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Netflix #StreamTeamOver the past year or so, something has changed in our household dynamic here at Rock Father HQ... video games have become a part of daily life. Now, there have always been games present in our house, but aside from LEGO Dimensions and the late Disney Infinity, they weren't really noticed by our girls, The Rock Daughters™.  Oddly enough, despite having some of the newer consoles, it was the classics that really planted the bug. A brief session with the Atari 2600 at a birthday party last year... an infatuation with Super Mario Bros... a curiosity for the dark world of Castlevania. Mirroring my own childhood, Nintendo has become a big deal, with the 3DS XL the platform of choice.  Then, after I took our oldest daughter on a surprise trip to Nintendo's North American Headquarters in Redmond, Washington last November on the launch day for the NES Classic, the world of classic gaming just exploded here, looking toward the past with an eye on the present and future. An interest not only in the games, but also their history and legacy in other facets of pop culture manifested itself, and there's no better place to feed that quest for knowledge and entertainment than Netflix. With the much-anticipated release of the Nintendo Switch upon us, along with the announcement of Castlevania as a Netflix Original Series, here's a look at some video game-based titles to stream right now!

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Netflix #StreamTeamThe film just wrapped production earlier this month, but we've already got the first-look at Bright, a new Netflix Original Film. The teaser trailer just arrived during tonight's Oscars telecast, surprising viewers with Will Smith as a member of the LAPD who all of a sudden is rockin' a sword and pictured with an Orc. Indeed, Joel Edgerton co-stars as the LAPD's first "orc cop" in a film that's touted as a story of where "fantasy has become a reality." From director David Ayer (Suicide Squad), Bright will be streaming on Netflix this December. Take a look...

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With New York Toy Fair behind us, we now have a pretty good idea of what lies in store for the rest of 2017 when it comes to toys and collectibles. But what have pop culture collectors been buying recently? My allies and affiliates at Entertainment Earth have some data to share, taking a look at sales figures from mid-October 2016 to mid-January 2017. The Force is still strong, but there's "significant consumer interest" rising for items based on the Netflix Original Series, Stranger Things, and Marvel's forthcoming Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Check out the details below...

Netflix Stream TeamIf you happened to catch the SAG Awards, then you already know that the big winner was one that many rooted for, but few expected to clean house - Stranger Things. The Netflix Original Series scored big with audiences last year, coming seemingly out-of-nowhere, delighting audiences by bringing back the classic storytelling of the 1980s, complete with a period setting to perfectly capture that vibe. As families have gathered to experience a modern classic that has in many ways opened the door to share the films that inspired it (E.T., for example), it's interesting to see how important the 70s & 80s are to the viewers of today. One Day at a Time was inspired by the 1975-84 series of the same name; Fuller House is huge; but that's just scratching the surface. Here's some things you need to stream right now...

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Netflix Stream TeamBB2's The Office was a global phenomenon, inspiring the U.S. series of the same name, and making Ricky Gervais a household name. Now, he's back in his Office role as David Brent, 12-years on from the "documentary" about his former life, rejoined by a film crew to capture his new role as a traveling salesman attempting rock stardom by self-financing a UK tour for his band, Foregone Conclusion. David Brent: Life on the Road (released in the UK last summer) comes to Netflix on February 10th,  and the spotlight is finally on Brent, the self-proclaimed "friend first, boss second. Probably an entertainer third." Check out a preview...

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Netflix Stream TeamVoltron is an important character around these parts, and after visiting DreamWorks Animation last year for a pre-debut first-hand look at what they were cooking up for Voltron: Legendary Defender, I was hooked on the new series. Now, DreamWorks Animation Television and Netflix have unleashed the proper trailer for season two, which begins streaming new episodes on Netflix on January 20th, picking up right where the cliffhanger of season one left off...

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