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Portable gaming consoles remain within the domain of Nintendo and Sony, with their Nintendo 3DS as well as PS Vita, respectively, but their territory have been encroached upon by other forms of mobile gaming, no thanks to the huge popularity of tablets as well as smartphones. Well, here is another player that intends to bite off a chunk of this lucrative market – the $149.99 GCW-ZERO, which happens to be an open source gaming console. With the GCW-ZERO, you know for sure that you have something good going on here, especially when it has been built by gamers for gamers.
Specially designed with open source games in mind, it will be able to handle a plethora of games that used to run on the NES, SNES, GBA, Sega, PlayStation, PC and plenty more, being basically too many to mention. Powered by Linux, it already comes with a slew of open source software that is ready to rock and roll. Alternatively, you can also opt to change the operating system if you so desire. As for the hardware specifications, you might be pleased to hear that there will not be any pesky thumbs blocking your view, since it comes with a responsive D-pad, an analog nub, two shoulder buttons and tilt controls. Underneath the hood, a 1GHz processor accompanied by 512MB RAM gets the job done, while its 16GB of internal memory can be augmented by another microSD card to hit an additional 64GB.
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When you were a kid, what did you tell yourself you will buy when you grow up and be a millionaire? Of course, a million dollars back in the days when you were a kid would go a whole lot farther compared to today, no thanks to inflation eating into the actual value of that amount of cash. Well, you might not be a millionaire right now, but this does not mean that you are unable to treat yourself to a little bit of luxury like the $1,899.99 Cabaret Dreamcade 2.0 Cabinet from Dream Arcades.
The Cabaret Dreamcade 2.0 Cabinet would be able to let you live out your dream of having your very own arcade cabinet right there in the middle of the living room. Of course, if you live alone, it would be a no-brainer of a purchase, but when you share your living space with someone else, it might require a little bit of negotiating beforehand. Still, if successful, you will end up with an arcade cabinet that would offer plenty of games to kill time with – we are looking at a total of 188 titles, where 46 of them happen to be ThinkGeek exclusives. There is also the option to add in your own games if 188 isn’t enough, as your eyes feast on the 19″ arcade monitor with tempered glass. Each arcade cabinet will feature a pair of joysticks with a full 6-button layout, a built-in 2.25 inch trackball, lighted utility buttons and a lighted marquee.
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Gamers are extremely fussy about the kind of hardware that they use, and most of the time, they would stick to a particular brand for each kind of device. For instance, some folks would swear by Razer for their keyboards, Turtle Beach for the headphones, and ROCCAT for the mouse. Assuming you have yet to give other brands a try, why not open up your heart a little and make sure that other manufacturers have a chance? ROCCAT has just announced that they have made available the Phantom White version of their ROCCAT Kone Pure Color gaming mouse, and this will come in a limited edition format as usual.
The Phantom White variation of the limited edition Kone Pure Color sure sounds like a treat, but do bear in mind that apart from the aesthetic change on the outside, everything else underneath the hood would pretty much remain the same, similar to the original Kone Pure. In fact, the Color edition will arrive with a high-end 8,200 DPI Pro-Aim R3 laser sensor and high quality Omron switches, while boasting of features such as Easy-Shift[+], Easy-Aim and ROCCAT Talk, making the Kone Pure Color is a powerful and potent weapon in the hands of gamers who are duking it out for point-streaks, lanes and bases.
This happens to be one of a series of limited edition products that rolled out to the masses throughout the entire year, which also happens to be the “Year of the Kone”, as part of a celebration of the fifth anniversary of the Kone series. The Phantom White variation of the gaming mouse is not the first to see a color change, as it follows up on efforts by the likes of the Inferno Orange, Hellfire Red and Polar Blue Kone Pure Colors.
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If there is a particularly discerning gamer in the midst, then you can be sure that the kind of hardware which he or she has would most probably have been built from scratch, using only the best components that their money is able to purchase while offering the best bang for their hard earned buck. The choice of peripherelas, too, is an important one, and some gamers do have a certain amount of brand loyalty that they would not switch brands for anything in the world. ORIGIN PC has just announced a slew of elite gaming peripherals that are powered by Razer, and they are the ORIGIN PC Edition BlackWidow Keyboard, Taipan Mouse and Goliathus Mouse Pad.
I am quite sure that you would have heard of Razer’s slew of gaming peripherals in the past. Well, the ORIGIN PC editions that are powered by Razer would offer a similar level of legendary performance as though you purchased those peripherals directly from Razer itself, although this time around, it would arrive in an exclusive black and red backlit color scheme that you win brownie points over the opponent simply for the fact that your peripherals look menacing enough from the get go, sort of like a Darth Maul on steroids.
The ORIGIN PC BlackWidow keyboard, Taipan mouse and Goliathus mouse pad are said to deliver the power of an ORIGIN PC at a user’s fingertips, while ensuring that you have the relevant tools in order to obliterate the competition. Do bear in mind that you should not have any more kind of excuses after purchasing this set of unique peripherals, since it would mean the lack of skill and gameplay strategy that led to your downfall, and not because of lousy hardware.
They will not come cheap, however, as the ORIGIN PC BlackWidow Keyboard would cost $140, while the ORIGIN PC Taipan Mouse would start at $80 with the accompanying ORIGIN PC Goliathus Mouse Pad burning another $20 hole in your pocket.
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The modern day office should not be seen to be some place which is extremely boring. No sir, it has to be spruced up, and the boss or directors would be better off hiring someone who has had experience working in a fun environment such as at one of those Internet startups with a billionaire who has nary a white hair on his head helming the company. Well, a game (or two) of Air Hockey might just help you alleviate some stress on the spot, which is why the $699.95 Scoreboard Lights Air Hockey Table does seem to be a viable purchase for any office that wants to offer a decent stress relieving tool alternative compared to the foosball or pool table.
The Scoreboard Lights Air Hockey Table would arrive with an illuminated rail, where it depicts just who is ahead between the two, while offering a “home court” incentive to any player in the lead. As long as the score remains tied, the embedded LEDs in the rail will remain white, but whenever the blue or red player pulls ahead, matching LEDs will blink in the leader’s color – at least until the trailing player catches up. The electronic scoreboard and timekeeper will run on XXXX batteries, and if you place your order now, it should be able to arrive before Christmas.
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Logitech PowerShell Controller + Battery unveiled for those who want something different in portable gaming
The name Logitech itself does invoke a sense of respect when it comes to computer peripherals, as this particular company has certainly come a long way from making functional mice as well as tiny speakers to accompany your computer. In fact, Logitech has also thrown itself into the gaming peripheral scene with a fair number of interesting efforts that are able to duke it out with the very best in the industry. The mobile scene, too, has changed its face over the years and have gotten a whole lot more complicated than the standard issue Game & Watch from Nintendo. This time around, Logitech has announced the new PowerShell Controller + Battery that offers a unique portable gaming perspective.
Of course, you would first need to own an iPhone 5s, iPhone 5, or iPod touch (5th generation) that runs on iOS 7, before you are able to enjoy the Logitech PowerShell Controller + Battery. Basically, with Logitech’s latest offering, it will be able to transform your compatible iOS7 device into a pocket sized mobile console. Needless to say, there is one particular drawback for all portable consoles, and that would be a lack of battery life. You would be pleased to hear that the PowerShell Controller + Battery from Logitech would not be a vampire and sap juice from your device, but rather, it will have the ability to double your play time thanks to its on board battery.
This can be considered to be a first-of-its-kind mobile gaming console, where all you need to do is to insert your compatible iPhone or iPod touch into the controller just like how you would do with a standard issue case, and you are good to go. Expect to enjoy a familiar console experience with this puppy thanks to the inclusion of a D-pad, shoulder triggers and face buttons. Delivery of this bad boy is expected to happen next month.
When it comes to mobile devices, they do a whole lot more compared to the mobile phone of yore. For most of us out there, the smartphone, phablet or tablet is the device that helps keep the wheels of our daily life churning in the right direction at an appropriate interval – without it, we would end up as helpless folks running around, being unable to keep one appointment after another, not to mention forgetting the myriad of tasks that we have to do. Well, another aspect of a smartphone would be to use it as a portable media player or portable entertainment device, where the latter category would mean spending a good chunk of your time playing games on it. The thing is, a touchscreen display does not do too well when it comes to gaming, since your thumbs or fingers would block the on-screen action. This is where the MOGA Ace Power game controller comes in handy, offering a full set of console-style precision controls.
The MOGA Ace Power game controller would play nice with the likes of the iPhone 5s, the iPhone 5c, the iPhone 5 and the iPod touch (5th generation), as long as they run on iOS 7. Boasting a unique portable design which will be able to expand when it comes to playtime, it will also collapse easily when you are done, so that it can fit in pockets and bags without missing a beat. You will be able to secure it to your iPhone or iPod touch thanks to the MOGA Arm with S.M.R.T. Lock technology, offering you peace of mind during your hectic gaming sessions.
How will it communicate with the iPhone or iPod touch? Well, the MOGA Ace Power game controller would hook up using the Lightning connector. Just to make sure you get to enjoy an excellent gaming experience, it features dual analog sticks, L1/R1 and L2/R2 buttons, a D-pad, and four action buttons, which have become more or less the staple controls required for precision gaming. Apart from that, the MOGA Ace Power game controller will also feature an 1,800 mAh battery so that you can use it to power your iPhone or iPod touch when gaming. The asking price? A cool $99.99 a pop.
We look back on history and oftentimes feel as though we’re missing out on something. Maybe we wish some of the mannerisms still held to present-day, or that some fashions had not gone out of style. Of course, if you actually went back in time for those few pleasantries, you would be met with an onslaught of other issues.
However, some things are good enough to stand the test of time. There’s a lot of music, art, and books that have come from ye olden days, as well as some games. We’re not just talking about hopscotch of course though. The Frust8tor Pocket Brain Teaser is a modern version of an old brain-buster from 1848. While the spelling might be a bit of an annoyance, the game, while simple, can keep your mind tangled for a good minute or more.
It is a puzzle of eight queens on a chess board. They can’t be allowed to kill each other, which means not being able to meet horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. There aren’t any small pieces, so you shouldn’t need to worry about dropping anything other than the game itself. To play, simply slide the markers. If you want to make it more difficult, you can toss in some red markers which take the place of the queen, and force a spot to be used. It’s $10, and could be a better alternative to Angry Birds while you’re on public transit.
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Remember the good old days when you were playing a networked game, and the only way you could communicate with you teammates was by shouting to them across the room in a LAN setup, or if it was based on an Internet connection, you hit the “T” button on your keyboard in order to type whatever you wanted to say? Well, in-game communication as well as the speed of Internet connectivity has improved by leaps and bounds over the years, allowing one to speak naturally over the microphone while the rest of the team gets the message. In order to ensure a crystal clear message, the proper hardware needs to be in place, and this is where the likes of the $59.99 Comrad Gaming Helmet gets the job done.
Not only that, the Comrad Gaming Helmet also adds that touch of realism by resembling that of an actual soldier’s helmet, now how about that? It is ideal for the hardcore military gaming addict as it delivers a fully-immersive FPS audio experience. There would be on helmet master audio volume, separate chat volume, and mute button controls, not to mention wireless speakers, ensuring that you can trash talk all you want – hands-free! It basically works with the Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, Wii, PC, or Mac without breaking a sweat, and will also play nice with Oculus Rift when it arrives.
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Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. has made a name for themselves in the past with a slew of gaming peripherals that could hold their own against the very best. Well, the company is far from done just yet, where their latest piece of hardware to roll out would be the S.T.R.I.K.E. M mobile keyboard. Even better news is, the S.T.R.I.K.E. M mobile keyboard is tipped to ship in time for the holiday season this year, enabling you to further expand your holiday shopping list just in case you have run out of ideas on what to get the regular nerd in your life.
First of all, the Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. M mobile keyboard would arrive in a tablet sized footprint, which would make it ideal for mobile use. Not only that, it has also been specially designed to interface with a wide variety of platforms and smart devices, where among them would include the company’s upcoming M.O.J.O. Micro-Console for Android. In order to keep up with the times, the S.T.R.I.K.E. M would also arrive with NFC technology, where it would enable gamers to hook up the keyboard through the simple act of tapping it to a compatible device. Just in case you are working with products that do not come with NFC compatibility, there will always be integrated Bluetooth connectivity for a greater degree of connectivity among the likes of smartphones, tablets and laptops.
Apart from that, the S.T.R.I.K.E. M mobile keyboard would also boast of micro P.U.L.S.E. scissor keys which deliver crisp actuation with a tactile click response, as well as an Optical Finger Navigation (OFN) Mouse Sensor with dedicated mouse buttons. It will be powered by a rechargeable lithium polymer battery which would in turn, power the backlight on the S.T.R.I.K.E. M so that you can continue gaming/working in darkened environments. Dedicated media buttons with volume scroll wheel and on board memory have lso been thrown into the mix to stash multiple macro commands. Expect to pick up the Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. M in shades of gloss black, gloss white and gloss red.
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