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Maniac’s Kitchen – Cold Stone’s Super Mario Cake September 17, 2019

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Welcome back to Maniac’s Kitchen where we share recipes and review all kinds of gaming food. It’s not my birthday but I couldn’t resist checking out Cold Stone Creamery, the ice cream shop known for mixing a whole assortment of toppings into their creamy ice cream.

In conjunction with Nintendo to promote the recent release of Super Mario Maker 2, Cold Stone has released two limited-time menu options. Today, we’re going to review the Rainbow Sprinkle Road Cake, which is clearly inspired by Nintendo’s Mario Kart franchise. Let’s see how it tastes!

Cold Stone says they will personalize your cake with any name you wish when you order it. We chose to get the smallest version of the cake since nobody but me seemed interested in eating it. If you need a bigger cake for a large party, larger round cakes can be made.

Shenmue III TGS 2019 Trailer September 14, 2019

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We are just a few weeks away from the long-awaited launch of Shenmue III on the PS4 and PC and we just got this new trailer taking a closer look at the game’s environments right from TGS 2019. This is just beautiful.

Shenmue III is coming November 19th, 2019 to the PC and PS4.

Rockstar Energy Drink is Running a Gears 5 Promotion for Free In-Game Items September 13, 2019

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Rockstar Energy Drink has revealed a huge cross promotional event with Microsoft this month. They will be providing in-game codes for various Gears 5 exclusive items in specially marked cans of Rockstar Energy Drink. If you need to know what to look for, watch this.

To this date I haven’t seen any Gears 5 marked cans in my local supermarkets but certain retailers including Walmart and Circle K have promised extra codes will be added to sales receipts.

You can redeem your tab and receipt codes on this website. Just be aware you’ll need to sign up on the REG site with a valid email address to earn codes and have an active Xbox Live account to redeem them.

Gears 5 is out now for PC and Xbox One.

Tales from IT – These Tales Won’t Get You a Job September 12, 2019

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For some time now I’ve been concerned that people could watch my Tales from IT videos, memorize them and try to relay the stories as their own personal anecdotes with the intention to get themselves positions in the IT field they would otherwise be unqualified for. Well, I’m happy (or sad) to say that probably isn’t much of a concern as I thought it would be.

So here’s a story about one time I told one of these stories to a major job employer. I wasn’t qualified for the job, I had no experience in the position, but I had to apply for it because my technically-illiterate family read about it in the newspaper and wouldn’t cease harassing me about it.

I hope you all enjoyed the Tales from IT series because that will be the final video we will post in that series. More content (including TGS 2019 news) is on its way!

Death Stranding – TGS 2019 Briefing Trailer September 11, 2019

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The first Death Stranding footage from TGS 2019 has been posted in glorious 4K for all to see. Take a look and see what might be the deepest world building moments posted about this game so far.

Death Stranding is coming November 8th, 2019 exclusively to the PS4.

Final Fantasy VII Remake TGS 2019 Trailer September 11, 2019

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TGS 2019 has kicked off and we got our hands on a much hyped trailer for a game we’ve been looking forward to getting for the past twenty years. Here’s the newest trailer for Final Fantasy VII Remake. We’re posting up the English version of the trailer here but a Japanese spoken version exists.

Final Fantasy VII Remake is coming to the PC and PS4.

Nintendo Switch Software Update 9.0.0 Released September 10, 2019

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A major system update was just released to the Nintendo Switch and you need to download it right now. Update 9.0.0 includes, on top of the usual bug fixes, a much needed feature to the News menu that allows users to manually search for games to follow. Players will need to install the update in order to keep their systems connected to the Nintendo Network.

News search has been needed for some time as before this point, users could only select the games they wanted to read news about from a menu that got longer with every new game announced.

iPhone 11 Announced September 10, 2019

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Apple has officially announced and revealed the first details about their next flagship handheld devices. Ladies and gentlemen, the next iPhone will be called…iPhone 11.

iPhone 11 phones will use A13 processors equipped with a new dual camera system and run on the new iOS 13. Price is expected to start at $699 US.

If you prefer something bigger and more…professional…Apple announced the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max phones. These use a triple camera system which have the potential to revolutionize independent filmmaking. The iPhone 11 Pro will start at a price of $999 US. The iPhone 11 Pro Max will start at $1099 US. Other than the fact that it has a bigger screen, the Max looks like it will have all of the same features as the standard Pro. They’re all expected to start shipping September 20th.

But what if you’re happy with your current Apple device and just want to use some of the new features coming to the new phones? If you own a current iPhone, iOS 13 will be released September 19th. If you’re an iPad owner running GEN5 or newer, you’ll be able to make an upgrade to the all-new iPadOS on September 30th.

Control 1.03 Update Patch Notes September 10, 2019

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Since its launch, Remedy’s Control suffered from multiple bugs and issues, even after the release of the Day 1 Patch. Remedy has listened to those issues and released what they’re calling the “September Update” to the game with an incredible amount of fixes focused on game stability and performance. Here’s the complete list:


  • Bug and crash fixes to missions, combat and overall game play
  • Fixed multiple issues with the PC launcher related to DX11/DX12 crashes


  • Improved map loading times (map will no longer tease information)
  • Motion Blur On/Off toggle added to Options menu
  • Film Grain On/Off toggle added to Options menu
  • Fixed incorrect UI behaviour on ultra-wide monitors (PC)
  • Fixed multiple issues when incorrect subtitles are shown for multiple languages
  • Fixed issue when the game centers the aim on Jesse’s head
  • Fixed multiple UI related issues


  • Fixed an issue when player could not acquire ‘Pierce Charging Efficiency’ and ‘Spin Grouping Efficiency’ upgrade
  • Fixed issue when Crafting Charge and personal Mods would not give the Weapon/Mod but take the materials (Sorry. The Board was greedy)
  • Fixed issue that prevented players activating the Pierce weapon form upgrade
  • Fixed issue when Jesse is unable to cleanse the ‘Transit Corridor South’ Control point upon returning from Prime Candidate Program area in the mission The Face of the Enemy
  • Fixed an issue when Heptonstall would not spawn during certain story missions in the “Old Friends” side-mission (still looking for his buddy Remus)
  • Fixed issue when Hiss Barrier remains in the Directorial Override mission’s Control Room if the player dies during the binding cut scene


  • Fixed issue when certain licensed music tracks play after enabling the ‘Mute Copyrighted Tracks’ option
  • Fixed and issue when audio is out of sync in the Dr Darling videos (PS4)


  • Fixed issue with the Charge weapon forms erroneous blast radius causing (way) too much visual damage to the environments
  • Fixed an issue where game would stall when completing a story mission and unlocking a trophy (PS4)


  • Improved title stability on all platforms
  • Improved general frame-rate performance through optimisations made to multiple systems and content

Control is out now for the PC, Xbox One and PS4. The September patch is currently out now for the PS4 and it is coming very soon to the Xbox One and PC.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition Release Date September 9, 2019

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Those who long for the classic days of bringing your Game Boy Advance over to your GameCube owning friend’s house to play a multiplayer game with link cables are going to be very happy. At TGS 2019, Square Enix has just revealed one of the original games that took advantage of that incredible feature is getting rereleased on modern consoles and now we have its official release date. Check out the new trailer!

Decisions, decisions. Do I get the Switch version out of the loyalty to the original Nintendo GameCube release or do I get the PS4 version due to the fact all the other Final Fantasy games came out for that platform?

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition is coming January 20th, 2020 to PS4 and Nintendo Switch.