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Mind of Maniac – The First Time I Bought Art June 9, 2020

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As Mr. Spock would say, “For everything, there is a first time.” I have been interested in art for most of my adult life, but the rigid framework for memorization of art history (and the insanely early class hours) has always prevented me from exploring my interest any deeper than the surface. Still, I’ve been to museums I’ve attended art exhibitions and I’ve seen documentaries on the subject. Then, I saw a piece of art while at a trade show with my fiancée.

What happened? Watch and find out.

You can see more examples of MiJuMi’s art on his website.

Mind of Maniac – What to Put in a Pokemon Theme Park Land June 4, 2020

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Recently, we’ve been inspired by the work of David Ganssel, better known to the internet as Doggans, and his new series “Armchair Imagineering”. In that series, he gives his ideas for the biggest most elaborate (and expensive) ways to develop theme park rides based on recognizable intellectual property. Today, we decided to throw our hat into the ring and submit our own ideas for that very subject.

Later this summer (pending delays) Universal Studios Japan is expected to launch the very first Super Nintendo World, a full theme-park land devoted to Nintendo’s classic games and characters. Officially, we know next to nothing about what to expect when it does open, although rumors have persisted for some time about what is being constructed. US citizens unable to travel to Japan will be happy to learn it is all but certain that portions of Super Nintendo Land will open in Universal’s bi-coastal theme parks including the new one opening in Orlando, Florida, Epic Universe.

However, while we have heard rumors Mario, Yoshi and Donkey Kong will be coming to Universal’s parks nobody has mentioned anything about Nintendo’s actual biggest franchise, Pokémon. As of the time this article is being written, Pokémon is the number one selling franchise of our time, and yet Universal Studios has not hinted any Pokémon content is coming to their parks. That could mean that Pokémon themed lands might be getting saved for later expansions of Epic Universe, but we have no way to confirm that.

So if you had access to the latest technology, the smartest minds in engineering, unlimited funds and only the limitations of reality to deal with, what would you create if you were told to design a Pokémon-themed land for a major theme park? What do you say we talk about it. There will be rides, there will be shows, there will be food and there will be merch. Please watch and enjoy.

Pokémon games are out now on various platforms including the Nintendo Switch.

How I Played Gears of War in a HDTV Store With Friends April 28, 2020

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Long time readers of this site may already be familiar with this story, but I decided the time was right to devote an entire video to telling it.

Back when Gears of War was just being released, my friend and I were in the market to buy some new top of the line HDTVs to take advantage of the game’s (at the time) incredible graphics. The store my friend worked at had a policy where customers could bring their existing equipment into the store to see how well it would work on a new television. We decided to take them up on that generous offer and brought a 360 and the game. You won’t believe what the store’s employees asked us to do next.

Gears of War is out now for the Xbox 360, PC and Xbox One.

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?

Mind of Maniac – My First Con April 23, 2018

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Welcome back to Mind of Maniac, an unscripted series where we discuss gaming related topics. When you break it all down, fan conventions are a great way for people to socialize with others who share similar interests. We’ve been attending conventions for over a decade, and with Con Season starting back up, I feel the time is right for me to tell the story of my first fan event. My first convention wasn’t E3 or a Comic Con, it was a Film Festival run by Kevin Smith. Buckle in, because this is the longest Mind of Maniac to date.

As we previously reported, we’ll be attending ConnectiCon 2018 in Hartford, CT this July. Hope to see you there!

Mind of Maniac – How To Discuss Video Game History June 3, 2015

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Twelve years ago, Maniac took a New Media course instructed by a Professor who would go on to be a star of the movie ATARI: Game Over.  It was a great experience for him. However, not everyone knows how to teach about new technology well. A year ago, Princess Angel took a course about the History of Video Games, but her class had a lot of problems.

So how do you teach a class on the history of the world’s newest interactive media and not only do it well but keep it interesting for everyone taking the course?  Let’s find out.

Pokémon National Championships 2014 Review July 19, 2014

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It’s the return of Mind of Maniac, an unscripted series where our host talks about a variety of gaming topics not related to a specific gaming franchise.  In the latest episode, Maniac talks about this year’s Pokémon National Championships.  For those unable to attend, the event was streamed live for the first time, and all the major events were broadcast with commentary in HD.  In this video, Maniac gives his review of the live broadcast of the event, what he liked about it, and how he feels the event could have been improved.

If you watched the event in person or online you may find yourself interested in what Maniac has to say about it.  Don’t worry if you missed the event or aren’t familiar with Pokémon don’t worry, Maniac has you covered.  Now grab your Pokémon Trainer hat and let your Pikachu out of its Poké Ball, lets talk about this event!

Issues with Microsoft Removing the Kinect from the Xbox One May 14, 2014

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It’s time for a new Mind of Maniac, an unscripted series where Maniac talks about various important topics going on with the gaming industry.  In the most timely Mind of Maniac we have ever posted, Maniac talks about Microsoft’s most recent announcement.  Yesterday, Microsoft announced their intention to release a new version of the Xbox One which does not include a Kinect.  While this was met with near universal praise from the gaming press, the Kinect is a peripheral that was pretty integral to Microsoft’s strategy with the Xbox One.  Here’s a list of problems that making the Kinect optional will make for game developers, consumers, and Microsoft.

The History of Alternate Reality Games (ARGs) April 14, 2014

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Alternate Reality Games (ARGs) have no game engine and they blur the line between the real world and the game world.  Where did they come from?  When were they first used?  Maniac gives a brief history on the use of Modern ARGs, and where you can find one today.

Mind of Maniac – Acts of Gord January 30, 2014

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Maniac reminisces about one of his favorite sites on the web, Acts of Gord.  The site is about the Gord, a game store owner from Canada, and the idiots who he would have to deal with on a daily basis.  It’s one of the few websites I can admit coming across and wanting to read every piece of work published on it.

If you want to give the website a look or put in an order for a book of your own, you can check it out here.  Just be aware there are probably only a few copies left.  If you want to check out the webcomic based on the series, you can check it out here.