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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+

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+

Five Reasons Why Everyone Should “Root” Their Android


Often incorrectly referred to as “jailbreaking your Android”, “rooting” your Android device can offer a wealth of new options and applications that can seriously enhance and enrich the time you spend with the little green robot.

ROOT is a Unix term for the “ultimate privilage user” on an operating system. Windows users can think of ROOT access as logging in as an Administrator level user. You aren’t actually “cracking” anything – you’re simply allowing apps you install “system level” access as a “super user” or simply put – “ROOT”.

The process for “rooting” or enabling root access varies by device. Some devices, like Google’s Nexus line (Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7, etc.) are designed to have root enabled very easily. Some devices are locked down hard by the carriers – making it practically impossible to enable root access. The good news is – nature (and the developers at XDA) will always find a way. Read more

About Shane Monroe

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

Cardinal Quest: Return of Rogue


It has gone by many names … It started off as Adventure, Telegard, Moria, Hack, Rogue … then came games like Temple of Apshai, Sword of Fargoal, Mystery Dungeon, Ultima … and in recent times it has gone by the name of Shiren the Wanderer, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon, Chocobo’s Dungeon 2 and even (to a lesser extent) titles like Diablo, Torchlight and others.

Now, we call it Cardinal Quest, a new Android “roguelike” dungeon exploration adventure game.

Hmmm… so what does “roguelike” mean?

Roughly based on Dungeons & Dragons, roguelike games typically feature a handful of similar traits. Most of them feature a “top down” randomly generated dungeon stocked full of every-growing-in-danger enemies, player “stats” (like strength, dexterity and wisdom), an experience + level up system, treasure chests with equipment/gold/potions, basic magic and inventory features, is played in near-real time – and of course, they typically have more simple graphics that look trite and boring to anyone that didn’t grow up with the genre.

Oh, and they are notorious for being hard and unforgiving; death of a player usually means the game is over (that’s right, no going back and loading previously saved games). Read more

About Shane Monroe

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