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Record gameplay footage (and digital TV) with the Hauppauge HD PVR 2

- April 17th, 2013

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Capturing footage directly from video game consoles and TV boxes is tougher and more complicated than it should be. Between encryption schemes, cable companies disabling data ports on their PVRs and the conspicuous lack of ‘record’ buttons on Playstations, it’s pretty clear that media producers and distributors (and copyright holders) don’t especially want us to.

But gamers, aspiring video editors, documentarians, hobbyists, and meme authors alike have legitimate reasons for wanting the ability to capture what’s on their TV screen in an editable and shareable digital format. Read more…

Just the games – what’s new and noteworthy

- February 7th, 2013

“Which games are good? What are people playing?”

I’m asked these questions frequently.  There’s no shortage of gaming coverage out there, but it’s not always easily digestible for the casual crowd and weekend warriors. Subscribing to nerd culture podcasts strikes many gamers as a little intense. Still, they want to know what’s new and what’s worth their time.

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Tactical goodness – Fire Emblem: Awakening has launched to universal acclaim

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New Super Mario Bros. 2 review

- August 23rd, 2012

Good? Sure. But “new”?

New Super Mario Bros. 2 for the Nintendo 3DS arrived in North America this past weekend (why does Nintendo release its stuff on Sundays, rather than industry standard game-drop Tuesdays? It’s always creeped me out) and the latest Mario entry—a follow-up to 2006’s New Super Mario Bros. for the DS and 2009’s New Super Mario Bros. Wii—has sold nearly a million copies in Japan since its release there July 28.

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As the first ‘full’ retail Nintendo game released day one as a digital download on the 3DS eShop alongside in-store copies, NSMB 2 should put up big numbers here, too. Read more…

Why you’ll want Nintendo’s Circle Pad Pro

- March 6th, 2012

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The Nintendo 3DS has its unique selling propositions, and top of the list are its glasses-free 3D, and its distinction as the world’s newest and most potent Mario and Zelda delivery system. And make no mistake, the latter is a bigger deal than 3D; Nintendo’s success relies on our affection for its beloved characters and franchises. That said, the 3DS itself  is a nice piece of kit, and does lots of things right. Read more…