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Reviews
PlayStation Gold Wireless Stereo Headset

By Jorge Figueiredo - September 28th, 2014

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While there are a bevy of personal sound delivery solutions for the Playstation 3 and Playstation 4 from third parties, Sony’s own headphone solutions have always been a welcome one. Both the Wireless Stereo Headset and the Pulse Elite Edition Wireless Headset are great products, delivering great sound quality while remaining conveniently portable and durable – all for a reasonable price. Sony’s PlayStation Gold Wireless Stereo Headset is the latest in their line of listening technology, and it should come as no surprise that this full-featured headset meets and exceeds the bar set by the previous two headphones.

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Events
X14
Fable Legends – First Impressions

By Jorge Figueiredo - September 16th, 2014

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The Fable series has always been a lot like Madonna – constantly reinventing itself. I was never the biggest fan of the original games, but I enjoyed playing them when I could get my hands on them and I really enjoyed the departure that was Fable: The Journey. Lionhead Studios is changing the game yet again with the upcoming Fable Legends. I got a chance to hang out with some of the Devs from Lionhead at X14 to learn more about this interesting new twist as well as take part in what was a very fun role.

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Reviews
Bounce-Off
Board Game

By Jorge Figueiredo - September 15th, 2014

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Fellow Thumber Evan attended a Mattel game night at Snakes and Lagers earlier this summer, where he played a game called Bounce-Off. Evan wrote that the game “plays like a tidy, strategic take on Beer Pong”, and he’s dead on the money. Bounce-Off is a hilarious (and at times intense) physical game that is a lot of fun for all ages.

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Reviews
Linksys AC1200 MAX
Wi-Fi Range Extender RE6500

By Jorge Figueiredo - September 5th, 2014

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Last year, I reviewed two different routers: the Linksys EA6500 and the D-Link 868L. Both routers are powerful customers, pushing dual-band connectivity through the air like nobody’s business. Of course, it doesn’t matter how powerful your routers are, as dead zones can exist in the oddest of places, contributing to a lack of signal in areas that we might really want connectivity. Thankfully, one can usually overcome this obstacle by employing the use of a Wi-Fi range extender, making dead zones a little less of a problem while extending the range of your local Wi-Fi network. LinkSys sent us their AC1200 MAX Wi-Fi Range Extender RE6500 to review, and I am pleased to say that it does what it says it’s supposed to do – and it does it quite well.

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Good News Story
Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition

By Jorge Figueiredo - August 21st, 2014


Click the pic for the trailer for Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition.

A while back I reviewed Guacamelee! for the Playstation 3 and the Playstation Vita – and I really liked it! Since that time, the game has peen published for multiple platforms, and many people have expressed their love for the title (as well as the DLC). Recently, Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition (which contains new gaming areas, an extended story, new abilities and much more) was released for all the latest consoles, and now it is being released today (August 21st) on Steam ($14.99)! In fact, DrinkBox has announced something very special for folks who want to buy it: a time-limited 10% discount for newcomers to the series, and a 66% discount for those who own the original Steam Gold Edition (that’s $4.99, folks)!

This new edition of Guacamelee! includes Steam Workshop integration, Steam trading cards, and there are plans for future updates. How’s that for brightening your day?


Reviews
Worms Battlegrounds

By Jorge Figueiredo - July 15th, 2014

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I remember, years ago, firing up Team17’s Worms for the first time on my PC (not too long after a friend had shown me Scorched Earth, actually), and I really enjoyed the never-ending war between those itty-bitty invertebrates. The basic premise of the game has changed little over the years, and now the title has come to the latest generation of consoles. As with practically every iteration before that expanded to a new platform, Worms Battlegrounds for the Xbox One and the Playstation 4 is a most welcome and fun diversion.

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Toys
Transformers Age of Extinction
Generations Deluxe Class Strafe Figure

By Jorge Figueiredo - July 14th, 2014

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As Transformers: Age of Extinction rampages through the box office to mixed reviews, you and your kids can take home the adventures with some action figures from Hasbro. Smallest Thumbs and I recently reviewed the Flip and Change Optimus Prime action figure, with each of us having a differing opinion about the toy. Hasbro has since sent us a Generations Deluxe Class Strafe Figure to check out. When I first took it out of the package, I rejoiced at the old-school transformation mechanics. To my surprise, Smallest Thumbs was also into the flying Dinobot.

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