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Tales from IT – Replacing a Photographer’s Workhorse MacBook Pro December 28, 2021

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Welcome back to a new Tales from IT! We’re trying a few new pieces of tech today and decided to make this video for you. One of Maniac’s oldest friends took his advice and upgraded their MacBook to a newer model. However, they did it 3 years later than they should have…and both Maniac and their friends options were very limited because of it.

Can Maniac get his friend a replacement unit that satisfies their needs AND recover all their old system’s irreplaceable data? Let’s find out.

Dot Hack GU Last Recode Coming to Nintendo Switch December 23, 2021

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I’m so happy to make this announcement. We are big fans of the ongoing .HACK// (pronounced “Dot Hack “) franchise and its great to see the franchise get some love here in the West. Yesterday, Bandai Namco announced .HACK//G.U. LAST RECODE is coming to the Nintendo Switch. Here’s the official announcement trailer!

If you’re unfamiliar with .HACK//, and want a better idea as to why I’m so excited about this announcement I recommend you check out our coverage during last year’s Dot Hack Tribute Day!

Now if we can only get a remaster of the four original episodic games…or maybe a port of some of the later games that never released in the West.

.HACK//G.U. LAST RECODE is coming March 11th, 2022 for the Nintendo Switch. It is out now for PC and PS4.

The Final Nintendo Minute Has Been Posted December 20, 2021

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It is the end of an era. Normally, we don’t talk about the Nintendo Minute, but today we had to make an exception. Nintendo Minute, was a video series on the official Nintendo YouTube channel where hosts Kit and Krista would complete silly challenges, preview upcoming games, and talk about Nintendo news. Today, that series has just posted its final episode. Please enjoy.

I admit I will miss this show, the hosts had great chemistry and it did expose me to some games I wouldn’t have played otherwise, like 198x. Kit and Krista, I salute you!

Halo: Memory Agent Podcast Released December 19, 2021

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343 Industries has released a prequel series to Halo: Infinite in the form of an audio podcast. This is not unusual, as there was a podcast for Halo 5, and some of the content from Halo 2’s Ilovebees campaign certainly could be considered a precursor podcast before the word was officially coined.

The new series, Memory Agent, follows the story of a UNSC Lieutenant as they take on the momentous task of delivering an important encryption key to Master Chief. The series is currently in 6-parts and averages around 8 minutes an episode. The podcast is currently exclusive to Spotify and can only be listened to on that service. You can listen to all six parts here.

Halo: Infinite is out now for PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.

Gaming History You Should Know – Springboard: The First Smartphone December 19, 2021

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I know what you’re thinking, we already had a Gaming History You Should Know earlier in the week. Merry Christmas, here’s a bonus article that was too good to save for later!

Back in the late 90s and early 00s, Portable Digital Assistants (PDAs) were the go-to option for people who needed a digital device on their person. A PDA, like the famous Palm Pilot, could keep digital notes, addresses, schedule, and some of the later models were even capable of mobile e-mail. However, unlike today’s smartphones (which can also do all of that) you couldn’t make a call with a PDA. If you wanted to make a call on the go, you’d need to pull your cell phone out of a different pocket to make that call.

The original founders of Palm knew that the future of PDAs would require the ability to make calls. However, Palm’s owners and the cell phone providers at the time disagreed, preferring to keep business as usual until time itself ended. So, Palm’s owners left the company and formed a new one, Handspring. The rest of that story is the subject of today’s history lesson.

The guys over at The Verge just produced this fantastic documentary on the history of Handspring. In it, they interview some of the company founders, dig deep into the products the company released, and talk about the enduring legacy of the smartphone. Check it out!

Conversations With Curtis Episode 9 December 18, 2021

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The two lead actors from the two cult classic PC horror games Phantasmagoria and Phantasmagoria 2: A Puzzle of Flesh are going to meet (virtually) for the first time in just about two minutes. That’s what’s in line for today’s episode of Conversations With Curtis. If you want to check it out, just watch the feed below:

Phantasmagoria and Phantasmagoria 2: A Puzzle of Flesh are out now for PC.

Gaming History You Should Know – Where Did Street Fighter’s Hadouken Come From December 17, 2021

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I know it isn’t Sunday yet, but this was too good a scoop to not talk about. One of the most famous fighting moves in the history of video games is the Hadouken from Street Fighter. When done correctly by a trained artist like Ken or Ryu, the move allows its wielder to throw a ball of fire out of their hands towards their opponent.

Of course, in real life the Hadouken doesn’t exist…or does it? Sadly, there is no known way to actually perform a fighting move that will enable you to create fire out of nothing. However, we have seen in the game Ken and Ryu both perform a very distinctive move with their hands before the fire is thrown. Does that move have any basis in real martial arts? YouTube historian Mr. Dan, host of Art of One Dojo, has gotten to the bottom of this age old question. He was able to interview the legendary Johnpaul Williams, who was used as the model for the original arcade games. During this interview, we’ve discovered the real history of the iconic move. Guys, we’ve been doing it wrong this whole time.

Street Fighter games are out now on multiple platforms including the arcade.

Power On: The Story of Xbox December 13, 2021

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The six-part documentary miniseries promised during the Xbox 20th Anniversary Celebration has been released. Power On details the entire history of the Xbox franchise, starting with the release of the first Xbox console through to today. If you have any interest in the history of video games you need to set aside some time to give this a watch!

iOS, iPadOS 15.2, WatchOS 8.3 and Apple TV Updates Released December 13, 2021

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It’s been another one of those nights. Apple has just released major updates for all their hardware. The new updates are bringing in updates for Apple Music, as well as important bug fixes and optimizations across all devices.

You can download your update right now through your device’s software update feature. Depending on your device, your update may weigh in at around 650-850MB.

The Game Awards 2021 December 9, 2021

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Settle in gamers tonight is one of the biggest nights in gaming. We will watch the major awards get presented for the best games of the past year and see the new gaming announcements starting in just a half hour. That’s right, it’s time for The Game Awards.

We are posting the 4K YouTube feed below, but the show will be broadcasting on alternate services including Twitch.