Reviews


Odd Prods
KontrolFreek
FPS Freek CQC and FPS Freek Specter

By Jorge Figueiredo - September 18th, 2014

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When the next generation of consoles came out, they were accompanied by new controllers. These controllers improved upon their predecessors in many ways – but are they perfect? Not according to some. The comfort and usability of analog sticks, for instance, is reliant upon their height and their grip. KontrolFreek knows this, and they produce add-on products for those of us who would like to tweak this part of our controllers. Does it improve performance? Perhaps not immediately; but the increase in comfort goes a long way towards improving the overall gaming experience, which just might have some interesting fringe benefits.

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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 WRT1900AC Smart Router

By Sharad Hirjee - September 12th, 2014

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In early 2014 Cisco completed the sale on the Linksys division to Belkin, making them one of the biggest players in the home networking space. Cisco had been taking the Linksys line of routers in a direction that featured very slick, antenna free, devices that appeared to emulate UFOs (as if the manufacturers were trying to create hardware that did not resemble any previous network hardware). Freed from the shackles of Cisco’s development plan, the new company needed to make a bold statement and they did it by paying homage to the legendary WRT54G in the creation of the WRT1900AC Smart Router.

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How Much Do I OUYA?
Magnetic By Nature
Review

By Jorge Figueiredo - September 10th, 2014

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Tripleslash’s Magnetic By Nature is a crowd-funded physics-based puzzle-platformer for the OUYA. Artistically stylish and easy to play, it is a fun game that will constantly challenge the player, regardless of their gaming skill level. It will be especially appealing to those who may not have a lot of time on their hands.

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Reviews
Airheads Jump

By Jorge Figueiredo - September 9th, 2014

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Airheads Jump, by Crazy Labs and Tactile Entertainment, is a free-to-play tilt-based jumping game for iOS and Android that is far from complicated, but can easily hold your attention for short spurts of time here and there, making it a great time-waster for situations when you have some spare moments – just watch out for those ads!

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Run DLC
Tropico 5
The Big Cheese

By Rituro - September 7th, 2014

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Let’s say you’re running your own country. Things are going well – massive palace, fat bank account, a populace not yet attempting a mass uprising over the lack of health care – and you’ve started wondering if anything is missing in your life. You’ve got the economy, the industry, the agriculture, the fancy statue of yourself… could there be anything more? Oh my, yes! You see, there’s one thing you haven’t yet implemented – one hallmark of every ruler that would cement your legacy as the greatest despot ever to hoard cash, taunt the Russians and corner the basement rum market. Presidente, you still need cheese.

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Reviews
Sound Blaster ZxR
Sound Card

By Jorge Figueiredo - September 2nd, 2014

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Recently, we reviewed the PCI-express-based Soundblaster Audigy Fx. A “budget card”, the Fx is comparable to on-board audio, as the core is a RealTek chip – the same one used in many all-in-one motherboard solutions (and if not the same, then definitely similar). Now, what if you were looking to spend a little extra money on your desktop’s audio solution; what would you choose? Creative Labs sent us the Sound Blaster ZxR in an attempt to help us answer the question. The answer? From its distinctive look to its powerful audio delivery, this card is almost perfect for gamers with some scratch looking to take advantage of audio goodness – both in-game and out-game.

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