Posts Tagged ‘Games’

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.

Super Street Fighter IV Discounted at Amazon

Friday, May 28th, 2010

I picked up a copy of Super Street Fighter IV for my Playstation 3 from Amazon for a great deal. First, the game was listed at $27.99, a savings of $12. On top of that, it is currently eligible for a bonus special at Amazon. Once your game ships, you will get an online voucher for $10 off the next game you buy. Since you can buy PlayStation Network games from Amazon, a feature I just learned about today, you can conceivably buy a downloadable game for PS3 or PSP with this $10 voucher. On top of that, I got $5 in mp3 downloads from Amazon’s mp3 store. Using a gift card I had on file I ended up paying $10 for the game, and with the voucher and free music I got $15 back. On top of that, I have Amazon Prime, so I got free 2-day shipping. I am pretty stoked.

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Google Celebrates Pac-Man’s 30th Anniversary

Friday, May 21st, 2010

I don’t often go directly to Google’s home page, having search bars in both Chrome and Firefox. Because of this I often miss out on some of their great doodles. Today’s doodle is particularly good, so I am glad the word was spread on Buzz and that it caught my attention. As you can see in the above image, Google’s doodle is about Pac-Man.

When I first went to google.com I was impressed. I thought, “Wow, they made the Google logo look like Pac-Man. It flashed across my mind that this might be playable, but since nothing happened initially I figured it was just a cool image. I moved onto another tab and after a brief moment I heard the Pac-Man theme music. I quickly went back to the tab and found I actually could play the game. You get three lives, and when you lose the game you get redirected to a Google search for Pac-Man’s 30th Anniversary.

Evidently it has been 30 years since Pac-Man was released. Pac-Man remains one of my favorite games to this day, even amid the next-gen console games that blow it out of the water graphically and in complexity. I wonder if this is tied in to the news posted by TechCrunch that Google wants to get into gaming. With the recent acquisition of LabPixies and the new HTML 5 gaming capabilities, it is possible that more of these doodles are in the works.

Pac-Man is a great classic, and if you haven’t played it before, here’s your chance.

Update: Google made Pac-Man permanently available at google.com/pacman. Enjoy.