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Midsummer Fantasy Renaissance Faire 2015 Review July 27, 2015

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From the end of June to the beginning of July, the Midsummer Fantasy Renaissance Faire was held at Warsaw Park in Ansonia, CT.  Unlike other Ren Faires I’ve attended, which prided themselves on historical accuracy, this was a fantasy event inspired by Dungeons & Dragons, Tolkien, and Final Fantasy.  Throughout the day, a group of actors and actresses dressed as fantastical characters to tell an overarching story revolving around the fate of a powerful gauntlet.

The event not only had an awesome story which played out through the day, other performers also held shows throughout the day. There was the fire breathing Irish magician Daniel GreenWolf, the talented Irish band Three Pints Shy, the hilarious comedy group The Questless Company, and a lot more.

So what did I think of this event?  Watch this video and find out.

Life is Strange Episode 4 Release Date July 23, 2015

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Since its launch, Life is Strange has been hailed as one of the best new IP’s this year. It’s incredible story, remarkable characters, and unique gameplay features have made it a modern classic.

However, the series is far from over.  Only three episodes of an expected five have been released up to this point, and until today players did not know when to expect the game’s fourth episode. Today, we know when to expect Life is Strange Episode 4 to be released.  Given the huge cliffhanger episode three ended on, I don’t blame people for being impatient.  Take a look at the launch trailer and see for yourself.

Life is Strange Episode 4 is coming July 28th, 2015 to PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4 and PS3.

FAIL: The Plot of Superman Lives July 21, 2015

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Here’s a new episode of FAIL for you guys today, a brand new series where Maniac talks about Hollywood’s ongoing failures.

Today, we’re going to be talking about the plot to Superman Lives, a bonafied Superman film planned for production in the mid-90s. It was written by Kevin  Smith (writer/director of Clerks), produced by Jon Peters (producer of Batman and Caddyshack), star Nicolas Cage (Ghost Rider) and get directed by Tim Burton (Beetlejuice).

Sadly, production issues and creative differences forced the project’s cancellation before production began, and the script Kevin Smith wrote was never shot.  A documentary has just recently been produced which details the film’s failed development, but a small criticism about it was that the documentary never talked about the film’s plot.

So what was the plot of this movie, and why was it never produced while other films like Man of Steel and Superman Returns were?  Give the video below a watch and find out. Then you can decide for yourself if it was a shame or a good thing that the movie was never made.

Happy Birthday, Virtual Boy July 21, 2015

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Twenty years ago today, Nintendo launched the Virtual Boy system in Japan. Created by Gunpai Yokoi, the father of Metroid, Game Boy and the Game & Watch, the Virtual Boy would go on to become Nintendo’s greatest failure.

I first became aware of the Virtual Boy during the mid-90s.  There was a local electronics store in my area called Lechemere, which would always carry the latest technology, appliances, movies, music and games, and for the brief few years it was open it was the only place I could demo the newest games before I got my first computer.

Lechemere had a Virtual Boy demo kiosk, set up at the perfect eye level, and loaded up with a copy of Wario Land.  I remember playing the game and being tremendously impressed by it.  Virtual Reality was a big deal in the mid-90s and it looked like Nintendo was going to capitalize on it before they would go on to launch the Nintendo 64.

However, a high price, lack of a wide supply of games, and technical limitations would end up bringing a quick downfall to this promising system.  It was discontinued mere months after its launch.
To celebrate the system’s anniversary, here’s a cool blast from the past.  Several years ago, the system and its games were reviewed by James Rolfe, better known to the Internet as The Angry Video Game Nerd.  It might be a little unsafe to watch at work, but it is a pretty detailed video which looked at all aspects of the system including its history, 

I know Nintendo has been missing for a few years now that they could port Virtual Boy games to the Nintendo 3DS’s Virtual Console service. That would be a nice option. I never got the chance to own a Virtual Boy back when it was new, and it would be awesome to play the system’s games on the 3DS.

Diance Distribution July 24-27th July 20, 2015

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The Pokémon Company has just made a major announcement in time for The Pokémon World Championships. They will be distributing the mythical Pokémon Diance as a free download off the Nintendo Network between July 24th and July 27th, 2015.

What will you be able to do with this Pokémon?  Take a look.

You should be able to download Diance as a gift from the game’s main menu once the distribution period begins.  Your 3DS will need to be connected to the Internet to receive Diance. If you don’t have access to a wireless network, you can always take your 3DS system to a Nintendo Zone location for free WiFi internet access.

Pokèmon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire are out now exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS.

Gaming History You Should Know: The Story of Super Mario Bros 2 July 16, 2015

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I make it no secret that the first video game I’ve ever played was Super Mario Bros on the Nintendo Entertainment System. Really, do I need to say anything about this game?  It is one of the greatest games ever made, has one of the most iconic theme songs that even non gamers can hum to themselves, and was responsible for resurrecting the entire video game industry in the US.

While I enjoyed the game a ton, I have to admit I never picked up a copy of its western sequel, Super Mario Bros 2.  In fact, I can’t really remember many of my friends talking about that game at school, nor do I remember a lot of my friends admitting to playing it. What I do remember is a phenomenal reception for the release of the third Mario title, Super Mario Bros 3, and I got my parents to get me my own copy of that game after I played it at a cousin’s house.

When I finally did play Super Mario Bros 2 at a friend’s house, I was extremely disappointed.  It felt nothing like a Mario title. Years later while I was watching a documentary about the Super Mario franchise on G4 (back when it was a legitimate video game centric channel) I found out the reason why the game was so different was because the version of SMB2 released in the west wasn’t a Super Mario game at all, but a Japanese game which came to the west with Mario characters swapped into it.  It turned out the original game released in Japan as Super Mario Bros 2 was deemed too difficult for a western release, and Nintendo decided it would not be a good idea to release it outside of Japan, despite it being a true Super Mario sequel.

Years later, the west would finally get the original Super Mario Bros 2 released on the SNES as part of the Super Mario All Stars compilation game, where it was titled The Lost Levels and released with updated graphics. It wouldn’t be until some time after Nintendo launched the Virtual Console digital download service for the original SMB2 to get a western release with its original graphics.

Why did Nintendo make the decision not to release Super Mario Bros 2 in the west and instead take an unrelated game and release it over in the west with Mario characters?  Well, I know someone who has that answer. The Gaming Historian is a YouTube content creator with an amazing channel focusing on obscure gaming information.

If you ever wanted to know what the full story was about this game, give this great video a watch.

God of War III Remastered Launch Trailer July 14, 2015

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One of the first games I ever covered on this website is getting rereleased on the Playstation 4 this week and it’s coming in native 1080p at 60 frames a second.  Here’s the game’s official launch trailer.

If you haven’t played this epic conclusion to one of the greates video game trilogies in history you owe it to yourself to check it out.  Kratos must have his revenge.

God of War III Remastered is out now exclusively on the Playstation 4.

The Lone Gunmen ConnectiCon 2015 Press Event July 13, 2015

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Got a special video for fans of The X-Files, the three Lone Gunmen appeared at ConnectiCon 2015.  In this hiliarious panel not open to the majority of the attendees the three actors reminisce about their work and what they really think about government conspiracies.  If you wanted to know if The Lone Gunmen will be returning for the resurrected X-Files series, you really want to give this video a watch.

I know what you’re probably thinking, why are live-action actors from the X-Files being showcased on a gaming website?  Well, they just happened to be featured in two X-Files video games, one of which holds a very special place in my heart.

Kari Wahlgren ConnectiCon 2015 Press Panel July 13, 2015

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The lovely voice actress Kari Wahlgren attended a special press panel at ConnectiCon 2015 that most of the attendees were unable to see.  In the panel, she discussed her incredible body of work across all media formats including video games, anime and television.  If you wanted to find out what kind of work you can be expected to do when you’re hired as a voice actor, give this a watch.

Phil LaMarr and Amber Benson ConnectiCon 2015 Press Event July 13, 2015

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Continuing with our ongoing coverage of ConnectiCon 2015, we are presenting you another exclusive panel that many of the show’s attendees were not able to see.  In this private Q&A event, voice actor and MADtv star Phil LaMarr is joined by voice actress and star of the TV Show Buffy the Vampire Slayer Amber Benson for a very personal Q&A session during ConnectiCon 2015 that was not open to the public.

WARNING: This could be interpreted as a controversial panel due to the fact one of the attendees asked the guests some pretty heavy questions, so be aware of that before viewing.

More ConnectiCon 2015 videos are on the way!  Stay tuned!

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