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SideWinder X4 Keyboard, the Pacman of Boards

by James Pikover Feb 23, 2010 2:24 PM CST
filed under hardware, news

Ever imagine yourself hitting keys and not all of them registering as pressed? Like, in a time of utter crisis, when you're hands are sprawled all out on your keyboard, the tool of your enemy's destruction? That's perhaps the worst thing that can happen to a gamer, so Microsoft has unleashed the SideWinder X4, which allows, according to Tom's Guide, up to 26 consecutive keystrokes.

Check out their full review, but you may find that ghosting isn't an issue...or, considering the rig you're on now, it may be your worst issue.

Tom's Guide

2 New 3D Monitors Tested, Reviewed

by James Pikover Feb 20, 2010 9:25 PM CST
filed under news

Are you a PC Gamer? How about 3D gaming? Acer and Alienware have both recently released two 23.6" full HD (1920x1080) monitors, and Tom's Guide has the first official reviews of them. Pretty neat! If you're interested in upgrading and want to know what your options are, or whether upgrading is even worthwhile right now, you should check out their review.

Tom's Guide

Analyst: 3D is ‘Mostly Hype’

by Tyler Treat Jan 8, 2010 5:48 PM CST
filed under industry, news, sony

According to Sony (and many others), 3D is the future of television and gaming, but not everyone is convinced. We already heard about Microsoft's Aaron Greenberg's thoughts on it, and now Forrester Research analyst James McQuivey is calling Sony out on it. According to McQuivey, 3D gaming is nothing but "hype."

“If it took 10 years for HD to go from one home to reach more than half the US population, it will take 3D just as long, which is an easy bet to make." he wrote on paidContent.org. "The real trick is figuring out how long we languish in the low-single-digit millions."

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Portable Gaming Might be Banned on Planes

by Tyler Treat Dec 28, 2009 2:23 AM CST
filed under ds, handhelds, industry, ipod, news, psp, rumors, zune

Some idiot tried to blow up a plane on Christmas Day. Fortunately, he didn't, thanks to some heroic efforts by other passengers. Unfortunately, portable gaming, and for that matter, personal electronics in general, could be banned from use on airplanes thanks to this asshole. The TSA is considering banning all electronic devices on flights because of the attempted bombing and the scare that took place yesterday. The nifty maps that show where you are mid-flight are already being removed, and not only that, but in-flight entertainment might get the axe as well. Passengers are also not able to leave their seat during the last hour of the flight.

These are all understandable reactions to the recent events, but hopefully they are just temporary precautions. How is one supposed to endure an 8-hour transatlantic flight with no iPod, DS, or in-flight trivia?

Croteam: Steam Has Helped Save PC Gaming

by Tyler Treat Dec 20, 2009 4:13 PM CST
filed under news, pc, xbox 360

While speaking to Destructoid, Croteam CEO Roman Ribaric gave his opinion on the PC gaming market. He believes PC gaming is far from dead thanks to Valve's Steam platform. "With Steam now strongly commanding the digital market, PC's future looks better for us developers," he says. "I have to congratulate Valve for creating Steam, such an awesome piece of technology and server infrastructure, and making it available for other developers to use. I may sound overly enthusiastic with Steam, but this is nothing compared to what our programmers were saying when they started to implement it. I think it's enough to say that we always aim to do our technology, instead of using 3rd party, but with Steam, we don't need to do that."

Of course, Croteam's Serious Sam HD is also coming to Xbox Live Arcade January 13, so Ribaric commented on the use of that platform as well. "Having said that, XBLA platform is great as well. It allows for games that are really great to play and not just great to watch," he added. "They also don't have to cost ridiculous amounts to make, as you don’t need 100+ people to create it...XBLA Certification process took a bit longer than expected, but it's all sorted out now."

No matter which way you look at it, he's write about Steam. That being said, it's also one step closer to a more console-like experience, with a unified service not much different from Xbox Live or PlayStation Network, but one thing's for certain: PC gaming is not dead.

Find Your Favorite Gaming Mouse This Year For Christmas

by Staff Dec 18, 2009 1:29 PM CST
filed under cool stuff, hardware, pc

Gaming Mice

Tom's Guide did an excellent writeup of some of this year's biggest and best gaming mice, for all types of gamers. For the PC gamer in you all (or even for anyone looking for a good mouse), they go into excruciating detail about each of the nine tested mice, to the point that it's sickening. But in a good way.

Analyst: Core Game Sales Way Up

by Tyler Treat Dec 17, 2009 12:57 PM CST
filed under industry, news

industry

We learned that game sales were down last month, however, according to Broadpoint AmTech analyst Ben Schachter, overall game sales are actually way up. This is because the slow sales in the rhythm game genre. It's dragging the industry down while sales of core games remain strong. He also believes that the core games will continue to be an important factor for the industry's growth in 2010.

"We believe that 'core' gamers will drive video game packaged goods growth in 2010 and beyond," said Schachter. "2009 was a horrible year for the video game industry and its investors, but a closer analysis highlights that much of the weakness (since 1Q) was attributable to the Music genre and Nintendo platforms. Core gamer software (which we define as Xbox 360 + PS3, but excluding the Music genre) has actually grown 17% y/y over the past six months in the U.S. according to the NPD Group (while Music was down 52% and Nintendo platforms were down 11%).

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Guardian: ‘PS3 is a Disappointment for Gamers’

by Tyler Treat Dec 11, 2009 12:50 PM CST
filed under industry, news, pc, ps3, wii, xbox 360

consoles

In a recent article, the Guardian ranked all three current-gen consoles, as well as PC/Mac. What were the results? They say the Xbox 360 "has the edge" over the PS3. They even go as far to say that the PS3 has been a "disappointment for gamers," whereas its predecessor, the PS2 once dominated the market.

"Former PlayStation exclusives such as Tomb Raider and Grand Theft Auto are now available for rival consoles from the day of release and, at £250, PS3 is still too pricey," the article reads. "An attractive purchase only for those with an obsession with the PlayStation brand."

The Wii, on the other hand, was reported to be a great system for introducing people to gaming with its motion controls and more casual games. The downside, of course, being it doesn't have much horsepower.

How do you think the consoles stack up?

Gaming With President Obama?

by Tyler Treat Dec 10, 2009 3:07 PM CST
filed under industry, news

obama

A recent poll conducted Weekly Reader Research revealed that boys between the ages of 8 and 17 would pick President Obama out of any celebrity to game with. Obama garnered 25% of the male vote, defeating the likes of the Jonas Brothers (because apparently the Jonas Bros. are a single entity), New England Patriots' Tom Brady, actor Seth Rogan, and Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps.

For the females, the top choices, both with 23% of the votes, were the Jonas Brothers and Miley Cyrus. Lady Gaga took third with 9%, while Angelina Jolie got 7%.

Who would you want to game with?

[via Kotaku]

Razer Orochi Unboxing

by James Pikover Dec 9, 2009 7:01 PM CST
filed under cool stuff, hardware, pc, unboxing

Thought we were done unboxing? Pfft, don't be silly. We just got piled up on work and didn't have a chance for it (laziness took over and work is an excellent scapegoat). This time, we open up Razer's Orochi mouse, the first wireless Bluetooth gaming mouse on the market. Come take a look!

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