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Killzone 3 kills loading screens, no more waiting

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on July 19th, 2010

I have logged so many hours playing Killzone 2 it’s not even funny. The only sad part is waiting through the loading screens. They don’t last very long, but they take you out of the game. Some developers have camouflaged load screens with cut-scenes, or interactive options, but it’s still you waiting to get back into the game.

But now we have word that Killzone 3 is going give us a break from loading screens. It will be streamed completely, according to Herman Hulst, the managing director at Sony’s first party studio, Guerilla Games. So that means no loading screens!

Grip-It covers for your game controllers

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on July 14th, 2010

Not sure why you would need these Grip-it covers for your Xbox 360 or the PS3, unless you have some sort of sweaty hand disease. I’ve had hands so sweaty that I couldn’t grip the analog stick on the PS3 controller. Ever. And I play plenty of games.

But if you do need to get a grip, these Grip-it analog covers are now available for both PS3 and Xbox controllers. Each pack comes with four covers. Like condoms for your loving controller partner. So you can cover the analog sticks on two controllers for $4.99.

Call of Duty: Black Ops MadCatz controllers

Posted in Controllers by Conner Flynn on July 14th, 2010

It’s time for the next Call of Duty. Just like last year, Mad Catz is producing a bunch of licensed Black Ops peripherals for the Wii, Xbox 360, PS3 and PC to go along with the game. Above is the 360 controller, which features precision aiming, which is just a lowering of the analog sticks’ sensitivity when you want more precision.

You can toggle it by using the “combat” buttons on the controller’s back. The price should be just under $50 for the console pads and $100 for a Cyborg Rat PC mouse which comes with a 2GB USB dog tag.

RetroN 3 game console plays all those NES, SNES, and Genesis games from your youth

Posted in Games by Shane McGlaun on July 7th, 2010

Back in the day, I played a lot of games on the Nintendo, Super Nintendo, and the Sega Genesis. I think a bunch of people out there probably have the games and controllers lying around, but the consoles are broken.

Hyperkin has unveiled a dirt cheap game console that will play cartridges from the SNEs, Genesis, and the Nintendo game system. You can finally get some use out of those old gigantic Nintendo cartridges other than taking them apart to mod.

Thought controlled video games for in-flight entertainment unveiled

Posted in Games by Shane McGlaun on July 6th, 2010

I am not a big fan of air travel. I always end up next to one of those people who are too large for the small airline seats and smell like stale corn chips and farts. A company called InteraXon has unveiled a new through-controlled game system for in-flight entertainment.

The company says that its game system has four games that are designed for playing during a flight. The system converts the brains electrical output into two types of waves – alpha and beta.

7 foot tall Halo Elite costume is scary

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2010

The Halo aliens look scary on screen. I mean these are some bad-ass aliens, huge aliens, in armor. With guns. Everytime I play, I thank god I’ve never seen the real thing. Now I have. And I have wet myself.

This costume is so realistic, it’s scary. The animatronic Halo Elite costume was created by effects artist Pete Mander and could easily be used in a movie. It’s over seven feet tall and took countless hours to build. The man is a genius.

World of Warcraft foot pedal

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2010

Can you believe WoW is still going strong after all these years? And StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is on it’s way now too. And WoW players need every edge they can get, even if it comes in the form of a foot pedal that looks like your grandma’s sewing pedal.

This one-button pedal will help players perform macro actions using just their feet, freeing up both hands for other important uses. For just $30 you can get your feet in the game and gain some extra advantage on screen.

TRON controllers geek up your game

Posted in Controllers,Games by Conner Flynn on June 23rd, 2010

No matter what game you are playing, this Tron controller makes it feel like you are playing Tron. PDP’s glowing TRON controllers will cost you $50 controllers and will be available this fall for PS3, Wii, and Xbox 360.

PC gamers will also get a TRON-blue gaming keyboard and mouse from Razer. If you are going to play the upcoming Tron Evolution game for PC, 360, and PS3, it is mandatory that you use these controllers. And even if you aren’t a fan, they just look hot.

Gioteck HF-1 PS3 controller mixes Xbox DNA for comfort and style

Posted in Controllers,Games by Shane McGlaun on June 22nd, 2010

Some gamers get hooked on a specific control configuration when it comes to gaming and have a very hard time using anything else. Gioteck has announced a new Bluetooth PS3 controller called the HF-1 that uses the Xbox 360 controller layout.

The left analog stick and D-Pad are reversed from what a normal PS3 controller uses. The HF-1 does have some cool features. One of the cool features is a Flipswitch that changes the R1 and R2 positions for easy use.

Razer Starcraft II gaming peripherals

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on June 17th, 2010

Razer’s new Starcraft II series of gaming peripherals look hot. They include the Razer Spectre gaming mouse, the Razer Marauder gaming keyboard, and the Razer Banshee gaming headset. All feature Starcraft-themed designs, with blue LEDs, and lots of gamer-friendly features.

Some of those features include 1000Hz Ultrapolling / 1ms response on the keyboard, 5600 dpi resolution and button force adjustment on the mouse, and a detachable mic on the headset. Since these are full of nice features and Starcraft II good looks, you can also expect to pay a premium price. The Spectre mouse is $80, and the Marauder keyboard and Banshee headset will each cost $120 when they arrive in the third quarter of this year.

Razer StarCraft II gaming mouse, keyboard, and headphones spied at E3

Posted in Controllers,Games by Shane McGlaun on June 16th, 2010

I have tested and gamed with more Razer peripherals over the years than I can count. The stuff is fantastic for gaming with no issues with lag or ghosting in any of the offerings from the company.

Razer was showing off some of its new StarCraft II Wings of Liberty branded peripherals at E3 this week. Among the offerings are the Spectre Mouse, the Marauder keyboard, and the Banshee headset. The mouse has 5600 dpi resolution, adjustable button force, and more for $79.99.

Letcool handheld console emulator

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on June 14th, 2010

The Letcool handheld emulator sort of looks like a Nintendo DS Lite with no top display. Must have been hard to design this one. This odd handheld can handle GBA, NES, SNES, Sega Genesis and Game Boy ROMs, and future updates will also include additional support for others.

The Letcool can also double as a portable media player, playing nice with 8 different audio formats and 10 video formats. Despite the name, you don’t need to let it cool. We think. Some other features include TV-out, 4GB of internal memory, a microSD memory card slot, a digital camera and a battery life of 6 hours. Only $70.

Rock Band 3 keyboard revealed

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on June 10th, 2010

We weren’t sure what to expect from a Rock Band 3 keyboard. Would it be just a keyboard shaped box with colored buttons or something closer to an actual keyboard? Well, it looks like the keyboard has the usual white and black keys, with a row of colored labels above them.

How narrowly you have to hit the “real” key for the note in the song is based the difficulty level you select. In the easier levels you just have to be in the vicinity of the correctly colored area. The keyboard is also designed to work either on a lap or strapped over a shoulder.

DJ Hero 2 Party Bundle will have two turntable controllers

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on June 8th, 2010

Giving you two turntables and a microphone, details on the new DJ Hero 2 game sound just like the Beck song. The game now packs in a microphone for vocals and the Party Bundle pack offers two turntables and a microphone.

Get ready for some intense DJ battles in two-player mode. DJ Hero 2 will be released in the fall for the PS3, Wii and Xbox 360. Nothing on price yet though. There’s also be a plain turntable bundle that comes with a single deck and no microphone.

Activision unveils new Guitar Hero guitars for Warriors of Rock

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on June 7th, 2010

Can you believe that Guitar Hero is on it’s sixth version already? If you’re still rockin’, you’ll naturally want to know what the latest axe is going to look like it. Well, check it out. The new design has cutaway sections in the body and a hard rocking modern look.

This time, the electronics are in the neck and fretboard, so you can swap different bodies if you like. Yes, you can play without any body appendages at all, if that”s your thing. Get rocking.