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Let’s Play Alan Wake Part 3 May 18, 2017

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It looks like Maniac is on a roll as he plays through the third chapter of Alan Wake on the Xbox 360.  When we last left our hero, he was on the trail of his manuscript with hopes to use it to barter for his wife’s safe return.  But does this kidnapper intend to give Alan his wife back, and what is the cause of this supernatural darkness that attacks Alan every night?

Prepare yourself for some twists, turns, and a whole lot of behind the scenes insights and trivia.  All gameplay footage is produced with full video commentary.

Alan Wake is out for PC and Xbox 360.

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Let’s Play Alan Wake Part 2 May 16, 2017

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Welcome back, we’re continuing on with the second part of the cult classic Alan Wake on the Xbox 360.  You won’t be able to find it on any digital marketplace, but we’ve had a copy of this great game since it launched.  Join us as Maniac reminisces about his experiences with the game and shares lots of behind the scenes facts and trivia!

All gameplay footage is provided with video commentary.

Alan Wake is out now on PC and Xbox 360.

Let’s Play Alan Wake Part 1 May 16, 2017

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The 2010 Remedy game Alan Wake is still considered one of the greatest games of last generation.  We loved the games they had previously developed like Max Payne and Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne, two games with a heavy emphasis on story, groundbreaking graphics/effects for the time and a completely new level of gameplay in the form of bullet-time.

Remedy’s follow-up game to the first two Max Payne games was the cult classic Alan Wake. Released in 2010, it is considered one of the best games of the last generation. Due to rights issues, Monday was the final day the game could be purchased on various digital marketplaces like Xbox Live or Steam.

So with the game getting its official swan song this week, we thought the time was right to do a proper Let’s Play of the game. We will be going deep behind the scenes this time, sharing lots of trivia and closing lots of open threads!

All game footage is provided with full video commentary.

Alan Wake is out for PC and Xbox 360.

CT GamerCon 2017 Cosplay Competition May 5, 2017

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We attended the CT GamerCon 2017 at the Mohegan Sun Casino a few weeks ago and ever since it ended we’ve been hard at work editing all the pictures and footage we shot of the event.  Here’s a look at the first ever Cosplay Contest!

Halo 3 Cinco de Mayo Valhalla Sigil May 5, 2017

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Happy Cinco de Mayo!  The Elder Signs achievement for Halo: The Master Chief Collection requires players to find two special sigils on Halo 3‘s Valhalla multiplayer map. Since we saw a sigil on Earth Day, May 5th is the next possible day to find a different sigil and unlock the achievement.  Will we be able to do it? Watch and find out!

So we got this achievement, so what’s next?We’re going to pay a visit to Halo 2‘s multiplayer map Zanzibar on July 7th for another achievement!

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is out now on the Xbox One.

Tales from IT – Setting Up Four SmartPhones on Christmas Eve May 1, 2017

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Today’s Tales From IT is a much more personal story, because this time we are going to talk about a job Maniac did as a favor to his girlfriend’s family.

Christmas time was coming, and Maniac’s girlfriend was getting an all-new smartphone from her family. In fact, her mother, father and sister were all getting new smartphones. The problem was they all had data from their old smartphones that they wanted to bring over to their new ones, and one of the new phones wouldn’t work at all.

Sit back and relax as Maniac tells the story about the time he had to activate and fully recover previously saved data for two Android phones and two iPhones on Christmas Eve.

Student Bodies Unboxing April 28, 2017

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Student Bodies is a different kind of board game. Developed by Angry Duck Games, 2-5 players must play the roles of five outcast High School students. The catch is the players need to be the first to survive a zombie outbreak at their high school.

Today, Maniac unboxes this unique board game in anticipation of reviewing it next week. Let’s see what’s in the box, hear what he thinks of the game’s art style and hint about the next possible product from Angry Duck Games.

Stay tuned to this site for more news about new products from Angry Duck Games. Until then you can expect a full review of Student Bodies is on its way.

Special thanks to Tim at Angry Duck Games for sending us this review copy of the game!

Tales from IT – Upgrading an Obsolete Laptop with a Solid State Drive April 27, 2017

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We’re back with an all new Tales From IT, a series where Maniac talks about some of his most noteworthy computer technology repairs.  Today, we’re going to be talking about Solid State Drives (SSDs for short).

One of Maniac’s clients had an unusual desire to buy already obsolete used computers. This wouldn’t normally be much of a problem if he was using them to run legacy software, but this client expected them to act as if they were brand-new top of the line PCs just because they were “refurbished”.  After buying a laptop he was told would not work well, he called up Maniac to complain the laptop was slower than dirt when trying to run essential software he installed on it like Quickbooks.

Because the laptop was so old, Maniac’s options for improving the laptop’s speed were limited.  The RAM was already maxed out and could not be upgraded, and because it was a laptop, internal components like the CPU, GPU and Motherboard could not be upgraded at a reasonable cost.  The only option left was to upgrade the laptop’s hard drive with a SSD.

Would the new drive make the computer any faster?  Would it even work?  Watch and find out!

Chessex 23 1/2″ x 26″ Reversable Battlemat Unboxing April 26, 2017

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Maniac got a really good price on a brand-new Chessex Vinyl Reversible Battlemat at his local game store and decided to pick it up. The mat features a grid pattern on one side and a hex pattern on the other, allowing for different games to be played on either side.

Please post a comment with your ideas to make the best out of this mat!

Tales from IT – Replacing a HP Designjet Printer Belt April 24, 2017

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Printers can break, it’s just a fact of life. But what happens if your broken printer happened to cost 2000 dollars and was the size of a couch?

Maniac tells the story of a time when he had to replace the belt on a HP Designjet printer. The catch? You needed to completely disassemble every single component of the printer JUST TO GET TO THE BELT. Can he do it? How did he fix any problems he came across while replacing the belt?  Watch and find out!

Here’s the link to the belt replacement video we used as a guide to fix the printer in case you need it.