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NES Wireless Gamepad for PC, MAC, Android and iOS



I’ve had a very nice working relationship with Xgaming for well over a decade.  These guys make high quality arcade controllers and arcade cabinets for arcade emulators like MAME.  They’ve been around a long time and I have praised them over and over through the years on my popular RetroGaming Radio podcast.

Recently they sent me a very retro looking controller with very modern capabilities – the NES Wireless Gamepad.  How could any lover of retro gaming NOT want one of these?  Let’s check it out together. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Tech Armor – Quality and Style in External Batteries



It is 2016 and almost every digital appliance in our arsenal is battery powered.  While great strides are being made every year in battery economy and longevity, most of us are still chained to some form of external battery pack to supplement our power needs – whether it be a cell phone, tablet, Bluetooth speaker, controller, headphones …. well you get the idea.

With all this need – hundreds if not thousands of manufacturers around the world are trying to come up with the perfect external power source; and if they can’t, they are looking to come up with a different gimmick or hook to separate them from the pack.  Sometimes they are just trying to be the cheapest possible.

Then you have Tech Armor. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Filed under : Gadgets, Smartphones, Tablets

Gold-Plated HDMI to VGA Adapter with Audio Support



It might be a little confusing who this product is for, so let’s start there.

If you have an older monitor laying around (and who doesn’t??) that doesn’t have HDMI in, chances are you’ll end up with a device (laptop, tablet, phone, even video players and game consoles) that are “HDMI OUT” only.

This little guy let’s you plug that sparkling new HDMI device into that VGA monitor and use it. What’s neat is that you can still old VGA monitors (big ones) from thrift stores that are still useful if you have the right converter. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Filed under : Computers, Hardware

Shane’s Top 8 Games of 2015



Alright, as my holiday vacation ends I decided to weigh in on my personal picks for the best games I played in 2015.  This was a damn hard list to put together and I used no other source other than my Steam list.  These are PC games only (some may cross over to consoles) – there was no consideration given to handheld/mobile games or console games.

Like Casey Kasem, let’s count down the hits of 2015!

8. Galak-Z

Coming in at number 8 is an amazing 2D space shooter loaded with nods and hat tips to classic technology and anime.  Galak-Z feels like a 16-bit shooter but looks like a modern game with all the lighting and effects you would hope for.  The controls are a bit of a struggle, but their tight nature are required for the often brutally hard dog fighting you’ll have to do. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Filed under : Computers, PC Gaming

Review: ANNT Smart Touch LED Desk Lamp



I’ve reviewed a couple of these now and the real benefit to these sorts of lamps is the ability to be adjustable – both in brightness and in position. They run very cool, use very little power and usually have extra features.  The manufacturer read some of my Amazon reviews and thought I might like to see theirs.

This lamp goes all the way.

Show Us The Light

Let’s start with the light itself. The large LED panel is very different from many lamps. It really casts more illumination, more evenly. It is almost like a mini-light box in itself. Light features two types of light; bright white (for reading) and a bright natural light mode. Using two buttons you adjust the light between the two modes. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Filed under : Gadgets

Why Witcher 3 is the Best Game in 20 Years



I’m compelled to write this article.  If you Google “witcher 3” you will find that the game is overwhelming praised by critics and game players alike.  Phrases like “sets the bar for the future” and “DLC done right” and many other clickbait chants will fill your search results.  I don’t tend to trust modern gaming journalism and I suspect there are many that frequent Review Lagoon that feel the same way.  Maybe it is because half the people writing for gaming sites were either unborn or not even in kindergarten 20 years ago. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Filed under : PC Gaming

Windows 10 Survival Guide



Windows 10 is here and whether you’re an early adopter or a “wait for SP1” kinda user – eventually you’ll be exposed to and possibly forced to use Windows 10 in some capacity or another.

Some people are going to want to “neuter” Windows 10 to get it as close to what they are used to (or just like more); namely Windows 7.

This survival guide will be updated with all my findings, hacks, tweaks, fixes and tools that make Windows 10 work the way *I* want it to work. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Filed under : Computers, Windows

Why I Embraced Steam and GOG is Too Little Too Late



Four years ago, I wrote a four part article here on Review Lagoon called Exploring Digital Distribution explaining how digital distribution is an unsustainable model and that Digital Rights Management would never be the glory child that Content Owners want it to be.

Despite all my anti-DRM tirades I have adopted the game delivery system Steam as my choice for acquiring and executing games on my PC and have recently denounced GOG.com’s rival product GOG Galaxy and their efforts to deliver DRM free games to the market.

To those who know me best – this seems like a huge departure from my core values and belief system.  I figured a nice article on the subject might be worth writing and certainly is well-timed. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Filed under : Computers, PC Gaming

Why Game Consoles Are Dead And You Are The Casualty



I’m about to make a bold statement. I will receive hundreds of emails, IMs and comments telling me how wrong I am. Probably a few death threats too. But it has to be said, and no one else is saying it.

Console Gaming is dead.

Oddly enough, the date that Console Gaming died is a quantifiable one; 8 October 2012. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Filed under : Computers, Consoles, PC Gaming

Review: HuniePop (The Adult Match Three RPG)



Ages ago there was a game on 16-bit computers called Bar Games. It featured random games you might find er, in a bar setting. One of the games was called “The Pickup Artist”. In this game you had to approach a woman and have an on-screen dialogue. Say the wrong thing and she told you to get lost. Say the right thing and the date continued. It was a fun, innuendo-laced PG-13 game at best; but I have very fond memories of it.

Speeding ahead a couple of decades and we have a new genre of game sprout up; first with the madness of Bejewelled and then the RPGish Puzzle Quest series – where matching three items on the screen made them disappear and more would fall in to take their place. The addictive nature of match three games has created an empire of them; you pick the theme and chances are likely there is one to meet your needs.

Enter HuniePop … a hybrid match-three-meets-the-pickup-artist game. Only this time, the game is filled with cute, young Asian women with widely varying personalities and challenges to win over. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Filed under : Computers, PC Gaming, Software, Windows