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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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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.

Thank you to Outside is Overrated’s sponsor: Premier Health.

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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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Tom’s Triumphs – Shoveling a Load of….Fun

In days of old Winter would start in Minnesota back in November or December. The snows would fall gradually from about the end of November, and in the month of March we would start to thaw. Ah, the good old days.

Now, it was 40 degrees in January and in February it seems like it snowed 4-6 inches every day, and always on a week day. I could afford to go out and buy a snowblower, but I have a hard time abandoning the notion that shoveling is manly and a sure sign of my virility.

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