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How to Attach a Pokemon Go Plus Wrist Strap September 25, 2017

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This weekend we unboxed the Pokémon Go Plus, a Bluetooth accessory designed to enhance the functionality of Pokémon Go.  Today, we’ve got another How To video on how to get the most out of it.

Pokémon Go players have two options when carrying the Plus with them, they can either use the attached clip or use the provided wristband.  Since a Pokémon Go Plus won’t work if accidentally put in a washer cycle, I didn’t want to accidentally leave it clipped to my clothes.  I grew up wearing a watch so having something around my wrist I can interact with is more comfortable to me.

Today, we’re going to show you how to attach a Wrist Strap to the Pokémon Go Plus. Before we get started, here’s an important tip: You’ll need a PH00 micro screwdriver to attach the strap, but we were able to change it using a PH000 screwdriver.  Enjoy.

Pokémon Go is out now for Android and iOS devices.

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Gaming History You Should Know – The Making of Superman 64 September 24, 2017

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It’s Sunday!  Welcome back to an all new Gaming History You Should Know, where we feature some of the best content from across the internet focused on the history of gaming and we’ve got a great one for you today!

Everyone knows the story of Superman.  Created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster, Superman is the story of the ultimate hero. An alien immigrant from a destroyed homeworld who grows up on Earth with traditional American ideals. After he becomes an adult, he uses his unique physicality to help him perform heroic acts and strives to set an example all his own.

However, Superman’s enormous strength can ironically be his greatest weakness from a storytelling perspective.  He is inhumanly strong, has the ability to fly, invulnerablity, super speed, heat vision, and breath as strong as a hurricane.  He’s just too powerful, and playing as him in a video game could be boring to a player. Back in the day, a company called Titus were huge fans of the KidsWB show Superman: The Animated Series, and obtained the license to produce a Superman game in that style for the Nintendo 64. It would go down in history as one of the worst games ever made.

How could a game with so much promise be such a disappointment?  Was it a problem at Titus or were other factors at fault?  The YouTube Channel Wrestling with Gaming took a long, deep look at the development of the game.  He did his research on this one, digging deep into old interviews with the principle developers. It’s well edited, well written, and really worth a watch!

Hope you all enjoyed the video as much as I did!  I would like to give an extra special thanks to Yahel over at Wrestling with Gaming for letting me feature them!  If you haven’t checked out their YouTube channel, you totally should. Their documentary on the history of the Phillips CD-i is also great!

How to Set Up Pokemon Go Plus September 23, 2017

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Are you a big Pokémon Go player and want to play the game in an all new way?  If you bought yourself an all new Pokémon Go Plus accessory, you’re going to need to set it up on your iPhone or Android device. Here’s a video to help you out.

Pokémon Go is out now for Android and iOS devices.

Pokemon Go Plus Unboxing September 23, 2017

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It’s been about a year since the release of the Pokémon Go Plus accessory in the US. The Bluetooth device is an accessory specially designed to help trainers get the most out of Pokémon Go. It specifically allows players to catch Pokémon or interact with Pokestops without the need to run the Pokémon Go app constantly on your smartphone.

Before we take a further look at the device what do you say we take a look inside the box?

Need help setting up your Pokémon Go Plus?  We will have some Pokémon Go Plus how to videos up soon!

Pokémon Go is out now on Android and iOS smartphones and tablets.

iOS 11 Released September 19, 2017

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Apple has just released their next major iOS update for all 64-bit compliant iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices.  The new software update brings in tons of new features including Augmented Reality improvements, an improved iPad interface, and promises to be much faster and secure.

The size of the download required for the iOS 11 update depends on the device you’re upgrading. On an iPhone 7, the update weighs in at around 1.9GB.  You will not need to install the update if you own an iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus or iPhone X, since they ship with iOS 11 pre-installed.

Final Fantasy IX Ported To PS4 September 19, 2017

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Ever since Square Enix ported Final Fantasy VII to the PS4, I had been hoping that more Final Fantasy games from the PS1-era would get released. Today, out of the blue, Square Enix has announced they have released Final Fantasy IX on the PS4.

Final Fantasy IX will be sold at a discounted price until September 29th. However, I need to ask, why hasn’t Square Enix released Final Fantasy VIII on PS4 yet?

Final Fantasy IX is out now for PS1, PC, iOS and now PS4.

Let’s Play Catherine Part 4 September 14, 2017

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We are back at this attempt to 100% complete Catherine, one of our favorite games of the past generation. Today, we are at the mid-point of Night 2, and can finally explore the Stray Sheep for the first time.

Will we be able to check out the bar and survive our nightmare in the torture chamber?  Let’s take a look at it, shall we?  All game footage is provided with full picture-in-picture commentary.

Catherine is out now for PS3 and Xbox 360.

Nintendo Direct 9-13-17 September 14, 2017

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I know we jumped the gun a little bit yesterday by posting up about the Project Octopath Traveller demo release on the Nintendo Switch, but that was due to the fact that Nintendo waited a bit longer than usual to post the entire Nintendo Direct video up after its initial stream.  Thankfully, the entire video is now up for everyone to view.

Without further ado, here is a look at the recent Nintendo Direct. It details new and upcoming games for the Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS.  Featured games in this video include Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, Project Octopath Traveller, and it culminates in an all-new preview of Super Mario Odyssey.  Enjoy.

Project Octopath Traveller Demo Announced September 13, 2017

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When the initial lineup of Nintendo Switch were first revealed, the game that impressed me the most was Square Enix’s Project Octopath Traveller. Developed by the same team that made the Bravely Default games for the Nintendo 3DS, I felt the game had a unique art style that really stood out.

Today, during the Nintendo Direct broadcast, Nintendo revealed the newest trailer for Project Octopath Traveller and announced there will be a demo out on the Switch later tonight!  Take a look at the new trailer!

Nintendo Switch owners will be able to download the Project Octopath Traveller demo for free later tonight. Square Enix is asking demo players to fill out a brief survey after completing it.

Project Octopath Traveller is coming in 2018 exclusively to the Nintendo Switch.

Let’s Play Catherine Parts 1-3 September 13, 2017

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Very few games in my life have left as big an impression on me than Catherine by Atlus.  On the one hand the game is an artistic puzzle game where you have to arrange unusual blocks to climb to the top of a seemingly never ending tower. On the other hand, it is a strongly written narrative giving the player the full control on its potential resolution.

We have been meaning to do a live Let’s Play of Catherine for quite some time now and now that the game is Backwards compatible on the Xbox One, the time has finally come for us to play it to 100% completion. That means we will be going for every Gold Trophy on each puzzle, every factoid and no unnecessary fatalities. Will we succeed?  Watch and find out.

All gameplay footage is provided with full video commentary.

Catherine is out now for the Xbox 360 and PS3. The Xbox 360 version is backwards compatible with the Xbox One and the PS3 version can be streamed on the PlayStation Now service.