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Bitmap Books Delivery Unboxing January 26, 2023

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Everyone who games probably has their own personal collection of gaming related goodies. We’ve always been fans of coffee table art books that celebrate the art or history of games and gaming. They can often include exclusive information behind the scenes of the making of their subjects, and I would argue several books about gaming deserve major awards, including features in major publications. Recently, we found out about an independent publisher called Bitmap Books, where gaming art and history seems to be their specialty.

I first became aware of Bitmap Books when I was researching the history of SNK for my Week of Neo-Geo. The book I wanted to pick up on the subject was being reprinted at the time, but once it became made available for purchase again I was able to get a copy.

As someone who is absolutely fanatical about the condition of whatever they purchase, I loved the condition of the first book I bought from them when it arrived. Now that my second order arrived I did this unboxing to show it to all of you.

Unboxing was recorded in 4K HDR.

Lost Media – Avengers: Damage Control VR January 25, 2023

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You didn’t think we were going to feature just one piece of Lost Media this week did you? Today, we’ll be going back to gaming and talking about a VR game nobody will ever be able to play, Avengers: Damage Control. No, this is not the Avengers game that recently announced it would be ending support. Damage Control was actually based in the MCU and featured actors from the films. Here’s the official trailer for it.

Looks awesome doesn’t it? With VR headsets out there and plenty of systems capable of replicating this software, how did this game become lost media? Well, Damage Control wasn’t a game that you could just purchase, download and play at home. It was developed in conjunction with a company known as The VOID, which operated what I can only describe as a chain of Virtual Reality businesses across the US. To play Damage Control, you had to visit a specially designated VOID facility (but only one that announced they would be offering the game), and buy a ticket to play at a scheduled time. If you didn’t live anywhere near a VOID facility (there were only a few in the world) you would never be able to play Damage Control. In a time where literally any game can be obtained and played from home, this is about as ridiculous as it sounds.

When the world lockdown went into effect, facilities such as the VOID had to cease operations. Since you could only play their games at VOID locations, the VOID has no alternate methods of income. Shortly after operations paused, the company no longer had the ability to produce income to cover expenses and their facilities began to close worldwide, preventing people from playing many of their exclusive games, including Avengers: Damage Control.

We never got to play the original game before the facilities ceased operations. So here’s our take on the game, and our plea for it to be released on the Meta Quest platform.

There have been musings the VOID does plan to return but no word has been given as of the time of writing if they plan to resurrect their existing titles or where they will open their new facilities. If there is an update we will write about it.

Lost Media – Geeks in Love January 24, 2023

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Welcome back to Lost Media where I talk about the Lost Media I’ve come across that nobody else remembers. In the glory days of Flash, a website called Ubergeek.tv produced some unique animations about Linux and Penguins. It shut down years ago, although some of that site’s content has been reuploaded to YouTube.

Sadly, the site’s final film, a ten-minute animation called “Geeks in Love” has not been preserved. It told the story of two young people who fell in love during computings earliest days, and the trials and tribulations of their life together. It was a beautiful short film which seemed like it was based on a true story told years later. I was lucky enough to watch the entire short when it first released, as shortly after its launch the creator put a premium fee to watch the film’s last five minutes. Since the site closed, it has been completely unavailable to rewatch.

Here’s what I remember about it, and my plea to anyone who may have a copy to archive it.

Mind of Maniac – Is This The End of Marvel’s Interconnected Gamerverse? January 23, 2023

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The movie world has never seen anything like the enduring Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). With dozens of phenomenal films and television shows released since 2008, the MCU has become a gold standard for how to produce an interconnected feature. Following the release of Marvel’s Spider-Man on the PlayStation 4, Marvel hinted that their games MAY have been continuing that trend with the upcoming release of Marvel’s Avengers.

Marvel’s Avengers went on to be a well-documented disappointment, and since it’s release it appears that the games have since splintered into their own non-connected continuities. But was that always the plan?

As someone who has played these games I can say I found plenty of winks and nods throughout the games of events that took place in other ones. The evidence showed that Marvel was indeed planning to have these games exist in a shared continuity. However, following the disappointment of Avengers, that seems to have changed. So what made us think they were interconnected and why do we think that continuity has broken? Please enjoy the video below to find out!

Marvel’s Avengers is out now for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.

Marvel’s Iron Man VR is out now for PSVR, Meta Quest 2 and Meta Quest Pro.

Marvel’s Spider-Man is out now for PS4, PS5 and PC.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is out now for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.

How to Transfer Data From Your Old iPad or iPhone to a New One Without Using iCloud January 3, 2023

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The Holidays are ending and I’m sure many of you are sitting on brand new iPhone or iPad models. For those of you who already possess iPhones or iPads, this can be a concerning time, as your personal data is very important and (barring legacy software incompatibility with new hardware) you can carry your data, settings and applications over from one Apple device to another. The best part is, you don’t need to have iCloud involved in this at all.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Apple Watch owners will need to use iCloud during this process. Before performing this backup make sure to enable a sync of your Health application to iCloud, as due to privacy reasons, Watch data is not included in a standard iPhone backup.

To start, you’ll need the following:

  • A Mac or PC with iTunes installed that has enough free space to accommodate your device’s data.
  • Your new iPad or iPhone and your old iPad or iPhone. Both must be functional.
  • Charging cables that fit your new device, your old device, and can plug into your PC/Mac.

To start, open Finder on your Mac or iTunes on your PC, plug your old device into your computer, instruct the computer and device to trust each other, and perform a complete backup of your device onto your computer. You do not need to encrypt your backup, and if you do encrypt your backup there is no way to reset the backup encryption password if you forget it.

When the backup is finished, hit the eject button on iTunes or Finder next to your device’s name and unplug it. I recommend putting your old device into airplane mode and powering it off after this so it won’t accumulate new information after the backup.

Power on your new device and plug it into the same computer. iTunes on PC or Finder on Mac will notify you of the new device once trust is established between the two. Instead of setting up as a new device, tell the computer to load a backup with your old device’s name onto your new device.

Mac users may notice that Finder may ignore your prompt to load a backup onto your new device the first time your new iPad or iPhone is plugged into your Mac, even if your backup is good. If this does happen, the only way to fix it is to perform a RESTORE on your new device by pushing the RESTORE button in Finder. This will update your device to the latest system software version, and after it reboots you will have the chance to try again.

Once the restore completes, make sure to check your device to conclude any setup processes not usually backed up, such as Wi-Fi setup, iTunes password verification, as well as Face ID or TouchID setup.

Once you’ve made it to your new device’s Home Screen, your applications should start redownloading on their own automatically. Once they conclude, you can begin signing back into all of your applications. You may also need to reconnect third-party Bluetooth devices, but AirPods users will be happy to know that their pods will transfer in this process.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Apple Watch owners MUST transfer the use of their Watch to their new iPhone. After a new iPhone has all its data restored and the user is signed into their iTunes account, open the Watch app on your new iPhone and tell the app you wish to transfer an existing Watch to your phone. This process typically takes around five minutes. DO NOT WIPE OR TRADE IN YOUR OLD PHONE UNTIL THIS PROCESS FINISHES!

Mind of Maniac – What Movies Got Right About the Future December 23, 2022

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We’re coming to the end of the year, and I know a lot of science-fiction fans have been hoping that some of the things shown in popular films like Back to the Future Part II would be ready to purchase at any random corner store. We didn’t get flying cars but there were a lot of things we DID get, or got close enough to count.

What did we get? What movies were the most accurate? Watch Maniac as he sits down for this end of the year discussion about the future…or is it the present?

Rare/Weird Things I Own – Plasm #0 December 6, 2022

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Welcome back to the next video where we highlight some of the weirdest and/or rarest items from my vast collection. I know this may not be video game related, but if events had happened differently it could have been. Comic historians from long ago remember the name Jim Shooter. After leaving Marvel, he started his own studio, Defiant Comics, and attempted to create their own comic universe. However, to get their new properties out there they would be doing some very novel ideas the established publishers never considered.

Defiant’s flagship series would be Warriors of Plasm, and in the case of their Zero issue (Ed Note – it was the 90s, number Zero issues were a huge deal) it was released as a trading card pack. If you collected all the cards and laid them out in a 3X3 binder, it would produce a full comic that laid the foundation for the Plasm universe. Unfortunately, Defiant would not last and most people don’t remember Plasm at all. However, we do, and we have a (nearly) complete Plasm #0 with its official binder. It has been sitting in my closet for twenty years. Now, you can see it for yourself.

Jim Shooter is welcome to reach out to us 24/7 to explain himself.

iiRcade Gold Back in Stock – Black Friday Sale November 21, 2022

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Recently, we reported on iiRcade selling out their preorder allotment of Gold model home arcade machines. Now it seems the iiRcade Gold is back in stock, and it is on sale for Black Friday. So here’s a post-script to that news with a new video.

We typically reserve gaming news for written articles here on this site, but recently we’ve experimenting with reporting on news as videos. Given how quickly news seems to change, we may be stopping this practice moving forward. Post a comment below with your thoughts.

Migrating To A New Nintendo Switch Can Affect Clock Based Events in Pokémon Sword and Shield – Here’s How to Fix It November 19, 2022

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Pokémon Trainers who plan to upgrade to a brand-new Nintendo Switch can only transfer their Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield save game using ONE method, the Switch’s built in System Transfer option. However, even after that is done successfully, Sword and Shield can sometimes flag a legit transfer as a system clock manipulation and lock out users from accessing time-based events. Here’s how it happened to me, why it’s doing that and what to do about it.

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

Rare/Weird Things I Own – Cal Kestis’s Lightsaber November 7, 2022

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Welcome to a new series on GameXcess.net where Maniac shows off some of the more unusual and unique pieces of his collection. Maniac has collected all sorts of weird and rare items over the course of his lifetime and he’s decided to share some of those things with all of you. Today, we’ll be looking at a custom lightsaber originally created as a replica of the lightsaber wielded by Cal Kestis in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Let’s take a closer look in glorious 4K HDR.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is out now for PC, Xbox One and PS4.