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Gaming History You Should Know – Death of Hellgate London May 28, 2017

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It’s Sunday, and that means it’s time for yet another Gaming History You Should Know. Let me tell you about the PC single-player title with an integrated MMO component, Hellgate London.

Hellgate London was a game with so much promise. It was a technological marvel developed by a team of industry veterans. It had a massive marketing campaign with a lot of hype leading up to release.  It had market crossover potential with novels, comic books and figurines ready in time for launch.  However, the game suffered from bad management and was also fated to get released at the wrong time.

By the time the game reached shelves there were already a slew of potential Game of the Year contenders sitting on the shelf next to it. The fact that it was such a buggy game at launch didn’t help much either.  That’s such a shame because this game had a lot of promise and I don’t regret buying it about a month after it launched.

YouTube Channel nerdSlayer chronicles the rise and fall of MMOs in his series Death of a Game.  This guy does an in-depth amount of research on the games he covers, and his videos feature a peek into some of the behind the scenes drama that goes into managing such an expensive genre.  Here’s his video on the death of Hellgate London:

Video games that use an online component can be discontinued at any time, and while Hellgate London has continued to remain playable, tons of other games aren’t as lucky.  This should go on to become a cautionary tale for game developers everywhere.

Special thanks to nerdSlayer for letting me feature his videos this week. If you want to hear more about the rise and fall of other MMOs like Star Wars Galaxies or Tabula Rasa, you can check out his great videos here!

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Student Bodies Board Game Review May 27, 2017

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It has been raining non-stop for the past two months, why don’t we stay inside and enjoy a nice board game?  Well, Student Bodies is not just any normal board game, in this game you must survive a zombie outbreak in your high school!  Each player has been bitten, but there’s an antidote in the science lab. Only one student can find the cure and make it out of the school first! Who’s it going to be?

Let’s take a closer look at Student Bodies in our first ever board game review, enjoy!

If you liked the review, post a comment below, because we would be happy to review more board games in the future!  Thanks to Angry Duck Games for sending us a review copy!

Beam Streaming Service Renamed to Mixer May 25, 2017

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A few months ago, Microsoft bet big on the live streaming service Beam.  Yesterday, they’ve announced that service has been renamed to Mixer, and now app updates across platforms are reflecting that change.

This is surprising news.  In the past few months, Beam had proven itself to be a decent platform for Xbox One streaming, so we have no idea why Microsoft would choose to rebrand it. We will keep you posted with everything Beam users will need to know to navigate this change, but for right now I recommend updating your personal device’s Beam apps to the new Mixer-branded versions.

Let’s Play Alan Wake Part 5 and 6 May 24, 2017

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It’s been an exciting two weeks and we have made it to Alan Wake chapter 5.  After finally discovering the truth about what happened during his missing week, Alan and his manager Barry have been arrested.

What behind the scenes insight into the game does Maniac have to share?  Watch and find out!  All gameplay footage is provided with full video commentary.  Apologies in advance for the occasional audio drops.

If you’d like to watch us play the final chapter of Alan Wake live later today, subscribe to our Beam Channel!

Alan Wake is out now on Xbox 360 and PC.

Halo Wars 2 Sergeant Johnson DLC Released May 24, 2017

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Fan-favorite supporting character Sgt Johnson returns to Halo as a downloadable leader pack you can use in Blitz multiplayer. Want to know more?  Watch the trailer below!

If you have the Halo Wars 2 Season Pass or the Halo Wars 2 Ultimate Edition you can download the Sgt Johnson DLC for free.

Halo Wars 2 is out now for PC and Xbox One.

Let’s Play Alan Wake Part 4 May 23, 2017

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Maniac is back playing one of his favorite games from last generation, Alan Wake on the Xbox 360. When we last left Alan, he was told everything he remembered was a lie, and he is in fact a patient at Dr. Hartman’s clinic. Is the Doctor telling the truth?  Watch as Maniac shares some behind the scenes insight and trivia for this chapter…and by popular request, talks about Spider-Man!

All gameplay footage provided with full video commentary!

Want to watch our streams as they happen?  Subscribe to our official Beam Channel!

Alan Wake is out now on PC and Xbox 360.

Gaming History You Should Know – The Rise and Fall of the Comic Empire May 21, 2017

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It’s Sunday, and you know what that means, it’s time for this week’s Gaming History You Should Know!  Since last week was Free Comic Book Day, I was reminded that the gaming industry owes a lot to comic books. For decades, the comic industry has told tales of superhumans living among us doing good, doing bad, and were otherwise relatable to regular people.  This made them a perfect medium for the video game industry to adapt, and over the past thirty years there have been numerous cases of comic book inspired video games with various degrees of critical and financial success.

I grew up in the 90s, referred to by many comic historians as the dark age of comics. I know that there have been many people over the years, myself included, who wondered what was going on behind the scenes at these companies, and why they told the now-notorious stories that they did.

Internet legend Chuck Sonnenburg, who is better known online as SF Debris, did an incredibly detailed history of the modern comic book industry.  The video is in fifteen parts (including its introduction and epilogue) so I’ve embedded his official YouTube playlist. You’ll have to set aside some time to watch this, but it’ll be totally worth your Sunday.  Enjoy!

If you’d like to see more videos by SF Debris, visit his website. It is now fully back up and running after recently upgrading his video player.  While he is mostly known for his weekly reviews of Star Trek episodes (with a new one out every Saturday) he also does great film, video game and television reviews.  He’s also chronicled the history behind the loss of 108 classic Doctor Who episodes, and the ongoing quest to recover them. Trust me, when you visit his site you’re going to find yourself unable to leave until you’ve watched every one of his videos!

iOS 10.3.2 Released May 19, 2017

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Just wanted to share a small news post before you start your Friday night. Apple has just released a minor security update for iOS 10 portable devices including the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.  The new update is called 10.3.2 and includes non-specific security fixes which should improve your device’s performance.

You can download the update over WiFi by selecting the Software Update option in the Settings app. If you don’t have WiFi access or enough internal storage on your device, you can always install the update through your PC or Mac with iTunes, just use the Apple USB charge cable.  Depending on the specific iOS 10 compatible device you’re upgrading and if you already installed the previous iOS update, iOS 10.3.2 should require a download around 170MB.

Irish Mike Made a Real-Life Gunblade May 18, 2017

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The Gunblade is the signature weapon of Final Fantasy VIII.  Wielded by characters like Squall Leonhart, the weapon is unlike any other.

One of my favorite shows on Discovery Channel was Big Giant Swords. The show featured a retired steelworker turned bladesmith named Irish Mike, who created enormous swords for enthusiastic clients.  The show may have ended production, but Mike is still creating his swords online and for the past two months he’s been working on replicating Final Fantasy VIII‘s Gunblade.

This has to be the best real-life Gunblade I’ve ever seen. The detail is incredible and its scale looks very accurate to the game. If you want to see more of Irish Mike’s work, visit his YouTube Channel!

Final Fantasy VIII is out now for PC and PS1.

Life is Strange is Returning May 18, 2017

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Ladies and gentlemen, I present you three developers from DONTNOD, the creators of Life is Strange.

This is an incredible announcement, especially since I actually talked about the possibility of something like this happening yesterday during my Let’s Play of Alan Wake.  I can’t wait to see what DONTNOD has in store for us!