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Maniac’s Kitchen – Rockstar Energy Drink Gears 5 Promotion Taste Test September 29, 2019

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Earlier this month, we reported that Rockstar Energy Drink was partnering with Microsoft to offer free codes for exclusive Gears 5 downloadable content (DLC) to players who purchase specially marked cans of the beverage. However, in the time since we wrote that bit of news it has been next to impossible for us to find those marked cans of the beverage in any of our local shops or retail stores.

Eventually, we were able to find ONE flavor of Rockstar Energy Drink that had the Gears 5 marking in our area, this one is called the Pure Zero flavor (due to the fact it advertises it has 0 calories). We never tried REG before, so we decided to give it a taste test on camera to see how well it stacks up against other beverages.

Gears 5 is out now for Xbox One and PC.

Maniac’s Kitchen – Cold Stone’s Super Mario Cake September 17, 2019

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Welcome back to Maniac’s Kitchen where we share recipes and review all kinds of gaming food. It’s not my birthday but I couldn’t resist checking out Cold Stone Creamery, the ice cream shop known for mixing a whole assortment of toppings into their creamy ice cream.

In conjunction with Nintendo to promote the recent release of Super Mario Maker 2, Cold Stone has released two limited-time menu options. Today, we’re going to review the Rainbow Sprinkle Road Cake, which is clearly inspired by Nintendo’s Mario Kart franchise. Let’s see how it tastes!

Cold Stone says they will personalize your cake with any name you wish when you order it. We chose to get the smallest version of the cake since nobody but me seemed interested in eating it. If you need a bigger cake for a large party, larger round cakes can be made.

Tales from IT – These Tales Won’t Get You a Job September 12, 2019

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For some time now I’ve been concerned that people could watch my Tales from IT videos, memorize them and try to relay the stories as their own personal anecdotes with the intention to get themselves positions in the IT field they would otherwise be unqualified for. Well, I’m happy (or sad) to say that probably isn’t much of a concern as I thought it would be.

So here’s a story about one time I told one of these stories to a major job employer. I wasn’t qualified for the job, I had no experience in the position, but I had to apply for it because my technically-illiterate family read about it in the newspaper and wouldn’t cease harassing me about it.

I hope you all enjoyed the Tales from IT series because that will be the final video we will post in that series. More content (including TGS 2019 news) is on its way!

Catherine: Full Body Deluxe Edition Unboxing September 5, 2019

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Earlier this week, Atlus Games released an updated version of a game that meant a lot to me when it initially released, Catherine: Full Body. Now that it is out, we are going to take a look at the game, which a select retailer offered a special Heart’s Desire Deluxe Edition. It includes an art book, soundtrack CD, Steelbook case and plush sheep doll. Is the Deluxe Edition worth the extra money? Let’s open it and find out.

Plans to stream this game are in the works. Subscribe to our Twitch Channel to stay up to date with details!

Catherine: Full Body is out now exclusively for the PS4.

Pokemon: Detective Pikachu 4K Combo Unboxing August 6, 2019

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Its been a while since we’ve done a good old fashioned unboxing on this site, hasn’t it? Well, I got something really special to unbox today: an exclusive Steelbook edition of Pokémon: Detective Pikachu on 4K Disc. This edition was only sold at Best Buy and included an exclusive Detective Pikachu TCG promo card! Let’s take a look at what’s in the box!

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu is out now on DVD, Blu-Ray, 4K Disc, and Digital services.

Halo Outpost Discovery Part 4 – Halo Week 2019 July 28, 2019

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Mel Brooks once said, “Merchandise, merchandise, merchandise. That’s where the real money is made!” I think he learned that from George Lucas. As Halo Week 2019 comes to a close we dedicate the last part of our video series about the Philadelphia Halo: Outpost Discovery show to the merchandise booth. We’re going to talk about what was for sale at the show, show off everything we picked up while there, and mention a few things that weren’t for sale that we thought should have been.

Before we wrap up or coverage from Outpost Discovery completely, there’s one lingering question from the show floor we haven’t been able to answer. Take a look at this.

If you happen to work for Outpost Discovery can you post a comment below with the answer?

Hope you all enjoyed Halo Week 2019. With Halo: Infinite, a possible Outpost Discovery return, and a new Xbox console announced for next year I only have one remaining question, “Should we bring Halo Week back for 2020?”

Halo: Outpost Discovery Part 3 – Halo Week 2019 July 27, 2019

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After spending the better part of a day in front of an editor and a camera, I finally finished the third part of our look at Halo: Outpost Discovery in Philadelphia. In this part, we take a look at the last two experiences at the Outpost, Combat Deck (Laser Tag) and Marksman Training.

Also, since I’ve been discussing it so much over the past few videos, here’s a closer look at the unique Dog Tags attendees could earn while at Outpost Discovery.

Halo Week 2019 is not over. One more video from Outpost Discovery is in development. Next time, we’ll be talking about the Merchandise available for sale at the show and give our final thoughts about the show itself.

Halo: Outpost Discovery Part 2 – Halo Week 2019 July 26, 2019

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Welcome back to Halo Week 2019! We are back to talking about Halo: Outpost Discovery and this time we will be discussing half of the interactive experiences attendees will be able to participate in on the show floor, Covenant Escape, Pelican Training and VR Training. Enjoy this preview with exclusive footage from the show floor!

If this isn’t enough for you that’s okay, Halo Week 2019 is hardly over. We will have more exclusive videos, including more content from Halo: Outpost Discovery, coming all weekend!

Halo: Outpost Discovery Part 1 – Halo Week 2019 July 24, 2019

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Last week, we had the pleasure of checking out Halo: Outpost Discovery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and did everything we could at the event.

We shot a lot of footage from the show floor and over the course of Halo Week 2019, we’ll be sharing everything we can about the show with you guys! So here’s our first video, with a look at the show floor. Step with us into the Halo universe!

Halo: Reach PC Preview – Halo Week 2019 July 22, 2019

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We’re kicking off Halo Week 2019 with a highly anticipated preview of the first FPS Halo game to be released on PC in over ten years, Halo: Reach.

We were lucky enough to get an early hands-on preview of Halo: Reach on PC while at Halo: Outpost Discovery. Here are our thoughts about what we got to play (along with a little off-screen gameplay) straight from the show floor.

Halo: Reach is out now on the Xbox 360 and is currently backwards compatible with Xbox One. It is coming to the PC when it is ready.