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Outside is Overrated Episode 11 – Tom and Joey are Con Men

Tom and Hobby Box Burns discuss their recent adventures at gaming conventions. Joey traveled to AdeptiCon and played very poorly in a Warhammer tournament. Then the guys traveled to Milwaukee together for the Midwest Gaming Classic.

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Sam Charchian Reflects on 15 Years at Microsoft, Sony

Sam Charchian is a video game industry veteran, with 10 years of service at Microsoft and five more at Sony. Originally from Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Charchian knew from a young age that he had to be a computer programmer. His passions for programming and video games led him to a career that included launching Xbox Live, and working with some of the biggest developers in the industry.

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Tom’s Triumphs – Everything Good Comes to an End

Maybe it’s because I am up against a self-imposed deadline to get my column out every month. Maybe it’s sleep deprivation from having a nearly one-year-old child. Maybe I’m just a bitter old man, but it feels like everything  that I love (in the entertainment realm) is coming to an end this year.

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Avengers: Endgame Review

Tom Awesome’s Review Score: 9.5

The official summer blockbuster to end all blockbusters is here, as Avengers: Endgame opened this week. Just a touch under under 11 years ago, Iron Man started Robert Downey Jr. and Marvel down a path to this (inevitable) conclusion. The movie effectively closes the doors to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it, while setting the stage for a host of future adventures.

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Checking Out Video Game History at the Midwest Gaming Classic

The Midwest Gaming Classic is a trade show with over 150,000 square feet of home video game consoles, pinball machines, arcade cabinets, computers and other games. It has a heavy focus on retro gaming, and Tom and Joey hit the road to see if old games are still fun.

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Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire Review

If you’re like me, you spent last Friday night at a Selena tribute concert in Orlando, Florida.  But what do you do when you arrive 90 minutes early and need to kill time?  The obvious answer: blast Stormtroopers in the new Star Wars virtual-reality simulator, Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire!

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Tom’s Triumphs – Overcoming a Crappy Month

For most of my life, I’ve had a fear/general distaste about using public restrooms to drop a deuce. I mean, sometimes it’s unavoidable, but if there is any foreseeable way for me to capture home field advantage, I am capable of holding my bowels for long periods of time. My dad and brother will probably never let go of the fact that I once drove 20 minutes to a casino for a bathroom break when we were ice fishing.

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Outside is Overrated Episode 10 – To Infinity and Beyond (The Wall)

Tom and Hobby Box Burns discuss March Madness and the lack of college sports video games; discuss Captain Marvel and speculate leading into Avengers: Endgame; recap Season Seven of Game of Thrones and predict the final season; and give an update on the Final Fantasy Challenge.

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“Game Changers” at Science Museum of Minnesota

The Science Museum of Minnesota currently has “Game Changers,” an interactive history of gaming with over 140 playable games. Displays cover the history of development studios and design legends, along with concept art and interviews. OiO recently stopped by to get our hands on the history of our favorite medium.

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