning a language is a life long process, you are always learning.

Happy Halloween, Feliz Dia de Los Muertos, Feliz Dia das Bruxas! 

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Hot Wheels World’s Best Driver – Racing To One Of Our Hot Game Picks!

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We were invited for the game launch early September in NY when we had a chance to preview and enjoy a quick try!

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Our game arrived soon after, we also received a super cool car and sticker, the game is compatible to our PS3 but it is also offered in Wii U and XBox 360.

My husband and I played the new “Hot Wheels World’s Best Driver” game on our PS3 and had lots of fun competing against each other!

They drove motorcycles and snowmobiles in addition to some hot cars! The game play is for one person at a time so you have full vision of the television screen while its your turn. The graphics are great and the action is non-stop! My son’s favorite game play was the snow mobile trick course/competition. Lots of high flipping, twisting and turning as you go flying off the ramps.

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We have an older Hot Wheels video game which has long been one of our favorites and “World’s Best Driver” has already become a new favorite for us! Hats off to Warner Brothers for their great new “Hot Wheels World’s Best Driver” game.

The game is available in most stores, what are you waiting for?

Let’s Get the Party Started With Skylanders Swap Force

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I have received the Game and additional characters, but all opinions are my own.

Skylanders is “mixing it up” with the newest game in the award-winning, top-selling franchise. Skylanders SWAP Force builds upon the success of the franchise’s signature gameplay and collectible toy experience, adding an all-new dimension to the “toys to life” innovation. The game introduces a compelling play pattern – – swapability — that lets gamers transform 16 SWAP Force inter-action figures into more than 250 unique characters by swapping the top and bottom halves of the toys. Now, Portal Masters can mix and match characters’ powers and moves and experience an unprecedented level of choice never before seen in a Skylanders® game. Fans also can play Skylanders SWAP Force with their entire collection of 100+ characters from Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure® and Skylanders Giants®.
Skylanders SWAP Force features new abilities – such as flying, climbing, digging, bouncing, or teleporting – which can be used in previously unexplored areas of Skylands centered on these play mechanics. Additionally, the game features 16 new core characters, eight new LightCore® characters and 16 new versions of fan favorite Skylanders from previous games. Kids will have more than 100 characters from which to choose. The game’s high-resolution graphics brings detailed characters and richer environments to life, immersing players in the game like never before.
The game features:
All-New Characters – More than 50 collectible characters including 32 never-before-seen Skylanders heroes each with unique powers and personalities:
• 16 new SWAP Force characters
• 16 new Core Skylanders characters
• 8 LightCore® Skylanders characters
• 16 new versions of fan-favorite Skylanders from the previous games, each featuring an all new “Wow Pow” upgrade power
o Exciting Adventure – Portal Masters will embark on a brand new adventure, encountering never-before- seen enemies and challenges, as well as meeting memorable non-playable characters who can help the Skylanders defeat Kaos and his minions in the Cloudbreak Islands.
o Unique SWAP Force Zones – Skylanders SWAP Force characters feature new abilities – such as flying, climbing, digging, bouncing, or teleporting – each of which can be explored in new areas of Skylands.
o Assortment of Gameplay Modes, Solo Survival Mode, Team Survival Mode, Rival Mode, Battle Arena Mode, Ring Out Mode

The game is offered for:  (Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4) Beenox (Wii)
n-Space (3DS), Nintendo Wii®, Wii U®, 3DS®

So what better way to share an amazing new game? Invite friends to play with you! We invited some friends and their children to come to a Swap Party! Children tried the game, taking turns!


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Moms could relax downstairs and enjoy a nice chat, guess what was on our mind? Holiday Gifts and the game was our first choice, which we were sure Santa would approve!


My son was so excited with all the options on the characters we received, it was hard to have him share his game controller!



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No better recipe for a successful party than happy children, enjoying an amazing game! We wanted to thank Skylanders for allowing us to try the game which was launched Oct 13th and is currently available in stores!