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Pokemon: Detective Pikachu 4K Combo Unboxing August 6, 2019

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Its been a while since we’ve done a good old fashioned unboxing on this site, hasn’t it? Well, I got something really special to unbox today: an exclusive Steelbook edition of Pokémon: Detective Pikachu on 4K Disc. This edition was only sold at Best Buy and included an exclusive Detective Pikachu TCG promo card! Let’s take a look at what’s in the box!

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu is out now on DVD, Blu-Ray, 4K Disc, and Digital services.


Halo Outpost Discovery Part 4 – Halo Week 2019 July 28, 2019

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Mel Brooks once said, “Merchandise, merchandise, merchandise. That’s where the real money is made!” I think he learned that from George Lucas. As Halo Week 2019 comes to a close we dedicate the last part of our video series about the Philadelphia Halo: Outpost Discovery show to the merchandise booth. We’re going to talk about what was for sale at the show, show off everything we picked up while there, and mention a few things that weren’t for sale that we thought should have been.

Before we wrap up or coverage from Outpost Discovery completely, there’s one lingering question from the show floor we haven’t been able to answer. Take a look at this.

If you happen to work for Outpost Discovery can you post a comment below with the answer?

Hope you all enjoyed Halo Week 2019. With Halo: Infinite, a possible Outpost Discovery return, and a new Xbox console announced for next year I only have one remaining question, “Should we bring Halo Week back for 2020?”

Halo: Outpost Discovery Part 3 – Halo Week 2019 July 27, 2019

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After spending the better part of a day in front of an editor and a camera, I finally finished the third part of our look at Halo: Outpost Discovery in Philadelphia. In this part, we take a look at the last two experiences at the Outpost, Combat Deck (Laser Tag) and Marksman Training.

Also, since I’ve been discussing it so much over the past few videos, here’s a closer look at the unique Dog Tags attendees could earn while at Outpost Discovery.

Halo Week 2019 is not over. One more video from Outpost Discovery is in development. Next time, we’ll be talking about the Merchandise available for sale at the show and give our final thoughts about the show itself.

Halo: Outpost Discovery Part 2 – Halo Week 2019 July 26, 2019

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Welcome back to Halo Week 2019! We are back to talking about Halo: Outpost Discovery and this time we will be discussing half of the interactive experiences attendees will be able to participate in on the show floor, Covenant Escape, Pelican Training and VR Training. Enjoy this preview with exclusive footage from the show floor!

If this isn’t enough for you that’s okay, Halo Week 2019 is hardly over. We will have more exclusive videos, including more content from Halo: Outpost Discovery, coming all weekend!

Halo: Outpost Discovery Part 1 – Halo Week 2019 July 24, 2019

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Last week, we had the pleasure of checking out Halo: Outpost Discovery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and did everything we could at the event.

We shot a lot of footage from the show floor and over the course of Halo Week 2019, we’ll be sharing everything we can about the show with you guys! So here’s our first video, with a look at the show floor. Step with us into the Halo universe!

Halo: Reach PC Preview – Halo Week 2019 July 22, 2019

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We’re kicking off Halo Week 2019 with a highly anticipated preview of the first FPS Halo game to be released on PC in over ten years, Halo: Reach.

We were lucky enough to get an early hands-on preview of Halo: Reach on PC while at Halo: Outpost Discovery. Here are our thoughts about what we got to play (along with a little off-screen gameplay) straight from the show floor.

Halo: Reach is out now on the Xbox 360 and is currently backwards compatible with Xbox One. It is coming to the PC when it is ready.

Midsummer Fantasy Renaissance Faire 2019 Review July 17, 2019

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Every year, the Midsummer Fantasy Renaissance Faire is held at Warsaw Park in Ansonia, CT. The faire is not strictly meant to adhere to historical accuracy, but is heavily inspired by fantasy novels, movies and games. We’ve attended the faire nearly every year since we first heard about it in 2015, and this year was no different.

I already know the first question you have, “What did we think of the event?” In the nearly 45 minute review, we highlight every single thing about the show ranging from its story, the vendors, the stage acts, the food, and we even talk about the show’s grand finale! Check it out for yourselves below!

Special thanks to people at the Midsummer Fantasy Renaissance Faire including Daniel Greenwolf and Allie Notarile for providing us Press Passes this year. Hope to see you all at next year’s event!

New Coke – Stranger Things 3 Gift Pack Unboxing July 9, 2019

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Netflix customers have probably been glued to the most recent season of the hit show Stranger Things as it celebrates the release of its third season. To coincide with its release, many companies are switching back to their 80s designs and bringing back products that were only available at that time. One of those products is New Coke, the controversial updated beverage released by Coca-Cola in the mid-80s intended to be the replacement for their flagship classic beverage.

New Coke has since gone down in history as a complete failure and a lesson to be learned on what not to do when competing in an open consumer market. Having been a baby during the heyday of New Coke, I never tried the product myself, and that is something that I regret. It would occasionally get resold as Coke 2 during the 90s, but that rebranding kind of flew under the radar for me. Now, Coke is once again releasing New Coke (in its original can design), and we can finally try it for ourselves.

I know you’re wondering why we are talking about a television show called Stranger Things on a gaming focused website? Stranger Things follows the lives of four nerdy boys (and their families) living in a fictional Indiana town during the early-to-mid 1980s. It is not only a love letter to the sci-fi genre, it’s also a love letter to 80s nerd fandom. As the show’s first episode began, we witnessed four main characters playing a game of Dungeons & Dragons. In season 2, completing the game Dragon’s Lair became a point of pride at the town’s new arcade. I could go on with references for at least the next hour if I wanted to, but needless to say this is a show we’re long overdue to discuss.

We ordered ourselves a Stranger Things gift pack which included two cans of New Coke with the intention to review it for the website. That is currently the only way to get New Coke in the US, short of going to the World of Coca-Cola building in Atlanta, GA and asking for a can while they still have a supply.

Before we did our review, we felt that we needed to pay some attention to the special packaging Coke is shipping their New Coke cans in, so here’s an official unboxing!

New Coke will not be sold in stores, at least in the United States, so the only way to currently guarantee yourself a can of the stuff is to get it from the official Coca-Cola website, Coke Store.

How to Connect Apple Pencil (GEN1) to iPad (GEN6) or iPad Pro (GEN1) May 30, 2019

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One of the best new accessories for the Apple iPad is the Apple Pencil. It’s a fantastic stylus that can accept precision input much more accurately than your finger. It is just perfect for drawing, marking documents, and photo manipulation. You

So how do you use the Apple Pencil with a compatible iPad or iPad Pro? Well, we’re going to show you exactly how to connect it to your iPad and give you some useful tips for how to make the best use out of it without having to buy any specific apps.

Just be aware, this How To Video is only for the GEN1 Apple Pencil. It will not work for the GEN2 Apple Pencil.

Mind of Maniac – Why Are So Many Major Retailers Unable to Competently Host a Pokemon Event? May 23, 2019

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Welcome back to a new Mind of Maniac, where our site’s Editor is able to freely speak about the issues of the day.

The Pokémon Company has been offering numerous promotions at retailers across the US to promote the new Detective Pikachu feature film. Companies like Target, Walmart, GameStop and even movie theaters like Cinemark have signed up to do these events, where they give away free posters and cards for the Pokémon Trading Card Game. While stores like GameStop have held events like this in the past successfully, other Pokémon events are being held by incompetently organized stores full of employees who aren’t informed of these events in advance, or fail to receive the promotional items they are supposed to be distributing. This can get extremely frustrating to consumers who wish to participate in them.

Here’s some of my biggest horror stories about these events from just the past month. Watch to find out: Who is good, Who is bad, and why aren’t more online pundits talking about this?