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The Tesoro Gungnir Optical Gaming Mouse is on point

When gaming on PC, there’s nothing more frustrating than lag that lasts so long that it makes your game unplayable. Well, unless your mouse or keyboard fails you at random that is. If you can’t help but want the best possible equipment for gaming but don’t have a budget to match pro gamers, then you’ll want something that can keep up with you without costing a week’s worth of pay.

Next month, Tesoro will be releasing the Gungnir Black Optical Gaming Mouse in North America. It is named Gungnir after the spear that Odin carried, which was supposed to be so well-balanced that it could strike any target, no matter the skill or strength of the person who carried it. If you think that marketing point is trying to tell you that this mouse will make you good at gaming, you’re 100% correct. Of course, whether or not that is true can certainly be called into question.

This has a 3500 DPI optical sensor, 7 buttons to be programmed, LED lighting which can be customized, and 5 game profiles so you can map your buttons for different games. Since this is using a new UI that has been designed to be user-friendly, there’s a chance that there may be a few bugs lurking about. This is going to cost you $29, which does make you wonder whether or not it would be worth it even at a cheaper price point.

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The Afterglow Nur Wireless Headset

Playing video games can be fun and relaxing, but having equipment that doesn’t work properly is bound to be take away some of the entertainment aspect. There’s a good chance your headset, keyboard, or mouse have broken a time or two, so you know how hard it is to look for a replacement. If you don’t end up buying the same thing you had before, then why not swoop on something that is a little more modern?

The Afterglow Nur Wireless Headset has a “next-generation look” with a boomless mic and no cables to knock things over or get tangled in. There are three custom LED lighting modes; manual, where one stable color of light is chosen, automatic, where the colors cycle through, and lights out, where all the lights are off. You’ll also be able to use two different audio modes for customized sound, and there is a voice cue interface to indicate the audio mode and battery power.

This will work with PS3, PS4, PC, Mac, and mobile devices. The transmitter will give you 100 feet of wireless connectivity, and with a 10 hour battery life it should last for long gaming sessions. This looks to be quite cushy with massive ear cups and a split headband so it won’t weigh down on the top of your head so much. It is at this split point where the charging dock will settle. This comes with a price tag of $159.99.

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The Realm System makes playing games a workout

When you play video games, you can turn your brain off from the real world for a while, and escape into a place that you could never experience otherwise. It’s no wonder that people want immersive experiences for gaming in worlds that are otherwise unattainable. This is why things like the Occulus Rift and Star Wars Tie Fighter gaming Pods are being made. It’s the same reasoning as seeing a movie on a big screen rather than waiting for it to come out on DVD and watching it at home.

The Realm System wants to give an added layer of depth to your gaming by providing you resistance to add a physical experience. This means your energy expenditure will determine how well you can play the game. The harder you strive, the better you’ll do. You’ll also be able to track how much effort is going into each movement.

While this would be great for gaming, it also is going to make you tired. While movement games like DDR and Zumba secretly hide a workout in their game play, you are kind of already expecting it. If you were required to swing a sword with the actual strength that would be required to swing a real sword, it might not be as fun anymore. Paying $199 towards the crowdfunding campaign should get you a Realm kit and access to the six games that have been created for this device.

Available for crowdfunding on Kickstarter
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Robot used by creative gamer to progress in game

Some games do require this thing known as “grinding”, that is, collecting enough experience points so that they are able to increase their level by yet another tier, and so on and so forth. Having said that, this can prove to be quite a drag and is not one of the more pleasant aspects of a game, which is why this particularly creative gamer decided to make a robot perform such a menial task. In a game like Destiny (on the Xbox One and PS4), weekly missions happen to be the most fun content, but to maximize the fun level, one would have to grind through Destiny’s uninspired story and low-level content. Known as Redditor yavin427, he taped a couple of servos to his Xbox One gamepad with an Arduino to control them.

Hence, his Guardian will hit the relevant buttons on a timer, ensuring that a seemingly endless flood of enemies will be killed slowly but surely. In a particularly specific mission, the Guardian and enemies will spawn in such a manner where the enemies will make a rush for the Guardian from the beginning, ending up in his crosshairs. Through alternating punching and shooting enemies, yavin427’s character achieved a soft level cap of 20 – and this has happened while he was asleep. While it is not the fastest way to level up, it is definitely a fun experiment. All in all, this little experiment logged approximately 3,600 kills and 900 deaths.

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The Immersis will take over your living room through virtual reality

When you think of virtual reality, the Occulus Rift or other headset-type viewing experiences come to mind. While that may seem awesome to some, it’s an upset stomach waiting to happen for others. We mainly think of 360 degree cameras in a VR headset, but that cuts you off from your surroundings. While the point is to be totally immersed, having sensory deprivation from the outside world is not something we want all the time. This is especially the case if you like to have game nights with friends and want to include them in the experience.

If you wish you really could have an immersive experience that everyone could partake in, then you’re going to love the Immersis. This is a system that will allow you to project past your screen, much like the Illumiroom. However, this will give you more than a few flashes of light. You’ll have an entire half of any room engulfed in projected images, making everything in front of you into your screen. You will have to put in the dimensions of the room for the Immersis to understand how to project everything and it will calibrate 360 degrees of content into 180. The bigger the room you have it in, the more there will be to see.

The connection between your PC’s graphics card and the Immersis is a DVI/HDMI port. You can game, watch movies in a IMAX-like setting, or just project an image you find peaceful to add ambiance to your home. This is available for a discounted rate through a crowdfunding campaign for $1,150 or more, but be wary that it is still in its early stages, and the technology for this will likely be far better in the future.

Available for crowdfunding on Kickstarter
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The New Nintendo 3DS XL proves that little changes make a big difference


If you love handheld gaming, then you likely have a 3DS, DSi, or something along those lines. Nintendo is near and dear to our hearts, and it’s always exciting to see what they have up their sleeves. While their latest and greatest in the realm of hardware is not always the most riveting thing ever, sometimes they surprise us.

The New Nintendo 3DS XL took something we love and made it better. While the changes are few, they certainly make an impact. Despite the fact that it is incredibly cheesy to put “new” in the name of your system, you can’t help but be a little excited. This will have faster load times thanks to an improved CPU, a C stick (camera control), ZL and ZR buttons, and it will let you transfer all sorts of data wirelessly without having to remove your SDHC card.

One of the things that seems like it should have been a feature at the initial 3DS release is that they have also included face tracking. You no longer have to be directly in the front and middle of the screen to get the 3D effect. This will make it so the screen will adjust to your movements, rather than the other way around. Merely an added bonus for those who already use this aspect, this a big deal for those who were too annoyed to use it because of that fact. This will still play nicely with all of your previous 3DS games, though it will likely have exclusives in the future. They have also included near-field communication to support amiibo-compatible games. This will start shipping to North America on February 13th and will cost you  around $199.99, but be aware that the basic package does NOT come with an AC adapter. However, it will work with any other charging cables you already have for a DSi or 3DS. There is a Majora’s Mask edition, but good luck getting your hands on that before it sells out completely.

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The Tritton Swarm Wireless Headset makes sure you always have quality sound


When you’re on the go, you want to listen to podcasts, music and watch videos with the same audio clarity that you have at home. However, it’s hard to take a full-on headset everywhere you go. They can be bulky, and weren’t made to fold down. If you don’t want to look like an air traffic controller, but still want the same kind of all-encompassing sound, then you are likely on the hunt for a headset that is worthy of your hard-earned cash.

While Mad Catz may have been a faulty choice years past, they have revamped themselves to be better than ever. We’ve seen some of what they’re capable of, and they haven’t stopped making more to tempt our wallets. The Tritton Swarm Wireless Mobile Headset might take the place of your new favorite headgear at home or on the move. This will work with your Android, iOS, smart devices, PC, Mac, and gaming consoles. This has the ability to detect what your device is capable of, and configuring your audio so you get the most from your listening experience.

The buttons are on the ear cup, and will let you skip or go back to previous tracks, play/pause music, mute, control the volume, and answer calls. You’ll even be able to sync to two devices so you can switch seamlessly. This does fold flat, so it can go wherever you do. You’ll be able to pre-order a pair for yourself in iridescent blue, red, pink, green, or straight up black. This will cost you $149.99, and will start shipping in March.

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The Astro A50 Wireless Headset is large and in charge

When you want a new gaming headset, there’s a lot to consider. If you know you want top-of-the-line quality, then you’ll need to be prepared to spend upwards of $200. There’s always the aesthetics to consider, but that is far less important than the functionality. Of course, whether or not you actually need that nice of a headset is not relevant. You don’t have to be a professional gamer to want quality, just like a regular driver doesn’t need a Ferrari. We all have our hobbies, right?

We recently saw a worthy contender for the high-quality headphones game, which has functionality across multiple platforms with the MadCatz F.R.E.Q. 9. However, the Astro A50 Headset appears to be a worthy opponent. This is a  set of 5.8GHz wireless headphones that uses 7.1 Dolby digital sound, and made sure that you can hear other players and in-game sounds clearly. There is an omnidirectional microphone, and to mute yourself you only need to flip it up.

There are three different EQ modes that will let you balance out sounds for different genres of games or movies. That way you can choose what aspects stand out the most for each scenario. The headset is adjustable, and has plush cushions for over-the-ear comfort. This is a $299.99 headset that comes with the MixAmp Tx, a display stand, and cables should you decide you don’t want to go wireless. While the above is a Halo version that is aimed more at FPS gamers, there are black and white options available on the main site.

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The Mad Catz F.R.E.Q. 9 Wireless Headset is a portable utopia for your ears

There’s nothing quite like listening to crystal clear audio. When playing games, being able to pinpoint different sounds you’re hearing can immerse you into the environment that much more. Knowing exactly what direction your enemy is coming at you from can aid you a great deal in making flash decisions that can ultimately lead to victory or defeat.

There are many headsets to chose from, but there are also different scenarios you face for day-to-day life. Having an amazing gaming headset is great for home, but it isn’t useful anywhere else. If you want to take the quality of your gaming headset with you, then why not spring for the Mad Catz F.R.E.Q. 9? This is a wireless surround sound headset that can play along with your PC, Mac, Android, iOS, and smart devices. The mic is hidden, meaning you won’t have to worry about a stick in front of your face, and it holds 50mm drivers within its large and snazzy ear cups. Using AM3D technology, this can take stereo audio and turn it into highly realistic military-grade 3D sound. They sprung the idea from the technology used for F-18 pilots so they can sonically track targets. You can imagine how delicious that will sound to your ears.

There’s also the ability to choose how much exterior sound you hear, and the option to hear yourself so you can know whether or not you need to bring it down a notch. While it does use Bluetooth, you can always choose to have it wired if need be. It uses Li-ion rechargeable batteries that will last for 20 hours on one charge, so you won’t have to worry about constantly plugging it in. This is currently available for pre-order for $299.99, and will ship late this month.

Available for purchase through MadCatz
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Mass Effect Geth Pulse Rifle Full Scale Replica does not just look pretty

If you are a huge fan of the Mass Effect video game franchise, then I am quite sure that you would have also amassed quite a collection of knowledge concerning the various weapons that the Mass Effect franchise has – in addition to the backstory of all the characters involved. This holiday season, would you want to be a little bit more extravagant with yourself – by picking up this $974.99 Mass Effect Geth Pulse Rifle?

The Mass Effect Geth Pulse Rifle is a full scale replica device, and it does not just sit there on your shelf looking pretty. In fact, it would tip the scales at a rather hefty 20lbs, so you might want to make sure that your hands are not too sweaty when you pick it up since dropping it is going to cause two cracks – one in your heart, and perhaps another on the replica rifle itself. Apart from that, the Mass Effect Geth Pulse Rifle will boast of LED effects for you to maximize your imagination, but I would doubt that you will be letting your 5 year old nephew play with such an expensive “toy” since it is a Limited Edition with just 500 units of this bad boy around the world. Each one of these will be unique, since they come across in hand-finished and hand-painted polystone.
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