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Pokemon Go Plus iOS 11 Testing October 10, 2017

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Since we got the Pokémon Go Plus BlueTooth accessory, we’ve been having a few issues running the accessory while the iPhone was in standby.  The Pokémon Go app would either crash during standby or randomly disconnect from the phone, making a major selling point of Pokémon Go Plus moot. We predicted this was most likely a minor bug that could have been brought on in iOS 11, and would be fixed in an update.

Yesterday, Niantic released an update for the iPhone version of Pokémon Go, and we wanted to finally test how well the app runs with the Pokémon Go Plus accessory while in standby.  So we pulled out an old camera and decided to film a walk to see if there is any difference in how Pokémon Go will measure distance if you use the Plus while your phone is in standby. Our results will surprise you!

What do you think of our results? Post a comment below with your thoughts!

Pokémon Go is out now for iOS and Android Smartphones.

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How to Attach a Pokemon Go Plus Wrist Strap September 25, 2017

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This weekend we unboxed the Pokémon Go Plus, a Bluetooth accessory designed to enhance the functionality of Pokémon Go.  Today, we’ve got another How To video on how to get the most out of it.

Pokémon Go players have two options when carrying the Plus with them, they can either use the attached clip or use the provided wristband.  Since a Pokémon Go Plus won’t work if accidentally put in a washer cycle, I didn’t want to accidentally leave it clipped to my clothes.  I grew up wearing a watch so having something around my wrist I can interact with is more comfortable to me.

Today, we’re going to show you how to attach a Wrist Strap to the Pokémon Go Plus. Before we get started, here’s an important tip: You’ll need a PH00 micro screwdriver to attach the strap, but we were able to change it using a PH000 screwdriver.  Enjoy.

Pokémon Go is out now for Android and iOS devices.

How to Set Up Pokemon Go Plus September 23, 2017

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Are you a big Pokémon Go player and want to play the game in an all new way?  If you bought yourself an all new Pokémon Go Plus accessory, you’re going to need to set it up on your iPhone or Android device. Here’s a video to help you out.

Pokémon Go is out now for Android and iOS devices.

Pokemon Go Plus Unboxing September 23, 2017

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It’s been about a year since the release of the Pokémon Go Plus accessory in the US. The Bluetooth device is an accessory specially designed to help trainers get the most out of Pokémon Go. It specifically allows players to catch Pokémon or interact with Pokestops without the need to run the Pokémon Go app constantly on your smartphone.

Before we take a further look at the device what do you say we take a look inside the box?

Need help setting up your Pokémon Go Plus?  We will have some Pokémon Go Plus how to videos up soon!

Pokémon Go is out now on Android and iOS smartphones and tablets.

Let’s Play Catherine Part 4 September 14, 2017

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We are back at this attempt to 100% complete Catherine, one of our favorite games of the past generation. Today, we are at the mid-point of Night 2, and can finally explore the Stray Sheep for the first time.

Will we be able to check out the bar and survive our nightmare in the torture chamber?  Let’s take a look at it, shall we?  All game footage is provided with full picture-in-picture commentary.

Catherine is out now for PS3 and Xbox 360.

Let’s Play Catherine Parts 1-3 September 13, 2017

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Very few games in my life have left as big an impression on me than Catherine by Atlus.  On the one hand the game is an artistic puzzle game where you have to arrange unusual blocks to climb to the top of a seemingly never ending tower. On the other hand, it is a strongly written narrative giving the player the full control on its potential resolution.

We have been meaning to do a live Let’s Play of Catherine for quite some time now and now that the game is Backwards compatible on the Xbox One, the time has finally come for us to play it to 100% completion. That means we will be going for every Gold Trophy on each puzzle, every factoid and no unnecessary fatalities. Will we succeed?  Watch and find out.

All gameplay footage is provided with full video commentary.

Catherine is out now for the Xbox 360 and PS3. The Xbox 360 version is backwards compatible with the Xbox One and the PS3 version can be streamed on the PlayStation Now service.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Unboxing August 22, 2017

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We’re bringing back our unboxing series to take a look at a game that was never originally planned to receive a retail release, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.  The game stars Chloe Frazier and Nadine Ross, two well-known Uncharted characters you would think were least likely to team up.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy was originally planned to be a single-player DLC expansion pack for Uncharted 4, and was offered with the Uncharted 4 Season Pass for a brief time.  Now, it has been expanded to a full standalone game and has gotten a retail and digital release.  Today, we are going to crack this new game open and see just what is in the box.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is out now exclusively for PS4.

Let’s Play at Final Fantasy XV’s Moogle Chocobo Carnival August 2, 2017

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Earlier in the week, we reported on the unexpected return of the Moogle Chocobo Carnival in Final Fantasy XV.  I had been meaning to check it out the first time it launched, but I wasn’t able to.  I’m so greatful to Square Enix for bringing it back with the recent patch!

So what is in this carnival, what kinds of things can you unlock, and is it worth your time?  Let’s check it out together, shall we?  All gameplay footage is provided with full video commentary.

I’ve been getting lots of requests recently to resume our Let’s Play of the Final Fantasy games, and I’m happy to say that we will be resuming our Final Fantasy X Let’s Play soon.

Final Fantasy XV is out now on Xbox One and PS4.

Sony UMD Retrospective July 19, 2017

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In the mid to late 2000s, Sony intended to make the PlayStation Portable the ultimate portable media device. Not only could it play games, it could also play digital music and movies on the go.  To show its versatility, Sony bundled an initial shipment of PSP systems with the UMD version of the film Spider-Man 2, one of the best movies of the previous year.

Shortly after the PSP launched, the UMD Video format saw higher than expected sales, and various movie studios started to release their films in the UMD video format.

So how good was UMD Video, what kinds of movies saw release for it, and what caused it to die?  Sit back and enjoy our complete retrospective on the UMD Video format.

Tales from IT – What Happens When You Use a Third Party MacBook Power Adapter June 29, 2017

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Long time readers will know this site never has anything good to say about third-party accessories and today is no exception. In today’s new Tales from IT, Maniac tells a story about a time when his advice was given, subsequently ignored, and what the consequences of ignoring his advice were.

Unlike typical Tales from IT, this was not so much a cute story about the silly things that can happen on the job as much as it is a warning to everyone not to buy important accessories from third parties. That money you believe you are saving buying parts from third party resellers is just going to be wasted when you discover the part you bought either doesn’t work at all or breaks your system when you get it.