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Mario Kart 8 Direct April 30, 2014

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The biggest release this summer for the Wii U is undoubtably Mario Kart 8, the newest installment in the same franchise which has seen a release for the SNES, N64, GBA, GC and 3DS.

But just what will the game be bringing to the table? Since the game was made playable across the country during last year’s E3, we haven’t seen a lot of new information about the game. Today, that ends. Check out the video below.

Any player who registers the game on Club Nintendo before July 31st, 2014 will get the chance to download a selected game for free through the Wii U Nintendo eShop.

Mario Kart 8 is coming May 30th, 2014 exclusive to the Wii U.

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DRIVECLUB Release Date April 29, 2014

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Originally announced alongside the Playstation 4, the racing game DRIVECLUB suffered a bit of a delay after the platform’s launch. There were rumors the game was being retooled and we had no idea how long we would have to wait before this game would be ready.

Today, Sony has announced the official launch date for this highly anticipated PS4 exclusive, and boy does it look better than ever.

DRIVECLUB is coming October 7th, 2014 exclusively to the PS4.

Quinni-Con 2014 Wrap Up April 26, 2014

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Maniac talks about Quinni-Con 2014, a free convention he attended that is hosted yearly at Quinnipiac University’s York Hill Campus.

Waiting for Halo 4 (Creator’s Commentary) April 24, 2014

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Can you believe its been over a year since we released the documentary “Waiting for Halo 4”?  For those of you who haven’t seen it, it detailed the excruciating five year wait between the release of Halo 3 and Halo 4.  It was pretty well received by the people who watched it, and in fact, one of the commentators requested that we release it on DVD or Blu-Ray Disc.  While we can’t release the film on disc, we certainly have the ability to release special features for the documentary on the web for anyone to see.  So, one year after it’s release, Maniac has recorded a complete audio commentary track.  Check it out.

You can watch the original version of the documentary here.

Batman: Arkham Origins Cold, Cold Heart DLC Launch Trailer April 22, 2014

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The final piece of the Batman: Arkham Origins Season Pass is hitting a gaming platform near you today.  Set after the events of Batman: Arkham Origins, “Cold, Cold Heart”, Batman has to tangle with Dr. Victor Fries just in time for New Years Eve.  Don’t worry, Batman’s got an all new batsuit ready to go.

The “Cold, Cold Heart” DLC is included as part of the Batman: Arkham Origins Season Pass, which retails on the Xbox 360 and PS3 for $19.99 US, or standalone for $9.99 US.  The full version of Batman: Arkham Origins is required to play.  The DLC is not available on the Wii U version.

THEATRHYTHM Final Fantasy: Curtain Call Announced for North America April 22, 2014

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The music from the Final Fantasy series is considered by many to be some of the finest music ever written for video games.  Much of it has been rereleased through fan compilations, or covered by professionals.  Heck, Video Games Live chose to include a track from Final Fantasy VIII to start off their Level 3 Album.  I mean, the battle fanfare is so well known people have used it as their ringtones!

To celebrate all the music over the course of the 20+ years of this incredible franchise, Square Enix released THEATRHYTHM: Final Fantasy for iOS and 3DS several years ago.  It included tracks from each of the thirteen main Final Fantasy games and a ton of unlockable special features.  Recently, I dug through every retailer I could just so I could find a copy of the game, and was really happy I did.

However, by only including songs from the main thirteen games, Square Enix missed out on the chance to include the tracks they produced for several Final Fantasy spin off games, as well as songs from more recent releases like Final Fantasy XIV or Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.  To remedy this, Square Enix has been working on the first official sequel to the THEATRHYTHM series, THEATRHYTHM: Final Fantasy Curtain Call, but up until today we believed this game would only be released in Japan.

Today, I am proud to announced that Square Enix has revealed their plans to release THEATRHYTHM: Final Fantasy Curtain Call in North America this year.  Take a look!

THEATRHYTHM: Final Fantasy Curtain Call is coming this year to the Nintendo 3DS.

How To Stream All iPhone or iPad Content to Your HDTV With Apple TV April 21, 2014

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If you’ve got a Third Generation Apple TV and a compatible iPhone or iPad, you can stream everything you are doing on your device to your HDTV in real-time using your home wireless network.  However, the command to stream your content is not easy to find.  If you are currently using iOS 7, here’s how.

Final Season Pass Content For The Last of Us Revealed April 16, 2014

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Naughty Dog has announced the third and final set of downloadable content for their 2013 Game of the Year contender, The Last of Us.  The new DLC, dubbed the “Grounded Bundle” will include additions for both single player and multiplayer game modes.  The first is called “Grounded Mode”, which is an entirely new and incredibly hard difficulty mode for the single player game.  On the multiplayer side, a new map pack, called the “Reclaimed Territories Map Pack” will include four entirely new maps for multiplayer.  Finally, there will also be some new skills and weapons packs up for purchase at the same time.

You can read all the specific details about all of the new content here.

All of the content will be included for free to anyone who has already purchased a Season Pass for The Last of Us.  Otherwise the Grounded Mode will cost $4.99 US by itself and the new map pack will cost $9.99 US by itself.  Just be aware that after May 13th, Sony intends to remove the Season Pass from the Playstation Store.  Anyone who hasn’t purchased one by then will have to purchase the game’s DLC individually.

The Last of Us is out now for the Playstation 3.  It will be coming to the Playstation 4 this summer.

inFAMOUS: Second Son Patch 2 Out Tomorrow April 16, 2014

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Sony and Sucker Punch have announced that the second patch for the PS4 exclusive hit inFAMOUS: Second Son should get released some time tomorrow.  The biggest changes the patch will make to the game include three changes specifically requested by gamers.  Players will now have the option to change the game’s time of day to any point they wish.  You will also be able to cap the game’s framerate to a maximum 30 frames, however Sucker Punch has stated that there may be points where the game will dip below that framerate.  Finally, you’ll be able to turn the game’s HUD off if you desire.

The new patch will also include a whole lot more than just player requested submissions, it will include some entirely new features such as Photo Mode.  Take a look below to see for yourselves how it will work.

If you want to know more about what changes the patch will bring to the game, you can read all the specific details on the patch on the Playstation.Blog.

inFAMOUS: Second Son is out now exclusively to the PS4.

The History of Alternate Reality Games (ARGs) April 14, 2014

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Alternate Reality Games (ARGs) have no game engine and they blur the line between the real world and the game world.  Where did they come from?  When were they first used?  Maniac gives a brief history on the use of Modern ARGs, and where you can find one today.