Category: Tech


RTX 2012: Talking with Handelabra

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The first day of RTX arrived and with it a sense of a panic. Where do we start? Who do we talk to? Will anyone want to talk to ragtag group of non-costumed media representatives fresh out of Media Representation School*? (*Only a real place in my mind.) It’s fairly early in the day at this point and our scheduled interviews are much later in the day. Suddenly we spy from two feet in front of us the booth for Handelabra Studios and their iOS/Android app GAME.minder. Apparently I’ve been talking to Jeremy Handel about interviewing him for the last 15 seconds, but due to shock I have already forgotten this fact. This is the post-shock interview:

Jeremy was extremely friendly and great to chat with. I wholeheartedly recommend you check out the app and download it when you have time. Currently it is in use on my phone and I assure you that I’m not being paid in any way to promote or use the app. (Seriously, who pays us for anything around here?)

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Late Night Nintendo – 3DS Refresh and Other Bits

Late last night Nintendo held another of their personal mini press conferences via live stream. The news? Why the BIG thing we all expected from them at E3 of course! A 3DS system refresh. Yup my jaw kinda dropped on this too. I don’t see ANY reason why there wasn’t room to make this announcement two weeks ago at the conference that the world was paying attention to rather than in the middle of the night (at least here). All they’ve really given us with this today is a date and price. Why not do that at E3 where BIG game news such as this belongs? Details after the break. Continue reading

Tonight Square-Enix unveiled its new Next Gen Luminous Engine at E3 2012. They claim this is real time in game footage aka not a cinematic. They are saying this is next gen tech and I believe that 100%. My question is what are the specs on these new systems going to have to be like to pull it off? Trailer is absolutely gorgeous and looks better than most if not all cinematic this gen. Looks like Unreal engine 4 may have a bit of competition on the block after all. What? You’re still reading this? GO WATCH NOW! Enjoy your Final Fantasy Tech demo!

Observations: N7 G-155 Personal Gaming Environment

The other day the BioWare Facebook fan page posted about a new item in their store. The item in question is the “N7 G-155 Personal Gaming Environment” which is quite the lengthy title. Being a bit of a BioWare fan I thought I would head over to the site and see what this new Mass Effect 3 accessory is. (By the way, I admit fan might be something of an understatement in my case.) Essentially the G-155 appears to be a system that allows you to take either your Xbox 360 or PS3 (slim model only) on the road with you. After reading all of the stats on BioWare’s store, including the fact that it’s TSA approved, I began wondering: “Do I need this” and “Could I make use of this?” The answer was a resounding, maybe!

– Custom Mass Effect 3 N7 Skin for the Entertainment Case
– 15.5″ HD display with 60hz refresh
– Zero lag while gaming
– Full screen controls for audio and video
– Dual 3.5mm Headphone Jacks
– Full spectrum stereo audio
– Rugged Case
– TSA Approved for travel
– Compatible with Xbox 360 and PS3 Slim
– Plug and Play

Right below all the stats is a link to a video overview and I clicked through to it, because what kind of product preview would this be without reading all the facts? Then again I’m shocked I’m shocked I didn’t click the “Buy” button in a fit of…well whatever the type of fit it is that causes me to buy things with the Mass Effect logo on them.

Now if you watch the video and read through the comments on the page you might see that there is no battery pack or rechargeable battery for the system at this time. It has to be plugged into an AC outlet to function. Now, let me ask this, doesn’t it seem like a monumental oversight to not have some form of battery power for a system like this? If I was to buy the G-155 Personal Gaming Environment I would be buying it solely for the purposes of travel and to play my 360 on a plane.

Personally, I’m now over my initial desires to purchase this…interesting product, but maybe down the road they’ll come up with something that suits my lack of needs.

Source: “N7 G-155 Personal Gaming Environment” (BioWare Store)