Gaming, Tech & The Humble Indie Bundle – Our Top Nerdy Picks Week Ending 10/20/2012
What Do You Think?
The Humble Indie Bundle
Feeling charitable AND like to game? Have I got the fix for your addictions! For the next ten or so days, donate any monetary amount to the Humble Indie Bundle 6 and you will receive 5+ free game downloads including Torchlight , Rochard, Vessel, Shatter, SPAZ, and if you beat the game average you will also receive Dustforce. These games retail for over $85 if bought separately. If you donate at least $1, you will also receive a STEAM key for your downloads in addition to your DRM downloads.
A portion of every contribution will benefit Child’s Play: Gamers Give Back and EFF: Electronic Frontier Foundation; Defending Your Rights in the Digital World. The best part, YOU get to choose how your donation is spent. Does it seriously get any more wicked than this?
Small Donation. Free Games. Restoring Humanity. What are you waiting for?
Are you the type of humanoid who derives pleasure from wasting precious and vital moments of your life on new indie games created by people you have never heard of and are always offering others your most humble feedback even when they don’t ask? Yeah, me too. Shade is a 2D side-scrolling, puzzle-platform style game created by Alix Games aka Alasdair Gibson in which appears to have been created in Word 97 with assistance of a barely working Bamboo board. Okay, so it was actually created with Unity, but you get the picture, or lack thereof.
I love simplistic games as much as I love surreal graphics with storylines that never seem to end, but being a game designer myself, even this was a far stretch for me in many ways. I’m not sure if my avatar is a can of bug spray, an electric tea kettle, a block with a big nose or what, which in itself should be clarified is one way or another. I’m going to call it T-man. T-man likes to get stuff on the wall as if pulled by a magnetized wall. The speed variance between when not-flying and flying is bothersome. The music is great. It’s catchy, keeps the player from boredom and assists with reducing frustrating as T-man rarely does what is demanded of it. It is easily a game anyone can play, but I’m not so sure about a multiplayer mode and for how long someone would honestly want to play this game more than a few times. Now, not knowing who this person is, how old they are, or anything about them, I have scaled back my comments. To shed some positive fairy flakes, I will say this, “Shade has a beginning, end, reasoning, motive, and credit is given for starting and following through with this project. It is more than what a lot of people can say. Kudos.”
Why not stop by the website, play the game yourself, and come to your own conclusion on whether or not Alix should continue adding more to the current game or maybe try venturing further into the game dev department.
AfterGlow: Who Doesn’t Like Shiny?
I like shiny things. Shiny things simply make life more fun. If you also like shiny things why not pick up a gaming controller or headphones that are…SHINY!! Whether you are an Xbox or Playstation3 fan, Afterglow has the perfect shiny gear for you starting at only $34.99 for wireless console controllers.
Each polycarbonate controller is equipped with a uniquely colored circuit board and controllable glowing LED lights activated by the internal rumble pads. Both controllers are officially licensed by their respective console designers and feature variable lighting options, on, off, automatic as well as an ergonomic design to ensure hours of awesomeness.
The LED illuminating headphones are also a must have for any gamer. These have been professionally tuned and adjusted by an award winning Hollywood audio post-production facility (though the website does not state which one) and entail 50mm speakers designed to bring out the crystal clear tones across the spectrum, taking your game and placing you right in the action, or at least making you feel that way. With wireless capabilities lasting up to 10 hours on a single charge, compatible with just about any gaming or mobile device, adjustable audio modes, and retractable noise cancelling microphone what is not to like about these epic headphones? These are a steal for $89.99. Can you say Santa?
We have become a world so immersed in technology that we have become a society where it is acceptable to text during a meeting, watch a movie while on your e-reader while in the bathroom, and where everything you could ever imagine or not even imagine has an app. Our lives are consumed by technology and games and with the greater portion of society easily accessing data capable cell phones, there is absolutely no stopping it.
On October 21st, PowerA starts selling their MOGA Bluetooth controller for the Android. Not Apple, but yes, Android. The MOGA controller connects to your Android via Bluetooth and will require the Gingerbread OS or newer to pair properly. It includes a clip to secure your phone or devices up to 82mm wide and allows for a great viewing angel. It comes with a fully featured controller including dual analog sticks, game pad, an ergonomic rubberized grip and has an 18 hour gameplay life running on 2 AAA batteries.
For $50, is this an accessory you will be adding to your family this Holiday season?
That’s it for this week. Stay tuned for more of our nerdy recommendations!
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