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A Few of My Favorite Things

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Now that procrastination shopping time is in full swing I figured it was time for a gift guide of sorts. This isn’t a comprehensive list, and it may not cover everyone on your shopping list, but these would certainly make my Christmas merry.

First up, the Sony Reader Daily Edition. Any of the Reader line will do, though the Daily Edition is my favorite of the bunch. The Sony Reader offers the best selection in content options, thanks to public library partnerships and Google Books among other perks. The touch screen is fast and responsive, and the book is light enough to take anywhere. There are certainly other quality e-book readers out there but Sony’s really stands out among the rest. I’m holding out for a black version of the Daily Edition, since the silver doesn’t do much for me. For $300 it should be attractive, right? If I were to receive it in Silver I doubt I’d complain though, especially as there’s been no announcement of an intent to offer additional colors.

Next up is the Sony Internet TV. I really like the Logitech Revue as a Google TV option but I am in the market for a new TV, making the Sony’s offering rise to the top of my wish list. I have absolutely no interest in 3-D TV, so the fact that the Internet TVs are cheaper is another perk. The Sony Internet TV is a decent TV even without Google TV, and as I just mentioned, the price is attractive. In my review of Sony’s Internet TV I noted that the remote is more geek-friendly than user-friendly. This would be a good choice for your favorite geek.

At this point I’m aware that it looks like I only want or own Sony products. The fact that the PlayStation Move from Sony is next on my list is purely coincidence, I assure you. The Move was a very welcome addition to my PlayStation 3 gaming experience. I’ve spent many hours with Sports Champions, and even got the Platinum trophy for my efforts. I think the Move’s precision lend to a more realistic gaming experience, especially for sports. Playing Table Tennis and Disc Golf on Sports Champions really felt like the real thing. The Move is far beyond the pale of comparison to the Wii. It does what it needs to, every time. I’ve been pretty frustrated with the motion detection offered by the Wii, so the Move really hit the spot for motion gaming. Incidentally, I don’t have too much against the Kinnect for Xbox, but the available games are not to my taste at this point. The Kinnect’s value is in the video conferencing capability as well. This helps the Move stand alone in its genre.

Android has come a long way this year. There has been a constant stream of updates and improvements, and even a few OS versions along the way. The Android Market is maturing both in usability and in quality and number of available apps. Even with AT&T doing its best to stall upgrades on its Android powered phones in order to bolster iPhone sales it has continued to thrive. Android has grown from phones into tablets. I am looking forward to seeing where Android goes in the coming year. All indications are that things are looking good. It will be nice to see the Android Market made available on a wider variety of Android devices. Hopefully this is an option. I think it will go a long way in supporting Android’s rising status.

There are a few video games that I’ve really enjoyed this year. The Force Unleashed II is among them. I’m currently playing Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, and am almost to the Platinum trophy. The X-Men Arcade game I downloaded last night was pretty fun too. I have a few on deck that I’ll be enjoying during my Christmas vacation including Transformers:War for Cybertron, Assassin’s Creed 2, and God of War III. On my wish list is Call of Duty: Black Ops, Goldeneye, and Uncharted 2 to name a few. I think it’s been a pretty good year for gaming. NExt year has some promising titles as well. Batman: Arkham City, Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Infamous 2, and Uncharted 3 are definitely on my radar.

There you have it – a few of my favorite things. There were some gadgets I wanted to cover that didn’t make it into this post, so a follow-up might be coming in the foreseeable future. What about you? What are some of your favorite gadgets/tech this year? Let me know in the comments.

Classic X-Men Arcade Available Today for PS3 and Tomorrow on Xbox 360

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

That’s right. The classic X-Men arcade game you probably spent hours at as a kid is available today for the PS3 and tomorrow for the Xbox 360. This was one of the arcade games I played the most as a kid. I’ve been waiting for it to make it to a console, and it looks like it was worth the wait. Here is the product teaser from Konami:

“Experience the classic 1992 X-Men arcade game right in the comfort of your own home! Choose from some of your favorite classic X-Men characters including: Cyclops, Colossus, Wolverine, Storm, Nightcrawler, or Dazzler. Fight your way through hundreds of Sentinels and battle classic super villains such as Pyro, The Blob, Wendigo, Nimrod, The White Queen, Juggernaut, Mystique and the Master of Magnetism himself, Magneto!”
Konami

Sounds fun, right? I am really looking forward to this game. According to the PlayStation Blog they left the game intact, cannon inaccuracies and all. This game will be just as you remembered it. The larger arcade screen was formatted to fit a wide-screen television, so you are able to play the full game with up to 6 players online or 4 players at home. Here are some of the game highlights:

  • Six Player Online Action
  • High Definition Visuals – (heads-up displays, menus and local/online Leaderboards)
  • Online Drop-In Multiplayer – Players can jump into available online games at any time. Choose from various levels
  • Custom Match
  • Create Match
  • Multiple difficulty modes

Needless to say this one will be downloaded to my PS3 shortly. It might even make a mention in my next Gifts for Geeks segment. The drop-in multi-player is going to be key to this game I think. It will make it more like the arcade experience when someone dropped in their money to join you for a short time or perhaps all the way to the end. You can find out more about the game from the PlayStation Blog or Konami. Check out the trailer below.

Gifts for Geeks: Star Wars MP3 Alarm Clock Lamps

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

If you are wondering what to get your favorite geek, check out these Star Wars Alarm Clock Lamps. I first encountered these at Think Geek, where I was disappointed that Darth Vader was sold out. Fortunately there are alternatives. Amazon has Vader, a Stormtrooper, and Boba Fett. Buy.com has them too, though they’re a little more expensive there.

So, what do you get for your (roughly) $50?

  • Lamp
  • LED Digital Alarm clock
  • Speaker output for MP3 players
  • Nodnik-style body

While I’d prefer a lower price-point, this is definitely on my Christmas list. If you have a Star Wars geek on your list, this should make a nice addition to their collection.