Delicious Chocolate Brains!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm
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I had to share this little Valentine's Day gift I received with all you good folks. I love chocolate and I love zombies, so these chocolate zombie bonbons from ThinkGeek are the perfect thing for me. They're probably the perfect thing for many of you as well. Unfortunately they appear to be out of stock on ThinkGeek at the moment, but hopefully they'll be back before your Resident Evil 6 launch party. Normal people do that, right?

So here's something I never thought I'd say: The chocolate in these zombie heads is pretty good, but their brains are a little sweet for my taste. 

Take Your Wi-Fi With You

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 10:00 am

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It's Vita launch week, and while we haven't gotten our hands on one yet, we're dying to do so. The launch got us thinking that here's yet another gadget with Wi-Fi. I'm kind of a cheap guy, so if and when I pick up a Vita, it'll likely be the Wi-Fi only model rather than the 3G. My Vita will then join the ranks of my 3DS and my Android Tablet in my growing army of Wi-Fi only online gadgets.

So what to do if you're a cheapy like me who doesn't want to pay for 3G data packages? Bring your Wi-Fi with you!
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Keep Your Gaming Gear Clean With Antec's Cleaning Kits

Monday, January 23, 2012 at 9:00 am
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You know what's NOT a fascinating subject? Cleaning supplies. Nevertheless, we all know that gaming gear can tend to get... kinda grubby. Think about it: your sweaty hands clutching your controller for hours on end - all that biological matter being excreted from your palms has to go somewhere. Gross, right? Chances are that you should really be cleaning your gear far more often than you are.

Antec's new line of cleaning products is just the solution you're looking for. 

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Verbatim Mobile Keyboard Is Great For Tablets And Smartphones

Monday, January 16, 2012 at 2:00 pm
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Thanks to CES, we've got gadgets on our minds, and over the last few weeks we've been testing out a few pieces of gear, including the second generation mobile keyboard from Verbatim. Now, I'll admit up front that this post has little to do with gaming (Although you could use it for a iOS version of a classic text adventure). But I'm of the mindset that both tablets and iOS and Android phones have proven their legitimacy as gaming platforms. We report on non-gaming features of game consoles (such as Netflix), so why not cover peripherals that make the non-gaming aspects of tablets and smartphones that make the devices better?

And believe me, this bluetooth keyboard does make my tablet better.
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60beat GamePad Gives My iPad Screen a Break, Makes Me Lazier

Friday, January 13, 2012 at 7:00 pm
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Bring on the thumb action.
With three iOS games supporting it thus far, 60beat's new GamePad leaves me wanting more, but it's a promising product. An analog controller, complete with two joysticks,  it resembles those of PlayStation and Xbox, the variation being that it's powered when connected to an iOS device's audio. No need for Bluetooth or batteries. You simply plug it into an iPhone/iPad's headphone jack, and the provided audio splitter features a second headphone jack if you want game audio.

This week I had a chance to check out two titles coupled with the controller: Aftermath, a third-person zombie shooter, and Caster, a third-person action/anime game that takes cues from Nintendo 64 graphics. Check out a few impressions after the jump.



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Tags: Gamepad, iOS 5

Roccat Studios Gear Launches in US

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 4:00 pm
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It's CES week, and while we may not be there, we're still thinking about the latest tech gadgets. There are an awful lot of tech press releases headed our way right now, such as one announcing the US launch of German pro gaming company Roccat Studios, which will happen this February. The launch will include Roccat's high-end gaming mouse, keyboard and headset.

And wouldn't you know it, we have one of each already. I'm writing this post with the Roccat Isku keyboard and Kone mouse.

I'm not saying this to brag. I'm letting you know because I want your feedback. I'm no pro PC gamer, so if you've got specific questions about this gear, please let me know. I'll do my best to answer those questions in the upcoming reviews.

So let us know what you want to read about, PC-based Divisionaires!

Holiday Gift Guide: The Blockbusters

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 12:00 pm
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It is the time of year where we need to become constant shoppers. Whether we like it or not, we need to begin to take advantage of awesome holiday deals; price cuts that make the bagfuls of merchandise we purchase a little lighter on our wallets. We all have someone to dole out gifts to. Be it Mom, Dad, Sister, Brother, Significant Other -- each and every one of those people will have their loving hands outstretched as they await their wrapped up holiday present.

That's where your good friends at Joystick Division come in. If one of your beloved posse happens to play video games, you are most certainly in luck. Autumn 2011 is one of the most blockbuster-filled seasons of all time for video games, chock full of shooters, action titles, HD remakes, and the like. We're talking multi-multi-multi-million unit sellers, which means that there's likely something appealing for everyone. And we've got ten of them together to ensure that the gamer in your life is totally satisfied with their $59.99 gift. Or $49.99 if they have a Wii.

Read on for our ten blockbuster picks!


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Put Your Butt On This! [Sumo Lounge Gamer Review]

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at 2:00 pm
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Remember, we're here to talk about the beanbag.
Not long ago, I had the the chance to review unlikely gaming accessory the Selk'Bag, a wearable sleeping bag suit. Now I've had the chance to check out the Sumo Lounge Gamer, a giant beanbag chair. You might think these sound like random selections for a video game site, but we're all about anything that improves the gaming experience, be it clothing or furniture.

And trust us, you'll want to plop your booty down on this.

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Sceptre 27-Inch Gaming Monitor Packs A Lot Of Picture For A Reasonable Price

Friday, November 4, 2011 at 10:00 am
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I don't consider myself a hardware expert by any means, but when I get a chance to look at anything that enhances the gaming experience, I like to take it. That's why I accepted an offer to borrow an x270W 27-inch gaming monitor for manufacturer Sceptre. Retailing for about $300, the main selling point of this monitor is obvious - it's huge, and not too spendy. Is it worth the money or a bargain-basement product? Get my take below.
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The Selk'bag: A Completely Unexpected Gaming Accessory

Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 3:00 pm
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Yes, really
​About a week ago, I got one of the strangest review pitches I've ever seen: I was asked if I wanted to review a wearable sleeping bag called the Selk'Bag. The pitch actually positioned the item as a way for gamers to stay warm during chilly gaming sessions - which, as a gamer with a basement lair in Minnesota, sounded perfectly reasonable to me. So I said I'd check it out.

Here's my take on what has become known as the "Sleeping Bag Man Suit" at JD Central.


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