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25 WTF Fight Sticks

By: derkasan Oct 15, 2012 | 3 Comments

We've all seen pictures of awesome fight sticks; now it's time to see some of the worst.

The Internet is home to some of the most awesome fightstick mods out there. However, there are a number of downright goofy sticks out there as well. Some are official, some are homemade, but all of these monstrosities are bound to make to make you say "WTF?!"

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Where are the batteries?

By: BatRastered Apr 24, 2010 | 4 Comments

My battery isn't holding a charge anymore, so I need a new one... Don't they exist anymore?

Like all rechargeable batteries, the one that comes with your play and charge kit will eventually fail to hold a charge for very long. Mine currently lasts about 20 minutes. I thought I'd just buy a replacement... They used to sell just the battery pack for $9.99.  I know, because I bought one. I had two battery packs and one charge cable. The thing is, I can't find it anywhere anymore.

It looks like the only way to replace the battery is to buy a whole new play and charge kit. This sucks... It's not just the price that pisses me off, it's that I have a perfectly good charge cable that doesn't need replacing. Happy Earth day everyone, have some extra waste!

I decided to buy a charge station (comes with a battery pack), so now I have 3 batteries (only one that works), one charge station and a play & charge cable. If I want to replace one of the other batteries I'll end up with another cable... and so on until the XBox 420 comes out I should have 18 cables by then. Thanks MS.

I've seen some third party ones, but they have contacts on the back for charging while still on the controller, doesn't seem these would work with my charging station.

Mad Catz unveils it's first Next-Gen fightstick, the Killer Instinct branded Tournament Edition 2.

Mad Catz is coming to your home in 2013 only on Xbox One! The Mad Catz Killer Instinct Tournament Edition 2 is here! LED lighting, internal access and authentic arcade parts are just the tip of the ice berg! 

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FightStick Guide

By: goukijones Feb 2, 2010 | 12 Comments

This guide will put you on the path of style and savings. Everyone can have a FightStick now Jimmy!

All the prices on the sticks jump around. If you're looking to save money just wait for something to go on sale. Almost all of the links offer free shipping.

Real Arcade Pro: EX Premium VLX

Real Arcade Pro: EX Premium VLX

 

Special abilities: Designed to replicate Taito's "VEWLIX" arcade cabinet. Uses genuine Sanwa Denshi arcade parts for stick lever and all buttons. Maximize stability with the included option board.

Amazon $299.99 free shipping.

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D-Link Wireless AC Gaming Router (DGL-5500)

By: BatRastered Sep 27, 2013 | 8 Comments

Pretty much all gaming is online gaming these days. You need a router that can handle it. D-Link sent us their top-of-the-line gaming unit for review.

The D-Link Wireless AC Gaming Router (DGL-5500) is not the prettiest thing in the world, but it gets the job done.

D-Link DGL-5500 gaming router

The router is a weird teardrop cylinder shape that stands vertically. I'm not sure how the internal antennae is oriented, I'm guessing it's also vertical. I much prefer external antennae arrays. Maybe I just like playing with the positioning, but I feel I can cover dead zones better that way. We set this unit up in a one bedroom apartment, however so coverage was not an issue at all. Just be aware that if you are in a multi-story house, you may need to position this router more carefully. I'd like to give a quick shout-out to D-Link for including a power button on the unit. I'm glad this is now a feature, I've always hated having to unplug my router to reset it when something went wrong. 

Setup was super easy, as you can see in our unboxing video, the unit came with a pre-set random password and both WiFI bands turned on. This beats having a default password that everybody who buys that brand knows. We wanted a custom setup, however, and plugged into one of the LAN ports to access the units dashboard. A quick run through the setup wizard and we were up and running with a custom SSID name and passwords.

We replaced an old linksys router with this bad boy and it made a noticeable difference. Of course, it should, being a generation ahead of the older router. We were able to watch 3 different HD streams at once on 3 different devices with no problems. The device has a trademarked feature called "StreamBoost" that's responsible for making this run as smoothly as possible. Though to be honest, I feel like the amount of bandwidth you have from your ISP is going to make a much larger difference if you are having bandwidth related issues. Still, the "application aware" traffic shaping is a plus for this unit.

The DGL-5500 is a simultaneous dual band WiFi router which means it broadcasts at both 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz at the same time. I highly recommend going with the 5GHz band if your devices support it. It's both faster and (currently) less congested. In my neighborhood, I'm the only 5Ghz station around, while there are about 20 2.4GHz WiFi stations at any given time. Actually, you know what? Stick with your 2.4... Yeah, it's ok, I like having all this spectrum to myself. :)

This router also supports the draft version (like a beta) of the wireless AC* standard. I don't have any devices that yet support this, so I couldn't test it out, but it reportedly offers gigabit class speeds wirelessly. If it's anything like the jump from wireless G to wireless N, I'm super excited. As it's still draft stage, it may be a while before you start seeing laptops and tablets with built in AC chipsets, however. 

Overall, a nice unit with some good future-proof features and easy setup. It should be noted that if you're not interested in AC, there are definitely cheaper units out there (including lesser models from D-Link).

*I'd like to take a moment to publicly shame the body that came up with the "AC" designation however. WTF were they thinking? It sounds like it has something to do with electricity more than WiFi, it's confusing enough that there's an AC adapter in the box for power and if you search amazon for an "AC adapter" your going to have a bad time. They could've called it GB for gigabit or X for eXtreme (the kids love that, right?). Really anything other than AC would be better for the marketing team. I feel almost as bad for that name as I do for the "Xbox One". 

NVIDIA looks to bring the next gen power of their Kepler chips to the mainstream with the $300-ish 660ti

The new GeForce 660ti retails for about $300 and will run any modern game at 1920x1080 on high settings with PhysX enabled according to our contact at NVIDIA. There aren't a ton of games that make good use of PhysX but Borderlands 2 is one... that demo is the first PC demo to make me feel like I'm missing out on something by playing the game on a console. And guess what? For a limited time buy a 660ti on Amazon and get Borderlands 2 for free. That's a great combo right there!

Click the source link for the full press release.

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Republic of Gamers (ROG) releases the ultimate 27-inch WQHD gaming monitor with exclusive gaming features, design touches, and NVIDIA® G-SYNC™ technology

ASUS today at CES announced a new monitor that's 27 inches of 2560x1440 and 120Hz goodness, plus it comes with the new NVIDIA G-Sync technology built in. This is now the ultimate PC gaming monitor, but it comes with a premium price too... $800

Looks good...

ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q Premium Gaming Monitor

This sounds great, but I would like to see a 24 inch version as 27 is just a tad too big for my desk, especially with multiple monitors. Of course, I'd like to see it come down in price too, but I'm sure that will happen with time.

The full release:

Las Vegas, USA (6th January, 2014) — ASUS today announced the ROG Swift PG278Q 27-inch gaming monitor. The Swift PG278Q features a WQHD (2560 x 1440) resolution, fast 120+ Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time and a full range of ergonomic adjustments. It also features ASUS GamePlus and NVIDIA® G-SYNC™ technologies that are designed to deliver the ultimate gaming experience.

Experience Immersive Gaming and Outstanding Visuals

Say goodbye to motion blur and lag with 120+ Hz refresh rate and 1ms response times for a competitive advantage in all your games, thanks to smoother gameplay and on-screen responsiveness.  The ROG Swift PG278Q also features GamePlus, an exclusive ASUS feature.

GamePlus is an OSD overlay that enables crosshair and timer functions to be displayed on the monitor. Gamers can select from four different crosshair types to suit the gaming environment, while the timer function allows players to track elapsed time in real-time strategy games. These tools allow gamers to practice and improve their gaming skills.

The ROG Swift PG278Q provides an array of options that include DisplayPort 1.2 for native WQHD output, dual USB 3.0 ports, VESA wall mount capability and a versatile stand with full tilt, swivel, pivot, and height adjustment for an ideal viewing position while playing the latest game titles.

The smart cable management feature rids your desktop of tangled wires, while the super narrow 6mm bezel ensures the ROG Swift PG278Q is an ideal choice for seamless multi-display gaming setups. Another nod to gamers and improving the user experience is a 5-way joystick that allows the user to easily navigate the OSD and make quick monitor adjustments.

The World’s First and Fastest WQHD Monitor powered by NVIDIA G-SYNC™

The ROG Swift PG278Q is also the world’s first WQHD monitor powered by NVIDIA® G-SYNC™ technology. NVIDIA® G-SYNC™, a breakthrough in display technology, synchronizes the display’s refresh rates to the GPU. The ROG Swift PG278Q eliminates screen tearing, minimizes stutter and input lag to deliver the smoothest gaming experience possible. With G-SYNC™ technology objects look sharper and more vibrant, while gameplay is more fluid and responsive.

SPECIFICATIONS
ROG Swift PG278Q

  •  Display: 27-inch WQHD 2560 × 1440 (16:9)
  • Narrow 6mm bezel designed for multi-monitor setups
  • Pixel Pitch: 0.233mm
  • Brightness: 350cd/m²
  • Display Colors: 16.7M
  • Refresh Rate: Over 120 Hz
  • Response Time: 1ms (GTG)
  • Connectivity: 1 x DisplayPort 1.2, 2 x USB 3.0 ports
  • Stand Adjustments: tilt (+20° ~ -5°), swivel (+60° ~ -60°), pivot (90° clockwise), height adjustment (0 ~ 120mm)
  • VESA-wall mountable (100 × 100mm)
  • Special ASUS Features: GamePlus and 5-way joystick OSD navigation

1Specifications and product availability are all subject to change without notice and may differ from country to country. Actual performance may vary depending on applications, usage, environment and other factors. For more details about the products mentioned in this press release, please visit http://press.asus.com

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About ASUS
ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning, motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets and smartphones. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,168 awards in 2012 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. ASUS has more than 12,500 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of 3,800 engineers. Company revenue for 2012 was approximately US$14 billion.

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Video card upgrade time

By: BatRastered Nov 30, 2010 | 7 Comments

Need a video card before Star Wars: The Old republic comes out, but want to keep it under $150? Some recommendations...

MSI GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi) N450GTS CYCLONE 1GD5/OC Video Card

MSI GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi) N450GTS CYCLONE 1GD5/OC Video Card

VisionTek 900301 Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

VisionTek 900301 Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

Both of these cards are under $150 and support dual and even triple monitor setups and DirectX 11.

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New AMD Radeon chips coming next week

By: BatRastered Oct 15, 2010 | 7 Comments

Ready to upgrade your video card soon?

Quote directly from the AMD earnings conference call today:

"We will be launching our second-generation DX11 graphics offerings next week."

Source: Anandtech

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Motorola Atrix smartphone is also a laptop

By: BatRastered Jan 28, 2011 | 9 Comments

This is one of the coolest ideas I've seen in a while when it comes to mobile computing.

Smart phones have been playing games for years, but the small screen, while great for portability, is not so great for other things. This new phone from Motorola was shown at this years CES, now there's a video showing you what it can do besides play Need For Speed.

You can dock it to a keyboard/screen shell that looks like a laptop and use all the apps with a much bigger screen and a real keyboard, or dock it to a connector that has 3  USB and 1 HDMI out for use on your TV.

For those who only use computers for Email and Web browsing and casual gaming (it plays flash in addition to the game apps), this is really all you'd ever need.

 

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Motion controls are not the future

By: BatRastered Aug 24, 2010 | 14 Comments

Do any of these "games" look fun? Let's not forget that this industry is about the games, not the control schemes!

We are nearing the release of the Sony Move for the PS3 and Microsoft Kinect for XBOX 360. This marks a dramatic difference from previous generations of console video games. Usually after 5 years, you get a slight redesign and you start to hear whispers, rumors, or teasers for the next version of the console (to be released about 2 years later). This time, while we have the slim versions, we are getting add-ons to the existing consoles and whispers that these consoles will be with us for quite some time to come.

Certainly, Nintendo has had mainstream success with the Wii, though I wonder if that's because of the motion controls or in spite of them and due simply to the significant price advantage the big N enjoyed through most of the Wii's lifecycle. I own a Wii, and it is rarely powered on compared to my XBOX or PS3. The reason for this is simple; games. Being an older gamer and an experienced gamer (I've played since the Atari 2600 days) I tend to enjoy bigger games and more mature games. Mass Effect (1 & 2), Red Dead Redemption, Halo 3, Batman Arkham Asylum, Uncharted, God of War III... all great games from this generation; none of those are available on the Wii. There is a large selection of casual games (Wii sports and the like) on the Wii, and that's great for a party, I guess, but it doesn't scratch that gaming itch for me.

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Still holding off on a new video card for your PC. Would a free copy of Arkham City and $20 get you to go for it?

This is one of the best deals I've seen in a while. Not only is the 560ti a great card for $250, but you get a $20 rebate and a free copy of the latest Batman game when it comes out.

This card is overclocked out of the box and includes a lifetime warranty.

Don't miss out Jimmy! This card is going into GoukiJones' new video editing machine, he'll probably be giving that Batman code away since he'll be pwnn that Xbox version, so stay tuned for that!

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