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The Star of Phantasmagoria 2 Will Play His Game For the First Time October 22nd October 12, 2021

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Paul Stetler, who played the lead character Curtis Craig in the cult horror classic Phantasmagoria 2: A Puzzle of Flesh, has announced he will play the game he starred in for the first time ever next Friday. Check it out!

The let’s play will begin Friday, October 22nd at 6PM Eastern. If you’d like to get notified about the Let’s Play when it starts you should subscribe to the Conversations With Curtis YouTube Channel.

Phantasmagoria 2: A Puzzle of Flesh is out now for the PC.

iOS and iPadOS 15.0.2 Released October 12, 2021

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Apparently Apple was not satisfied with merely updating the Apple Watch tonight. There has also been an update for iPhone and iPads running iOS or iPadOS 15. The new update includes some important security fixes and weigh in between 450 and 550 MB depending on your device.

You can download the update right now through your Software Update feature, or through iTunes. There doesn’t seem to be an Apple TV update at this time.

Apple Watch 8.0.1 Released October 12, 2021

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A minor but important update has just been released for the Apple Watch. It specifically addresses certain bugs discovered in the Apple Watch 3 Series of watches, but it does seem to be compatible with more recent watches including the Series 6.

The new update can be installed from your iPhone right now. Just make sure your watch is plugged in and charging with an active WiFi connection for the update.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Launch Trailer October 12, 2021

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We’re a few weeks away from the release of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy on multiple platforms, but the guys over at Square Enix have just released the game’s official launch trailer. Here it is in glorious 4K!

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is coming October 26th, 2021 to PC, Xbox One, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and Nintendo Switch (Cloud).

Halo: The Master Chief Collection Season 8 Trailer October 12, 2021

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Tomorrow, 343 Industries will be releasing a free patch for Halo: The Master Chief Collection on all platforms. The new patch will bring Season 8, and here’s the official trailer!

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is out now for PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

Japan Travel Tips – Where To Learn How to Stay Safe During Natural Disasters October 12, 2021

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Welcome back on this Tuesday for a brand new Japan Travel Tips, where we highlight some of the best independently produced travelogs from across the internet intended to help those interested in visiting Japan. Today, we’re going to get a bit serious, but I can assure you it’s for a safe and practical way. It is a well-known concern that Japan experiences seismic and volcanic activity on a more frequent basis than other regions of the world. Because of that Japanese citizens are instructed by their government in how to best deal with dangerous natural events if it happens to occur by offering access to a fully immersive interactive practice disaster venue. I’m not kidding.

Free safety training is a valuable service made available by the Japanese government and typically can be visited by anyone ranging from tourists to schoolchildren on field trips. YouTuber Akidearest, who we’ve highlighted previously in this series, recently posted this video about her experience. It is something you absolutely should watch if you plan to visit Japan, enjoy.

Hope you liked this video! Stay tuned for next week where we will follow up with something we teased back when this series began. That’s right, we’re finally going to go all out on highlighting how cool Japanese vending machines are!

Date Nite – Venom: There Will Be Carnage October 11, 2021

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Last night, Maniac went out to finally watch the newest film in Sony’s perspective Spider-Verse franchise, Venom: Let There Be Carnage. Starring Tom Hardy and Woody Harrelson, the film continues the story of Venom and Eddie Brock, as they now must face a psychopathic serial killer that is imbued with Venom’s powers.

What was his initial reaction to the film and how did he feel about the first one? Watch and find out.

Some day, Maniac will get a guest willing to watch a movie with him again.

Metroid Dread – Reviews Trailer October 10, 2021

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We’ve only had Metroid Dread out for just a few days but the reviews are already coming in that this game is something special. As a person playing it, I can attest I am enjoying the game quite a bit myself. It is well polished and certainly lives up to its namesake. To celebrate its release, Nintendo has produced this new trailer for the game that features quotes from reviews all over the web. Take a look!

Metroid Dread is out now exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.

Gaming History You Should Know – History of TRON October 10, 2021

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It’s Sunday! Time for another Gaming History You Should Know, where we highlight some of the best independently produced videos about the making of video games. Today, I know we’re going to talk about a movie but I can assure you if you stick with me this story will get back to gaming.

Known for its animated classics like Snow White, Pinocchio and Cinderella, no company is more recognized in the US for groundbreaking animation as the Disney studio. However, following the death of its founder, and a decade before Disney started taking over theaters with incredible successes like Lion King and Aladdin, Disney was in a rut. The studio had weathered several theatrical flops, and would need to weather several more.

It may seem like a hopeless time, but for creative companies, being down can get them to take some more unusual risks. In the early 80s, a man named Steven Lisberger was making a name for his company working on a new type of light infused animation that used photo gels on animation cells to create a “glow” effect. At the same time, personal computers were starting to take off, and it was becoming common for nearly every office space to require interacting with a computer.

At the time, computers were dark and mysterious things to the general public and most of the contemporary Sci-Fi stories foretold computers bringing about the end of mankind. However, Steven Lisberger became interested in telling a story about just what was going on INSIDE the computer. He theorized the programs we created would be a lot like us, and they may in fact view us in the same way we would perceive a great creator. In the end, he convinced Disney to create one of the most technologically groundbreaking film of the time, TRON.

Toy Galaxy, who is famous for talking about some of the cult classic shows from the 80s and 90s, did their most recent video about TRON. It talks about the inspiration behind the film, its reception at the time and the film’s enduring legacy.

Man, I really wish TRON 2.0 was still canon.

Metroid Dread Unboxing October 8, 2021

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The game that was only believed to be a rumor or a hoax for over a decade is finally in my hands and we’re going to open it. Metroid Dread, the latest game in the Metroid series, has been released today. Here is our unboxing in glorious 4K HDR.

Metroid Dread is out now exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.