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GAEMS Vanguard – video games are moving away from the couch

Is playing video games the best part of your day? Do you wish you didn’t have to be home in your living room or at your desk to play? Using your phone to play an app-version of a game that would be far more exhilarating on a bigger screen is only so much fun. What if you had a portable gaming station that had everything you needed to play your favorite games on the go?

The GAEMS Vanguard is an important-looking briefcase that will carry your preferred console anywhere you care to bring it. While their page says to use either a PS3 or Xbox 360 (not included), I’m sure you can use whatever console will play along with the monitor and speakers (it may not fit in the foam padding perfectly though). The LED display is 19”, and the stereo speakers plug in via 3.5mm jack.

There are spaces to secure your console, controllers, and power supply so you don’t have to worry about over-loading the bag that carries your regular arsenal of daily gear. This comes with an HDMI cable and a 100-240v power supply. If you are prepared to pay $350 for what is essentially a carrying case, make sure you would actually put it to use. Of course, do try and make sure you’re not playing Call of Duty while at work. This would be perfect for those who live on the road, or people who live alone and don’t want to buy an entire entertainment center.

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DIY Mini Arcade Cabinet lets your creative juices flow

Ever wondered how fun it would be if you were to actually live in an arcade itself? You know, being surrounded by arcade cabinets and all. It would certainly be a dream for a fair number of us out there, but then again, such a scenario is practically impractical in this day and age, although you might be able to pull it off if you were single. What if you do not have to purchase life sized arcade cabinets? What if you were to settle for the wonders of miniaturization, in the form of the $159.99 DIY Mini Arcade Cabinet?

Those who have laid their eyes on the DIY Mini Arcade Cabinet would say that this is the most adorable MAME cabinet to be released so far, but unless you have a penchant for DIY projects, you might want to give this particular one a miss since it requires a fair bit of assembly to get the job done. Also known as the Cupcade, this happens to be a Raspberry Pi-powered micro arcade cabinet kit that is ideal to deliver gaming on the move, wherever you are, without folks around you suspecting anything else other than you being extra productive. You can basically play ROMs that are loaded onto an SD memory card, including the likes of Ms. Pacman, Galaga, Donkey Kong, Arkanoid, DigDug, and Gauntlet, alongside other classic Famicom/Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) titles at full speed. Just make sure you are pretty adept at soldering and coding before you pick this up.
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MSI rolls out new gaming notebooks

When it comes to gaming notebooks, you know for sure that MSI will be at the forefront of things. They have just announced the availability of the GS60 Ghost Pro 3K and GS60 Ghost gaming notebooks that are set to win you over in terms of its aesthetics, thanks to it arriving in a luxurious golden chassis. These limited edition golden gaming notebooks will feature top-of-the-line technology, where it will be accompanied by the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M graphics, a 4th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, Killer Gaming Networking capability, and a Steel Series keyboard with Steel Series Engine.

The limited edition GS60 Ghost Pro 3K and GS60 Ghost gaming notebooks will arrive preloaded with MSI’s fantastic range of programs, where among them include the SteelSeries Engine and XSplit Gamecaster. With SteelSeries Engine, it will optimize the multi-backlit gaming keyboard so that one can enjoy unparalleled customization power with advanced macro and micro programming of individual keys. As for the XSplit Gamecaster, gamers will be able to enjoy the ability to easily stream games; where it includes the capability to add, resize and position a webcam feed; being able to draw on screen with in-game annotations; and organize and upload videos.

The GS60 Ghost gaming notebooks are capable of pleasing your ears with ultra-realistic audio thanks to a pair of Dynaudio speakers, accompanied by Sound Blaster Cinema 2 and MSI’s Audio Boost with an internal AMP and gold flash audio jacks. As for the Matrix Display technology, it will be able to take full advantage of NVIDIA’s latest video card by connecting to a couple of external monitors for an unmatched visual experience. Those who want a higher resolution count, then the gold edition could be made available with a 3K display. Pricing starts from $1,899.99 onward. Are there any takers for this high powered gaming notebook?

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Geek Chic appeals to the refined nerd

When it comes to buying furniture, most of us aren’t going to pay too much attention to quality. If it works for our purposes and doesn’t cost much, we’ll be on board. However, if you do have some disposable income and want to have furnishings that you could pass on in the future, you’re going to want something sturdy, beautiful, and useful. If you have enough left over from buying regular things like chairs and bookcases and happen to enjoy tabletop gaming, then a table specifically for your game nights might be in order.

There are options out there that have extra storage, but they’ll never be catered to your individual needs. If you want to impress your friends, and have a place to play that is both geeky and refined, then Geek Chic has you covered. They’re a company that creates custom geek furniture with a special attention to detail. They make hand-crafted chairs and cabinets for storage, but the real point of interest is their gaming tables.

There are several different base models to choose from, and from there the customization can go all over the place. You can choose the length, width, wood, insets, lids, accessories, and more. On their page they state very clearly that these are made to order. They work very closely with each customer to give them what they want while still making it a functioning part of your home. The price is obviously going to vary, as you can be in the hundreds or hundreds of thousands. Having seen these tables in person at a convention, they are truly a sight to behold. If you have the money and live in a family of tabletop-lovers, this is an heirloom-worthy piece of furniture. Seeing that this is not an impulse buy, be prepared to go through several steps and wait for a year or more to get your custom order.

Available for custom-order on geekchicq
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Razer unveils all-new Counter Logic Gaming Razer BlackWidow keyboard

Avid gamers are a pampered lot, and if you happen to fall under that particular category, you would be able to know just what I am talking about. The folks over at Razer, who are extremely passionate about the kind of hardware that they roll out for the masses, have upped the ante this time around with the Razer Counter Logic Gaming Razer BlackWidow keyboard. This is no vanilla BlackWidow keyboard that we have seen in the past, but it involves a tie in with one of the world’s premier eSports teams in order to deliver a custom-branded Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth keyboard that works wonders when paired with an exclusive Razer mouse.

The CLG BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth gaming keyboard will be able to offer CLG players and fans a customized gaming setup, where you will find the team’s logo having been imprinted onto a unique two-tone black and white body, and the keys themselves will come illuminated in CLG’s white coloring.

Forget all that you know about traditional mechanical switches that have been designed for typing, the all-new Razer Mechanical Switches were specially designed and engineered from the ground up for gaming – and nothing else. Extensive research has seen Razer’s engineers figure out the optimal actuation distance for a gaming switch to a fraction of a millimeter, where they reduced the distance between the actuation and reset point by almost half so that one can enjoy more precise gaming commands. Not only that, there are also gold plated contact points that results in a projected lifespan of up to 60 million keystrokes, now how about that when it comes to durability and quality?

Those who are interested in picking up the Razer Counter Logic Gaming Razer BlackWidow keyboard will be able to do so for $149.99 a pop over here in the U.S., and if you happen to live across the pond, it is going to burn a €149.99 hole in your pocket.

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Razer delivers all-new Chroma feature

When it comes to gaming peripherals, there is one particular name that has consistently rolled out quality devices – and that would be none other than Razer, where we have seen keyboards and mice alongside fighting sticks being announced, not to mention wearable technology like the Razer Nabu SmartBand. Still, there is always room for more improvement and additional releases, which is why this time around Razer decided to go full spectrum color with the brand new Chroma feature.

Chroma will be made available for selected 2015 as well as 2016 Razer peripherals (talk about planning ahead of time!) that delivers over 16 million color options, and these can be synchronized across multiple connected devices. The SDK itself will be made available for developers so that they can begin work to customize advanced lighting effects for games.

In a nutshell, the all-new Chroma feature would pave the way for full-spectrum, color-customizable lighting to make an appearance on enabled and compatible Razer devices. With the open SDK, developers can integrate advanced lighting effects that are customizable on a game-by-game basis.

As mentioned earlier, Razer will be performing an update to its 2015 and 2016 range of peripherals, and to kick start things, the BlackWidow Ultimate keyboard, the DeathAdder gaming mouse, and the Kraken 7.1 headset will all feature the all-new Chroma feature.

All Chroma enabled devices will boast of distinct lighting effects which have been specially designed to synchronize perfectly with one another, all the while featuring the following lighting patterns that are available for selected enabled products; Spectrum cycling that will slowly cycle through the entire spectrum of colors for a subtle yet visually stunning look, Breathing that gently pulses in a color of choice every 7 seconds as part of replicating the steady breathing pattern, Static which will choose a random color from 16.8 million options to light up the ear cups on your Kraken 7.1, the scroll wheel and Razer logo on your DeathAdder or each individual key on your BlackWidow Ultimate Chroma, as well as a Custom option.

Life’s so much better in color, right?

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Nanobot Battle Arena for some non-digital gaming

Are you sick and tired of playing with digital games all these years, with titles that range from those on a smartphone to a tablet, on your desktop and notebook when you travel? Oh yeah, not forgetting that Nintendo 3DS XL and Sony PS Vita that you bring along with you during those long road trips. Perhaps it is time to reconnect with another human – and by that, there is nothing quite like a regular tabletop game to get the blood pumping. With the $29.99 Nanobot Battle Arena, you will be able to rope in another person to join you, with up to 8 players at the maximum, to challenge one another and see who is able to form the longest chain of NanoBots in order to achieve victory.

While the name might suggest something rather small in scale, the pieces are not all that tiny. The NanoBot tiles happen to be a 1 1/2″ square chipboard, and this will obviously make the entire game a whole lot easier to play compared to using actual nanobots. Of course, the challenge does not lie in building the longest NanoBot chain alone, as you will also have to be alert enough to fend off attacks that come your way. Taking the same route as that of the Highlander, there can only be one.
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The Genesis RX88 – no latency, no problem

Gaming peripherals are a funny thing. Sometimes they’re just normal mice and keyboards with a colorful stripe on them that companies will market as something special. Other times they actually have features that are meaningful and useful to hardcore gamers. One of the main problems you will come across when playing fast-paced games is latency.

To deal with this, you want to have an amazing Internet connection, and gear that can keep up with how fast your fingers and hands can move, while also being just as precise. If you want a keyboard that will have almost no latency you’ll want a mechanical one, such as the Genesis RX88. This has Cherry MX switches which will last up to 50 million strokes. This has 16 key roll over, and there are 10 multimedia keys, 5 of which are programmable. You can set up and save up to 5 gaming profiles, which is about standard as most gamers aren’t going to need to reprogram their keyboard that many times in a week.

This plugs in via USB, and has backlighting for all of the keys which can be adjusted to fit whatever scenario you may be in. There is a Windows key lock, so you won’t have to worry about accidentally going to your desktop when you’re in the thick of battle. Should you be interested in getting a mechanical keyboard, this one will cost you over $130, but there are several other options out there to choose from.

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Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. M Wireless Keyboard begins to ship

When it comes to gaming peripherals, most gamers would stick to a particular brand that they are comfortable with – and would rarely make a switch to a different manufacturer unless they are comfortable with what the latter device is capable of offering. Having said that, Mad Catz has had a pretty decent track record when it comes to the likes of gaming mice and gaming keyboards, and here we are with word that the S.T.R.I.K.E. M wireless keyboard from Mad Catz has started to ship – which is good news for those who have been hankering after this particular peripheral.

The S.T.R.I.K.E. M wireless keyboard from Mad Catz can be said to be pretty unique, since it will be able to hook up to a quartet of devices, now how about that? It does that through Bluetooth, of course, and will also feature GameSmart Mobile Keyboard for iOS, Android and Windows.

By the way, have you ever noticed how Mad Catz tend to roll out hardware that have names which feature all caps and a period in between, like the R.A.T.TE gaming mouse that was introduced earlier this year? But I digress, the S.T.R.I.K.E. M has been specially designed around a compact tablet sized footprint, where it is most comfortable being used in a home or mobile setting.

The main feature that ensures the S.T.R.I.K.E.M wireless keyboard stands out from the rest of the crowd would be the fact that this Bluetooth keyboard will boast of an Optical Finger Navigation (OFN) Mouse Sensor, letting you navigate on an Android device or connected TV with the familiarity of controlling a mouse cursor on a computer screen. Thanks to the OFN feature, navigation and game play would be like second nature to you, and a rechargeable Lithium Polymer Battery will keep it going for up to 45 hours of non-stop use, making this the ideal package for those who work all day long.

Expect the S.T.R.I.K.E.M to arrive in gloss black, gloss white, and gloss red shades.

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ROCCAT Skeltr integrated smartphone and keyboard combo

It was just yesterday that we took a look at one of ROCCAT’s latest releases, and that particular model came in the form of the ROCCAT Nyth MMO gaming mouse. Well, it seems that the folks over at ROCCAT are not quite done with yet another piece of gaming hardware for the masses, where this time around, it would not be something as straightforward as an ordinary gaming mouse, but rather, we are talking about the ROCCAT Skeltr integrated smartphone and keyboard combo.

I am quite sure that this will be the first time for many of our dear readers to see the ROCCAT Skeltr, since it is truly a first of its kind device, and holds true for us as well. This ROCCAT-invented, fully integrated smartphone and keyboard combo will be able to bring together social interaction as well as gaming into what ROCCAT deemds as “perfect balance”.

ROCCAT claims that life goes on even as you indulge in your favorite gaming title for a particular session, and more often than not you might come into distractions such as incoming phone calls as well as instant messages flooding your handset as the rest of the world makes an attempt to get into contact with you. This is where the ROCCAT Skeltr comes in then, being the answer to a world where gaming and interaction cross paths with one another, while you make use of a second-screen as part of a tool in the game arsenal.

The feedback-built Skeltr is a Bluetooth compatible device, where it opens the door for smooth visualization of vital PC data to your smart device. It will enable gamers to enjoy their handsets as a highly interactive compliment to the game that one is currently playing, not to mention you get to use your keyboard for easier and faster communication compared to a virtual keyboard on a smartphone.

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