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» Linksys WRT-1900AC
Jan 13, 2014 - 11:24 PM - by Overwheat
For those in the dark, Belkin bought the Linksys branding from Cisco last year, and it seems they're doing the Linksys name some good justice with this new release.

I'm excited to see some reviews and how well it actually performs.
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» The Geek Redneck reviews the MayFlash 3-in-1 Magic Joy Box!
Oct 23, 2013 - 4:06 AM - by TheGeekRedneck
I've been looking forward to this one for a LONG time!

So as some of you may know I'm REALLY into game console emulation - be it on the PC, a console emulating ANOTHER console, console emulators on Android / iOS, whatever. Being able to relive those classic console gaming memories without having to drag out a bunch of cords and deal with connections and whatnot? It's the bees knees! Often times you can even get BETTER or enhanced graphics out of the deal as well. But with emulation on the PC you often run into a big problem: Sometimes you just need the feel of the classic game controller in your hand, no substitute will do! That brings us to the product I just finished reviewing.

Mayflash may actually be a name familiar to those of you in the console gaming scene. While not as prolific as companies like Madcatz or Nyko, Mayflash has quite a history of providing third party hardware options for the various video gaming console platforms. Not only that, but they have a wide variety of PC dongles designed to allow you to connect the controllers from your classic console collection directly to your PC via USB. It's just such a device that I'm taking a quick look at here today.

The '3-in-1 Magic Joy Box' really is a mouthful to say, and when doing the video review I had to do a few takes because I kept cracking myself up. Honestly the name sounds like you just bought yourself a sex toy. But alas no, you won't need to lube anything up for this bad boy. What the Magic Joy Box DOES do is allow you to connect Gamecube, Playstation 1 or 2, or Xbox (old skool big black and green one) controllers to your PC and use them as you would any PC game controller. Sounds pretty sweet, no?

The 3-in-1 Magic Joy Box comes in your average hang-card blister pack. No scissors needed to open this thing either, which is a bonus. Inside the package you'll find the device itself with it's attached USB cord (about 2 feet long) and a driver mini-cd. Build quality is fair, it does feel a bit plasticy and light but it seems put together well. I also dig the translucent blue/purple case.

The literature on the back of the packaging warns you to connect your game controllers to the Magic Joy Box BEFORE you connect it to a USB port on your PC, and that's exactly what I did. Windows 7 instantly picked it up and I was able to use the Gamecube controller I had connected with no problems in a few Windows games I tried (Ducktales Remastered, Sonic All Stars Racing, Batman: Arkham City). I got this to use with emulators though, and so that's where I went next.

I fired up Dolphin, went into the gamepad configuration screen, and had no problem setting up input binds for each Gamecube button. In about two minutes I had the connected Gamecube controller setup exactly like a real Gamecube would be. I spent the next hour trying various Gamecube titles like Super Mario Sunshine, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures, Metroid Prime, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Mario Kart, and more... and they ALL worked flawlessly with one exception - no rumble effects. Turns out you actually have to install the driver from Mayflash (included on the CD) to get rumble to work - whooops, my bad! A couple more minutes installing the driver and setting up rumble in the Dolphin control panel and I was in heaven!

Since I did the video review I've also tried the Magic Joy Box with a PS1 Dual Shock controller and an original Xbox controller and both worked flawlessly. You can also connect all three controllers (GC, PS, Xbox) and use them at the same time for multiplayer action or just switching between emulators or PC games. I was and am impressed by how easy this was to get working!

So if you've got an extra $15 or so in your pocket and you love your classic game controllers like I do, you really ought to give the Mayflash 3-in-1 Magic Joy Box a try - I don't think you'll be disappointed! Make sure you check out my video review below too!

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» nVidia G-Sync
Oct 22, 2013 - 2:05 AM - by Overwheat
So this past Friday, October 18th, nVidia announced a brand new piece of hardware technology they are calling 'nVidia G-Sync'. In a nutshell it is a better version of V-Sync that does what V-Sync is supposed to do, which is to provide smoother animation by keeping the GPU and Monitor in sync.

Now I could type this all out for you, but I'm lazy, tired and have to be up for work in 7 hours so I'm going to link a couple videos and articles below so you can become acquainted with what the hell this is and why it's going to be, well, awesome and what it's going to do for the future of gaming and monitor technology.

PC-Per Overview Article

PC-Per Article - G-Sync Announcement

PC-Per Article - Death of the Refresh Rate
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» Nvidia's ShadowPlay coming October 28th, 2013!
Oct 18, 2013 - 8:11 PM - by TheGeekRedneck
It seems an exciting time for PC enthusiasts lately with both AMD and Nvidia announcing new technologies and techniques right and left. I've recently begun hearing about NVidia's 'ShadowPlay' recording technology and how it promises to make things better for those of us who like to share our gaming moments with the world.

Today, if you want to record your PC gaming escapades you have only a couple of choices:

1. Use 'screen recording' software such as the very popular FRAPS (beepa, ltd.). FRAPS works fantastic especially on a PC with a multi-threaded processor, but the plain and simple fact is it devotes a good portion of your CPU to the task of encoding video on-the-fly which will impact performance negatively.

2. Use some sort of complicated hardware solution which will decrease quality and resolution.

Enter Nvidia's 'ShadowPlay' technology. You see the engineers at Nvidia built a nifty H.264 encoder into the Geforce GTX 600 and 700 series GPUs... one which has gone largely unused to date save for some obscure HTPC configurations. ShadowPlay leverages this hardware H.264 encoder to allow you to record your gameplay on-the-fly, all without the performance hit normally associated with software solutions like FRAPS. Pretty damned sweet, eh?

Not only will ShadowPlay allow you to record your most awesome moments in gaming, but Nvidia claims to be working on a solution to allow you to use ShadowPlay to STREAM your gaming over a live streaming service like Uber cool!

As someone who enjoys recording his craptacular gaming moments and foisting them upon the unsuspecting YouTube viewer, I find ShadowPlay extremely attractive and can't wait to try it out. Nvidia is saying ShadowPlay will be released to the public with an update to the Geforce Experience software suite on October 28th, 2013. Will you be giving this a try?

For more info on Nvidia's ShadowPlay, check out this blog post over at Nvidia.
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» Google drops the price of the Nexus 4! Now $199!
Aug 28, 2013 - 8:42 AM - by TheGeekRedneck
In what I can only assume is an effort to push remaining inventory in anticipation of the Nexus 5 launch in a few months, Google have knocked as much as $100 off the price of the Nexus 4 in the Google Play Store. This is a HELL of a deal on an Android handset that still has the balls to take on most any other current generation unit.

The price of the 8GB Nexus 4 is now $199.99, and the 16GB version is now $249.99 - directly from Google's own Play Store.

For those of you who need a refresher on the specs of the Nexus 4, here's the most important stuff:

CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro (Quad core, 1.5ghz)
Display: 4.7" Super LCD (IPS panel), 1280 x 768 pixels, Gorilla Glass 2
Memory: 2GB DDR3 RAM, 8 or 16GB storage
Cellular: Quad Band GSM (Unlocked GSM/UMTS/HSPA+
GSM/EDGE/GPRS (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
3G (850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz)
Camera: 8MP rear with LED flash, 1.3MP front (webcam)

And of course it has all of the other bells and whistles you'd expect like Bluetooth, 802.11b/g/n (wifi), Accelerometer, Barometer (!!), etc

It also features wireless charging capability... just drop it on a wireless charging mat and let it juice itself up. (It does come with a traditional wired charger though)

I might just have to upgrade from my old trusty Samsung Galaxy Nexus now.....
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» Doctor Who: The 12th Doctor Revealed
Aug 04, 2013 - 4:42 PM - by Overwheat
Earlier today in a special Live event, the 12th incarnation of The Doctor was announced;

Peter Capaldi, probably best known for his role as Malcolm Tucker in the BBC Series "The Thick of It", is taking the helm of the TARDIS, starting with this years annual Doctor Who Christmas Special.

We also have the shows 50th Anniversary Special that will be simulcasted around the world on November 23rd. The special will see the return of David Tenant and Billie Piper, replaying their roles as the 10th Doctor and Rose Tyler, respectively, and some possible unannounced special guests as well.

This fall is going to be an exciting time for Doctor Who fans, I can't wait!
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