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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.

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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.

Mind of Maniac – Playstation Now January 23, 2014

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Mind of Maniac is an unscripted series where the site’s Lead Writer talks about a wide array of gaming topics not related to specific game properties, and following CES he has a lot to talk about.  This month, Sony announced Playstation Now, a game streaming service offering PS1, PS2 and PS3 games for Tablets, SmartPhones, consoles, and HDTVs.  Can they pull it off, and what would the service need to do to succeed?  Joined by the advice of his father, Maniac tells all.

Maniac Talks About the Arcade August 10, 2013

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Welcome back, it’s time for another Mind of Maniac video!  In the latest video of this unscripted series, Maniac talks about his experience with Arcades, their history, and how they are being reinvented.

If you have any ideas for future Mind of Maniac videos, post a comment!

Nintendo 3DS StreetPass Discussion August 4, 2013

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In this unscripted video, Maniac talks about his favorite feature of the Nintendo 3DS, StreetPass.  StreetPass is an integrated 3DS-exclusive feature which is built into every version of the Nintendo handheld.  It allows you to pick up the Miis of other 3DS owners and use them in some exclusive games.

In the latest Mind of Maniac video for GameXcess.net, Maniac is going to talk about the ways to get the best use out of StreetPass.  He also talks about StreetPass’s strengths and limitations, and the new features Nintendo has promised for it,

Future of the Memory Card July 14, 2013

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In a continuation of the discussion Maniac started earlier in the week, Maniac talks about what the future will bring with the Memory Card.  He believes that what will likely be used as a storage method may not be a memory card at all, but something else entirely, and the purpose of the memory card itself may be entirely different than what it is used for now.

History of the Memory Card July 9, 2013

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Its the return of Mind of Maniac, an unscripted series where Maniac talks about a single gaming topic chosen by himself or commenters. This week Maniac is going to be talking about the history of the Memory Card. I mean everyone has to save their games, right? There have been multiple solutions and workarounds over the years to allow gamers to save their game progress, but Maniac feels there was no better way to store a game save than a Memory Card.

Stay tuned for part 2 where Maniac talks about where he thinks the future of saving your game will go!