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Delicious: Moms Vs Dads (Gamehouse)

Emily and her friends are tired of having to do all of the housework while their husbands lay around the house.  Therefore, they have a Father of the Year contest in order to teach them a lesson. Will the men learn anything or use this as an excuse to continue being lazy?

Be warned that this review contains spoilers, so proceed with caution.  First, I’d like to say that, when I first started playing the game, I had a huge fear that it would result in the latter.  There were times in the game when you’re supposed to have sympathy for the husbands’ failures, especially Mike. He is such an epic fail that, during the camping challenge, he didn’t pack enough supplies for his children but still managed to pack too much.  The characters even point out that he’s director of the parks department, so this should be his area of expertise. It gets so bad that Mike’s boss threatens to fire him if he doesn’t clean up his act. Let me explain that Sharon, without getting permission from the others, agreed to broadcast the Father of the Year contest on live television.  The fact that the parks department keeps a failure such as Mike employed at the park makes them look back. Thankfully, Stacy agrees to help but, instead of helping Mike be a better cook, she makes pancakes for him, gives them to him in secret and encourages him to tell everyone he made the pancakes. Don’t worry; everyone catches Mike and Stacy in the act.  Fortunately, for Mike, it’s the one time when the camera operator’s not around. At the end of the camping round, he chooses to stay in the competition so that he doesn’t disappoint his kids and ends up doing a not so terrible job at making pancakes.

Patrick, on the other hand, is good at being a fun dad but fails at being a responsible parent.  He can play with his kids, but he fails at laundry and only does chores around the house when Emily asks him to.  She calls him out on this during the contest when he questions Emily for giving him a four. Patrick ends up getting so competitive that, during the kite competition, he ignores Paige’s wish to keep the kite they made in order to make a superior kite that would be sure to beat Chad.  Patrick even gets angry with Emily, accusing her of wanting him to be more like Chad. He is Sharon’s husband who passes all of the challenges with flying colors, yet spends more time on business trips than he does with his family. However, Emily never said that Patrick needed to be more like Chad.  All she told Patrick was that he needed to improve his fathering skills because they have three children and Emily’s strained having to do all of the work herself. It’s something I pointed out in Miracle of Life when Emily was making excuses for Patrick, so I’m happy to see that she’s wising up about this.  Later on, Emily gets worried that Patrick’s desire to win is making him lose sight of what made him a good father, as I pointed out earlier. In the end, Emily and Sharon come up with the idea to have the final round be about how well the fathers know their children. It’s a challenge Patrick passes with flying colors and is even able to tell his kids apart when Chad switches the twins around so that Patrick will lose.  This challenge is worth double the points and, if you ask me, Patrick should’ve gotten more points just for being able to tell his kids apart despite the sabotage. Instead, they decide to give a four-way tie, something Chad doesn’t agree with which I’ll talk about later. Patrick comes up with the idea to make a special challenge for each father to give their kids a surprise and it’s worth no points. He even admits to Emily that the contest was a good idea because it helped him appreciate how hard Emily works.  As happy as I am about Patrick’s growth, it still brings up one question. I’m sure those of you who follow my blog know that Emily and Angela went on the Love Boat for a cruise while Patrick stayed behind to care for their kids. Since Patrick, at the time, was not a responsible father, what kind of mess did Emily come home to after she left the cruise?

Chad, Sharon’s husband, is the other side of the coin.  He’s good at cooking, cleaning and everything the contest has to offer in the beginning.  It’s something Sharon brags about and shows off to everyone even going so far as to allow a news channel to broadcast the contest without talking to the other women about it.  Sharon points out that it’s no different from Emily posting the contest on her blog, but she didn’t go behind everyone’s backs for her own ego. However, as I said earlier, Chad spends more time at work than he ever does with his family.  It’s what inspires Sharon to come up with the final challenge and show everyone that Chad’s not so perfect after all. During this challenge, he fails miserably at answering questions about Grace. It’s a scene I found rather funny and sad at the same time.  Patrick, despite being in competition with Chad, actually tries to help him out and fails. Whether Patrick does this more for Chad or Grace is up to the player to figure out. Personally, I think Patrick did it more for Grace because she was hurt that her own father didn’t know anything about her.  I’m sure there are some children who understand Grace’s pain. This inspires Chad to sabotage Patrick by switching their twins that, as I’ve pointed out, backfires. I also said that Chad is the only husband not satisfied with a four-way tie and talks to the reporter about having a sumo contest to determine the winner.  Since the whole point of this contest was to show the men what the women have to go through, this undermines the whole message and reinforces that it’s more important for men to be macho rather than being good people. It’s a message also supported by my mom’s least favorite car commercial. Unlike that commercial, the contest ends with Patrick about to win but forfeiting at the last minute when he sees his son crawling for the first time.  Despite Chad being the winner, Patrick gets the last minute footage for caring more about his kids than he does about the contest. In the end, Sharon breaks down because she admits to Emily that she’d rather have an imperfect husband that spends time with her and Grace than a perfect husband who’s never there. Chad overhears this and quits his job for Sharon, leaving her to worry about whether they’ll be poor because Chad has no job. Personally, if Chad’s job makes him enough money for them to own a beach house, I think they’ll have more than enough money saved up to stay rich.  However, they might want to keep a closer eye on their back account.

Last and, in my mind, most certainly least is Andy.  For those of you who haven’t played Miracle of Life, Andy is Mary-Lynn’s husband who abandoned her when she was pregnant.  Now, he wants to come back into her life and takes part in the contest to win Mary-Lynn’s heart. While Andy does mediocre on the chores at best, their baby, Levi, doesn’t know him because he’s never been around.  To me, this is a gray area. I haven’t forgiven Andy for abandoning his family, but I imagine it would be hard for Mary-Lynn to raise Levi on her own. In the end, she takes him back and he helps with the chores as well as raising Levi.

I explained that each father learns, in their own way, that they need to help with the domestic in their own way.  I also said that there were many times throughout the game that I feared the message would be, “fathers are useless at anything domestic so mothers should do everything.”  At first, it begins with elderly women saying that Emily’s generation is lucky because the men help. What they didn’t get is that the men often blew off their chores with Patrick refusing to get up at night and feed the twins.  Emily, Sharon and Mary-Lynn talk about this with Evelyn and Brigid, who both support the Father of the Year contest. At first, they mope about how mothers do all the work and fathers get all the credit. They even make jokes about events for the Father of the Year contest, which Emily, at first, finds a little too mean-spirited.  Brigid defends it by talking about how she had to raise Patrick and Kate by herself with no help from their father. Evelyn is, at first, proud of Edward for vacuuming, until she realizes that she’s been praising her husband for doing one chore around their house. Meanwhile, she is stuck with the lion’s share. Patrick refusing to get up in the night and take care of their babies is the final straw for Emily.  At the end, each of their husbands agree to do more chores around the house. Patrick even does the dishes without Emily having to tell him and gets up in the night to take care of the babies. Evelyn even tells Edward that he has to do an equal amount of chores as she does when cleaning from now on.

The game play is just as it was in Miracle of Life, with you preparing products and giving them to standing or seated customers.  You have to clean up after the seated customers as soon as they leave.

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Then you find the mouse in each level and complete a challenge to get the diamond for that level.  You also get to play optional challenge levels to earn more diamonds but don’t enhance the story in any way. If you’re still low on diamonds, you can play the daily challenge to get more.  During each level, you have to take part in mini-games that tend to distract from the game rather than add to it.

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It’s similar to what Heart’s Medicine and Dr. Cares would do, except the mini-games were about treating patients.  This helped add to the experience while, in Delicious, it more distracts you from your goal. It’s similar to when Sally’s Quick Clips tried to do a match 3 game and failed. In that case, they learned their lesson and went back to the original style.  Since the makers used this in Miracle of Life before making this game, you can see that this isn’t the case with them. You can buy upgrades between levels to make your gaming experience easier. As for the diamonds, you use them to purchase decorations for Emily’s backyard.  Unfortunately, you have to buy both variations if you want to get that trophy; one of the many that you can win in the game. The game play also supports the storyline in the last venue, where you play as Patrick giving Emily a break from running her restaurant. However, I do wonder who’s running his flower shop.  You can also higher Mike as a cleaner for the last venue, with the description explaining that it’s one of his first lessons on domestic work.

This game has a good storyline, but doesn’t really entertain as it should.  I give it 6 out of 10; love the message, not crazy about the game play.

Cold Call (Star Trek Online)

A/N: Melana’s back and, this time, she recounts how she helped defend the Deferi from the Breen.  I also created a page for my Star Trek Online characters so, if you want to request a Star Trek Online Captain’s Log from me or team up with one of my characters for a mission, you can use it as a reference.

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Major General’s Log Stardate 95751.44

I just got a call from the Deferi and, apparently, they want the HAR’NUC for a diplomatic mission.  He told me that he understands a warrior of the Klingon Empire would find diplomacy an unworthy task, but he believes that I’m the best person for the job.  Honey, I’ll take any job if it pays. However, in this case, it doesn’t really matter because the High Council already agreed to send a representative. He then proceeds to tell us that the Deferi have been friends of the Empire since the time of Emperor Sompek, and that they’d be happy to assist his fleet in a time of need.  They’re also very grateful for our loyalty to them over the years. Then, finally, he tells me to go to the Defera system.

As soon as the transmission ended, I headed for that very system.  My crew’s not happy about being part of a diplomatic mission, but I explained that these missions never go the way we expect.  For all we know, there might be enemies wanting to sabotage this very one. Trust me when I say that cheered them up.

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Anyway, the minute we arrived, Thraak pointed out the obvious and then performed the standard sensor sweeps.  He said that he didn’t like the look of this and advised me to proceed with caution. Then he told me that the Jeska’s standing by for the approach to Defera and asked if we should begin our escort.  You can bet that I said yes and Ambassador Surah greeted me as an honored ally. I’m definitely an ally, but I doubt that I’d call myself honorable. He told me that his people appreciate the Empire’s willingness to meet with them in these trying times.

Afterwards, our mission was just escorting the Jeska toward Defera.  I have to agree with my crew on this, it seems a little boring for members of the KDF.  So I can’t blame K’Gan for getting excited when he picked up a warp signature that he couldn’t identify.  The reason is that the ship warped out before we could get a lock on it. Thraak explained that it was because the ship was running a subspace jammer.  However, the mysterious ship still left a residual warp signature, and we might learn more from a detailed scan. Unfortunately, that same jamming technology kept us from getting a lock on the warp trail.

Anyway, we continued escorting the Jeska until Deferi Space Security contacted us.  They explained that they have to identify our credentials and verify that we’re the correct ship before they can give us access to Defera.  I told them that, with the Undine running around, I don’t blame them. Then I asked them if they needed assistance. They told me that they didn’t need it, but appreciated the offer.  After completing their scans, they asked for our clearance code before I could establish orbit around Defera. So I gave it. Then, Ambassador Surah contacted us again and thanked us for the protection and escort.  He said that our readiness to aid them against potential enemies is a mark of honor. Yeah, honey, I really don’t have any. Then I said that we might be able to learn about this strange ship later. Right now, we need to discuss the possibility of mutual protection and assistance between our two peoples.  Ambassador Surah said that his attaché will send me the planetary coordinates between for transport, and that they’ll take us to one of their famous historical parks and preservation sites. He said that he trusts that we’ll find Defera impressive and that, when we’re ready to talk, to meet him on the steps of the historic tower.  Then he gave me directions to said tower. Thraak told me that he received the coordinates from the Jeska and asked if I was ready to beam down to the planet. I told him I was more than ready, so we beamed down.

We met Ambassador Surah right where he said he would be.  I asked him a few questions about the Deferi, the ruins, the balance and the preservers.  I have to say, it was actually quite interesting.

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As soon as Ambassador Surah was finished, Ch’gren told me that the Breen were warping in.  Let me say, it made my crew very happy. Next thing I know, my away team and I are searching the location for the Breen and that includes the ruins.  They put up a fight, but we managed to defeat them in the end. After we cleared out the Breen, their leader, Thot Wen, contacted me. He called me a Klingon, which means he needs to get his eyes checked.  Then he talked about how our Empire desires war. Thot Wen said that they will have the Preserver secrets and destroy anyone who tries to stop them. He beamed down with his own group, but he was no match for me and my away team.  However, I’ll admit that he put up a good fight.

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After the fight, Ambassador Surah contacted me again.  He said that it’s not safe for him to remain here, obviously.  He said that he’ll return to the Jeska and called me an honored ally.  First time someone’s ever called me that in my life. Thraak contacted me to warn me that there are more ships warping in.  So my away team and I need to beam back right away.

As soon as my away team beamed back on board, K’Gan told me that the Breen are attacking the Jeska.  I immediately took action and went into battle. It took awhile but we managed to defeat all four squadrons of Breen ships.  Thraak said his piece by telling us the Breen have no honor but they are cunning. If they’re attacking the Deferi, then they must have reasons that the Deferi won’t tell us.  Thraak then talked about the stories we’ll have to tell people on Qo’noS. After all, not many people can say that they fought the Breen and lived to tell the tale.

We didn’t have much time to celebrate due to the Jeska captain hailing us.  He thanked us for our help, and then told us that the Jeska took some damage, but it’s nothing that a few days in spacedock won’t fix.  He told me that I do my Empire honor by assisting them. Honey, it’s not my empire. I’m only in it because I needed more skills than just pheromones.  Then Ambassador Surah contacted us and explained that he hasn’t been completely honest with me. Apparently, his actions are out of balance with the universe.  He apologized for being secretive but his people felt that it was the best course of action. Ambassador Surah explained that many years ago, in the time of Emperor Sompek, they assisted a Klingon fleet that was heavily damaged in an attempt to explore the badlands.  The Deferi helped them repair their ships and heal their wounded. In exchange, the emperor promised to give them the Empire’s assistance if the Deferi ask. Well, the Deferi are cashing in for the KDF to help them with the Breen, who’ve been attacking Deferi ships and colonies.  The Breen already killed hundreds of Deferi and they need our help to save them from genocide. Ambassador Surah said that he must see to the safety of his people now, but asked me to contact him after I’ve left Deferi space. Then he told me that he can only hope that my help will tip the balance in their favor.

I left the system and contacted Ambassador Surah.  He said that we’ll speak again and he hopes that I can repair the balance and save his people from the Breen.  Then he called me an honored ally and ended the transmission. After that, I contacted J’mpok and told him that we destroyed the Breen in this sector.  J’mpok said that we should’ve destroyed the Breen at the end of the Dominion war and pointed out that we now have a second chance. He said that the Deferi are honorable, but also weak.  So you can bet that they require our protection. He told me to show them the benefits of being sheltered under the wings of the Empire. J’mpok suspected that the Breen are probably looking for slaves to work their mines and serve on their starships.  I immediately said, with a little more passion than I intended, that we have to stop the Breen. J’mpok agreed with me but only because he can’t conceive of the Deferi serving anyone other than the Empire. Then told me to teach the Breen the error of their ways and hung up, leaving  me to wonder if, by saving the Deferi from slavery by the Breen, am I just opening them up to become slaves to the Empire?

A/N: So, what did you think?  Feel free to request a Captain’s Log or team up with one of my characters.  You can also Role-Play in the comments with a Star Trek character, if you wish.

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