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Memories of Maniac – Retail Store Memories (Part 2) October 3, 2022

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Not too long ago, Maniac told the story of his experiences with classic retail and talked about three stores he had close experiences with, Circuit City, Lechemere and Nobody Beats the Wiz. Now, he’s back to finish the job.

Today, Maniac will finish his stories of detailing with electronics retailers, talking about two more retailers, CompUSA and Best Buy. Is retail as dead as everyone says it is? Can Maniac save it? Watch and find out.

Memories of Maniac – Electronic Retail Stores September 22, 2022

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Retail is dying, but is that a good or a bad thing? In this new Memories of Maniac, our host tells his best memories about three retail establishments that are no longer with us.

Memories of Maniac – Time Travel Memories January 4, 2021

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We’re getting a little personal here today as Maniac tells a story about one of his favorite concepts in fiction, Time Travel. Whether you’re a fan of classic games like Chrono Trigger or newer ones like Quantum Break.

But how does Time Travel work, and did these games get it right? Well, Maniac has done plenty of research on the subject in the past twenty-five years and he’s going to talk about it.

Quantum Break is out now for Xbox One and PC. Chrono Trigger is out now for SNES, PS1, Wii, PC and Smart Devices.

Memories of Maniac – The Time I Stumbled Into a Hollywood Movie’s Cast Screening November 24, 2020

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Welcome back to Memories of Maniac, where our host tells some of his favorite life stories.

In 2007, I became interested in a movie called Fanboys. Set in the film 1998, it followed several die-hard Star Wars fans, who wished to provide a dying friend of theirs the chance to see Star Wars Episode I. Fanboys would not get theatrically released until 2009, and its release was so limited very few theaters in the US actually ran it. What was I to do? I packed up a friend and spent three hours traveling to NYC to visit the closest theater showing the film. As luck would have it, I wasn’t the only person interested in seeing the film that would be in attendance in the theater that day, a big portion of the film’s cast was also there. Here’s how it happened!

Mind of Maniac – How I Would Put Wakanda In Disney World September 7, 2020

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Following the tragic death of Chadwick Boseman, the man who will forever be known for his role as the Black Panther, many people, including actress Whoopi Goldberg, has been clamoring for Disney to bring the world from the Black Panther film into the Disney parks. That, unfortunately, may be impossible at this time due to the likelihood the Black Panther’s theme park rights are currently owned by Universal Studios Orlando. But what if his rights weren’t tied up, or Disney was able to reobtain them? How would you go about bringing Black Panther to Disney World?

As a tribute to Boseman, and inspired by the series Armchair Imagineering, we decided to design Wakanda for Disney World. Our only limit was the bounds of reality, and what we felt would work best for our ideas. Take a look.

RIP CB.

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!