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PAX East 2021 Cancelled March 31, 2021

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The guys over at Penny-Arcade have confirmed that the East-Coast Penny Arcade Expo (known as PAX East) will not be happening this year. Instead, a virtual convention will take place this summer between July 15th-18th.

Unfortunate news, but the organizers fully intend to bring PAX East back to Boston in 2022.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection Season 6 Trailer March 31, 2021

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It looks like unlockable multiplayer content inspired by the arcade shooter Halo: Fireteam Raven is coming to Halo: The Master Chief Collection in season 6! Here’s the official teaser.

Good hunting, Raven.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is out now for PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

Japan Travel Tips – Japan’s Hotels March 30, 2021

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It’s Tuesday, and that means it’s time for some of our Japan Travel Tips. If you’re unfamiliar with this series, we share with you some of the best independently produced documentaries designed to help international tourists who wish to visit Japan. After surviving 2020, you can be sure I REALLY want to travel, and why not travel to a country that is the birthplace of some of my favorite games of all time? In the last part, we talked about what you need to know once you arrive at an airport, today we will be talking about what your options are for a place to stay while in the country.

There are tons of different hotel options throughout the country. Some of those options may be familiar to international business travelers, some are uniquely Japanese. What do you say we break down all the hotel options available in the country? Let’s look at the work on the channel Life Where I’m From to break down all the different hotel options.

Business Hotels, AirBNB and Hostles should be familiar to most international travelers so we are going to skip talking about those right now. Instead we are going to be talking more about the more uniquely Japan hotel options.

First up, I wanted to talk about what could be the best option for couples who are traveling across the country, and would like a full bed with a unique experience, a Love Hotel. Here’s YouTube Channel Abroad in Japan, at a detailed look at just how unique a love hotel can get.

If you’re on a budget, traveling light, and are either by yourself or with just one other companion, a capsule hotel might be a better option for you. YouTube legend Only In Japan produced this fantastic documentary about the Capsule Hotel experience, what your sleeping options are, and what amenities you can expect at a capsule hotel.

Finally I would like to talk about the Ryokan. This hot spring resort is designed for families to share an all-inclusive getaway where they can rest, eat and enjoy themselves. Since there doesn’t seem to be any international hotel experience that even seems to come close to a place like this, we decided to highlight a video from Japan-Guide.com that we feel offers the most educational look.

So let’s break down the options for you and what are the pros and cons you should consider before choosing each one.

  • Capsule Hotel – Best idea if traveling alone, or with a companion of the same gender and planning to spend one to two days at most in one location.
  • Love Hotel – Best idea if you’re traveling with a significant other and no one else. It also is a good option for couples that plan to spend most of their time traveling and expect to stay in a different hotel every day. It is a cheaper option than a traditional hotel and you are guaranteed privacy.
  • Ryokan – Best experienced with a full family that isn’t planning to travel very far from their hotel. Expensive but all-inclusive with incredible amenities and food.

There are some other options out there that may be a bit more niche. YouTuber AkiDearest did this video about a Manga Hotel she stayed at which has to be seen to be believed.

Not enough information? Seriously there were dozens of great videos online to actually dedicate an entire article to each hotel. If the demand is there, we could decide to dedicate later article to go more into depth about showing specific hotel experiences across Japan.

Once you’ve got yourself a hotel you’re happy with you’re going to want to know how to get around Japan. Stay tuned for next Tuesday as we will be talking about the best way to get around the country, by train.

Marvel’s Avengers – Hawkeye Interview March 30, 2021

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The latest character added to Marvel’s Avengers is Clint Barton, better known to the world as the superhero Hawkeye. His character was made playable in the game’s recent patch alongside a new campaign specifically for him. Hawkeye is performed by the famous actor Giacomo Gianniotti, and earlier today Square Enix published an interview with him. He talks about how he got the role, what went into producing it, and a lot more.

Give it a watch but be aware there may be a few spoilers in the interview.

Marvel’s Avengers is out now on PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.

Cyberpunk 2077 1.2 Patch Notes Released March 29, 2021

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It isn’t out yet, but Cyberpunk 2077’s developers have posted the near final patch notes for patch 1.2, the highly anticipated milestone. A laundry list of updates, fixes, and optimizations has just been posted. You can read the whole list here.

The patch is promised to be coming soon for all platforms. We will keep you posted on when that happens.

UPDATE: Patch is out on PC and consoles. It’s not out yet on Stadia.

Cyberpunk 2077 is out now for PS4, PC, Xbox One and Stadia.

Conversations With Curtis Opened a YouTube Channel March 28, 2021

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Old-school PC horror fans would do well to check out the 1996 game Phantasmagoria 2: A Puzzle of Flesh. Now, over twenty years after the game came out, the game’s lead has announced he will be working on a retrospective series about the game he’s calling “Conversations with Curtis”. Here’s the latest update:

Paul Stetler has created a new YouTube Channel specifically for the series. If you’re interested in following updates make sure to subscribe!

Phantasmagoria 2: A Puzzle of Flesh is out for PC.

Gaming History You Should Know – The Story Behind Those Pikachu Volkswagens, The PokePatrol March 28, 2021

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It’s Sunday, and given the fact that Spring has sprung and Easter is just a week away I decided it was time to talk about something yellow. Welcome back to Gaming History You Should Know, where we highlight some of the best independently produced gaming history videos from across the web. Fasten your seatbelts, we’ve got a great one for all of you today!

In 1998, The Pokémon Company was preparing to launch Pokémon in the United States. To get the word out, a special VHS tape was distributed to Nintendo Power subscribers and Toys R Us customers which gave a preview of all things Pokémon. Produced to appear like it existed in the Pokémon world, the VHS tape previewed the new television series, the upcoming games, and the toys.

Towards the end of the VHS tape, Ash’s Aunt Hillary announced a fleet of Pikachu-Themed Volkswagen Beetles, dubbed by fans as the “PokéPatrol”, would be driving across the country and hosting exclusive Pokémon events wherever they stopped. These cars looked cool as hell, and since the event concluded they have gained an almost iconic status alongside the early days of Pokémon fandom.

Sadly, despite the fact that these cars were launched twenty years ago, there isn’t a lot of information about the PokéPatrol. Where did they come from? Where did they visit? What could you do at one of their events? And finally, what happened to them? Pokémon researcher and historian Mewisme700 has done fantastic history videos on the early years of Pokémon. Her video on the history of these original Pokémon Volkswagen cars is second to none. You don’t get much more yellow than this.

Special thanks to Mewisme700 for letting us feature their work here today. If you’re interested in seeing more of her work, she’s done some great early Pokémon history videos including this video about the history of the (now closed) Pokemon Center New York. Everyone should give her channel a watch!

iOS and iPadOS 14.4.2 Released March 26, 2021

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Apple has released an important security update for iPhones and iPads was released earlier today and they’re insisting everyone install it as soon as possible.

You can obtain the update right now through your device’s software update feature or through iTunes. If you were previously running 14.4.1, the update should weigh in at around 200MB.

Pokemon TCG Top Deck Academy Episode 8 March 25, 2021

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It’s Thursday and The Pokémon Company has just published the latest episode of Top Deck Academy, where they offer important tips and strategies for the Pokémon Trading Card Game. In today’s episode they talk about a toolbox deck, explain what is is, and how the masters use it to win.

Free RPG Day 2021 Date Announced March 25, 2021

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Free RPG Day is a similar event to Free Comic Book Day, but not as well known as the latter event. In it, RPG publishers offer free pamphlets, rulesheets, and select goodies to hobby stores across the country that specialize in pen and paper RPGs.

Free RPG Day is happening October 16th, 2021.

If you’ve never played a pen-and-paper RPG before and you’re interested in trying out a game for the first time, this is the perfect event to participate in. If you’re a long time fan of the hobby, it’s a great way to learn about new games that are coming out and give them a try!