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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+

Overwatch


Blizzard Entertainment threw the gaming community for a loop when they announced that their first new IP in 20 years was a team-based first person shooter. Blizzard is best known for their insanely popular MMO World of Warcraft. So a first person shooter was not what anyone expected when Overwatch was announced.

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So what is Overwatch exactly? Overwatch is an online-only, class-based, team-based, competitive, first person shooter that draws inspiration from Team Fortress 2. That’s a mouthful. But to be fair to both Valve and Blizzard, comparing Overwatch to TF2 would be like comparing Quake Arena to Call of Duty 4. Although there are similarities, there’s more than 10 years that separates the two games. Read more

Filed under : Computers, Consoles, PC Gaming, Windows

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

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

Dead Rising 3: Apocalypse Edition (PC) – A First Look


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Dead Rising 3 was originally released as an Xbox One exclusive, but now the PC version has shipped.  I picked it up on pre-order MONTHS ago for a really good price and it finally shipped yesterday.  I never played the Xbox One version, nor did I play Dead Rising 2.  However, I really enjoyed the original Dead Rising on Xbox (at least until the timed missions started). Read more

About Shane Monroe

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

ExpanDrive – Real Drive Letters for Cloud Storage


Enter the Cloud

Enter the Cloud

Cloud.  Today, it’s all about the cloud.  Store in the cloud, work in the cloud … live in the cloud.  Google even created ChromeOS to embrace the cloud – and we now have laptops that do practically nothing unless they are connected to said cloud.  While you could argue the merits of cloud computing all day and night – we’re only going to look at one aspect of it in this article.  Storage.

Cloud Storage

Cloud storage has been around for a very long time and there are more players in the space now than ever before.  There are venerable favorites like Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, Skydrive/OneDrive – and even more you haven’t heard of like Copy.com, Rackspace and Amazon S3.  With so many choices, you would think that competition would get the best of the market and drive prices down and features up, but oddly enough that hasn’t happened.  Sure, some cloud services have better features and cheaper solutions but there still isn’t really one to “rule them all”. Read more

About Shane Monroe

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

Filed under : Computers, Software, The Cloud, Windows