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Lego City Undercover Review


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Welcome to Lego City!

Let me preface this review by saying that Lego games are very hit and miss for me. I have truly enjoyed some of them; like Lego Batman 2 on Wii and Lego Pirates of the Carribean on the 3DS. Others, like the Lego Star Wars series or the Lego Indiana Jones series simply haven’t done it for me. It isn’t that I dislike the IP (what’s not to like?)

After my wonderful experiences with Lego Batman 2’s open world environment, I got really interested in Lego City Undercover (LCU). My son and I (he’s 6) also truly enjoyed playing TOGETHER; which made Lego Batman 2 a perfect game for us and we were hoping that we could recreate some of that magic with LCU – even though my son wasn’t particularly interested in the IP (he loves superheroes) of Chase McCain.

I would be lying if I told you we weren’t disappointed when we heard that the game was a single player experience. But, Wii U gaming has been a bit thin – so we grabbed it on release day anyway. 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, Slideshow

Fighting a New Battle: Nintendo’s Real Intentions with the Wii U


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I had an epiphany today which compelled me to write this article. Many people have questioned Nintendo’s decisions – both in the past (with the Wii) and currently with the Wii U. We know how it turned out for the Wii (best selling console, printing money, etc.) – and most people have finally gotten a hold of the reasoning behind the original Wii; don’t compete in an existing market – create a new one. You can’t argue with the facts – the Wii did what it was supposed to do (and made Nintendo a mint in the process). It didn’t gain market supremacy by taking users away from Microsoft and Sony – it created a new market of soccer moms and accountants who bought up Wii Sports, Wii Fit and other “common consumer” gaming products. Read more

About Shane Monroe

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

Filed under : Consoles, Featured, Nintendo, Slideshow

Review: Pocket Tanks (Android)


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Artillery games are nothing new … Set your angle. Compensate for the wind. Set your power. Hit fire. Give an evil chuckle when you hit your enemy. Wash, rinse and repeat. In fact, before Solitaire became the “installed on every computer” go-to game, some form of Artillery was pre-installed on most computers (or at least included as a type in program). No matter the platform, the resolution or the graphics; in the end – killing your enemy using basic power vs. angle is still the core game play. You’ve seen it called many names; Worms, Warheads, Scorched Earth, Gorilla – all shadows of a very similar genre. Read more

About Shane Monroe

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

Review: Samsung Nexus 10 Tablet


Before we settle in with the wash and rinse review of the tablet, you should hear a bit about my back story so you know where I’m coming from.  While not essential for the review, it will give you a good idea what mindset I come from with regards to tablets.  If you’re only interested in the meat and potatoes, feel free to skip ahead to the next section. Read more

About Shane Monroe

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

Nyko PlayPad for Android Devices Review


When it comes to hardware – “software is king”; after all – who wants a great piece of hardware with poor (or no) software available for it? Nintendo has proven that they can take low spec machines and pump out great software for it – and make a killing. Microsoft is combating the “end of cycle blues” by releasing updates to their Xbox software to extend the life of the aging console. The greatest games of all time … are the greatest games of all time BECAUSE software is king.

If “software” is king – then it stands to reason that controls are queen in the royal marriage of entertainment technology. Read more

About Shane Monroe

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

Nexus: Learning to Live Without an SD Card


While Apple users are quite used to (and apparently content with) not having a microSD card slot on their phones and tablets, a lot of Android users consider it a God-given right. Unfortunately, the latest (and greatest) devices coming out seem to be bereft of removable storage solutions. This includes the beloved Nexus line from Google and its affiliates.

In this article, we’ll examine the hows and whys of this phenomenon, then we’ll help you cope with the loss – which just doesn’t give any indication of ever coming back. Read more

About Shane Monroe

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

Welcome to the Nexus: A Beginner’s Guide to the Google Nexus 7


Welcome to the world of the Nexus! You hold in your hands one of the most powerful, versatile and fun pieces of technology currently available. This article will help new owners of the Google Nexus 7 get up to speed on their new tablet and learn how they can make the most out of their new purchase.

This article assumes you are new to the Nexus 7 and tablets in general – and that you are new to the Google Android Operating System (aka Jelly Bean). If you are migrating from another Android tablet, this article will be of some use to you but the bulk of the content is for brand new folks to the ecosystem. If this is your first Android-based tablet and you’re coming from WebOS or iOS, this article is definitely for you.

The goal of this article is not to belabor the obvious – but to show you some of the lesser known features of your tablet and the Android Operating System as well as get you acquainted with “outside the box” possibilities with your new bit of kit. Read more

About Shane Monroe

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

Google Drive: Why You Should Care


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Cloud storage is big business. Everyone wants to handle your online storage needs. If you go searching for a storage host, you’ll see venerable names like DropBox, Box, SkyDrive, Amazon – and some names you may not be familiar with like SpiderOak and SugarSync. There are a lot of potentials out there, but which one is for you? Read more

About Shane Monroe

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

Secret Treasures: SpaceSniffer (Windows)


If you work with computers long enough, you’re bound to create an arsenal of “secret treasures”; little programs that you may only use once a year – but are indispensable when you do need them.  Every time you use it, you think to yourself, “What would I do without this?” and you wonder whom else you know that might be able to make use of it.

Of course, you forget to share it; and another year goes by before you address it again.

My series of Secret Treasures will attempt to share with you some of the “toys” I hang on my Windows “bat utility belt” and see if I can help someone else out by unleashing a little known product into the masses.

Drive space.  Storage.  Strange times with hard drive storage space.  In the old days, we treasured storage space as if it were more precious than gold – because we had SO LITTLE OF IT.  Then, suddenly – hard drives were cheap.  People had a surplus; and nobody cared anymore about “wasting space”.  No need to clean up your drive; PLENTY OF ROOM. Read more

About Shane Monroe

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

NFC Tags: Novelty or Ready for Prime Time?


A couple months ago, I ran across something from Samsung called “TecTiles”. Coupled with Samsung’s Android app, you could use these stylish $3 each “tiles” to cause your phone to perform functions – just by waving your phone over the tag. From placing a call to opening a web page … turning on GPS to dimming the screen … it seemed like an endless supply of possibility.

I got excited. Read more

About Shane Monroe

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