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Maniac’s Kitchen – PokeBall Popcorn Popper Review May 28, 2022

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Welcome back to Maniac’s Kitchen! Popcorn is one of the staple foods of gamer snacking. Most of us will pop them in special microwaveable bags, but roasted kernels can pop by various methods of heat, including hot air. Today, we’re going to try a PokeBall shaped popcorn popper (perfect size for Pokémon trainers who Gigantamax their Pokémon) and see how it works!

Halo Soap Review May 18, 2022

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To promote the release of Halo Infinite, Microsoft and 343 Industries teamed up with pretty much everyone who makes anything to make special Halo branded products. Today, we’re going to take a look at Halo Spartan Scrub, which is essentially…soap.

I’m game to try some soap out. What do you say we take a closer look at it in glorious 4K HDR?

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

Maniac Tries Coke Zero Starlight May 5, 2022

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Coca-Cola has released a special beverage they say is based upon the taste of space itself, Coke Starlight. While not specially marketing itself specifically as a gamer’s drink, Coke products contain sugar and caffeine, so you can be certain gamers have been drinking Coke products for decades.

What do you say Maniac cracks open a bottle of Coke Zero Starlight and see what he thinks about it?

Pokemon Legends Arceus Unboxing May 3, 2022

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Now that Maniac has a fully functional Switch again, he intends to use it to play a game he’s waited a long time to enjoy, Pokèmon Legends Arceus.

Let’s take a look inside the box while Maniac talks about the game, how it became so anticipated, and why he is excited to play it…all in glorious 4K HDR.

Pokémon Legends Arceus is out now exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.

Xbox Series X Unboxing April 17, 2022

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We’ve nearly finished upgrading all of the equipment here to support the Next Generation consoles. Today, we’re going to look inside the latest and most powerful game system to be made by Microsoft, the Xbox Series X. Let’s take a look under the hood and talk about the game we all plan to play on it, Halo: Infinite.

Nintendo Switch OLED Unboxing April 11, 2022

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Our Unboxings have returned, and we have a big one for you all this morning. We’ve finally been able to make the upgrade to the new OLED Nintendo Switch. What do you say we take a look and see what’s in the box?

Lost Media – The Pokémon 20th Anniversary Twitch Stream March 31, 2022

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We are back with a brand new Lost Media video! Videos about lost Pokémon media and international censorship have been plentiful. There have been tons of stories of missing television episodes, deleted scenes from movies, and lost promotional events and DLC. This time, we’ll be discussing a piece of Pokémon lost media that NOBODY has talked about.

In Feb 2016, The Pokémon Company celebrated the 20th anniversary of the release of the original games in Japan. They announced an 8-Hr live stream on Twitch hosted by YouTube personality TheJWittz. The sad thing was the video was never archived on Twitch. Following the 30 day lapse, the video deleted itself automatically. As far as I know, the whole video has been lost.

So where’s the video? Did you archive it? Post a comment below if you know!

Tales from IT – Helping a Customer With No Technical Ability At All February 17, 2022

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It’s very common for IT to assist customers who have little technical aptitude. That’s typically why they need our help to begin with. But what happens when you deal with a customer who’s technical aptitude is so poor, they can’t relay to you what they need you to do for them? Here’s that story and how I dealt with it.

This will likely be the final Tales from IT on this site. Hope you all enjoyed it!

How I Would Relaunch Captain N: The Game Master as a Live-Action TV Series February 6, 2022

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Doing something new today, folks. In the past, I’ve given my thoughts about how I would handle theme park expansions, or given my opinions about movie and TV adaptations. Today, I’m throwing my hat into the ring and giving my thoughts about how I would plan a show if I was put in charge of it.

Nintendo has seen an incredible renaissance with the success of the Nintendo Switch and its library of games. New Super Mario, Legend of Zelda, and Metroid games have seen tremendous success. Super Nintendo World has opened in Universal Studios Japan to high praise and is heavily expected to come to the United States in either one coast or the other within the next few years. Also, a new Super Mario movie is in development for a theatrical release within the next few years. My point is Nintendo is on top and it’s clear their franchises are still as relevant today as they’ve ever been.

However, there’s one aspect of Nintendo’s history that has remained largely forgotten except for a group of die-hard fans, and that was the animated series Captain N: The Game Master. Produced by DIC, the show was an animated adventure series that aired on Saturday Mornings during the early 90s. It starred Captain N, a human from the real world, who gets sucked into his Nintendo. He is tasked with saving the people on the other side of the screen from destruction by led by Mother Brain. Joining him are several Nintendo fan favorites including Pit from Kid Icarus, Simon Belmont from Castlevania and of course, Mega Man.

The show lasted two seasons, and featured crossover episodes with the characters that also had an ongoing animated series being produced at the time. As far as I remember, the show had no official ending, and there was no ending where Captain N is able to return to his home in victory.

It has been thirty years since the original show aired. Recently, we got to thinking a lot about the consequences of what it would be like if a show like that was done today. What if Captain N never left Videoland? What if he spent the last thirty years on the other end of the screen, and his battle against the army of Mother Brain had remained a stalemate the whole time? Then we wondered what would happen if Mother Brain was able to cross over in the real world. The possibilities suddenly became endless.

So here are our ideas for how we would bring back Captain N in the form of a live-action series for modern day.

Netflix, feel free to call me any time.

Lost Media – EA’s Alternate Reality Game About Conspiracies, Majestic January 29, 2022

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Maniac discusses a completely unremembered game from the year 2000, Majestic. Published by EA and priced like an MMO, Majestic had no game engine or executable. Players received phone calls, video messages emails and faxes, all to assist or hinder them in their quest to protect themselves and their in-game allies from whatever was coming.

Five episodes and a demo were released over the course of the game’s lifespan. They ranged in length from three to six days of real-time gameplay each and could not be replayed once completed. A second season was announced after the fifth episode concluded, but was cancelled due to low subscription numbers of the first season. Since it’s release, no one remembers it, and since most of its gameplay revolves around streaming video messages, emails, faxes and phone calls, next to nothing of the game was preserved.

What was the game about, and where might this content be? Let’s let our host tell you a story.