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Altar Upcycled Pinball Tables expensive but well worth it

I would like to think that pinball tables are classic items that need to be preserved, as an entire generation grew up with this as part of their exposure to the teen years at dingy looking arcades. Having said that, to own a pinball table these days would require a fair amount of investment due to the kind of effort that is required to build one of these bad boys, which is why folks have more or less moved on to a digital pinball table. While those might not offer the physical thrill of playing with the real deal, it has far better graphics and more options. If you have some cash to splash, the £12,000 Altar Upcycled Pinball Tables sound like a decent addition to your living room.

The Altar Upcycled Pinball Tables will be a whole new ball game, pardon the pun, as it reincarnates classic pinball tables in the form of stunning coffee tables. These aged cabinets have been given a real face-lift by master-craftsmen, where no two are alike since each one of them happen to be customized by hand, making them a true blue one-of-a-kind collectors items. These timeless playfields have been restored to their buzzing, flashing former glory, and you will most probably never see anything like it ever again.
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The Xbox Elite Wireless Controller – a precision tool for serious gamers

In the world of gaming, there are those who used to play when they were young and now play whenever it seems like a fun idea, causal gamers who play a few times a week, hardcore gamers who put in enough time that it may as well be a part-time job, and professional gamers who sleep, eat, and breathe games. There’s nothing wrong with falling into any of these categories, but the higher up the scale you go, the more you realize you need proper tools to play certain games. Those who play PC games know that a combination of an awesome mouse, keyboard, two or more monitors, and a high-quality headset can all come into play with how you perform.

Console gaming is a bit different, as you can’t really find much variance in controllers with sensitivity settings, game profiles, and a sturdy build that will stand the test of time. Microsoft is planning to tap into the professional gaming field, with the creation of the Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller. This was announced last week at E3, and is meant for the hardcore to professional category of gamers. There is a diamond patterned grip, swappable thumbsticks and D-pads to improve your accuracy and speed, as well as hair trigger locks for the interchangeable paddles under the controller.

Through an app on Windows 10 or Xbox One, as this can be used on either Xbox One or PC, you’ll be able to detail game profiles for mapping buttons, as well as sensitivity for your triggers, thumbsticks, and more. The thumbstick shafts are also made of metal so that it can hold up through heated gaming sessions. There is a 3.5mm stereo headset jack so you can plug in a headset to get the full audio while experiencing haptic feedback. The only annoying aspect is that it uses two AA batteries, but it is compatible with the Xbox One Play & Charge Kit (a separate purchase), or you can use the 9′ USB cable that is included. This is currently only available for pre-order at the price of $149.99, and will ship in October. This is obviously aimed at a niche audience with disposable income, which will either help these sell faster or hardly at all.

Available for pre-order on Amazon
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Steam Link – PC gaming gets a lot more comfortable



We love to play video games at pretty much any possible moment. You can play on your mobile phone, portable gaming device, console in your living room, or PC in your home or office. Of course, whether you play for five minutes or five hours, you want to be comfortable, and there are all sorts of accessories that are catered to making that happen.

If you are part of the PC master race, but wish that you could play games on your living room TV easily, then you’ll need to do a little finagling to make it work. Of course, if most of your PC game library is on Steam, then you might be interested in Steam Link. By connecting this to your TV and home network, you can have access to your entire game library from whichever is your most comfortable spot in front of the largest screen you own.

Setting this up is as simple as connecting it to your TV and home network, and it will automatically find your computer if it’s running Steam. This uses the power of your computer for streaming video and audio, so you should be getting 1080p resolution at 60FPS. It can pair with the Steam controller, and supports the Xbox One or 360 Wired Controller, Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for Windows, Logitech Wireless Gamepad F710, or the good ole fashioned keyboard and mouse by way of its two USB ports. It comes with a power cable, adapter, HDMI 2.0, and an Ethernet cable. You will obviously need a decent computer and TV to get the most out of this setup, but should your rig meet the requirements this will only cost you $49.99, or $99.99 if you want the Steam Controller too. This is currently only available for pre-order, and will start shipping October 16th (to a limited number of the pre-orders), though it will start hitting the shelves on November 10th.

Available for pre-order on Steampowered, or for cheaper shipping through other sources
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The Microsoft HoloLens At E3



In the ever-changing technology market, we get used to having the latest and greatest pop up on our screens and then having it fade away to make room for the new version of the latest and greatest. While we looked at the idea of the HoloLens a while back, we haven’t touched on the strides Microsoft has made since then. E3 is the opportune time to throw out some new goodies for the gaming community, and since everyone loves Minecraft, it seemed only natural to put the two together. Especially since Minecraft was purchased last year with this specific project in mind.

Of course, when you see an entire world come into being right before your very eyes, it’s easy to get caught up in how cool the premise is. Don’t be fooled by the way the previous sentence seems, because this device is awesome. The Hololens has the opportunity to be the hot new thing in as we trudge ever-closer to more realistic virtual reality. However, the Microsoft conference may have not shown us the full picture, by showing us what the Hololens can do with a full-on camera fitted with the technology. The real Hololens is going to be a bit bigger than a pair of sunglasses, and is very likely going to have a small field of vision with lots of bugs to work out in the first few years of release.

The release is slated to be sometime this year, and sooner rather than later, but there is no hard date as of yet. As far as price goes, you can imagine that it’s going to cost a good deal more than a console. Of course, this is going to play nicely for more than just games, as they showed off its abilities for school and work life at another Microsoft conference a few months ago. With all this said, it’s a wonder what will happen, as this device is clearly going to be wrestling for prominence with augmented and virtual reality. All we can do is wait it out, and hope that we throw our money in the right direction.

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Logitech enhances your driving experience on the PS4

Racing games are fun – and they are even more fun when you duke it out with others in an arcade, with a cockpit and actual gears that can shift, not to mention pedals for your feet to step on. However, when you are at home, the console might offer a visual performance that is on par or even surpass that of older arcades, but it would not be able to deliver the kind of realism that the arcade cockpit can. Logitech intends to change that, albeit in baby steps, with their latest Logitech G29 Driving Force.

Racing wheels for home consoles are definitely nothing new, but this does not mean that we are unable to enjoy something that would up the realism ante. The PS3 and PS4-bound Logitech G29 Driving Force will boast of a dual-motor force feedback transmission alongside anti-backlash helical gearing, a luxurious looking hand-stitched leather-wrapped rim, and stainless steel throttle, brake, and clutch pedals.

Specially engineered with dual-motor force feedback, the Logitech G29 Driving Force is more than capable of realistically simulating the feel of your car with weight shift, realistic road conditions and tire wear, allowing you to sense under- or over-steering, traction loss and others. There are helical gears which have been modeled after the gearing used in car transmissions, letting you enjoy exceptionally smooth, quiet and precise steering action. In addition, anti-backlash hardware would also ensure the wheel and pedal input remain tight, in order to maximize control.

It would be hardy in nature, thanks to the solid steel ball bearings that are located in the wheel shaft, in addition to the stainless steel paddle shifters and pedals. Apart from that, gamers – or should I say, drivers, will enjoy seamless access to racing controls, the D-Pad, console buttons and semi-automatic paddle shifters that are conveniently located on the Logitech G29 Driving Force. There are also LED indicator lights that tell you exactly when to shift, in order for you to maintain maximum acceleration without having to take your eyes off the track.

Expect the Logitech G29 Driving Force to be out later this July 2015 with a recommended retail price of $399.99.

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The Fallout 4 “Pip-Boy Edition” – Pip-Boy Included



This week is the best week ever for gamers. The Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3, is happening right this very second. Tons of exciting titles have been announced such as Shenmue 3, a remake of Final Fantasy 7 (finally), and The Last Guardian (finally…again). Of course, the announcement of Fallout 4 was cause for just as much rejoicing, but Bethesda had something else up their sleeves to make us want to throw more money at the screen.

There’s a Pip-Boy edition of the game coming out, that comes with an actual Pip-Boy! It is a bit large compared to what you might see in the game, but that’s likely due to trying to accommodate for all the people of various sizes that will want this to fit them. Of course, there are foam cuffs to make sure it’s not just hanging awkwardly on your wrist if it’s too big. Rather than just having a light-up screen, this uses your phone which will act as your second screen when playing the game in real-time (through an app of course).

There are foam inserts for various types of smartphones to make sure that your phone isn’t jostled about as you flail your arms whilst playing. The knobs can be rotated and the lights are functional, adding to the awesomeness of the fact that you’ll be able to manage your inventory, perks, holotapes, and more from your wrist. There are other goodies included in this special edition such as a RobCo Industries stand, custom-printed capsule, and of course, the game. This is going to cost you $120, and while it is currently unavailable, it should be up for pre-order for PC, PS4, and Xbox One again before the release on November 10th of this year.

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Razer Mamba enters new generation

I suppose you can more or less say that Razer has taken to Apple’s naming convention – by offering the same model name, except that it will be known by the current generation model. Sort of like cars, too. The piece of hardware that I am referring to here this time around would be Razer’s Mamba – it is not the first time that this gaming mouse has graced our pages, and it sure as heck does not look as though it is going to be the last, either. The latest generation Razer Mamba is touted to be the most advanced gaming mouse in the world, which is why we are interested in taking a closer look at it right after the jump.

The all new Razer Mamba is said to come with the world’s most precise gaming mouse sensor (meaning no more excuses if you happen to miss the mark in that FPS, or should you lose an important RTS match because you somehow lacked a platoon of soldiers that were hiding in the corner of the screen, and in the speed of your movement, you missed them), accompanied by the revolutionary Adjustable Click Force Technology, and industry leading gaming grade wired/wireless technology.

Sporting an all new 5G laser sensor, this sensor is capable of tracking up to 16,000 DPI which is optimized for multi-display set-ups with ultra-high display resolutions. Apart from that, it claims to be the most precise in the world, too, as it can track up to 1 DPI increments – now how about that? At the moment, the industry standard stands at 50 DPI increments. It can also track lift-off cut-off distance as precise as 0.1 mm, which will do its bit to reduce on-screen jitter in order for your aim to remain on target even as you move. The 5G laser sensor has also been designed to function as an extension of your natural hand movement.

As for the new Adjustable Click Force Technology, you are free to adjust the level of click force required in order to activate the left and right mouse buttons, and it is also capable of up to 504° turn, assuring users have a total of 14 distinct choices to set their signature click feel for a more personalized gameplay. The all new Razer Mamba will retail for $149.99 Stateside, although it will be more expensive across the pond at €179.99.

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Osmo turns your iPad into a whole new gaming arena


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Gunnar Vayper Gaming Glasses ups the ante while you game

You might be one who enjoys a whole lot of gaming – and by this, I certainly mean a whole lot. That is, eat, sleep and dream about games all day (and night) long, and you definitely have the PC as the gaming platform of your choice, shunning the likes of consoles and handheld devices. In other words, you would be staring at a PC monitor all the time, and perhaps it might do your eyes some good to protect them to a certain degree. There is no better way than the $79.99 Gunnar Vayper Gaming Glasses to get the job done, then.

The Gunnar Vayper Gaming Glasses happen to be a pair of glasses that will do its bit to reduce the amount of computer-related eyestrain, and its use is not restricted only for those who game, but it can also basically cater to others who happen to sit in front of the computer for long hours on end as they crank out a spreadsheet after another, in addition to typing out reports for their superiors. Boasting of an Onyx-colored, injection-polymer frame, the Gunnar Vayper Gaming Glasses will be accompanied by amber lenses that have been specially designed to reduce computer-related eyestrain. With a one piece front construction design, it does away with all welds, screws and other potential points of failure. Do bear in mind that these will be unable to fit over one’s existing glasses, but thankfully they can be custom ordered with your prescription lenses.
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MSI refreshes 20 models of gaming laptops with new Intel processor

MSI is no stranger when it comes to rolling out quality gaming notebooks, as they have done so from time to time such as the MSI GT72 Dominator Pro, and this time around, MSI has decided to up the ante where its mobile gaming laptops are concerned by equipping the selected models with Intel’s 5th Generation Broadwell processors. Such processors have been specially designed to maximize processing, multi-tasking and gaming performance, as they deliver significant graphics, battery life, and security improvements despite running the most demanding tasks.

In fact, a of 20 gaming laptop models from MSI will be refreshed, where Intel’s fifth generation Core i7 processor will power 18 MSI laptop models, among them include the GT80 Titan SLI, GT72 Dominator, GS70 Stealth, GS60 Ghost, GE72 Apache, GE62 Apache, GP72 Leopard, GP62 Leopard, and the newly announced PX60 Prestige. In fact, you need not have to play the patience card, since they will be available immediately, and all of the gaming notebook models will arrive with an array of superior technologies, ranging from the Killer DoubleShot Pro for lag-free gaming, as well as a SteelSeries Gaming Keyboard that delivers an exceptional customization experience and feel, among others.

Apart from that, MSI has decided to equip its flagship GT72 Dominator with NVIDIA’s G-Sync display and USB 3.1 connectivity. This would be the very first laptop of its kind, as the GT72 Dominator with G-Sync display is capable of synchronizing display refresh rates to the GPU in order to bid adieu to screen tearing and minimize display shutter and input lag, resulting in the production of sharper images, instant visuals, and a super smooth and stunning gameplay – all characteristics that gamers would love to appreciate. The GT72 Dominator will also boast of USB 3.1 connectivity, which so happens to be the fastest and most efficient way to transfer data between devices.

Not only that, MSI has decided to equip all gaming laptops with Nahimic Virtual Surround Sound, which is a technology that delivers virtual 7.1 sound in immersive high definition, and it has been specially designed to work with standard stereo equipment, now how about that? Anyone game for a MSI gaming laptop?

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