Stepping out of family-friendly and back into Dad Zone here, it's no secret that I've been a big fan of the CALL OF DUTY franchise. That said, I thought the last installment needed some work, but the forthcoming CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS II looks to be just what the doctor ordered. After a long day of changing diapers and prepping bottles, sometimes a guy just has to blow up some pixels, and with a story by David S. Goyer (co-writer of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES) and music by Trent Reznor (NINE INCH NAILS), it would seem the fans have been listened to. Check out the new 'Villain" trailer below. The Rock Father will be playing this come November...

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Being a work-from-home Dad, I find that the 'me' time is pretty much non-existent at times. In fact, I'm making it a point to try alloting some on a schedule in the near future, something that started over the weekend when I fired up the XBOX 360 for the first time in about six months or so. I was so out of the gaming loop that it took me nearly an hour just to update all of my stuff on there. That said, I'm thinking about getting a Kinect. I wasn't fond of the controllerless idea initially, but now it's grown on me. The latest Kinect only game announced? DANCE CENTRAL 3, which families can start jamming with this Fall. Check out the announcement straight from E3...

It's only Tuesday, yet still a fair amount of music news has been hitting my inbox here at Rock Father HQ. While I can't say anything has been completely mind-blowing, there's enough here for an early-edition of The Random Rock N' More, the column where I fire off quick one-line updates on a bunch of artists. If you want to dig deeper, a link is provided. As always, this hits on all areas of 'rock' from indie and folk to black metal and grindcore - "Music for Grown-ups" that wouldn't be featured on the homepage of The Rock Father™ site. Everything is fair game. Here's your Random Rock for Tuesday, April 10, 2012.

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At 11:02am, a press release from Harmonix hit my inbox, and I've been wanting to post about this all day: There's a new ROCK BAND game on the way. No, it's not another ''band'' affair in need of another fleet of plastic instruments, but something that promises ''a new way to experience your favorite Rock Band songs, with fast-paced, multi-track arcade gameplay that encourages you to compete against your friends for the highest scores.'' ROCK BAND BLITZ is a controller-based Rock Band for Xbox Live Arcade and the Playstation Network.

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Harmonix today alerted The Rock Father™ that tracks from award-winning Canadian rock group Three Days Grace are headed to the Rock Band Music Store of downloadable content for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Wii.

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Definitely from the 'Games for Dad' Department... not family-friendly...

When my review copy of the latest CALL OF DUTY game arrived here at Rock Father HQ last month (a day after the release), I couldn't wait to jump into it. Rather than rush through the game just to crank out a quick review, I wanted to ''live'' it for a bit and really get some true feelings for the game. After all, this is the third to bear the MODERN WARFARE name, and having experienced both WORLD AT WAR and BLACK OPS since the first MW hit the streets, the bar had been set pretty high. So what do I think of CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 3? 

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