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All posts tagged "gaming"

  • 14 of the most spectacular gaming tattoos you’ll find online today

    Those of us who are gamers know what it’s like to be a super fan of a certain game, and if you’re like me (occupying the space of both gamer and tattoo addict), you’ll have considered a gaming tattoo at some point in your life. For the record, I don’t have any gaming tattoos, mainly because I haven’t yet found a game that remains such a firm favourite that I would consider having it forever etched into my skin. There are however, plenty of other people who have taken that plunge and as such, I scoured the interwebz for the best...

  • Stanford boffin invents emotion-detecting game controller

    Stanford engineers have created technology that may drastically alter the way people experience games in the years to come, reports the University’s newsletter. The technology utilises physiological sensors, located on a modified Xbox controller, to measure autonomic nervous system (ANS) activity during gameplay. The ANS controls various involuntary visceral functions like heart rate, skin temperature, breathing, sweating, swallowing, even sexual arousal. Not surprisingly, your level of engagement directly affects the ANS resulting in specific visceral output. In other words, if you are encountering a particularly difficult boss or obstacle in the game, your heart rate and level of perspiration may...

  • Cooler Master Pulse-R, Reaper, Ceres-300 review: ready for battle

    Additional reporting by Jacques Coetzee and Ronan Steyn. Right now we’re speaking to you, the core gamer, the one who demands the best headsets and controllers. Gaming is serious business, and a good mouse, plus a quality headset that immerses you in the action, is a must-have. We’ve got three sturdy, cost-friendly gizmos from Cooler Master, which is pretty much the nirvana of PC modding. They are The Reaper gaming mouse and two impressive headsets, the Pulse-R and Ceres-300, which were reviewed by Gearburn’s trio of gaming geeks – Steven, Ronan and Jacques. What’s groovy about all three products, part of the CM...

  • Meet Swedish designed ‘R-Kaid-Revelation’, the ultimate retro gaming PC

    The R Kaid (geddit?) Revelation is just that, a “PC Computer” with transparent LCD and two wireless joysticks, all beautifully created in walnut and copper. The PC, designed by Love Hulten has over 10 000 arcade games, all emulated, 8GB RAM and a GTX 600 GPU. But this time it’s not about what’s inside, but what’s outside that counts, as this is the best looking custom PC we’ve ever clapped eyes on. It has a rotating foot stand, a volume dial with stereo speakers lovingly built into the front panel under the display, drawers underneath for two USB joypads (which looks...

  • The 3 best keyboards for hardcore PC gamers

    Building a gaming PC is an art. It’s a fine balance between power, cost and aesthetics, and if done correctly, it’s more rewarding than any console on the market. Certain online directories give builders the tools to design, customise and order any gaming rig imaginable, and countless blogs give counsel on the hottest hardware and best deals around. From CPUs to GPUs, no detail is too small when assembling a thousand-dollar or more machine. And then there’s the accessories: mice, keyboards and speakers. They’re an afterthought. And it’s a shame, because when it comes to gaming, hardware as seemingly simple...

  • Razer Kraken 7.1 headset review: the best gaming headset by a longshot

    Razer’s does a bang-up job in terms of speakers and headphones. We’ve recently reviewed the Hammerhead and it was an incredible experience. The Kraken 7.1 usb-powered headset is just as good, except for the fact that it made my ears hurt. Headphones are just too snug on me, but I’ll let it pass because of the excellent surround sound. The Kraken (I love the name) is priced at R1179 (US$99) and is worth the investment. While you may think that dropping a dime on a headset is a bad idea, the instant you slip these puppies onto your hearing flaps...

  • Linux is the ‘future of gaming’ as Steam Box gets possible announcement date

    Valve is planning on revolutionizing the idea of video gaming,  again. At LinuxCon 2013 yesterday, Valve co-founder Gabe Newell said that Linux is the “future of gaming” and hinted at the possible announcement of the company’s open-source PC console called Steam Box. Despite the year-on-year declines in the PC market of which Linux holds the smallest of all the operating systems, Gabe Newell believes the open-source OS is the future of gaming. “On the other hand, PC gaming seems to have been immune to this downturn.” With some help from Valve, this future is going to include hardware designed for...

  • Google gears up for Android gaming console, smartwatch

    An Android console from Google itself? According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, it may happen. The WSJ spoke to  “people familiar with the matter” who say that Google will release an Android games console, a smartwatch and version 2.0 of the Nexus Q, a wireless speaker that sold about as well as bacon sandwiches on Yom Kippur. Apple already has its casual gaming console, we like to call it Apple TV. Apple also has plans to release a smartwatch in the near future. Is it Google’s intention to get in on Apple’s, Ouya’s, Project Shield and Gamestick’s...

  • 2013: an Xbox One Odyssey

    Software and services no longer, it’s all about devices and services for Microsoft and the new Xbox One from Microsoft showcases the future of computing. The red glowing eye and the dulcet tones of HAL in 2001 a Space Odyssey has finally come to life in the latest console from Microsoft. To call the Xbox One a gaming console is a massive understatement of its abilities as well as being a small reflection of its true power and purpose.

  • Google Play get serious: Glass app reveals gaming goodness

    The Google Glass companion app, the software needed to run the dorky-looking but pretty cool wearable smartphone, has been broken down into separate files that reveal a Play Store secret: Google is going to include console-like features into yet-to-be-named gaming service. We’re talking online and turn-based multiplayer, in-game chat, leaderboards, achievements, lobbies and game invitations. These are all services commonly seen on PS3 and Xbox 360. With Android consoles such as Ouya launching very soon, Google’s plan to introduce a coherent gaming structure to its store is nothing short of genius. Read on! Androidpolice.com provides an outstanding breakdown of the Glass...

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