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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

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

Wii on Wii U: The LightGun Games


One of the greatest genres of gaming on the original Wii was the plethora of incredible lightgun style arcade shooters.  With the Wii U finally selling proper, it is time to continue our series on “Wii on Wii U” by giving you a look at all the fantastic lightgun games you can pick up for your Wii U to play in OG Wii mode.  The Wii’s sensor bar and on-screen reticle make in an obvious choice for lightgun games.  The Wii U follows in that tradition.

For the uninitiated, lightgun shooters are typically “on rails” arcade style shooters where you are taken through various scenes and environments automatically while trying to maximize your score and completion percentage.  In the arcade, these games included titles like Ghost Squad, Area 51, Target: Terror, CarnEVIL, Jurassic Park and dozens of others.

Note: At the end, I’ll include some other “gun games” that may be some fun shooters. Read more

About Shane Monroe

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

Filed under : Consoles, Nintendo

Why you can’t play Wii games using Wii U’s Gamepad Controls


With Mario Kart 8 just one day away, it is likely that a lot of new blood is going to be getting into Wii U.  Once the thrill of racing has died down a bit, the budget conscious Wii U shopper may decide to look into buying up some super cheap-ass original Wii games.  After all, there are hundreds of titles available and there are some incredible games on the Wii (yes it is true).

In fact, we’ve written several articles on the best Wii games out there – and many of them can be had B2G1 on sale or under $20 or even under $10.  Check out Top 10 Wii Games You’ve Never Played and Ten More Great Wii Games You’ve Never Played and Ten Wii Game Guilty Pleasures to see what Wii games you should be shopping for.

Being the only next-gen console with backward compatibility, Wii U will happily play all original Wii games and you can even play them on the Wii U Gamepad (they look great on the smaller screen, by the way).

The caveat is that you must use original Wii controllers – you cannot use the Gamepad controllers.  Attempts to do so will earn you an on screen chastising.

Why on EARTH would Nintendo do this?  Surely it would be easy enough to just let the Wii games use the Gamepad??

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About Shane Monroe

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

Filed under : Consoles, Nintendo

Ten Reasons To Own The NVidia Shield


My recent acquisition of the NVidia Shield has really got me charged up. I wrote a four part review discussing it in great detail, but I know not everyone wants to consume that much literature on the topic, so here is the quick guide version of why you should own an NVidia Shield. Read more

About Shane Monroe

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

Fifteen Retail Games That Define Why You Should Own A Wii U Now


A lot of people are having issues justifying the purchase of a Nintendo Wii U.  Whatever your reasoning is behind it, I’m going to list fifteen retail games that demand you own a Wii U. What’s more?  It doesn’t include this year’s juggernaut titles Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. – these are games you can walk out of the store with TODAY – and many of them are already at great prices.

This is not a “Top 15” list – these are games hand picked by our staff as great experiences you can ONLY have on the Wii U; and all of these are retail SKUs (although some are available digitally as well).

Are you ready?  We’ll go in alphabetical order and provide you with good, solid representative assets so you can evaluate yourself! Read more

About Shane Monroe

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

Filed under : Consoles, Nintendo

How Nintendo Made Me A Jaded Gamer (and it’s not how you think)


Credit: themodernmage.com

Credit: themodernmage.com

When you think of the term “die hard gamer” or “hard core gamer” (or any number of these labels that are thrust upon the gaming consumer that relate to people who really love video gaming) you typically have a mental picture painted.  Some 18-29 year old, living in their parent’s basement – wired up to a cerebral brain implanted headset trash talking to “friends” they’ve never met.  They are probably still in their underwear; chewing on a piece of day-old pizza – playing the latest rendition of the endlessly spawned first person shooter.  No sunlight is allowed in the room – the windows implicitly covered.  If they have a car, their gaming rig probably costed more than it did – a big screen, low-latency flatscreen and some receiver special ordered because it has 4 HDMI inputs instead of 2.  Every current and last gen console (except those made by Nintendo because, like – those are kiddie systems, dudebro) is rigged up and there are discarded Live, PSN+ and various redemption cards scattered on the floor.

How am I doing so far?  Fairly representative? Read more

About Shane Monroe

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

Nintendo’s Road to Salvation Starts Here


Unless you’re dead on a beach somewhere or possibly locked in a bunker on an island typing in codes every hour – you’ve read at least ten articles about Nintendo in the last week.  Most of them discussing how Nintendo is as good as dead.  Nintendo should get out of hardware.  Nintendo MUST make iPhone games to survive.  The Wii U is so dead it’s decomposing on the floor.

Articles of this nature.

Of course, everyone knows exactly what Nintendo should do; despite not understanding for a single minute how Nintendo does business (and more importantly, why).   They downplay the global, insane success of the 3DS (or at the very least, using it as the life support system for the struggling Wii U) – a portable handheld system that still prints money (despite all the “no win scenario” competition of mobile/tablet gaming) and was the top selling system in 2013.

Sure, a few people out there are trying to make the world understand – some of which has some damn fine writing too.  Like this article and this one.

Unlike those complaining about Nintendo without offering a real, viable solution (iPhone or die?  please …) I’m going to address the elephant and 900 pound gorilla in the room and suggest a method that Nintendo could shut all your mouths (well, most of them) and continue to do business the way Nintendo does. Read more

About Shane Monroe

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

Plex – The (Near) Perfect Solution for Personal Media


I have a lot of media.  I own several thousand DVDs and Blu rays.  I have collected a lot of media from the internet.  I prefer to OWN (and store) the media I have.  I don’t like Netflix and I don’t like Hulu.  These aren’t solutions for me.  I am paying a lot of money a month for a fast internet connection and I have a lot of stuff I’m storing on my own – not the cloud.  I don’t want to have to UPLOAD my stuff to the cloud to get it …. I AM my own cloud.

… and I’m not alone.  Millions of others prefer to buy, store, rip and maintain their own private collections – for a variety of reasons (see my article on Digital Distribution for my thoughts).  Unfortunately, the issue with being your own cloud …?  Companies aren’t interested in writing top quality software to let you access it.  Your options tend to rely on some proprietary media friendly NAS (like a Synology Diskstation) which suffers from fairly immature software on mobile devices or some sort of specialized delivery system for ONE component of your media (like Subsonic; great music gateway – poor video gateway).

Worse yet, if you plan to SHARE your content with family and friends?  A whole new can of worms is opened.

Take all of these issues and then try to solve ubiquitous playback from TV, web, phone and tablet?  This has been a pipe dream for some time.

Enter Plex Media Server Read more

About Shane Monroe

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