Nyko Zoom Makes Kinect Manageable In Smaller Spaces

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at 8:00 am
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​The Kinect is finally starting to come into its own in terms of software, but a few technical issues aren't likely to get ironed out ever, barring updated hardware. The main one is the amount of space it takes to effectively use the device which, in scientific terms, is a buttload.

The Nyko Zoom aims to change that.

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Kanex mLinq Maximizes Your Mac Display

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 1:00 pm
​Here's a rare bit of Mac-specific hardware coverage. I got the device you see at right the other day in the mail, the Kanex mLinq. If you're part of the ultra-rare breed of Mac gamers, you might want to check this thing out. The Kanex mLinq is a USB to HDMI-out video adapter that can be used to easily add a second, third, or even fourth display to your Mac. With this, you can have one monitor display a game, while keeping a web browser or iTunes up on your other screen. Or, you know, porn. That's always an option.

The mLinq has an HDMI output, which allows it to connect to both LCD computer displays and most HDTVs. It also features an HDMI-DVI converter to connect to computer displays, where DVI is more prevalent. Once you hook this guy up, I'd suggest you keep the gaming to your main screen and run any additional applications on your satellite screens - The mLinq can play back basic games, such as Solitaire, but with no OpenGL support probably won't work well with more advanced games. It runs over USB 2.0, which has speed limitations. Besides, we all know there are no real games for Mac anyway. Zing!

But seriously, if you're looking to easily add monitors to your Mac for any reason, the Kanex mLinq seems like a simple solution. Check it out for about $99 at most electronics retailers.

Blue Snowball USB Microphone Works Great with Cole Porter - Review

Monday, August 22, 2011 at 1:00 pm
Blue's Snowball USB Microphone is a one impressive little gadget. I don't do much with GearFest stories, but there was something about the little round microphone that caught my eye. Maybe it was the fact that it's being pitched towards gamers who want to record their own game reviews or otherwise get their voices literally heard. Regardless, I knew the perfect way to review it: why write about a microphone when it's best to talk with it and let you decide how great it is?

After the jump, I've spoken for a few seconds showing off the Blue Snowball USB Mic.

I've also asked my brother and professional musician, Zachary Kellogg, to play a little ditty for you all. Here's hoping you like Anything Goes!

There's a third setting for conferences and things, but I really can't test that because I'm not at a conference. Maybe I'll remember to pack this thing for PAX and see what happens.

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iHome SoundDesign SD63 Headphones Are Retro-Cool - Review

Monday, August 22, 2011 at 9:00 am
Groovy baby!
​At this point, I have a fair collection of headphones. I've got everything from cheap earbuds to high-end on-ear sets and a few midrange options as well. The latest set I checked out were these retro-style on-ear headphones from iHome's SoundDesign line. iHome's parent company SDI has been around for decades, and these midrange earphones ($49 MSRP) are designed to recall the days of SDI's past.

They're undoubtedly nice to look at, but how to they stack up?

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GAEMS G155 Case Lets You Take Your Console With You - Review

Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 10:00 am
Who needs a handheld?
If you're a serious gamer, chances are that you've been on at least one trip, be it business or personal, that made you wish you could bring your console with you. Usually that's easier said than done. Even if you tote your precious console around, many of the older hotels out there have TVs that don't allow you to hook up external devices. Generally, you're better off leaving your console at home.

Seattle-based GAEMS aims to change that with its G155 case, which both protects your console and includes a built-in screen and speakers. Naturally, we had to check it out to see if it's the solution we've all been waiting for.

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Xperia Play: We Go Hands-On

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at 8:30 am
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New Toy
​Public service announcement: While the Xperia Play, the fabled "PlayStation Phone," has been out for a while now, we only recently got our taco-stained fingers on one. At least temporarily. Sony Ericsson has loaned us one of the phones, so over the coming days we'll be checking out some of the games and assessing their worth. At the end of our trial period, we'll of course be doing an official review of the device and letting you know if it's worth your hard-earned cash.

Now if you'll excuse me, I've got a touchscreen to smear up.

Chrome Anton Is Perfect Bag For Gamers

Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at 1:00 pm
Yep, we're reviewing a bag
​Sometimes we have the opportunity to review odd stuff. I've reviewed a bunch of headphones, a watch and even a jacket. Now it's time for Joystick Division's first-ever bag review: the Anton laptop bag from Chrome Industries. 

Why should you care about a bag? Well, chances are you have a laptop. And if you have a laptop, you probably need something to carry it in. And then there are all the other things we gamers tend to tote around, such as iPods, headsets, games and even game consoles.

I tested out this bag in all kinds of the aforementioned ways, and my performance review can be found below. 
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Backlight Your PC Monitor To Reduce Eyestrain

Monday, July 25, 2011 at 8:30 am
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Ooh, glowy
​We may mostly write about console and mobile games, but every once in a great while we remember that you PC gamers exist as well. This one is for you.

One of the latest trends in PC monitors is to include a backlight that lends the back of our monitor a spooky alien glow. This isn't just about making your monitor look cool (although it does). In theory, the backlight is supposed to help reduce eyestrain and make the colors on your monitor look more vivid. 

If you're not in the market for a fancy new monitor with the feature built in, you can still add a backlight to your monitor on the cheap.

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Gamers, You Need A Better Router

Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 8:00 am
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I bring you internetz
As much as I love games and technology, I have to admit that I'm not the most tech-savvy guy in the world. When it comes to PC hardware, I generally call my computer engineer brother to come over and lend a hand. That's exactly what I did when a Belkin N750 DB router showed up at my door.

When it comes to stuff like routers, I have to admit that I don't think about them much. I figure once I have one set up, I'm pretty much good to go. You might be thinking the same thing. But having a new router arrive made me realize that my current router was several years old - and several wireless protocols behind the times.

Now I know what a huge difference a new router can make in a gamer household.

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Google Music Beta Is Here

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 8:30 am
​You may have noticed that we're slowly branching out a bit to include coverage of non-game technology. That's because the world of games and general tech is growing closer all the time. Consoles play Netflix. Phones are gaming hardware. Games are Apps and Apps are games. In other words, it's hard not to write about technology when you write about games.

That's why I'm writing about Google Music. 

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