The Steam Controller is here!
October 16, 2015
This week saw the first major shipment of the Steam Controllers for those who pre-ordered early. The controllers have been a long time coming as Valve has been talking about their concept units since 2013. As Valve hasn’t been involved in the hardware business in the past, nor is there a solid baseline for what a PC game controller should look like, it wasn’t a surprise for the development cycle to take so long. Now that the units are out in the wild, the first real world reviews have started to come out with generally positive outlooks. This morning my own Steam Controller arrived and so I too will share my first impressions on the controller hardware and functionality.
PSA: Spend your Converted Microsoft Points Before June 1
May 28, 2015
A while back Microsoft decided to do away with “points” and “point cards” for its Xbox service and converted everything to the user’s local currency. In the small print during that conversion was that your existing points would be expiring on Monday June 1, 2015. You should have also received one or more emails about this.
Microsoft Flight has taken off
April 10, 2012
If you’re a flight sim junky you probably remember the Flight Simulator series by Microsoft, which ended at Flight Simulator X about 10 years ago. Well I just happened to be messing around on Steam and I saw an advertisement for “Microsoft Flight” which was newly released. Now, being a flight sim junky, I immediately downloaded it and took it for a spin, and I was not disappointed.
Is the era of $60 PC video games coming to an end?
April 3, 2012
Since I built my gaming PC, I’ve gotten more serious about following the details of recently released and soon-to-be-released games. Some of the games I’m following include Planetside 2, MechWarrior Online, Guild Wars 2, World of Warplanes and Warface. If you look closely at all these games, you will see that they’ve got one thing in common. That “thing”, that trend has lead me to believe that we might be seeing an end of the $60 PC video game. What is the trend of which I speak/type/write? All of these games will be free to play.
Good or Evil? Battlefield 3 Shortcut/Unlock Bundle
March 30, 2012
With the Spring 2012 (1.04) patch to Battlefield 3, DICE introduced a new feature that has some people up in arms: Shortcut Bundles. On each platform you can now buy one of 7 unique shortcut bundles that will unlock all the weapons for a particular class or all the upgrades for a group of vehicles. Depending on how you look at this, the unlock bundles are either “cheating” or “making life easier”. The argument is an old one; it’s the argument of Real Money Transfer/Trading.
Build Complete: My Gaming Rig
March 27, 2012
This is the 3rd post in a series. Check out the first and second entries for information on planning and building your own PC. A few weeks ago I decided it was time to build myself a new desktop, despite not having had one for many years. I set out to build a machine that was reasonably competent at playing games; I also wanted it to be fairly small and quiet. Lastly, I wanted something that would handle future upgrades with a minimal amount of part replacement. This wasn’t going to be a crazy complicated build since I didn’t want to sink a ton of money into it. I ended up with a bit more than I expected…
Visiting GDC2012 – Part 1 of 2
March 13, 2012
Last week was the yearly Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. I was lucky enough to get the chance to attend due to a gracious sponsorship from NeuroSky. GDC is primarily an industry event, but being a gamer, a techy, and a little bit of a developer in my free time… it’s really quite fascinating. I figured I would share what things I saw while I was there.
Review: NCIS (The Video Game)
January 5, 2012
For Christmas I got NCIS the video game. I had been curious about it, which is why it was on my Amazon wishlist, but I was not curious enough to actually fork out the $40 for it. The game doesn’t have very good reviews on Amazon, but I do love NCIS… so it’s worth a shot, right? No… no it’s not.
More Holiday Deals!
December 20, 2011
Amazon is still doing expanded Holiday Deals. Even better than that, Steam is having a Holiday Sale. Now through December 31, you can get “gifts” or coal from steam for completing achievements. The gifts can be coupons or full games, additionally, the coal can be traded in for more gifts or further entries into a giveaway. Lastly, Microsoft is doing 12 Days of Xbox Deals (more info here). Merry Christmas and get onto Steam!
Converting to an Xbox Live Family Pack
October 11, 2011
I’ve been an Xbox Live Gold member for the last few years now, and other than the first time I bought a Gold Membership (through the Xbox), I have always bought my memberships via cards that were on sale (usually through Amazon or eBay’s daily deal). As a result, my subscription had well over 20 months left on it.
Review: Mass Effect 2: Arrival
April 12, 2011
Arrival, the final DLC for Mass Effect 2, was recently released and it is pretty darn nifty. It took me about an hour to play through and along with snagging a few credits during the game play, there were 3 new research projects: Heavy Weapon Ammo Increase Medi-Gel Capacity Increase Heavy Skin Weave (aka more health for Shepard) There was also some Element Zero, Palladium, and Iridium to be found during the mission; the handful of planets in the system also had some resources to offer as well, though nothing terribly exciting if you have already completed the game.
Review: Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Decade Duels (Xbox 360)
November 12, 2010
Let me start by admitting that I have only played the physical card game a handful of times. However, I have played other Video Game versions of this, specifically I played (and beat) The Sacred Cards (which was in a double pack I got used at GameStop), along with some of Reshef of Destruction. Since these games were basically identical (you are a duelist running around battling other duelists winning cards and cash to buy more cards), I assumed the Xbox Version, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Decade Duels, would be more of the same. I was wrong.
First impressions of Call Of Duty: Black Ops multiplayer
November 10, 2010
If you game, you know Call Of Duty: Black Ops came out yesterday. While this is the 7th installment in a long series of Call Of Duty games, it really is “Modern Warfare 2: The Second”. By that I mean Treyarch just took the engine that Infinity Ward made for Modern Warfare 2 and reused it. At first glance that could seem like a bad thing, after all it means they really don’t have anything new in the engine. The reality though is this really isn’t all that bad. MW2 had a great engine and a great multiplayer experience. The real question is, will Black Ops manage to expand on MW2?
Kinect is fun!
November 8, 2010
Last week the Xbox Kinect was released… and I got one. I ended up getting the Xbox 360 S 250 GB with Kinect bundle because I’ve been gunning for a new Xbox for a while (Editor’s note: Basically, since I got my Xbox Elite with HDMI a couple years ago). As soon as the new Xbox 360 S was announced, I pre-ordered one, but canceled it because I just didn’t need a new Xbox. Later, I also pre-ordered the Xbox 360 S Reach bundle, but again canceled that one because it seemed like overkill and I wasn’t too sure how Reach would turn out. Finally, the Kinect arrives, and I figured it was about time.
Review: Mass Effect 2: Overlord
June 21, 2010
Last Monday (14 June 2010), BioWare released a demo for Mass Effect 2 (and yes this is a demo for a game that has been out for awhile) on both Xbox 360 and PC. Additionally, the price recently decreased from release day standard $60 to $40, so now if you haven’t played the game, you can try the demo and then only need $40 to get the full game. On Tuesday, they released their latest bit of DLC called Overlord. Being a Mass Effect 2 fanatic, I bought it immediately for 560 MS Points (at standard conversion rate that is $7).