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I have talked about the different types of PC gamers before when it comes to peripherals like mice and keyboards. Some like lots of macro capability some want smaller and more compact keyboards. The same goes for mice, some want low-resolution mice and others want high-resolution mice. Mouse pads typically have different sorts of gamers too. Some want a smooth and slippery hard surface; others want a textured cloth mat to suit their needs.
If you are, the sort of gamer that likes hard and smooth pads for gaming Razer has a new offering for you. The new mouse pad is called the Scarab and it has a new Fractal 2.0 gaming surface. The surface is supposed to be uniform in construction allowing the mouse to track more smoothly when gaming. The bottom of the pad also has a new rubber base.
The rubber base will keep the pad in place no matter how hot the acting gets and the soft rubber is supposed to be able to smooth irregularities under the mouse pad to make your mousing even smoother. Razer ships the mouse pad with a carry case to keep it safe when you travel to LAN parties. The mouse pad will ship next month for $39.99.
I really liked Tron when I was a kid. The original game had all the stuff a young geek needed to get hooked with video games and what were for the time some really cool effects. I know I spent many a quarter playing the arcade game based on the film back in the day. It's funny that the new iPhone and iPad apps that have landed with games for the movie have graphics that look better than the arcade games from my youth.
The new games are available for purchase right now on the app store for 99 cents. The game has 24 rounds of racing on light cycles around tracks in Tron city. On Christmas Day, the game will also launch a Tron Mobile GRID championship that will have players competing for prizes for winning like 3D entertainment systems and more.
The player can ride lightcycles and fire cannons from the cockpit of the Recognizers to earn points and unlock new races with 16 courses total. There are races, time trials, and head-to-head competitions. Power ups are also offered and more.
The new Deus Ex prequel was meant to be on shelves/digital distribution by March next year but it has been confirmed by the games publisher, Square Enix that it's pushed into the next fiscal year which begins in April 2011.
The company explained the delay in a written statement:
What peaked my interest in L.A. Noire was a combination of things. Rockstar first and foremost, actors from two of my favorite shows - Mad Men and Fringe and also the technology behind it.
L.A. Noire is a detective thriller from Australian developers Team Bondi which are smashing the bar through not only the roof, but the layers of clouds and atmosphere when it comes to motion capture in video games.
Sony has recently released that they will be releasing some classic Neo Geo games on December 21st on the Playstation network, and now SNK is looking to complete the retro gaming experience with their Neo Geo gamepad for the Playstation 3.
For me, the Neo Geo was the system that everyone drooled over but no one could get their parents to buy at the hefty $650 price tag it commanded in 1990. With a floating 8 way D-pad, the controller was and is a popular item and now SNK has a PS3 worthy equivalent, complete with PS3 button and USB connectivity. This gamepad is slotted to only be released in Japan for 3,129 yen. That comes to around $37 American, and Play-Asia will send you one Stateside for $45.
Crysis 2 is not far away (March 2011) and the closer we get to it's release, the more news, details, pictures and videos we see. It's been a long time since Crytek have pumped out another shooter and I'm beginning to seriously lick my lips at the thought of playing Crysis 2.
Head of Crytek, Cevat Yerli has said in regards to Crysis 2: "We didn't want to be Call of Duty, we didn't want to be Halo. We wanted to stay true to Crysis."
The Xbox 360 exclusive title, Alan Wake, has nabbed the number one video game by Time Magazine. The game was developed by Remedy Entertainment (the guys behind the more than awesome Max Payne titles).
The number two spot was nabbed by Angry Birds (hooray!), third was left to Red Dead Redemption, fourth went to Halo: Reach. Super Mario Galaxy 2, Limo and Super Meat Boy took fifth, sixth and seventh spots respectively. Super Street Fighter IV took eighth, Starcraft 2 nabbed ninth and last but not least, Mass Effect 2 came in at 10th place.
Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios have announced Kinect support for Forza 4. Forza 4 will still include support for the standard controller and various steering wheels, with Kinect being an optional bonus for those with the Kinect kit.
Forza 4 now stands as a confirmed hybrid title that will offer the Kinect support and is expected to be released in both standard and Limited Edition just like Forza 3.
Rovio's Angry Birds just can't keep out of the news! Angry Birds is just over 12 months old and has hit the 50-million download mark which is quite the achievement.
It sits up there with a select few gaming franchises that have hit this mark such as Bejeweled (50 million) and Legend of Zelda (59 million). So to be at 50 million within a year, this is something only a few companies can brag about.
I would be willing to bet that any gamer that was around when the Super Nintendo game system came out way back in the day spent time playing Super Mario Bros. That was the game to have and probably the title I spent most of my summers playing as a kid. It's hard to get away from the fact that Mario is turning 25 this year and to celebrate Nintendo has been offering up some special titles.
The latest of the special titles is called Super Mario All-Stars. The game is for the Wii and is a limited edition package that has four classic Mario games that you can play on the Wii console. Along with the games, the special bundle also has a soundtrack CD and a commemorative book with illustrations from the game.