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It was only a matter of time – GTA goes PUBG

With Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) enjoying massive popularity, it was only a matter of time before other properties adopted their unique battle royal play style. Rolling out yesterday, “Smuggler’s Run” is GTA Online’s (GTA) newest expansion that does just that.

Smuggler’s Run in a nutshell: “Blending the adrenaline rush of Drop Zone with the claustrophobic tension of a match of Penned In, this brutal Adversary Mode is a deadly scavenger hunt where second place is not an option,”…”Up to four teams parachute into a periodically shrinking kill box strewn with a lethal assortment of guns, explosives and Weaponized Vehicles. Work together, find a vehicle, and fight opposing teams and the shrinking map to survive and win.” – Rockstar

Not into words or reading? Watch the trailer for it:

Looks familiar right? Everything, minus the gun-outfitted vehicles, screams PUBG. If you were planning on waiting until PUBG comes to the XBone later this year, maybe this is the game that holds you over until you can ditch the keyboard and mouse for good.

-Matt

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This Q&A about the Nintendo Switch will answer all the question you have

This video was originally recorded live on GameXplain on Youtube.

Good stuff right here. Lots of in-depth looks and information about the Switch. If you can’t wait a week to find out this stuff for yourself, like me, then this video is perfect for you.

-Matt

These Are The Games You’ve Been Waiting For

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It’s that wonderful time of year. Football is back on my TV, the leaves are falling, pumpkin spiced donuts are falling…into my mouth, the holidays are coming and so are all the new video games! While there are a shot-ton (scientific measurement) of games for your grubby little paws to choose from, here are 3 of the titles I am most looking forward too. They will cover PS4, Xbox One and the Nintendo 3DS.

Fallout 4

When I first discovered the Fallout series in college, while playing Fallout 3 on my PS3, I was immediately hooked. I was never a huge fan of RPGs and leaned more towards large roaming adventure games. This game completely changed my mind. Since that fateful day back in 2008 I have sunk more hours into that game than almost any other game i’ve ever played (nothing will come close to the hours I played Golden Eye with my brother). Fallout 4 seems like the game that I and ever other Fallout fan has been waiting for. Oh, and did I mention you can get a physical Pip-Boy in the limited edition version? Yeah, mines been pre-ordered for months.

The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes

The guys and girls over at Nintendo really know how to reinvent a series. After debuting one the the best Zelda games in the franchise, A Link Between Worlds, in 2013 they took aim at another hand-held installment that is ready to wow 3DS owners. Tri Force Heroes takes Link and multiplies him by 3 for a co-op experience unlike anything you’ve ever played on a hand-held game. This will have to hold me over until the next console Zelda game. Which, fingers crossed, will be sometime in 2016.

Star Wars Battlefront

The most anticipated movie of the year gets a video game to match. Picture George Lucas and Battlefield 4 having a sweet, passionate love and then out pops their spawn. Got that horrifying image in your head? Good, because that’s what it’s going to be like. This game is going to be awesome, you know how I know? BECAUSE IT CAN’T BE ANYTHING LESS.

What games are you looking forward to?

Subscribe Friday – My Favorite YouTubers

Take a look and give these YouTubers a subscribe if you like their content. They are all worth a look if you like tech/gadget/unboxing/gaming videos.

Chris Pirillo

Marques Brownlee

Austin Evans

Unbox Therapy

UrAvgConsumer

-MattyV

Tech Tuesday: NVIDIA Shield

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Not really new tech news, but something i want to share nonetheless. Made by the computer hardware company, NVIDIA, The Shield is, in short, a Android-based gaming machine, but in my eyes it is much more than that. Here is a machine that runs faster and has better graphics than most handheld devices on the market (all current smartphones included). Here are the specs.

  • 72-CORE NVIDIA GeForce GPU
  • Tegra 4 Mobile Processor: Quad-Core A15 CPU
  • Console-Grade Game Controller: Ultimate control and precision
  • WI-FI Connectivity: 802.11n 2×2 MIMO game-speed Wi-Fi

This is a beast of a machine that also includes mini HDMI out so you can plug it into a TV and game how you would with a normal game console (and get similar graphics). The controller is solid in your hand and doesn’t show signs of weakness. Android Jelly Bean paired with the Tegra 4 provides for silky smooth features with high frame rates. The front facing speakers will blow you away whether you are gaming, listening to music, or screening a flick off of Neflix.

Another great feature and use of the system is emulators. This means you can play all your console favorites from yesteryear on the shield. That is an AWESOME feature.

-MattyV

Review video from Austin Evans

Tech Tuesday: Keyboards, Mice, and Speakers. OH MY!

Computers are a beautiful thing, but they are only as good as the tools you use to manipulate and interact with them. Here are my pics for best looking, feeling, and sounding peripherals for your desktop or laptop.

1.) M.O.U.S 9 by Mad Catz – $127.99 (http://goo.gl/s2qkuU)
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When you first lay eyes on the MOUS9 by Mad Catz you are likely to think that it is more spaceship than mouse for your computer.  This mouse, and the rest of the gaming mice that Mad Catz have to offer, are the most unique pieces of technology i’ve seen in a long time.  Meant to be fully customizable to fit your palm, these mice are the most comfortable I have ever used.  From weight, to length, and all the additional customizable buttons, this mouse was made to be used for long periods of time with little fatigue. While this mouse is primarily aimed at the gaming community I have found it useful while editing video.

2.) Das Keyboard Professional Model for Mac – $130.00 (http://goo.gl/068Y8V)1024x335_mac4

Next on my list is the Texas based keyboard company, Das Keyboard.  The one word to describe this companies line of keyboards? FEEDBACK. The single most important word when it comes to describing a keyboards feel.  When I first bought my iMac I could not stand the, basically zero, feedback of the Mac keyboards.  It did nothing for me when I wanted to type long scripts and blog posts.  But then came along Das Keyboard.  The keyboards with buttons that practically push you back! The springy feel and loud clicking sounds will surely give your fingers something to be excited about.

PS- Like the feedback but with no loud clicking noises? Das Keyboard makes silent boards as well!

3.) M-Audio Studiophile AV30 Professional Reference Speakers – $79.00 (http://goo.gl/AjPmcs)

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I have just recently made the switch from my onboard speakers to these bad boys.  I don’t know why I didn’t do it sooner! These are great studio monitors on the cheap.  $80 gets you two great sounding, self powered, speakers that have a built in Auxiliary and headphone plugs right in the front of the left monitor.  They pumped out big sound from a small frame, and look great on any desk.

 

-MattyV

 

PS- Bonus pick -Sony MDR-V150 Monitor Series Headphones – $27.00 (http://goo.gl/OFVrla)

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Great sounding headphones with a long cord.  Not noise canceling, but a great pick for under $30.

 

 

 

 

 

Scott Belkner is My Newest Arch Nemesis

Way to make me feel like a complete ass Scott. Yesterday I read that Jamarcus Russel has dropped 50 lbs and is expecting a call from an NFL team because of it, today I find you on the internet pumping iron and dominating the gym all the while being diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a young child, officially completing my self-confidence meltdown. Now my excuses “it’s raining outside so I can’t go for a jog”, or “I didn’t get enough sleep last night so an early morning gym session is out of the question” just flew out the window, all because of you. Really appreciate it buddy. Single handedly destroying my self confidence and raising everyone’s expectations of me!

In all seriousness though, Mr. Belkner, you inspire the shit outta me. You make me want to bench until I get to sore to wipe my own ass. Keep doing you.

-Sean Lite-

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