TIE Fighter is the single greatest game ever created; that fact is undeniable, so let’s not even bother trying to address it in a flurry of comments to this post. Case closed.
The problem? This is 2010. TIE Fighter came out in 1994. We’ve seen great changes in the computing industry within that sixteen-year gap: The growth of the multi-core platform. The death of the space-sim genre. And the uber-death of those strange contraptions called, “joysticks,” which one would use in said space games to fly about and rip things up with lasers or what-have-you.
Do I plan to go out and purchase a joystick just to play a sixteen-year old title? Or, for that matter, any game in the space-sim (or racing!) genre that requires such a device? No. That would require effort and money. And why should you invest those in a retail product when applications like PPJoy can give you exactly what you need to play such titles using the very devices that already sit at your fingertips!
We're not sure how PETA would feel about this one, but gamers who like to get their groove on without a tangle of wires will dig Razer's decision to chop the tail off of its Naga gaming mouse.
"With the Naga Epic, Razer gives MMO gamers around the world more freedom than ever before," said Robert Krakoff, President, Razer. "We combined the MMO gaming capabilities of the original best-selling Razer Naga and took it to the next level by giving it a true gaming-grade wireless option utilizing the same technology that we developed for the ultra high-end Razer Mamba."
Everything about the Naga remains the same, including the 17 MMO-optimized buttons, 5600dpi sensor, interchangeable side panels, and the ability to customize the color of the LED lighting.
Razer says the Naga Epic is good to game non-stop for up to 12 hours on a single charge, or up to 72 hours under "normal gaming usage."
The Naga Epic with charging dock is available now for $130.
As if Razer's mice weren't distinct enough already, the gaming peripheral maker just added a bit of flair to its Naga Maelstrom and Naga Molten rodents with two new Special Edition versions.
"After the phenomenal response we received for the Razer Naga, we've decided to create two collectible versions to offer our fans even more ways to dominate their game," said Robert Krakoff, president, Razer USA. "We took the same functionality of full button remapping and macro capabilities of the original Razer Naga and rejuvenated the aesthetic design for a more immersive MMO gaming experience."
The Special Edition Maelstrom sports a "whirlpool of entrancing blue light emanating from its swirling core," while the updated Molten "glows a wicked and fiery red hue" with buttons that glow crimson.
Other than the new digs, they're the same Naga hardware -- 17 programmable buttons (including a 12-button thumb grid), 5600dpi 3.5G laser sensor, 1000Hz ultrapolling, and optional MMO-specific software add-ons.
The Special Edition mice will ship in November for $80 each.
It's said that real men wear pink, and during this time of the year, so does everyone who wishes to show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Even NFL players can be seen sporting pink chin straps, cleats, and other gear.
But you don't have to lace up and hit the gridiron to get your pink fix. In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Microsoft has released a pink wireless mouse and will donate part of the proceeds towards finding a cure.
"The Microsoft Hardware Team is doing what we can during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by partnering with Susan G. Komen for the Cure to create a special edition pink mouse," Microsoft explains. "We're donating 10 percent of the selling price to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world's largest and most progressive grassroots network of survivors and activists fighting to end breast cancer forever."
The wireless rodent runs $40 and uses Microsoft's BlueTrack technology. It comes with a 2.4GHz dongle that you can leave plugged in or stow in the mouse's underbelly. As for the donation program, Microsoft says it will include sales all the up to September 11, 2011.
While we're on the subject, we'd be remiss not to mention Stanford's Folding@Home distributed computing project. You can read more about this free program here, and how to join Team Maximum PC here.
Logitech, like McDonalds of long ago, can now claim "over 100 million served," only Logitech is referring to wireless mouse shipments and not the number of flipped burgers.
"Logitech mice have played an integral role in improving the computing experience for millions of people, and our wireless mice build on that heritage," said Rory Dooley, Logitech senior vice president and general manager of the Control Devices business unit. "Today, our wireless mice deliver a robust feature set combined with unparalleled ease of use and precision. And the new mice we offer in a variety of colors and patterns provide consumers with an element of self expression while they use their laptop and mouse to seamlessly navigate their favorite content."
For those of you who like a little history thrown in with your milestone news, Logitech points out that it introduced the world's first radio-frequency (RF) rodent for PCs back in 1991, sparking a revolution of many more IR-based mice to follow.
What do you us as your primary mouse? Hit the jump and share!
Still looking for a rodent that reflects your sense of style? Perhaps you'd be better served with a nostalgic shirt from 80stees.com, but if you really must make a fashion statement with your mouse, Microsoft might be able to oblige.
The Redmond software giant who also dabbles in hardware has added six new patterns to its Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000 series. These rodents sport Microsoft's BlueTrack technology and come with a plug-and-go-nano transreceiver, as well as a rated 10-month battery life, but it's the graphics that are the real draw.
Patterns range from pink frilly patterns to a blue and black mouse with bug-eyed skulls on top. View the whole collection here, and then hit the jump and tell us what you think about the designs.
Does your wrist feel sore after an extended computing session? If so, it's probably a sign that your'e spending too much time on your PC. Or maybe you need a new mouse, one that conforms to your wrist movements rather than the other way around.
That's the general idea behind SmartFish Technologies' new ErgoMotion Mouse. SmartFish is billing this device as the world's first laser mouse to feature a patented swivel mechanism for fluid movement, which supposedly allows the nimble rodent to adapt to the user's hand.
"When using a static mouse, the hand, wrist, and arm are confined to a fixed position that limits natural movements and forces robotic gestures which strains your tendons and ligaments causing pain and discomfort over time," said Dr. Jack Atzmon, President and CEO of SmartFish Technologies. "The ErgoMotion Mouse adapts to your natural movements and provides the most unique and healthy computing experience to date."
The ErgoMotion Mouse doesn't discriminate against left and right handed users, nor does it care if you roll with a Mac or PC. And at $50, it won't obliterate your wallent, at least compared to those high-end mice that approach the three-digit mark. Unlike those other high-priced rodents, however, this one isn't aimed at gamers.
Like that scene in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom where the Thuggee high priest, Mola Ram, rips the dude's heart out, Razer has gone in and removed the guts from its Lachesis gaming mouse, only it wasn't as part of any voodoo ritual. Instead, Razer went and equipped the revamped Lachesis with a new 5600dpi, 3.5G laser sensor, as well as a customizable multi-color LED lighting system.
"The all new Razer Lachesis is about giving gamers more personal choice and customizable options," said Robert Krakoff, president, Razer USA. "With a multi-color LED for customizable color and a built-in variable dpi, the Razer Lachesis gives gamers everything they need for this three-year fan favorite."
Other than the upgraded laser sensor and LED light show, the Lachesis is just as you remember it, including the ambidextrous design, nine programmable buttons, and 1000Hz Ultrapolling, among other recycled features.
The rebuilt Lachesis will ship later this month for $80.
I’m amazed you’re even reading this. Not because the quality of the prose is lacking in this week’s roundup of open-source and freeware applications, mind you. Rather, if you haven’t noticed by the coverage (and advertising) permeating just about every known tech site in the universe right now, Starcraft 2 just came out. It’s a miracle I’ve been able to tear myself away from defending humanity to write this but, well, my heart for free software is just too strong.
While it would be awesome to give you some kind of “Top 5 ways to get Starcraft 2 for free” article or something like that, it’s just not happening. And no, before you ask, there really aren’t any launchers or applications specifically designed for the game that can give you some kind of competitive edge or awesome third-party tie-in just yet. Wishful, if not silly thinking, no?
However, that’s not to say that applications don’t exist that could otherwise enhance your Starcraft 2 gaming experience in some capacity. Like I said, nothing’s been written specifically for the title, but there are a number of useful, free apps that you can use to otherwise bolster your gaming-life-that-just-so-happens-to-be-Blizzard’s-latest-title. I apologize for the tongue-twistedness of it all; simply put, you can use the following 5 apps to make Starcraft 2—or any game—rock just a little bit more.
Apple's latest product is so “magical and revolutionary” that the Cupertino company named it Magic Trackpad. The company, understandably, has a soft spot for multi-touch navigation. Several months after it introduced the Magic Mouse, the company has launched yet another multi-touch pointing device. The Magic Trackpad is essentially a standalone version of the MacBook Pro trackpad. However, it is significantly larger and boasts 80% more real estate than the trackpad on Apple notebooks.