The video game industry has been a relatively private club for decades now. Before the advent of Xbox Live Arcade and the smartphone industry, making your own homebrew video games were relegated to low budget PC and flash titles. With the advent of the Ouya Video Game Console, all that is about to change. The goal of Ouya is to build a console that can easily be hacked and modified to make the experience as unique as its owner.
Our friends over at Astro showed us the new A50 wireless headsets that are coming out in a few weeks during E3. For those of you unaware, Astro is made up of many talented people who have created many amazing products. These products go back to the iPAQ from Compaq, all of the iconic Alienware desktops and laptops before Dell acquired them, the Xbox 360 controller, and even the micro console and controller from OnLive.
Developer: Jersey Shore Pinball |
Publisher: Players: 1+ Player Game |
Release Date: TBA 2012
I have been attending the E3 Conference since 1997. Over the years, I have seen the dawn of online gameplay, the introduction of DVD's and Blu-rays as the primary storage, and several new consoles and handhelds. I have, however, never seen a brand new pinball game. That is until today. Jersey Jack Pinball was in the West Hall, right beside Nintendo's Booth, with the first public showing of a prototype of The Wizard of Oz pinball machine.
John Carmack, as noted in our QuakeCon 2011 Coverage, is a "friggin genius." This guys spouts off phrases that go over 98% of heads in the geekiest of all audiences. Truly one of the smartest and best Programmers ever to grace the videogame industry.
We spent some time with RAGE yesterday and my early thoughts are WOW! This game is just amazing. The PR team wants me to spend some additional time before I write my preview. Really expect this game to rock your world when it is released… However, the game is violent and full of all sorts of language.
Otterbox is the brand of cases folks turn to when they need something to protect the devices they love. I have recommended them in the past and though they add some bulk to the device, it is well worth it. To help ensure that the brand is no longer associated with bulk, Otterbox has released a new line of cases in a series called Reflex that create a single layer of air but still offer their standard "double layer" of protection. While not perfect, this case lives up to the Otterbox name.
ClamCase has announced the availability of their iPad 2 version of the ClamCase. This is the second generation version of the ClamCase that places the iPad 2 into a notebook-like clamshell and offers several different modes to get the most of out your iPad 2.
Building on the original ClamCase, the second generation model is slimmer, lighter, and more functional than the original. It continues being the only device, currently on the market, to allow a full notebook-style keyboard and still keep all of the features and functionality of the iPad.
Developer: Nintendo |
Publisher: Nintendo Players: N/A |
Release Date: 2012
I've seen many comments around the web worrying about the comfort of Nintendo's new controller. Looking at the pictures, I can understand the concern. On the other hand, considering Nintendo's track record, perhaps gamers should give Nintendo the benefit of the doubt. We have had extensive hands on play with Wii U, and I can tell you that the concerns are unfounded. For detailed information about the controller's features and functions, check out our other preview here.