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Maniac and Two Girls Try Bawls April 20, 2015

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Maniac is joined by two ladies to try three flavors of Bawls Soda,  Over the course of this fifteen minute video we try the original Bawls, Cherry Bawls, and the brand new Orange Bawls soda. Is Bawls the greatest energy drink of all time?  Let’s find out.

If you couldn’t tell from the video, the answer is yes.

Exclusive Spartan Locke Multiplayer Armor For Anyone Who Preorders Halo 5: Guardians at GameStop April 20, 2015

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GameStop has just announced that they are going to offer a special incentive to anyone who plans to preorder Halo 5: Guardians for the Xbox One, Spartan Locke’s armor set for use in multiplayer. What is this armor going to look like in action?  Let’s take a look.

Halo 5: Guardians is coming October 27th, 2015 exclusively on the Xbox One.

Reminder: Xbox Live Gold Members Don’t Forget to Download Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag and Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel for Free April 20, 2015

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Microsoft is offering two major Xbox 360 titles for download in the second half of April 2015 completely free of charge for all Xbox Live Gold Members through their Games With Gold Promotion.

As of April 16th, 2015 the full versions of Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag and Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel can be downloaded on the Xbox 360 completely free of charge through the Xbox Live Marketplace if you are a current Xbox Live Gold subscriber.  If you haven’t downloaded the games yet, you can still get them until the end of April.

Like with all games downloaded on the Xbox 360 through Games with Gold, as long as you download them during the promotional period that they are free, they will remain redownloadable through your account forever, even if your Xbox Live Gold subscription expires.

Farewell, Famikamen Rider Released April 18, 2015

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Kaylyn Saucedo, better known to the Internet as Marzgurl, released a feature-length movie titled Farewell, Famikamen Rider for free on YouTube earlier this week.  The film was done in tribute to the late Justin Carmical, who called himself JewWario.  Justin created the Famikamen Rider character a few years earlier and planned to make a series with it, but he unfortunately committed suicide before finishing the project.

I was always a huge fan of Justin’s work and was very sorry to hear the news of his passing.  In light of his death, his friends and colleagues decided to make this movie. It’s heavily inspired by Justin’s love of retro gaming, import gaming and Nintendo and is a great film for not only fans of its creators, but anyone who loves Nintendo, Super Sentai or Japan.

Rest in Peace, Justin.

Halo: Spartan Strike Released on Windows 8 and iOS April 18, 2015

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Halo: Spartan Strike is a twin stick shooter which takes place during the events of Halo 2.  In it, you control a Spartan operating on a classified mission to save the planet Earth from a massive alien invasion.  The game is very similar in style and control to Halo: Spartan Assault, which was released on Windows 8 devices a few years ago, and was followed by a console release on the Xbox 360 and Xbox One a few months later.  Microsoft was planning to release Halo: Spartan Strike for the Windows 8 platform before the end of last year, but after the botched release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, 343 Industries decided to focus on stabilizing the buggy Xbox One title before finishing Halo: Spartan Strike.  Now the game is out, and not only for Windows 8 PCs, Tablets and SmartPhones, but for iOS equipped Apple iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices.

The cool twist on this story is that Microsoft also decided to release Halo: Spartan Assault on iOS platforms, and Apple users can download it right now.  Both games can be purchased on their platform’s respective App Stores for a price of $5.99 US a piece, however, Apple is offering customers the chance to bundle a copy of Halo: Spartan Assault with their purchase of Halo: Spartan Strike for a total price of $9.99 US.

There currently seems to be a demand online for the game to be ported to Android platforms, but there has not been any official word if that is happening.  If you ask me, they really should have released this on the Xbox One.

Club Nintendo Gold and Platinum Gifts Now Being Awarded April 12, 2015

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Nintendo is in the process of shutting down their customer loyalty program, Club Nintendo, but that hasn’t stopped them from offering their customers their yearly Gold and Platinum Status rewards, and this year, they’re offering a lot of great games for download!

Users who achieved redemption of 300 coins or higher before April 1st of this year is eligible for Gold Status. Users who were awarded 600 coins before April 1st was awarded Platinum Status.

Nintendo is offering a huge list of titles for free download this year on either the Nintendo Wii U or Nintendo 3DS. This is a great promotion for loyal Nintendo customers.  Platinum members can download a free game of their choice from either the Gold or Platinum awards catalog. Gold members can only download games being offered for members awarded Gold status.

Games currently being offered for free to members who achieved Platinum status include the Wii U titles Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and various 3DS games including Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Mario Party: Island Tour, and New Super Mario Bros 2.  Members who achieved Gold status can choose from several games already offered on the Virtual Console services including The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons, Super Mario Bros 3, Metroid Fusion, and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.

Any codes awarded can then be redeemed on the game platform’s perspective eShop.  You will need to have an Internet connection on your Nintendo console or handheld to redeem the code and download your free game.

Pokemon Rumble World Now Free to Download on Nintendo eShop April 9, 2015

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A new free to play game has just been released on the Nintendo eShop for all 3DS and 2DS owners, Pokémon Rumble World.

Based on the Pokémon Rumble series of games, you take control of a new type of Pokémon trainer based on your Mii, in a kingdom inhabited by Toy Pokémon.  Your objective is to fly from land to land collecting as many Toy Pokémon as you can to please your king.  This may take users a while as Nintendo promises that the game offers over 730 Toy Pokémon in the game.

Pokémon Rumble World is out now exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS and 2DS systems.

iOS 8.3 Released April 8, 2015

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A brand new system update for various personal Apple devices has been released today. On paper the new update, version 8.3, includes a new emoji keyboard and several various bug fixes, but if you look closer at the update’s complete list of patch notes you’ll see a phone book’s worth of fixes including a possible fix for the dreaded WiFi bug that has been known to drain batteries.

The new update should be compatible with all iOS 8 devices including iPhone 4S and newer phones, 2nd generation and newer iPads, and newer iPod Touch devices.  Apple TV users may also need to download a separate update for their set top box, so be sure to check your Apple TV for updates as well.

If you previously had iOS 8.2 installed on your device, the download should not take up more than 200-300 MB of space.

Xbox One April 2015 Update Live April 6, 2015

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A new system update for the Xbox One was released earlier today.  As of the time of writing, it is not currently required to download in order to use your Xbox One online, but after taking a look at all of these new features coming with the update, I would consider updating it as soon as you can.

If you were already running the March 2015 version of the dashboard, the new April update should only require a download of about 260MB in size.

Quantum Break GDC 2015 Presentation Added to the GDC Vault April 3, 2015

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If you’re like me you’re probably still bummed out that the Xbox One exclusive game Quantum Break was delayed until next year.  However, fans of the game and the studio making it can get a small bit of solace as some new information about the game has just hit the web.

Quantum Break had a small presentation at this year’s Game Developer’s Conference but it wasn’t streamed or broadcast, so you could only see it if you were literally attending the event.

Thankfully, it looks like the presentation has finally been archived on the official GDC Vault.  You can watch it here.  Since this is a presentation for game developers and not the public, it may get pretty technical, but I’ve been eagerly anticipating any new information about this game.

Quantum Break is coming to the Xbox One in 2016.

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