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Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire Launches June 30, 2017

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Square Enix recently teased an all new free-to-play Final Fantasy XV game would be coming to smartphones and tablets and today I’m happy to announce the game has just been digitally released.

Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire is out now on Android and iOS smart devices.  You can download it for free on your device’s respective digital marketplace.


Tales from IT – What Happens When You Use a Third Party MacBook Power Adapter June 29, 2017

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Long time readers will know this site never has anything good to say about third-party accessories and today is no exception. In today’s new Tales from IT, Maniac tells a story about a time when his advice was given, subsequently ignored, and what the consequences of ignoring his advice were.

Unlike typical Tales from IT, this was not so much a cute story about the silly things that can happen on the job as much as it is a warning to everyone not to buy important accessories from third parties. That money you believe you are saving buying parts from third party resellers is just going to be wasted when you discover the part you bought either doesn’t work at all or breaks your system when you get it.

PS4 System Software 4.71 Released June 28, 2017

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A very minor software update has just been released for the PS4.  The system software is called version 4.71 and its release notes contain only the catch-all terms of non specific bug fixes and improvements.

Currently, you don’t need to install the Software Update to use your PS4 (your system will sign in to PSN just fine), but I wasn’t able to start playing Final Fantasy XIV without installing it. This is pretty unusual behavior for the PS4, so I just wanted to make a note of it.  So while you currently won’t need to download this update to simply run your PS4, you will absolutely need it if you plan to play an online game.

Make sure to install the update manually using the system software update option in the console’s Settings menu since it doesn’t seem to be installing automatically yet. If you had a previously recent firmware already installed on your PS4, the new firmware should only weigh in at around 330MB.

Final Fantasy XV Episode Prompto DLC Released June 27, 2017

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Final Fantasy XV players can expect a major patch to be released for the game today. While the update includes a lot of free content that all FFXV players can enjoy, the patch also brings compatibility with the highly anticipated DLC expansion Episode Prompto. If you want a closer look, here’s the official trailer.

Episode Prompto will be available to download today.  Final Fantasy XV Season Pass owners will be able to download it free of charge.

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

Gaming History You Should Know – The Halcyon Laserdisc Gaming Console June 26, 2017

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I know we are a day late but I want to welcome all of you back to Gaming History You Should Know, where we feature incredible content from across the web to educate our readers on gaming’s greatest true stories.  I know we had to take a few weeks off due to E3, but now we are back and we’ve got plans to release all new articles throughout the summer!

These days, voice recognition integration is quite common, as it is included in a wide range of electronic devices like the Amazon Echo, the iPhone or the Xbox One. We like to think of this feature as something that has only been possible within the last few years, but in reality creative programmers have been trying to bring it to the mass market for decades. One of the more unique attempts were looked into by YouTube Channel RetroGamerVX with his feature video about the voice controlled laserdisc game console the Halcyon.

During the 1980s, the laserdisc format was considered to be the gold standard for high end home theater systems. It not only offered superior picture and audio quality to VHS, it had the ability to seek out specific scenes or frames of a movie just like you could play a specific song in a CD.  The Halcyon was the brainchild of Rick Dyer, whose name you might remember if you’re a long-time follower of this site, since he worked on the laserdisc based arcade game Dragon’s Lair…which we are still trying to find a working cabinet to play.

I’ll let RetroGamerVX tell you the rest of the story.  The video includes some pretty rare footage of the machine in action and interviews with Rick Dyer. Enjoy!

Hope you all enjoyed the video, we plan to resume our schedule of featuring great content from across internet every week. Special thanks to RetroGamerVX for letting us feature him on the site!  If you haven’t checked out his YouTube channel yet, you should totally give it a look!

Disneyland’s Summer of Heroes Preview June 24, 2017

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Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout opened at the end of May and to celebrate, Disneyland is hosting the Summer of Heroes at Disney’s California Adventure theme park.

So what is happening during the Summer of Heroes?  Take a look at this official promotion!

The Avengers have taken over the park and guests will be able to meet them, join S.H.I.E.L.D., and dance!  Here’s some video of what you can expect this summer!

Summer of Heroes continues at Disney’s California Adventure until September 10th, 2017.  If you’re interested in learning more, you can check out our review of Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout here.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy E3 2017 Preview June 21, 2017

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While at E3 2017 I had the pleasure to check out the next game in the Uncharted franchise, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. The Lost Legacy is a standalone expansion to Uncharted 4, and follows fan-favorite character Chloe Frazier as she is forced to team up with Nadine Ross, one of the antagonists from Uncharted 4, to seek out an all-new treasure.

All of Uncharted‘s staple gameplay and humor is present in this game, as I’m sure you’ll discover for yourselves as you watch the demo. While on the E3 show floor, I couldn’t get the developers to admit if they were using PS4 Pro dev kits to demo the game, I did get them to admit to me the demo ran at a consistent 30 frames per second.

Here’s a closer look, enjoy.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is coming in August exclusively to the PS4.

The Evil Within 2 – E3 2017 Extended Trailer June 19, 2017

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I found a lot to like with the multiplaform horror game The Evil Within, and I was pleased to hear the game is going to get a sequel. Take a look at this extended E3 2017 trailer to get a closer look at the game!

The Evil Within 2 is coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One on October 13, 2017.

Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout Review Follow-Up June 18, 2017

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While working on our review of Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout at Disney’s California Adventure theme park, we neglected to mention a few things due to time. Because of that, we created this follow-up video to talk about some of the things we missed, including an an unbelievable thing that happened at E3.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout Review June 17, 2017

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We are back from E3 2017 and as promised we are happy to present you all with our first ever full video review of a theme park ride!

Last month, Disneyland opened an all-new ride in Disney’s California Adventure theme park, Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout. It’s based on the popular Guardians of the Galaxy movie series and takes place between the events of the second movie and one of the film’s post-credits sequences.

Is the ride worth a trip to Disneyland?  Let’s find out!

We plan to have a follow-up video for this review very soon!