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Tales from IT – My Most Frustrating Job May 22, 2019

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You might think being an IT guy is an easy job and while it is certainly less difficult than other professions (provided you have years of experience) it can have its moments of frustration. Customers frequently forget their own passwords or give you incorrect information about their system specifications. However, we won’t be talking about issues with end users today. Our currently most frustrating experience working at IT was a time we had to install new servers at a retailer.

How long did we spend on the job and were we able to finish it? Watch and find out.

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Maniac’s Kitchen – Roasted Chickpeas Recipe May 6, 2019

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Welcome back to Maniac’s Kitchen where we share food reviews and recipes for the perfect gaming food. Today, we’ll be sharing a recipe originally inspired by Food Network’s Chef Robert Irvine with our own little twist on it, Roasted Chickpeas.

Roasted Chickpeas are the perfect snack for gamers with specific dietary restrictions. This recipe is vegan and gluten free.

For this recipe you’ll need the following:

  • Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans)
  • Olive Oil (we used Roasted Garlic Oil from Sticky Situations)
  • Sea Salt
  • Seasoning (we used a special dry rub)

https://youtu.be/kQPlT4Mc7RY

Midsummer Fantasy Renaissance Faire Review Part 2 April 25, 2019

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We are two months away from the start of 2019’s Midsummer Fantasy Renaissance Faire which takes place every year at Warsaw Park in Ansonia, CT. After the faire concluded last year, we published the first part of our review with the intention to publish Part 2 prior to 2019’s event.

Performers Daniel Greenwolf and Wyck headlined a special one night only event on the final Saturday of the faire. They intended to perform a death-defying stunt that would push their skills to the limit and put their very lives on the line! How did it go? Watch the review and find out!

In case you missed Part 1, where we spoke about the majority of the faire’s events, food, storyline and vendors you can click right here to watch.

Midsummer Fantasy Renaissance Faire 2019 will take place in Warsaw Park, Ansonia the weekends of June 22nd, June 29th, and July 6th, 2019.

How to Label Inputs on a Samsung 4K Smart TV April 19, 2019

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By popular request, we’ve got a new How-To video for you guys. Many people have been asking questions about the recent Samsung 4K Smart TVs, but a question I’ve heard more than any other is how was I able to label my television’s inputs?

It’s a pretty simple procedure and only requires your television remote to perform. Watch the video below and see for yourself.

Tales from IT – How PC Gaming Prepared me for IT March 20, 2019

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Welcome back to another Tales from IT. This is going to be a bit of a different kind of Tale in the fact we aren’t going to be discussing the events from one particular job, but instead talk about our history. Recently, I was asked to perform a task at work I had done tons of times before and I quipped about the first time I had ever done that particular task and why. I had done it because I wanted to play video games against my friends. I then realized I owed a lot to my gaming experiences, and since formal computer classes were never offered during my primary school education, gaming had taught me more useful life skills than anything I ever learned in school.

So where did my IT experiences come from, and how did it prepare me for a career? Watch below and find out.

General Mills Pokemon TCG Promotion Review February 7, 2019

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The cereal makers over at General Mills are running a special Pokémon promotion between now and mid-March. They’re offering packs of three random cards from the Pokémon TCG in every one of their specially marked cereal boxes. That includes cereal like Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Lucky Charms. At least thirteen different TCG cards can be gotten in this promotion with five special foil cards among them.

Today, we’re going to look closer at this promotion (while it is still going on) and give out all the information we can about it. Watch the video below to find out where can you shop to find a participating box of cereal, how to spot a participating box on the shelf, and what we got when we opened the box!

The Best Nintendo Switch Accessories January 31, 2019

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Since the Nintendo Switch can function as both a home and portable game console, and many new players may have gotten a Switch in the post-Christmas shopping season, I thought the time was perfect to talk about some of the best accessories for the console. In this video, we’re going to review many of the Nintendo Switch’s accessories, why you should or shouldn’t get them, and where you should get them from.

There are a few ground rules to this list. First off we acknowledge that people will not use the console in Tablet (Portable) mode, and any accessories we list as being only useful for Tablet mode will be mentioned in the video. With that all said, let’s take a look at the best accessories for the Nintendo Switch!

Let’s Play Spider-Man on PS4 Pro Part 7 and 8 January 24, 2019

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We are back to our live stream of Spider-Man on the PS4 Pro. In Part 7, we decided to wrap up all the leftover side missions we had been neglecting all over NYC. In Part 8 we resume the game’s story and play through one of the most emotionally difficult parts of the entire game. All footage was recorded off a PS4 Pro with full video commentary.

Spider-Man is out now exclusively for the PS4.

Let’s Play Spider-Man on PS4 Pro Part 6 January 22, 2019

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Maniac is back in the boots of Spider-Man as he gets to play through the level originally shown at E3 2017. Maniac was actually at that event and got to see the demo for the first time live on stage. Let’s see how he feels about the finished version of the level.

All game footage is provided with full video commentary.

Spider-Man is out now exclusively on PS4.

Let’s Play Spider-Man on PS4 Pro Part 5 January 17, 2019

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We are continuing our Let’s Play of Spider-Man on the PS4 Pro. In this part we check out some of the game’s research stations, battle with the Shocker (who shocks people), get evicted, and try to find a place to crash for the night.

All gameplay footage includes full video commentary.

Eagle eyed viewers may notice this part has a resolution drop from previous parts. That is due to the fact we were unhappy with the framerate we were getting at higher resolutions. We will be tweaking the resolution over the next few parts to see what we like best.

Spider-Man is out now exclusively for PS4.