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Best Family Time Video Game Ever

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Ubiosoft for Just Dance 2020. All opinions and love expressed are my own!

My whole family loves gaming. It’s just something we all really enjoy, and we love it when the games are great when played together. That’s why I as a parent love the most. It’s great laughs and good family time when we can all play at the same time, or at least take turns. Throw in some great music and some fun movement and you have a video game that even the hardest anti-gamer has to appreciate! It’s family bonding mixed with fun, exercise, and a healthy dose of competition!

Just Dance 2020

I think our favorite family family game night game is Just Dance 2020! Do you know the game??? We are truly having a blast playing it, just about every chance we get! The Just Dance 2020 game brings my family together as the must have game of the holiday season! But what’s so great about it??

Amazing Unlimited Music

Well, for one, there’s an absolutely amazing catalog of over 500 of our favorite songs including “Into the Unknown” from Disney’s Frozen 2! It also has 40 hot new tracks, featuring chart-topping current pop artists like Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, Khalid, and even Pinkfong’s “Baby Shark!”  I mean…Baby Shark!! And this is unlimited access we are talking about, no ads needed. You can make custom playlists, get music recommendations, and dance with friends in co-op mode!!

So Much Activity

If you know what the game is about then you know it is all about dancing. The game is so interactive and simple to play, but packs hours of fun for everyone. I knew that I would love Just Dance 2020 like I’ve loved past versions. I also knew that my wife and daughter would love it, too. Singing and dancing is their jam. But I had no idea that my boys Caleb and Liam would love the game as much as they do!! They play it more than the girls do some days!!

It’s just so much fun to try to follow along and keep track with all those great dance moves. It really works up a sweat, but that sweat is always mixed with laughter and excitement. There’s just something about hearing a song you like and letting loose “on the dance floor.” This game packs in all of that excitement and maybe a little more since you are safe in the comfort of your own home. No judgements just good times!

Kid-Friendly Songs

If you are like me and worry about some of what is said in today’s popular culture, have no fear!! Just Dance 2020 features the acclaimed Kids Mode, allowing young players to enjoy 8 kid-friendly curated songs!! In other words, from children to adults, everyone can participate in this amazing game! So this really is a family-friendly video game that’s all about spending fun, family time together!!

Is there any wonder why Just Dance is the #1 Music Video game franchise of all time? I don’t think so. Check out this video and see for yourself!!

Get Your Copy Today

I know you’re psyched and ready to dance. I just know you are. It’s one of the most fun games we have and we really love to play as a family. It’s available on most video game platforms and you can use your smartphone to play if you don’t have Playstation Move or Kinnect! That part was really cool for a tech nerd like me!!

Bring home the excitement to your family this holiday season! Just Dance 2020 makes a great gift for the holidays for the whole family to enjoy! The game is only $30 from Dec 15 – 24! But be forewarned…you will not be able to get these songs out of your head all day long. And you may find yourself dancing at unlikely times throughout the day without notice.

To find out more: Just Dance 2020, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and search hashtags #JustDance2020 and #JustDance!!!

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Ubiosoft for Just Dance 2020. All opinions and love expressed are my own!

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Game Console Evolution – From Brown Box to Next Gen

Game console evolution is an interesting topic, even if you aren’t an avid gamer. It’s always about the most fun games being the best games. Video game consoles have changed tremendously over the years. The days of Pong and Pac Man are no more, at least not in the way that most grew up on those classics remember them. d\Throughout the years, game console evolution has advanced gaming technology from whit dots to the rich, deep graphics that we use today to enjoy some game time with the family.

Game Console Evolution

Looking back, there were approximately 70 game consoles that took us from Pong to Anthem. Each played a part in advancing the technology and bringing more flexibility and enjoyment to the gaming experience. So many fun games, so little time.

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Brown Box

Back in 1967, the first video game console was released and it was called Brown Box. This best games featured six simple games; Pong, tennis, handball, and volleyball to name a few. The Brown Box had a wooden box with two game controllers attached to it.

Magnavox Odyssey

In 1972 Magnavox licensed the Brown Box and expanded upon that game console to produce the Magnavox Odyssey. This silent video game console was a milder advancement upon the Brown Box and brought video game consoles into people’s homes.

The Magnavox Atari Wars

Fast forward to 1975 when Atari decided that their PONG arcade game was so popular that consumers needed a home version of their game console. During this time Magnavox and Atari continued to compete with different versions of their game console releasing to consumers. Throughout this period, graphics were enhanced and more game options became available for the Atari and Magnavox game consoles.

These were the days that saw the introduction of more complicated games like Circus Atari, with its variety of games and arguably the first “party game”. During this period, game console evolution encompassed controllers, as well, with Atari introducing the paddle and other novel controllers.

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Nintendo

Nintendo came onto the scene around 1977. While most Americans know the NES as the first game console introduced by Nintendo, that isn’t true. This first game console by Nintendo was called the Color TV Game Series, a game console only available in Japan. As more and more companies started to compete against the Atari 2600, more game console creators popped out of the woodwork but only a few survived, making it to today.

Sega Genesis

In 1988, Sega released its popular Sega Genesis game console. It took the game console evolution one step further, advancing in both graphics and controller ability. The Genesis boasted graphics superior to the NES, as well as a controller with three buttons to add more flexibility to gameplay and function.

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The Sega Nintendo War

During the 1980’s video gaming became wildly popular with the brands Sega and Nintendo dominating the industry of video game consoles. In 1983, the Nintendo Entertainment System emerged victoriously into the game console scene and most of you probably owned one as a young child.

With the release of the Sega Genesis console in 1988 and Nintendo’s follow up that up with their Super
Nintendo Game System released in 1990, the war of the consoles was well and truly underway. Nintendo and Sega warred furiously on every front from role-playing games to platformers. The most memorable franchise war is arguably the Super Mario and Sonic battle.

The two companies continued to compete in the game console industry for many years. Battling tooth and nail for more market space and releasing games that were more and more advanced.

The Arrival of CDs and the Playstation

Game console evolution took another huge leap in the 90s with the arrival of CD technology. CDs could hold vastly more data than traditional cartridges, allowing for much more resources to be allocated to a game. Of course, there had to be systems that could both support and make the most of that data.

While Sega tried its hand at more advanced, CD-based consoles, the company that truly dominated the field was Sony. Their Playstation introduced next-generation graphical capabilities that had never been seen before. Their Playstation took full advantage of modern technology, with CD-based games, a sleek, low profile system, and memory cards. Microsoft’s XBOX system was also released and has been going head-to-head with the Playstation ever since.

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Game Console Evolution is Still Going Strong

Today, game console evolution still goes on more strongly than ever before. Playstation 4 has been a huge force in the console industry. They have released a PlayStation 4 that supports 4K televisions, and there are talks about a Playstation 5 in the pipe. XBOX also continues to release new and improved consoled regularly as the battle between Sony and Microsoft rages on into the next generation.

While Nintendo still uses a cartridge-based system with their SD card game storage, they still hold a strong market presence as well. This is due to their always innovative approach to gaming. The wildly popular Nintendo Switch doubles as both a console and handheld gaming system, offering unsurpassed flexibility, and the cartridge-based games are barely discernable graphically from the now-standard CD-based format.

Game Console Evolution is More Than Technology

Back in the 1980s consumers considered themselves lucky to have a game console, but these days, practically every home has one. They are no longer a mystical item that seems out of reach. Rather, they are part and parcel of both children’s and adults’ lives. In almost every household, there is a game console bearing the name Nintendo, Sony, or Microsoft. As a gamer, I’m happy about that, and I look forward to the continued game console evolution.

What game console was your favorite one throughout the years of video game console changes?

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