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Final Fantasy XV Out Now On Xbox One and PlayStation 4 November 29, 2016

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This announcement has certainly been a long time coming. When it was first announced as Final Fantasy Versus XIII nearly a decade ago, it wowed gamers with its gameplay and presentation. One entire gaming generation passed with very little news about the project, but when we hit the beginning of the newest console generation, Square Enix proudly revealed that Final Fantasy Versus XIII would appear on the newest gaming consoles…only it would now be called Final Fantasy XV.

Today, I’m proud to announce the game is out on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4!  Here’s the official launch trailer!

Stay tuned to the site for more Final Fantasy XV content and news! Square Enix will be hosting a live stream of the game with Make a Wish in about fifteen minutes on their Twitch.TV Channel!

Final Fantasy XV is out now on the Xbox One and PS4.

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Square Enix Announces Final Fantasy XV Beverage Wiz Energizing Elixir for Sale Exclusively at Target Stores November 29, 2016

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It’s rare when we see fictional items on sale in the real world but today, that will happen. Some of you may remember when Fallout 4 launched in the US, Target retailers exclusively offered a real world version of the iconic Fallout beverage Nuka-Cola for a limited time.  It was an enormous promotion which turned the limited beverage into a collector’s item!  Today, Target has begun selling the Final Fantasy XV health item Wiz Energizing Elixir in their stores for a limited time.


The beverage will be given free to anyone who picks up any version of Final Fantasy XV at Target while supplies last. It’s also for sale at a price of $2.99 US without a purchase of the game.  If you want it get it now because this is a very limited run!

The beverage is branded as an orange cream flavored soda and like it does in the game, promises two servings of Gusahi Greens!  If you plan to drink the soda, make sure to save the bottle cap for redemption on Jones Soda’s Official Gear Site.

Final Fantasy XV is out now for the Xbox One and PS4.

Final Fantasy XV Stand Together Commercial November 28, 2016

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Tonight at midnight, Final Fantasy XV is getting released worldwide!  To celebrate the release of the game, Square Enix aired this trailer during tonight’s airing of Supergirl.  If you’re planning to pick the game up at launch you need to watch this!

Stand Together. What more can you say about this trailer?  Stay tuned, we will have more Final Fantasy XV news coming all throughout the rest of the day!

Final Fantasy XV is coming November 29th, 2016 to the Xbox One and PS4.

A Look at Pokemon Sun and Moon Release Events at GameStop, Toys R Us and Target November 22, 2016

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Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon were released this past Friday and throughout this past weekend, GameStop, Toys R Us and Target stores across the US hosted major Pokémon events to celebrate. The stores were giving away a range of cool promo items including exclusive posters and TCG cards.

So how did the events go?  Watch and find out!

Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon are out now exclusively for Nintendo 3DS systems.

The Last Guardian – Cinematic Trailer November 20, 2016

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A few years ago, a friend of mine and I played through the PS2 classic Ico together.  I had missed out on it when it was first released over a decade ago but I made sure to pick it up when it was rereleased on the PS3 with Shadow of the Colossus.  However, since the release of Shadow of the Colossus in 2005, gamers have been waiting a very long time for Team Ico’s next game, The Last Guardian.

Last night, I went to the movies with my girlfriend. Imagine my surprise to see this fantastic trailer before the feature film began.

The Last Guardian is coming December 6th, 2016 exclusively to the PS4.

Pokemon: The Animated Series Moving to Disney XD November 20, 2016

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When Pokémon: The Animated Series first was broadcast in the United States, it aired on the now defunct WB Network during its Kids WB programming block. Over the past few years, the Pokémon animated series and its feature films have been shown on the basic cable channel Cartoon Network, but that is not going to be happening for much longer.  I have an important announcement to reveal to fans of the Pokémon animated series in the US:

That’s right, Pokémon is moving to the digital cable channel Disney XD!  On December 5th, 2016 Disney 😄 will broadcast the next major Pokémon movie, and following its premiere we will get a preview of the show’s next season.

If you ask me, I think this is a great decision. With the exception of new feature-film broadcasts, Cartoon Network never offered Pokémon a decent timeslot.  Cartoon Network’s pre-Adult Swim schedule is dominated by shows like Teen Titans GO and The Secret World of Gumball, leaving little room for Pokémon. Heck, new episodes of the show would only air at the unforgivable time of 8am!  That’s far too early for most adults, and far too late for kids who have to be ready early for school. It would have made more sense for them to show it again at a later time slot in the mid-afternoon.  Here’s to hoping Disney 😄 offers Pokémon at more times.

I still have one curiosity about this major announcement I would like to mention here. The Disney 😄 Channel has been willing to experiment with broadcasting major gaming events like last year’s Nintendo World Championships, I wonder if they would be willing to broadcast a major Pokémon tournament next.  If online streaming views are any indicator, they would probably get great Neilson ratings if they were finally broadcast on TV.

So make sure to catch all your Pokémon shows starting on December 5th on Disney XD.

Gaming History You Should Know: The Sega Channel November 18, 2016

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Nowadays we take our digital broadcasts for granted when it comes to entertainment content. Those coaxial cables currently running throughout our houses can provide us all sorts of entertainment content ranging from HD Cable, High-Speed Internet or Satelite TV, provided we use the proper decoder or modem to make use of it.  However, it didn’t always used to be that way.

As recently as two decades ago, those same coaxial lines could only carry analog video signals. While they typically didn’t need decoder boxes to function, there wasn’t a lot you could actually do with them. The original cable services were limited in a lot of ways.  It couldn’t provide internet access just yet, so users who wanted internet would have to get it through their phone line at exceptionally slow speeds or have to pay for an expensive fiber service.  Finally, analog picture quality could easily become distorted with interference and there were a lot of factors that could cause it.

In the early to mid 90s, Nintendo and Sega were fighting the 16-bit gaming war to a near standstill. However, both companies provided great products with quality exclusive games, making both companies successful.  Then, riding the enormous success of the Genesis console, Sega announced the Sega Channel, a games-on-demand service offered through your cable provider!  I’m not kidding, here’s the actual infomercial cable providers would broadcast to promote the service. I remember seeing it twenty years ago while I was cycling through TV channels and it blew my mind!

So that was just a tease for was offered to gamers through the Sega Channel in the mid-90s. Meanwhile, we’ve only had digital games-on-demand rental services for modern games within the past five years.  I never used the Sega Channel service back in the day but I had a good friend at the time who did and I can attest that the service worked exactly as advertised.  How was Sega able to do it?

If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering how the hell analog cable companies with so many technical limitations could offer such a robust service two decades ago!  Heck, my local cable provider couldn’t even offer me high-speed internet until nearly half a decade after everyone else did, and yet my area had the Sega Channel in the 1990s!  How was that possible?

I have been waiting quite a while for someone to produce an in-depth video about this service and the great guys over at Retro Game On finally answered that question. I hope you all enjoy this video as much as I did!

Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon Released, Two Pokemon Day Events This Weekend November 18, 2016

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Pokémon Trainers worldwide will be happy to know that the two newest games from the seventh generation of Pokémon have been released.  Take a look at some of the game’s new Pokémon and its exclusive new features.

That’s not even the best news, because I have even better news to share!  Two stores will be celebrating Pokémon Days this weekend. On Saturday, Target store across the US will be offering an exclusive Pikachu TCG Card and Poster from 11AM to 2PM.  Toys R Us will be hosting their Pokémon Day on Sunday, and they’ll be giving out an exclusive Electabuzz TCG card, a Pikachu poster and Volume 2 of the Evolutions collector’s album.

Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon are out now exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS systems.

Halo’s Fifteenth Anniversary Live Stream November 15, 2016

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As I said earlier today, today marks fifteen years since the release of the original Xbox, but that means that today is also the anniversary of the release of the first MUST-have launch title for the Xbox, Halo

To celebrate the release of Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo‘s new developers at 343 Industries hosted a two hour Halo 5: Guardians live stream.  If you happened to miss it, we’ve got the archived version of it below. Please enjoy!

Happy Fifteenth Birthday, Xbox November 15, 2016

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Today marks the fifteenth anniversary of the release of the original Xbox!

So much has changed in the past fifteen years but Microsoft’s devotion to offering great exclusive games has not been changed a bit. In the past fifteen years, three succesful consoles have been released and it has been a perminant home to the legendary Halo franchise.
I think my favorite memories from the console can be directly tied into several Halo game releases.  The first major game release night I ever attended was for Halo 2, and it was nice to finally see I wasn’t the only gamer where I lived.  Since then I’ve made sure to pick up every single Halo game at launch, because not only have they been consistently great but because I feel such a close personal connection to that property because of all my experiences playing it.

So how are you planning to spend today?  The team at 343 Industries is planning to play games of Halo 5: Guardians throughout the day!  For me, I think I’m going to get back into playing Halo: The Master Chief Collection.  Post a comment with your thoughts on the Xbox’s birthday and celebrate fifteen years of Xbox!