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Maniac’s Collection – Rare Aliens Vs Predator TCG Promo Cards February 22, 2018

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TCGs are everywhere, from Pokémon to Magic: The Gathering, but did you know there was an Aliens Vs Predator TCG in the early 2000s? It’s true. In fact, the game even received an expansion based on the film Alien Resurrection.

However, even if you could track down leftover boxes of Alien Vs Predator card packs, you will discover there were six cards made for the expansion that aren’t included in any box or any pack. These were prototype cards initially made before the expansion was mass produced. The cards were given out through various promotional means, and Maniac got his hands on every single one of them.

Let’s take a closer look at these six cards, and let Maniac tell you how he got them all in glorious 4K.

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Nintendo LAN USB Adapter Close-Up February 21, 2018

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Since the release of the Wii, Nintendo has offered internet access by WiFi for their new game consoles. This was at the expense of offering a wired Ethernet port, something that Sony’s and Microsoft’s game consoles still include.

While less convenient, wired connections are faster than wireless ones, and for long time multiplayer gamers like myself nothing beats a local match. In fact, wired LAN connections are required for consoles playing in an accredited professional tournament for a game like Pokken Tournament.

Let’s take a closer look at this thing shall we… in glorious 4K!

The adapter may look old and its manual may have been printed for the Wii console, but Nintendo assures all customers it will natively support the Nintendo Wii, the Wii U and even the Nintendo Switch Dock.

The adapter is not sold in stores, and the best option consumers have to get a first-party product is to buy it directly from Nintendo. If you live in the US or Canada you can get it here.

FAIL: Comcast Won’t Broadcast the 2018 Winter Olympics in 4K February 13, 2018

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We’ve occasionally strived to offer 4K content on this website at our own expense, which is more than Comcast has done for their customers for this year’s Olympics. Welcome back to FAIL, an unscripted series where we talk about the biggest blunders in film and television. This week marks the return of the Winter Olympics, where the best athletes across the world will get together to compete in a wide range of winter sports.

4KTVs/UHDTVs have received an incredible installation base over the past year, despite the lack of readily available UHD-capable devices and content. At this year’s Winter Olympics, Sony provided 4K-capable broadcast television cameras. In the US, Comcast/Universal has exclusive television rights to broadcast the Olympics, and has been airing them on their various NBC owned channels. The problem is, Comcast, by its own admission, does not have a cable service capable of 4K, despite being one of the most successful companies in the world. That means most of the US will not be able to watch the Olympics in 4K, even if they own a 4K television. Why not?

How to Properly Connect Nintendo Switch Joy Con Controllers To Wrist Straps January 30, 2018

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While many people enjoy playing the Nintendo Switch with their Joy Con Controllers attached to the console while it is in tablet mode, certain games like Super Mario Odyssey take advantage of Joy Con features which can only be used when the Joy Cons are operating independently. Also, you’ll need to separate the Joy Cons when playing two-player modes.

While independent from the console, it’s a good idea to attach your Joy Cons to their provided wrist strap accessories. This will protect the Joy Con’s connection rail and enable players to use the controller’s shoulder buttons. The issue is, first time users can sometimes have problems properly orienting their Joy Cons when attaching or unattaching these straps, and inserting them incorrectly can damage or break the controller.

So here’s a detailed video on how to properly attach your Joy Con controller to a wrist strap.

Splatoon 2 Nintendo Switch Joy Con Controllers Unboxing January 29, 2018

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We love the Nintendo Switch and have been using it nearly non stop since Christmas. In fact, one of the best multiplayer games we’ve been using on the console is Splatoon 2. To tie in with the game, Nintendo has produced this special Neon Pink/Neon Green Joy Con set for a limited run. We can always use an extra controller, so why not pick up these while they’re on sale? The best part is this unboxing video was shot in glorious 4K.

Hope you all enjoyed the unboxing, new videos are on the way!

Maniac’s Kitchen – Cup Noodles Beef Flavor Review January 25, 2018

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Welcome back to Maniac’s Kitchen, where we are back with a new review of the ultimate gamer’s foods. Today, we will be looking at the Beef Flavored Cup Noodles. How easy is it to make and how does it compare to Chicken flavor? Watch and find out!

Don’t forget to save your receipt if you plan to participate in the Dissidia Final Fantasy NT promotion! More videos from Maniac’s Kitchen are on the way, post a comment below with what you’d like to see.

Maniac’s Kitchen – Ginger Tea January 23, 2018

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Welcome back to Maniac’s Kitchen, where we share our thoughts about food normally reserved for gamers. While up to now we have been reviewing food, this time we made something simple from scratch to see how it turned out.

Ginger has long been held as an all-natural gamer’s supplement and we decided to take some fresh ginger root and try to make some tea with it. How did it turn out? Watch and find out!

Hope you’ve all been enjoying Maniac’s Kitchen. More gaming recipes and food reviews are on the way. Post a comment below if you had an idea for a future episode!

How to Enable HDR in a Samsung 4KTV January 19, 2018

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We are back with another How-To video directed at our 4KTV readers.

The Xbox One X and PS4 consoles support High-Dynamic Range Color on supported televisions. Our Samsung 4KTV supported HDR color, but the feature wasn’t listed as fully supported when setting up the Xbox One X.

Rather than write off support for the feature as something I would have needed to pay more money for, or something that would need a future software update I went through every setting in my Samsung TV until I got HDR enabled. How did I do it, and how can you do it? Watch this:

.hack//G.U. Last Recode Unboxing January 18, 2018

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We’ve got an all-new unboxing video today brought to you in glorious 4K (where available)!

A decade ago, Maniac became interested in the .hack series when he saw G4’s reviews of an episodic set of .hack PS2 games. The concepts behind the franchise and the art style were appealing, but he didn’t have a PS2 at the time and by the time he did, the games were out of print and no longer available. Now, Bandai Namco is re-releasing the three episodes from the .hack//G.U. series on PS4 and PC with an all-new fourth episode. Let’s take a look what’s in the box!

.hack//G.U. Last Recode is out now on the PS4 and PC.

Maniac’s Kitchen – Super Mario Cereal Review January 11, 2018

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Welcome back to Maniac’s Kitchen, where we take a look at food for gamers! Super Mario Cereal is out and we were lucky enough to get our hands on a box! Unlike previous children’s cereals where you’ll find a prize inside the box, for Super Mario Cereal, the prize is the box. Each box of Super Mario Cereal includes an exclusive Amiibo card printed inside the game box, which you can use in the game Super Mario Odyssey for the Nintendo Switch.

So how’s it taste and is the Amiibo worth it? Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

Super Mario Odyssey is out now exclusively on the Nintendo Switch.