As time marches on, more people become wired (or wireless, as the case may be), which means that the number of devices in the average home is increasing. More devices means more charging, which can take up valuable electrical socket space. Couple that with the need for wired data transfers to a computer and, well, port real estate values rise. There is a neat product called the Hub IT Sync & Charge Station that deals with this inflation of need. Created by Eggtronic (Italy), this modular device can accommodate up to 7 wired devices for charging; and if you have a hand-held that conforms to the Qi (pronounced “chee”) standard of charging by induction, it can support that, too!
There are really two choices when considering the purchase of headphones: go big or go home. This may not sound like the most sage advice, seeing as most of us are not fabulously wealthy; but it does carry some merit. Skimping usually results in headphones that break too easily, usually due to cheap build quality – it also tends to mean robbing yourself of a better audio experience. Now, if you are super-careful and you don’t really care about audio quality, then there probably is no lower limit to your headphone budget. However, if you are someone who doesn’t mind spending more to get more, then you might want to consider a pair of ME03 in-ear headphones. Once again, New York’s Master & Dynamic (makers of the MH40) have merged form and function to create something truly special.
With the release of both Forza Horizon 2 and Driveclub at the end of last year, one would think that everyone’s racing needs were met – but this is not the case. While both of those proved themselves to be great videogames, one would be remiss if they did not try out Ubisoft’s The Crew. While perhaps not as pretty as Forza or as technical as Driveclub, The Crew brings new meaning to the term “open world”. Sure, it’s not perfect; the game occasionally suffers from repetition and a silly story – but if you love arcade driving games it is probably one of the most fun titles out there in the genre – and the social aspect makes for some really great experiences.
The folks at SteelSeries are no strangers to the creation of great audio products. I have reviewed a few of them before, as has Shaun Hatton when he wrote about a pair of Siberias. While I have never experienced the Siberia line in the past, I have heard lots of great things about them. A few weeks ago, SteelSeries sent Toronto Thumbs a Siberia V3 Prism to review. The V3s are not marketed as the highest tier in the line (that honour falls to the V3 Prism Elite), but they perform well and give PC gamers a nice enough option if they don’t already have a pair of good headphones, though they have a few shortcomings for the price.
I am a sucker for a game with a great story, especially a tale with a folksy twist. Kalimba, developed by Press Play for the Xbox One, tells a decent tale and keeps players hooked with its clever, twitchy, dual-character colour-based puzzle-platforming mechanics. While there are moments of head-scratching frustration, Kalimba is enjoyable overall, and thanks to co-op game-play, has extended value for those who enjoy sharing their gaming experiences with a friend. This game is a no-frills thrill that reinforces that age-old adage: practice makes perfect.
A few weeks ago, I posted a review for the 2nd Volume of the Assassin’s Creed: Unity soundtrack, which was composed and performed by Sarah Schachner, musical genius and all-around cool person. Sarah also did some work on Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. I was lucky enough to be able to have a chat with Sarah about the challenges behind composing music for videogames, her inspirations, Assassin’s Creed, and a few other choice tidbits. Read on!
If you missed the Twitter party for the digital release of The Book of Life (official page here), never fear! Thanks to Fox, you now have a chance to win a copy of the Blu-Ray, which is being released on January 27th! Fox had a trivia feature that they asked us to post, but we chatted with them and have agreed to shake it up a bit by seeing if you can guess the answers!