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Preorder Stories – Aliens Vs Predator June 29, 2020

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In the year 1999, Aliens Vs Predator was one of my favorite PC games. Based on the classic 20th Century Fox films, you could play as an Alien, a Predator, or a Colonial Marine in a single or multiplayer campaign for supremacy. It was terrifying, violent and absolutely fun as hell.

A year after the original PC game was released, Rebellion planned to release a new Gold Edition of the game. It included new multiplayer maps and updated in-game cinematics and was essentially going to be the new version of the game. However, while it was not uncommon for PC games to receive post-release paid expansion packs at retail, it was not common for users to to have to rebuy an entire game they already owned just to receive that expansion. To split the difference, Fox Interactive sold an expansion pack disc as an online exclusive. For anyone who preordered the expansion disc, they received one of the coolest preorder incentives in gaming history. Take a look.

Aliens Vs Predator is out now exclusively for PC.

Preorder Stories – FEAR June 27, 2020

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Welcome back to Preorder Stories, where I chronicle some of the coolest preorder promotions from throughout gaming’s history. In 2005, Monolith, riding high from the success of No One Lives Forever, developed one of the coolest PC demos for an upcoming game I had seen in quite a while, FEAR. The hype from the demo was so impressive in fact, an empty box preorder campaign was launched at Best Buy. It included a special DVD with early episodes of content that would be included with the Collector’s Edition, and download codes for access to the multiplayer beta.

Let’s take a closer look at this preorder, and why it meant so much to me.

FEAR is out on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.

Preorder Stories – Metal Gear Solid 4 June 22, 2020

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By popular request, here’s our Preorder Stories for Metal Gear Solid 4 on the PS3. This was the game that was one of my biggest reasons to buy a PS3. Today, we’re not just going to share a story about a preorder, we’re also going to talk about the time I got to play the game a year before everyone else did. Enjoy!

At least one more Preorder Stories video is on its way! Stay tuned!

Metal Gear Solid 4 is out now exclusively for the PS3.

Preorder Stories – Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic June 20, 2020

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Got a short and sweet preorder story today. Back in 2004, for some reason Lucasarts decided to release a new Star Wars game on two platforms…several months apart from each other. After the first time playing the game on a friend’s Xbox, and not having an original Xbox myself, I would have to wait several months to play the game on my PC. On the plus side, I was going to get a really cool pewter mini-lightsaber with the game.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is out now for Xbox, PC, smartphones and tablets. It’s backwards compatible with the Xbox One.

Mind of Maniac – The First Time I Bought Art June 9, 2020

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As Mr. Spock would say, “For everything, there is a first time.” I have been interested in art for most of my adult life, but the rigid framework for memorization of art history (and the insanely early class hours) has always prevented me from exploring my interest any deeper than the surface. Still, I’ve been to museums I’ve attended art exhibitions and I’ve seen documentaries on the subject. Then, I saw a piece of art while at a trade show with my fiancée.

What happened? Watch and find out.

You can see more examples of MiJuMi’s art on his website.

Tales From IT – When a Printer is More Than Just a Printer June 8, 2020

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We’ve got a follow-up to our last Tales from IT, with a hiccup I encountered from a major network migration. I was under orders to pull all of the old printers from a major business. One particular user did not want their printer to go anywhere.

Tales From IT – How Dungeons and Dragons Prepared Me to Work for Major Companies June 7, 2020

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I know I said that we would retire Tales from IT, but given the current state of the world I thought it would be important to tell this personal story. Many of you may have been told while growing up that playing games with your friends would never help you in your life, and that harmless games like Dungeons & Dragons were bad for your personal growth. Your parents lied to you.

Here’s a story about a time I handled an important project for a major company. Not one single assignment I ever did in school was useful to me. The game of Dungeons & Dragons I learned how to play just a year earlier…was.

Mind of Maniac – What to Put in a Pokemon Theme Park Land June 4, 2020

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Recently, we’ve been inspired by the work of David Ganssel, better known to the internet as Doggans, and his new series “Armchair Imagineering”. In that series, he gives his ideas for the biggest most elaborate (and expensive) ways to develop theme park rides based on recognizable intellectual property. Today, we decided to throw our hat into the ring and submit our own ideas for that very subject.

Later this summer (pending delays) Universal Studios Japan is expected to launch the very first Super Nintendo World, a full theme-park land devoted to Nintendo’s classic games and characters. Officially, we know next to nothing about what to expect when it does open, although rumors have persisted for some time about what is being constructed. US citizens unable to travel to Japan will be happy to learn it is all but certain that portions of Super Nintendo Land will open in Universal’s bi-coastal theme parks including the new one opening in Orlando, Florida, Epic Universe.

However, while we have heard rumors Mario, Yoshi and Donkey Kong will be coming to Universal’s parks nobody has mentioned anything about Nintendo’s actual biggest franchise, Pokémon. As of the time this article is being written, Pokémon is the number one selling franchise of our time, and yet Universal Studios has not hinted any Pokémon content is coming to their parks. That could mean that Pokémon themed lands might be getting saved for later expansions of Epic Universe, but we have no way to confirm that.

So if you had access to the latest technology, the smartest minds in engineering, unlimited funds and only the limitations of reality to deal with, what would you create if you were told to design a Pokémon-themed land for a major theme park? What do you say we talk about it. There will be rides, there will be shows, there will be food and there will be merch. Please watch and enjoy.

Pokémon games are out now on various platforms including the Nintendo Switch.

Preorder Stories – Enter The Matrix May 28, 2020

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In the year 2003, the world was gearing up to finally receive new content from the world of The Matrix. While most people remember The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revelations, most people don’t remember the filmmakers actually made three projects. The third was a video game called Enter The Matrix.

Enter the Matrix was planned to be more than a licensed video game adaptation but a canonical tie-in that continued plot moments that could not be included in the two Matrix sequels. It released during E3 2003, the first ever E3 I attended. Oh and did I mention, I got to meet the game’s developer just before picking it up?

Enter the Matrix was released on PC, Xbox, PS2 and GameCube.

Free Month of Pokemon Distribution Starts This Week May 26, 2020

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If you’ve got a copy of Pokémon Sword and/or Pokémon Shield I’ve got some really cool news for you. The Pokémon Company is distributing a free Pokémon each week through the game’s Mystery Gift function. The first one up is a very special Mr. Mime.

If you don’t know how to use your console’s Mystery Gift function, here’s a tutorial. All you need is an active internet connection and a copy of a GEN8 game.

Get Mr. Mime now while you can because a new Pokémon is coming to the Mystery Gift every Friday for the next three weeks.

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