Gaming, Tech & Angry Birds? – Our Top Nerdy Picks Week Ending 10/06/2012
What Did You Think?
Why is there only one controller?
With just over a month left before the launch of the WiiU, there are still many mind boggling questions that need to be answered. I will attempt to address and answer some of these….okay, I’m actually only going to focus on one question. Why does it only have one controller?
I have come up with four questions I had initially asked myself when it was unveiled during E3 and decided to investigate.
We all know a typical console runs around $300 for the basics. Extra controllers run another $50, and lets not forget add-ons such as balance boards, Kinect’s, Move controller, chargers, headsets, and the list literally goes on until we’re broke. Being that the WiiU appears to be a hand held unit within a console unit, the question remains, just how much are consumers willing to pay upfront versus buying items separately? With no ease on the economical horizon, my bet is with keeping it simple. The cost alone of the WiiU controller if offered separately would easily setback you around $100.00, much higher than a standard Wii controller. With it’s HD touchscreen, wireless capabilities and portability options, bundling two WiiU controllers together would sky-rocket the price and dampen the buying power of many on a global scale. Of course, this is just my theory.
Unlike the First Gen Wii, WiiU is packing a powerful GPU based on the AMD 4850 processor. Unlike both the PS3 & Xbox, it could possibly not support HDMI output, multiple wireless video streams, and multiple WiiU controllers could be to taxing graphically on the system. Just like playing BF3 on release day at overcapacity server makes for less than enjoyable game play, engaging two WiiU controllers at the same time could have a similar effect. I’m not saying two will not work at the same time, this is not the case. Nintendo themselves stated at E3 that the WiiU will support two controllers.(engadget) But again, at what cost?
Why change something if it’s not broken? The current Wii remotes work great. Okay, that might be an exaggeration, but for the most part, a Wii user learns to adapt quickly, and let’s face it. A standard knockoff controller can be picked up for $25. Much cheaper than purchasing or replacing a $75-100 WiiU every time one of the kids leaves it lying on the couch, tucked under the pillow, right before Dad comes in and gracefully performs one of his high flying wrestling moves onto the couch landing smack dab into the touchscreen… And for gamers like me, who have 6 controllers for when all of the neighbor kids venture over, I’d rather not hear quarreling because they have to take turns with the controllers.
Trial by Error?
Maybe Nintendo is leery about just how well the WiiU will perform. After all, other than the PS Vita being able to transfer games back and forth from the PS3 to the hand held, this is the beginning of a new concept, and one that could epically fail (like the PS Move.) So, wouldn’t it be more cost efficient to only include one WiiU controller and leave it up to the consume to decide if they like it enough to purchase another?
8-week battery life. In this age of technology does it even matter what I am talking about? Anything with a battery life that lasts longer than 8 hours is all right in my book. So what exactly am I talking about? This is the newest addition to the Amazon family of e-readers; Kindle Paperwhite. Starting a just $119 with free shipping for Prime Member’s, is the most advanced e-reader to hit the market thus far. With built in WiFi, it can download and store up to 1,100 books in under 60 seconds. The Paperwhite has 62% more pixels than the other e-readers providing for 62% more pixels and 25% improved contrast for a darker and sharper text resolution, and complete with a matte screen to reflect light just as if you were holding the actual book.
Did I mention the 8-week battery life includes the light being on? The Paperwhite features “Time to Read” predicting your speed of reading and calculating when you’ll complete each chapter. It also includes parental controls so everyone of all ages can enjoy finding the Paperwhite under the Christmas tree this year. While it’s nothing compared to the Kindle Fire, with all of its bells and whistle, the Paperwhite keeps it simple, maintaining the focus on reading. Does it get any better?
Art Medium like No Other
I have always had a thing for eclectic art and out of the norm stuff. This artist tops the cake. Erika Iris Simmons is a passionate artist who takes ordinary items and sees them as art. From cassette tapes, ticket stubs, to video game controller cords to name the least.
Angry Birds Theme Park? Why Yes Please!
Lappset has joined the fitness craze and took it a step further by creating a fully customizable Angry’s Bird Theme Park packages ready for placement anywhere in the World and by anyone. These complete packages were developed in collaboration with Angry Bird developers, Rovio Entertainment, and are fully scaled up levels and characters guaranteed to motivate the young and not so young, providing hours of endless entertainment.
To top it off, precisely placed technology within the parks take into account a visitors activity, providing the visitor with extra real in-game bonuses, features, characters, and challenges as an added reward for getting out and being healthy. The Lappset website states,
Lappset delivers Angry Birds Activity Parks as complete packages, including playground equipment, as well as park furniture for extra comfort. In line with the location and need, a cafe or kiosk building can be added, for example. In addition to designing and delivering the park, through its partner network Lappset also provides solutions for the landscaping of the entire area and the maintenance of the completed park.
I know I would personally love to put this trash receptacle along every street in San Diego. Keeping the city clean couldn’t be anymore fun!
That’s it for this week. Stay tuned for more of our nerdy recommendations!
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