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Fable Legends – First Impressions

By Jorge Figueiredo - September 16th, 2014


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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Board Game

By Jorge Figueiredo - September 15th, 2014


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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Linksys AC1200 MAX
Wi-Fi Range Extender RE6500

By Jorge Figueiredo - September 5th, 2014


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?

Worms Battlegrounds

By Jorge Figueiredo - July 15th, 2014


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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Transformers Age of Extinction
Generations Deluxe Class Strafe Figure

By Jorge Figueiredo - July 14th, 2014


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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Viewsonic PJD-7820HD

By Jorge Figueiredo - July 12th, 2014


Projectors are something that I don’t normally get too excited about. My house doesn’t have too many surfaces upon which I could effectively use it, and getting a screen installed would be a pain. Still, the Viewsonic PJD-7820HD that was sent to us to check out gave me pause, causing me to re-think my position on projectors. A relatively affordable offering, The 7820HD packs a lot of value under the hood, especially when you consider that it is supposed to be an entry-level viewing device.

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