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Destiny 2 Release Date March 30, 2017

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Bungie has officially revealed that they are preparing an entirely all-new Destiny game, Destiny 2.  Check out the trailer!

If you’re interested in playing the game early, Bungie has announced early Beta access will be offered to players who preorder the game from select retailers.

Destiny 2 is coming to multiple platforms September 8th, 2017.

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Amazon Echo Gaming Tips March 30, 2017

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Got yourself a new Echo or Echo Dot from Amazon?  I know it’s a great personal assistant, and perfect for streaming music but did you also know you could play games on it?

Here’s some tips on how to turn Alexa into a gaming machine.  All you’ll need is an Echo or Echo Dot, an Amazon account, and a smartphone or tablet with the Alexa app installed!  Once you have all that, give the video below a watch.

iOS 10.3 Released March 28, 2017

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A major software update has just been released on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices that are compatible with iOS 10.

The biggest change included in iOS 10.3 is an all new filesystem, which will not only make your device run faster, it may also free up some much needed system space.

You can download and upgrade your device right now using either iTunes or your device’s Software Update feature in the Settings App.  Depending on your device and what version of iOS your device is currently running, the upgrade will require a 600MB download.

Pokemon Sun Moon Roaring Heat TCG Deck Unboxing March 28, 2017

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Earlier this year, The Pokémon Company officially released the official Pokémon Sun and Moon expansion for the Trading Card Game, and today, we are taking a look at the Roaring Heat theme deck. Fans of Litten and its evolutions will be very happy with these cards, so let’s see what’s in the box.

Hope to see you all at the CT Gamercon this weekend!  The event will run from April 1st-2nd at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut.

Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition Starter Set Unboxing March 27, 2017

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Does Dungeons & Dragons need any introduction?  Created by Gary Gygax, it is an enduring pen and paper RPG now in its 5th edition.

For years now, Maniac has been reading and watching countless works inspired by D&D, including the webcomic Table Titans, documentaries like The Dwarvenaut, and countless retrospectives.  This weekend, he is heading over to the Connecticut GamerCon and so he felt the time was right to finally learn about the game.  After doing tons of research on the first thing new players should pick up, he decided to get the 5th Edition Starter Set.  Let’s take a look at what’s inside the box!

Final Fantasy XV March 2017 Update Trailer March 26, 2017

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Square Enix has just released the latest update for Final Fantasy XV on the Xbox One and PS4. The new update brings compatibility with the upcoming Episode Gladiolus DLC and some tweaks and changes to Chapter 13.  Take a look, and players who have completed the game can simply reload chapter 13 to see the tweaks made to it.

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

Gaming History You Should Know – Video Game VHS Tapes March 26, 2017

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I wasn’t planing to make the Gaming History You Should Know series a Sunday staple on this website but I’ve been so impressed by a lot of great video content that has been coming out recently, I may end up making this a weekly feature.

For as long as video games have existed, there has always been a supplemental market for game videos. These game videos can function either to promote upcoming games or to assist players in completing a game that’s already out. Producing a video back in the 90s was no small feat, and so gaming-centric videos required some production value and a unique style which should be further explored.  Let’s face it, showing live game play on video is a great idea.

Nowadays, when video game publishers want to drum up interest in an upcoming game, they’ll simply release a video of it online, but that hasn’t always been an option. You have to remember this was before the wide adoption of the internet and even people who had internet access at the time suffered with unbearably slow download speeds (trust me I know).  What to do?

Well, while not everyone had decent quality internet access in the 90s, practically everyone had a VCR.  After winning the format war against Beta, VHS was the dominant media format for home video, and because of that the format had a very high home install base.  VHS tapes were cheap enough to mass produce at this time, and the prices of new VCRs were quite cheap throughout the decade.  It was the perfect time to release video game content on VHS.

My Life in Gaming did a really in-depth look at video game VHS tapes that were released in the 90s. These guys really did their homework, as they got their hands on nearly every VHS promo tape I had heard of, and even talked about some videos I was completely unaware of.

If you have any interest in 90s nostalgia, you should give this video a look.

If you want to see more of this VHS content, My Life in Gaming has archived all of it on a backup YouTube Channel.

Splatoon 2 – Nintendo Treehouse Live  March 25, 2017

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Nintendo is hosting the free Splatoon 2 Global Testfire on the Nintendo Switch this weekend, and folks from the Nintendo Treehouse released a massive preview video of the game to celebrate the event.

If you have a Nintendo Switch you can participate in the Splatoon 2 Global Testfire by downloading the Testfire client and playing at these times:

Today:

3PM-3:59PM ET

11PM-11:59PM ET

Tomorrow:

7AM-7:59AM ET

Splatoon 2 is coming Summer 2017 exclusively to the Nintendo Switch.

Let’s Play Final Fantasy X Part 24-25 March 25, 2017

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We are back with our Let’s Play of Final Fantasy X on PS4.  Its finally time to train some Chocobo!  All game footage is provided with full video commentary.

Final Fantasy X is out now on the PS2. It’s also part of the Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster for PS3, PS Vita, PC and PS4.

88 Heroes Launch Trailer March 24, 2017

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Rising Star Games has just announced the official release of this quirky little digital platformer, 88 Heroes.

In 88 Heroes, you control eighthy-eight different characters through eighty-eight different levels, in a quest to save the world from an evil supervillian.  How crazy is this game?  Watch the trailer below to find out.

88 Heroes is out now for PS4, Xbox One and PC.