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 …
Music is an important part of my life and at 45 years old I’ve been around the block with just about every genre of music. While I’m not a huge fan of certain genres I am still eclectic; I can find a song in just about every one of them that I like.
Let me start this review with the fact that I am NOT a high end audiophile. I don’t own an oscilloscope. I’ve never paid more than $30 for a pair of headphones. Most of my music is encoded in 192kbps MP3. This puts me on the playing field with probably 90%+ of my audience. If it is “FLAC or nothing” for you or you would be insulted by paying less than $100 for headphones – this might not be your review.
I’m a regular guy that happens to love all sorts of music – but it isn’t my religion. This is the most expensive pair of headphones I’ve ever used (I was provided a sample by the company). Read More …
Every year, our power needs grow. Tablets get bigger, phones get more needy. Portable power is pretty much a must for anyone travelling or for someone that works away from a power source all day.
The good news is – there are hundreds (if not THOUSANDS) of choices for portable external battery chargers. The bad news is – they are not created equally and may not reasonably meet the needs you bought them for.
When buying an external battery like the RAVPower 15000mAh PB-19(from now on, just PB-19; about $40 from Amazon), you need to consider four major things; how long it will last, how powerful is the output, what sort of quality of battery are you getting inside – and finally, how long will it take to recharge?
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 …
Typically, I wouldn’t review a lamp. Once again, my wife was the guilty party – wanting something to craft with next to her chair.
Whenever my wife goes all Zen over something, I start learning things. Like artificial light is bad for cross stitching.
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 …
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 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 …
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??
There are some days when my insatiable need for USB charging outlets surprises even me. It seems every couple of weeks I have ANOTHER device I need to plug in to charge frequently; and the devices I do not need to charge frequently ALWAYS need to be charging when one of my critical devices is dead or dying for more power.
I installed a 6 port USB hub under the lip of my desk; hoping to cure my need for USB ports/plugs but I learned quickly that USB hubs just don’t deliver the juice fast enough to revitalize my high drain electronics.
A few months ago, I contacted RAVPower, the folks that provide us with a lot of hardware to review here about essentially a “power extension cord” for USB power. Something with a lot of plugs with plenty of juice to push power to my greedy devices. The apologetically said that they didn’t have anything like that yet, but they would let me know if they did in the future.
The future is now and they were happy to send me one for review. Read More …