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Midsummer Fantasy Renaissance Faire 2020 Cancelled April 30, 2020

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Ladies and Gentlemen, Daniel Greenwolf.

This one really breaks my heart but I completely understand their decision. It’s held at Warsaw Park in Ansonia, CT, and my Fiancée and I have attended several times. Heck, I’ve published reviews of the event on a few occasions. MFRF was the first Renaissance Faire I had attended since starting this website and I’ve always been charmed by its interest in their focus on FANTASY over historical accuracy.

Midsummer Fantasy Renaissance Faire will return for 2021.

Deadly Premonition 2 Release Date April 28, 2020

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One of the most unique games of the previous generation was a title called Deadly Premonition. Directed by Swery65, the game put you in the shoes (and suit) of Agent Francis York Morgan as he tries to unravel the supernatural mystery behind several murders in a small town. The game was open world and there was a lot of extra activities to take part in as you made your way through the game’s story.

On the other hand the game’s graphics were way under the bar when the game launched, and sadly the game didn’t reach mainstream appeal. However, the game was just too freaking unique to be ignored and it has made plenty of top “great games you never played” lists. That said, the chances of the game ever getting a follow up was next to zero, or so we thought…

Now, Nintendo is publishing the game’s sequel as a Nintendo Switch exclusive and today, we now have a release date.

Deadly Premonition 2 is coming July 10th, 2020 exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.

How I Played Gears of War in a HDTV Store With Friends April 28, 2020

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Long time readers of this site may already be familiar with this story, but I decided the time was right to devote an entire video to telling it.

Back when Gears of War was just being released, my friend and I were in the market to buy some new top of the line HDTVs to take advantage of the game’s (at the time) incredible graphics. The store my friend worked at had a policy where customers could bring their existing equipment into the store to see how well it would work on a new television. We decided to take them up on that generous offer and brought a 360 and the game. You won’t believe what the store’s employees asked us to do next.

Gears of War is out now for the Xbox 360, PC and Xbox One.

The Last of Us Part II Finally Has a Revised Release Date April 28, 2020

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Due to health concerns from the recent COVID-19 Pandemic, Sony and Naughty Dog chose to delay the release of the highly anticipated PS4-exclusive game The Last of Us Part II. Today, in what feels like an eternity since that delay, we finally have a new expected release date according to the Playstation.Blog.

I know a lot of people at Naughty Dog and a lot of PlayStation Loyalists will be happy to see the game FINALLY released. The first game was one of the highlights of the PS3, and Naughty Dog has proven time and time again they’re among the best game developers in the world after releasing the incredible Uncharted games. We have been waiting for it through the entire lifespan of the PS4 and I for one will be ready to pick it up day one.

The Last of us Part II is coming June 19th, 2020 exclusively to the PS4.

Gaming History You Should Know – There Was a Final Fantasy Roller Coaster April 26, 2020

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I love video games and I love theme parks. When I was a kid in the 90s, Universal Studios Florida was the coolest place ever. I could ride a cable car while King Kong was attacking, get in a boat while Jaws terrorized the water, or ride a Deloroan Time Machine in Back to the Future. In the decades since then, Universal’s theme parks have opened all over the world, and one of their parks currently resides in Osaka, Japan. I know what you’re thinking, this video is going to be about the upcoming opening of Super Mario World, a new land where tourists can enter their favorite Nintendo video games, but if you’ve looked at the title you’ll know that is not what we are going to be talking about today. Today, I’m going to bring you back to 2018 for an event I’m shocked did not receive more attention here in the states.

It’s Sunday! Welcome back to Gaming History You Should Know, where we highlight some of the best independently produced content from across the Internet that focuses on the history of gaming. So sit back and relax as I tell you the story of what I think could be one of the coolest (but short-lived) experiences designed to make people feel like they are actually inside a video game.

Every year Universal Studios Japan hosts an event they call Universal Cool Japan where they highlight some of their favorite national properties that are…cool. In 2018, Universal Cool Japan would feature Detective Conan, Sailor Moon Monster Hunter…and Final Fantasy.

In 2018, for just a few months, Universal Cool Japan brought a Final Fantasy themed roller coaster, the Final Fantasy XR, to life. Final Fantasy XR was an indoor roller-coaster augmented with Virtual Reality (VR) footage. To make the coaster, Universal Studios Japan took their already existing Space Fantasy coaster and gave it a full Final Fantasy facelift. To give you an idea of just what went into this, YouTube Channel Edamame took some great footage of their experience with the ride. Take a look!

I think the Edamame video does a great job setting the stage for the ride with really high quality video (and subtitles) but if you’re looking for something more detailed I recomend this video produced by Yukendoit.

Sadly, no on ride footage was included in that video but some high-quality snippets of it has found its way online. As far as I can tell, the VR/AR footage used for the ride and the preshow videos were developed by Square Enix. Here’s some of the best on-ride footage I could find online mixed with a virtual model of the track.

If you’d like a bettet look at the ride’s preshow please check out this video. Sadly, it isn’t subtitled in English but this was the best quality video of it I could find.

There was also an incredible amount of exclusive Final Fantasy XR merch and food. Take a look at all this with envy!

Since Cool Japan 2018 wrapped, Final Fantasy XR has remained closed. As for what happened with the Final Fantasy XR content, its only legacy seems to be the footage that people took of the Cool Japan 2018 event. Final Fantasy would not return for Cool Japan 2019 or 2020, so the 2018 event might be the only time it will ever be shown.

Ironically, this was not the first, nor will it be the last time that a video game property would receive a real-world theme park ride, and perhaps we will talk about other times in future installments. Until next time, stay safe Kupo!

What’s Missing from Disney+? April 25, 2020

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Not much gaming news going on with the new choice of developers delaying their games, so I thought I would give the Disney+ service, something that I’m sure is getting a huge boom in new users, a closer look. There are a few glaring omissions from the Disney+ Lineup, in what series, shorts, and documentaries are not currently being offered, even though there doesn’t appear to be contract issues with them. I’m not going to list incomplete show lineups here, as that is kind of pointless since Disney will eventually offer all seasons for the shows they’re currently streaming, but there are tons of great shows, documentaries, movies and shorts that for some reason or another are not currently offered. We’re also not going to list content we know has exclusivity agreements with other services at this time.

Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything – Starring the late Cameron Boyce, this is a show I’ve been meaning to talk about on this site for a while. Boyce plays Kid Fury, a former Pro Cyberathlete who must return to regular High School after a disappointing performance at a major event. Once back in school, he makes friends with three very unique students, and end up forming a new professional gaming clan. The show only lasted two seasons and ended on a cliffhanger that (due to the death of Mr Boyce) sadly will never be resolved, but this show’s charm eventually won no nonsense gamer over. I have no idea why this series is not currently on Disney+. Maybe some day I’ll write a review about this show, it really deserves to be talked about.

TRON: The Next Day – This short film (yes Disney+ does offer shorts) was included as a special feature on the Tron Legacy Blu-Ray Disc and served three purposes. First, it was a coda to the film and showed what the consequences of the film’s events meant for the characters we remembered. Second, it was a proper ending to the storyline of the Flynn Lives ARG campaign. As someone who participated in that campaign (and still has the ENCOM employee badge to prove it) it was nice to see that wrapped up. Third, it set the stage for TRON 3. The short film itself was heavily praised by critics and fans alike after it was released and I have no idea why there isn’t a legitimate place to watch it. Heck it’s not even included as a special feature in the various streaming versions of the film.

Marvel One Shots – (Update: They’re added!) Starting with Thor, Marvel commissioned several short films to be included with the Blu-Ray Disc release of several Marvel movies with the intention to bridge the gap between the films and provide insight into some of the secondary characters of the MCU or provide a coda to the film it was attached in. I know at one point Disney considered doing a stand-alone disc release of all the shorts together (kind of like how they’ll bundle some animated shorts together) but as far as I know that didn’t happen. Some of the shorts were funny, like A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer, some were exciting like Agent Carter (not to be confused with the ABC show of the same name that came later), but they all were a nice extra piece to one of the greatest achievements in film history. I have no idea why I can’t find them on Disney+.

Marvel’s Super Hero NYC Tour – Next up is a documentary that originally aired on the now-defunct Discovery HD Theater Channel. This documentary was a fantastic look at the real-world locations that inspired Marvel’s universe mixed with a history of Marvel itself. Since most of the locations seen in Marvel’s comics are real, I’ve always wanted to visit the same real locations Marvel’s superheroes have traveled to compare them to their real location. It featured interviews with plenty of greats including Joe Simon, Stan “The Man” Lee, and John Romita (with son). While I’m certain that Disney had nothing to do with making it (they didn’t produce it and it was made before the MCU started and Disney bought Marvel) I’m assuming Discovery Channel has no further claim on this documentary due to the fact they haven’t aired it in 15 years. I mean it’s a great documentary that mostly holds up today, surely if someone had the rights to it they would air it regularly? There are a few Marvel documentaries already on Disney+ including their 75th Anniversary documentary produced by ABC, no reason this documentary couldn’t exist alongside it.

First off, I want to give props to Disney+ for offering more 4K (UHD) HDR compatible films than any other streaming or cable service currently in existence. The fact that most of their Marvel movies, some of the greatest films ever made, are watchable in 4K HDR is an immediate positive. Some of the films they’re offering in 4K HDR (as of the time this is being posted) are surprising, and a few are missing 4K support that is badly needed. Some of these are badly needed due to the fact their HD transfers were horrible, like for Disney’s The Black Hole. Tron Legacy’s Blu-Ray transfer looked better than what’s in Disney+. Can someone please tell me why Hocus Pocus can currently be watched in 4K HDR, but neither Tron nor Tron Legacy, films that actually were produced on 70mm film, can’t? What about Avatar? Disney has four sequels in development and a whole world devoted to it at Animal Kingdom? While they’re at it, where’s a 4K version for The Rocketeer?

Then there’s some stuff that’s missing but at least I could tell you why they’re missing. Marvel films Avengers: Infinity War and Ant-Man and the Wasp are exclusively locked on Netflix for the time being along with a bunch of animated shorts including Paperman and Frozen Fever.

Oh and finally, where’s Cloak and Dagger? That first season was without a doubt the best series Marvel Television ever produced, don’t tell me it’s going to be trapped on Hulu forever.

Pokémon Journeys Announced for Netflix April 23, 2020

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The Pokémon Company has just revealed the next series in the continuous Pokémon Animated saga will he called Pokémon Journeys. The series will be focused around Ash (with his trusty Pikachu) and his attempt to travel from region to region in the search for legendary and mythical Pokémon. Here’s the trailer.

Pokémon Journeys is coming to Netflix.

Control Patch 1.10 Released April 23, 2020

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Remedy has released a major software patch for Control and you can download it now on all platforms. The new patch fixes some issues with the game’s first DLC, including a problem I came across myself. Here’s the full patch notes.

Gameplay

  • Fixed the issue where the Golden Cube in the Astral Toilet is not respawned right away if Jesse throws it away
  • Fixed the issue where Marshall may disappear during the final boss fight in The Foundation
  • Fixed the issue where Hiss Barriers keep Jesse trapped inside the Pillar room in the Upper Warehouse
  • Fixed the issue where the Hotline message from Marshall “The Foundation” collectible is not collected if the player moves past it fast enough
  • Fixed the issue where Jesse was not invincible while Evading. You get those iFrames back! Please use responsibly.
  • Tweaked the difficulty of the Jesse Faden Starring in Swift Platform side mission to make it easier

UI

  • Fixed the issue where the Astral Constructs menu has the wrong text for the Infinite tier weapon and personal mods

General

  • Various localization fixes

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

Pokémon Twilight Wings Episode 4 Released April 23, 2020

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The online-exclusive animated Pokémon series Twilight Wings has just dropped episode 4. This episode focuses on the background of Gym Leader Nyssa, one of my favorite leaders in the recent game. Take a look!

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are out now exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.

Super Mario Maker 2 Final Update Released April 21, 2020

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Nintendo has released what they said will be their final update for Super Mario Maker 2. They’re including a ton of new design options and modes for this update. So many, in fact it would just be easier for us to show you this video, enjoy.

Super Mario Maker 2 is out now exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.