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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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PS3 and XBox 360 price drops, who wins?

By: BatRastered Sep 12, 2009 | 9 Comments

A brief discussion on the recent price drops and what it means for us, the gamers.

Price cuts, I love price cuts!

Recently Sony announced the new PS3 slim model priced at $299. A few weeks later Microsoft reduced the price of the XBox 360 elite to $299 as well. Both represent a $100 cut off their earlier prices. So who wins this round?

For Sony, a price cut was long overdue. They had third party game developers screaming for it and threatening to stop publishing PS3 games. Now the PS3 slim represents a great value, including a Blu-Ray player and internet browser with their game system which comes fully equipped with Wi-Fi built in. The new unit does not, however, include backwards compatibility with PS2 games. This is a bit of a problem due to the lack of quality exclusive titles for the system (I count about 4).

Microsoft, on the other hand, already had a $299 system, and this "price cut" really represents nothing more than a minor hardware upgrade (from a 60GB hard drive to 120GB). The 360 runs off of standard DVDs, but has Netflix streaming to back that up. It also has backwards compatibility but doesn't really need it. The elite unit still does not have Wi-Fi built in and Microsoft wants an absurd $99 (MSRP) for the add on. This is dumb considering you have to pay a subscription for XBox live and the online features of the system are what really keeps it ahead of the PS3 in my opinion.

Wouldn't it be great if Sony and Microsoft would exchange strategies on these units? Microsoft would pack in Wi-Fi and ditch backwards compatibility, whereas Sony would cut out the Wi-Fi chip and replace it with the PS2's emotion engine for full compatibility. What a wonderful world that would be, playing to both systems strengths. (The 360's online system and Sony's huge back catalog.) Oh well, it was a thought.

I'd have to say, that if you don't own either system, the PS3 represents a better value right now. The problem for me is that I already own a 360 and there's no reason to play a game available for both systems on the PS3, whereas on the 360 I get achievements. For most people, I think the choice will come down to "what system do most of your friends have?", for the simple reason of wanting to play online with them.

Let's hear your thoughts on these price cuts in the comments you bucnh of Jimmys!

Playstation 3 Slim 120GB System

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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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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.

 

A new PS3 controller that's laid out like a 360 pad? Sign me up!

One of my other problems with the PS3 is that controller. I love the XBOX 360 controller, the PS3 has the d-pad and left analog in the wrong spot for me. Plus I also like the concave triggers on the 360 controller way better.

Well, it looks like NYKO has taken up this complaint from those of us who prefer the 360 and will be delivering the "Raven" PS3 controller that mimics the feel of the 360. I'm looking forward to this on August 31st Jimmy!

Nyko Raven

Pre-order yours too!

Nyko has an amazing controller for the Wii and yes it's real. Optimal for only 3 games.

Type Pad Pro for Wii

Wii Nyko Type pad pro

I just had to do some research to make sure this was a real apparatus. It's true. Optimal for games like and Animal Crossing and Monster Hunter Tri. It would probably work well with your Wii browsers when you want to check Gouki.com on your Wii. Who is doing that? Is that a privilege 5 year olds get now? BTW 5 years old should not be reading this site.

If you MUST HAVE this item, Amazon got you for $28.67 right now with free shipping.

The 6850 is one of the best deals going already, throw in a free copy of one of this year's hottest PC titles and you've got deals Jimmy!

Need a new video card to play Star Wars: The Old Republic? Me too, yeah I know it doesn't have a release date yet, but the system requirements are out and the Radeon HD 6850 will run it nicely. It's also one of the best graphics cards value for the money. Now, if you buy this video card on Amazon before September 30th you will also get a code emailed to you for a free Steam copy of Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Stolen!

A way better deal than Dirt 3 they used to include.

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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.

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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

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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Razer Onza will only give you a tiny boost

By: BatRastered Jan 16, 2012 | 4 Comments | Updated: Jan 16, 2012

Tighten up your analog sticks, remap that back button, and jump into Battlefield 3 with the Razer Onza Tournament Edition controller for the Xbox 360 if you want to gain a (very small) advantage over your competition.

Presenting, the Razer Onza Tournament Edition

Razer Onza Unboxed

It's no secret that the D-Pad on the standard Xbox controller is a joke. Many first person shooters make use of the D-Pad for weapon selection or item usage. Specifically in BF3, you use it to pull out your class specific items (like ammo boxes, repair kits, health packs, etc.). This would typically have the wrong one coming out on me at least once per round.

I recently upgraded to the special edition Xbox controller (the silver one with the twisty D-pad). It was a nice improvement. The analog sticks on it had a different feel too, and I liked that as well. However, I've seen 3 of these controllers now, and all of them start getting cracks on the part where the battery pack snaps in within a few weeks. Unhappy with the poor construction of this, I thought I'd give the Onza a try. Erik Estrada loves it.

The Onza completely removes the D-pad for four directional buttons. This is a nice improvement if you are playing FPS and using it only for item/weapon selection. The D-pad would be completely useless for actually controlling something (like SF4 for instance). The sticks feel nice and seem a little bit taller in your hands, most notably however, the tournament edition has some ridges underneath that let you twist the sticks to adjust the tension on them. This is a nice feature, though I don't have them set very tight. The Onza also includes two extra "multi-function" buttons on the shoulders of the controller that can be remapped.

Onza LFMB Close UP

This is useful as some games have actions that require you to take your thumb off of the sticks in order to do (jumping, spotting targets, reloading and such in BF3 for example). Placing two of these actions on the MFB's can save you precious time in a fire fight, though it does take some getting used to. Mapping a button to the MFB is really simple, there are two buttons and a light up read-out on the back. Simply press either button and the command that it's corresponding MFB is assigned will light up. Hold down the button and press the command you want to chose and you are done. There are some limitations though, neither MFB can be remapped to any D-Pad functions and each MFB can only be mapped to the stick press on its own side (you can't map RMFB to the left stick click for instance).

Onza Back Panel

The face buttons, A, B, X, and Y have really shallow travel and click almost instantly. You could really out-peck someone on these. Razer calls them "Hyper response buttons" and on the tournament edition they are backlit. This doesn't really come in handy on BF3, but I could see it on any game that had a quick-time "press b really fast" event or something similar.

Lastly, there is the issue of the cord. Jimmy don't like cords. But as Estrada said, "at least it's a nice cord". Yes, it is that. At 15 feet, you shouldn't be stretching this thing in any but the largest rooms. It's also got a nice braided jacket and standard Xbox quick-release anti-trip mechanism on the end closest to your console. The Jimmys of the internet think having a cord is faster than wireless. I've seen no proof of that, but it's not slower either. Responsiveness feels basically the same. A definite plus is the controller is lighter and you don't have to worry about your battery dying in the middle of a match, though that's not much of a plus for me as the rechargeable batteries last days and I always have a spare ready to go. Tournaments won't allow you to use a wireless controller anyway, so you might as well use this if you're pro... don't know how they feel about controllers with extra buttons though. And if you really love BF3, there's an edition with BF3 graphics on it.

Overall, a nice piece of technology, but you'll want to try it out first, as it feels different and 50 bucks is a lot for a wired controller... and of course if you hate cords, you should stay away.

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