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Bawls Announces New Cherry Cola Flavor August 29, 2019

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This is a gaming website, but we cannot deny the ultimate gaming beverage is BAWLS! It has been a staple of LAN parties for two decades! We may have talked about this product previously on this website, but for good reason. Originally presented to me as the only high-caffeinated beverage that actually tasted good, it would be a regular purchase of mine back when CompUSA was in its heyday.

Up until today, there have been six flavors of Bawls offered: Regular, Cherry, Ginger, Zero (Sugar), Root Beer, and Orange. Today, they have announced their seventh flavor, Cherry Cola!

Want it? Cherry Cola is up for sale right now on the Official Bawls Store.


Pokemon Masters Released August 29, 2019

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Pokémon Trainers with smartphones and tablets can hit up their device’s respective digital marketplace and download Pokémon Masters right now! Here’s the launch trailer.

Having played a little bit of the game’s opening I can tell you this game offers new type of battle system with a story that takes place after the event’s of the main Pokémon titles!

If you happened to preorder the game, it should have downloaded to your device automatically. Just check your home screen for it!

Pokemon Masters is out now for Android and iOS tablets and smartphones. A 64-bit device is required.

The Dark Pictures – Man of Medan Launch Trailer August 28, 2019

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Grab a friend and turn off the lights because we are just days away from the imminent launch of the very first game in The Dark Pictures Anthology series, Man of Medan. Here’s the official launch trailer!

The Dark Pictures – Man of Medan is coming August 30th, 2019 to PC, Xbox One and PS4.

Best Buy Admits Delay with Control Pre-Order Codes – UPDATE August 28, 2019

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Control launched yesterday at retail stores across the country and one of the big promises publisher 505 Games offered was a set of in-game Tactical Gear that could be redeemed as DLC. Anyone who might have picked up their preorder of Control at Best Buy (who were the exclusive retailer in the Us of the game’s Deluxe Edition Steelbook) yesterday might not have seen a code for that promised DLC on their sales receipt, depriving customers of their pre-order incentive.

Best Buy admits this is an error they fully plan to rectify. If you did not receive your pre-order code at purchase, it will be e-mailed to you within the next 24-48 hours. The e-mail will be sent to the address you registered at the time of pre-order.

We will keep you up to date with all the relevant information about this matter as it happens. Stay tuned to this website for updates.

UPDATE: Best Buy has fixed the issue with Control preorder codes. Codes should be getting sent out within the next day or two. If you do not receive a code in some way within 48 hours of receiving your game, contact Best Buy’s support phone line, (1-888-BEST-BUY). You MUST have your sales receipt (or a copy of it) before calling.

Control is out now on PC, Xbox One and PS4.

Spider-Man Game of the Year Edition Released August 28, 2019

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Sony and Insomniac are celebrating the one-year anniversary of the release of Spider-Man on the PS4 by releasing a retail Game of the Year Edition that includes all of the downloadable content that was released for the game! Check it out!

This is one heck of a deal for anyone who didn’t pick up the game the first time around or who might want to play the main game and the game’s DLC missions at a heavy discount.

Spider-Man: Game of the Year Edition is out now exclusively on PS4.

CONTROL Steelbook Unboxing August 27, 2019

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Remedy’s CONTROL hit the retail shelves today and we picked up the special premium Steelbook version of the game that is only available in the US at Best Buy. Let’s take a look at what’s inside!

CONTROL is out now for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

Control Day 1 Patches Released August 27, 2019

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Remedy’s Control has just been released and users across platforms should be made aware that patches are already being distributed through their respective platform’s digital service.

Control has been updated to version 1.02 on the PS4. It includes various bug fixes and a font issue with certain Eastern European and Asian languages. This update should also be out for the Xbox One. It has also been updated on the PC through the Epic Games Store to fix an issue with a Microsoft redistributable installer. Make sure to update your games fully before playing.

Control is out now for PC, Xbox One and PS4.

iOS 12.4.1 Released August 26, 2019

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A minor software update has just been released for Apple devices running on the iPad, iPhone and Apple TV. The new update, version 12.4.1, includes non-specified bug fixes and optimizations.

You can download it right now using your device’s software update feature. Depending on your device, it will probably require a download of around 80MB.

Gaming History You Should Know – The Game Boy Color Cellular Adapter August 25, 2019

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It’s no secret more advanced features regularly made their way into Nintendo hardware in its home country of Japan, be it rewritable floppy disk support for the NES or Satellite game streaming for the Super Nintendo. Today, on Gaming History You Should Know, we want to focus on one specific peripheral that BADLY needed to come to the US, cellular online multiplayer gaming. In the very early 2000s, prices for portable telephones and cellular services were becoming affordable to the mainstream and moved the devices from an expensive niche for rich businessmen to a tool that everyone NEEDED to stay in constant communication wherever they were.

That said, other than make calls, provide simple numerical calculations, and sending very limited text messaging, there wasn’t much you could do with a cell phone at that time. The best a basic cell phone could do was play the Snake game to amuse its owner for a brief time. In a world where the Game Boy had existed for a decade and Pokémon was already perched to become the biggest gaming phenomena of all time, while PC gamers could already play online multiplayer from their computers and laptops, these limitations were inexcusable.

I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again, Pokémon was the best portable game of all time. Every main game from that franchise made use of the best features of the Game Boy handheld, and Game Freak would continue to evolve their games to take the best advantage they could out of each new hardware generation. However, at its initial games’ launch in the early 90s, the game’s multiplayer features could only be done through local play, and it required one player to own a Link Cable. How much better would these games be if I could play them online? With online support in Pokémon I could not only play against anyone at any time, it would allow for game updates or even free goodies straight from Nintendo without ever having to step foot in a retail store!

Since the time of the Nintendo DS launch, we’ve have all of these features as a standard in every Pokémon game and that tradition continues to this day. But would it surprise you to know that these features were available in Pokémon games as far back as Pokémon Crystal for the Game Boy Color? You might not have known about it because truth be told, it was a feature that was only offered in Japan. Enter the Mobile Game Boy Adapter!

The Mobile GB Adapter was a Game Boy Color peripheral that allowed its user to connect their cellular phone to the Game Boy Color’s I’ve been waiting a long time for someone to produce a detailed breakdown of this peripheral so I could feature it on this website. Enter Retro Ali, who has a fantastic YouTube channel full of great retro Nintendo gaming videos. She did a fantastic look at this peripheral, what games supported it and how.

As far as I know, the Pokémon Crystal Celebi challenge that made use of this adapter was never brought to the US Game Boy Color version. That said, I heard it was ported to the Virtual Console version of Pokémon Crystal when it was finally re-released on the Nintendo 3DS. It’s still a shame the US never received this ability.

Pokémon Crystal is out now for the Game Boy Color and Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console.

Control is Getting a Poets of the Fall Song August 23, 2019

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Remedy has featured the music from the band Poets of the Fall since the incredible song “The Late Goodbye” for Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne. In fact, one of the first videos I ever edited for online distribution was a music video for that very song that included footage from Max Payne 2. They would go on to perform as the Old Gods of Asgard in the game Alan Wake where their music would even make for a big plot point.

Sadly, we did not see Remedy and Poets of the Fall team up again for the Xbox One/PC game Quantum Break, but now it has been confirmed Remedy’s latest game, Control, will see a return to that tradition. Ladies and Gentlemen, Sam Lake.

The new album that features songs included in Control is called Ultraviolet and can be purchased right now through various music services including iTunes.

Control is coming August 27th, 2019 to PC, Xbox One and PS4.