Thursday, October 22, 2015
- Some insanely powerful Nvidia Chip - not a Rocky, not an Amlogic - we're looking here at the Tegra K1: an Xbox 360 only leeeeetle!
- A 1920*1200 323ppi screen, so even when this baby disappoints because upscaled Mr Do! just somehow don't seem right, you can still happily use the darn thing to watch xVids!
- Look at those sexy dual analogs, dpad, xbox inspired buttons and the shoulders!
- An f2.0 camera lens. In a little known (albeit better known) Chinese product of this kind, this is nothing short of miraculous. f2.0!
You really need to see it to believe it. Go back and click play. Now.
You can actually order one too: here and here! Indulge and report back please!
Or just go here to whine about the price: http://boards.dingoonity.org/jxd-devices/jxd-s192/ , or to discover pretty graphs like this one:
Thursday, July 16, 2015
It took this guy to say it: "Company claps Commodore brand on back of generic smartphone, gets attention"
Well put, sir!
Which actually brings me to today's topic (before, perhaps, I go slumbering again into 2016, maybe April): the way the mighty have fallen, I think we could crowdfund getting the Commodore logo onto this most suitable of unpunny devices, for, oh, a couple of fishbones and a broken pencil:
Has a nice ring (har har) to it, don't you think?
Who's with me?
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. It wasn’t too long ago that
an Android tablet with gaming controls was released every few months (and was supported for just about as long, but we won’t go there). After a while, our
eyes glazed over and we all stopped looking.
And then, nothing. I don’t know why. Good however, comes with the bad. Just like staying away from incognito mode on your browser can heighten the sensation of its eventual relaunch, there is now a curvy new pro
nm queen on the block: the GPD XD. I want it.
Here it is:
Cars, guns, balls! The freedom to choose between them all! That says. It. All. Yeah! What else does a handheld gaming console fan who’s been going dry need to wet his whistle? Those sexy curves, those round little nubs, those colourful buttons just begging for some delicate tweaking ….. oooooohhhhhhhh ….!
But I digress. Here are its specs:
GPD XD Tablet GamePad
RK3288 Quad Core 1.8GHz
5 inch H-IPS capacitive touch screen
Support T-FLASH (Support 128GB max)
JPG, JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG
AVI(H.264, DIVX, XVID, rm, rmvb), MKV(H.264, DIVX, XVID), WMV, MOV, MP4(H.264, MPEG, DIVX, XVID), MPEG, MPG, FLV(H.263, H.264)
Supported Game Types
PSP/DC/ONS/NGP/NDS/N64/PS1/ARCADE/MAME/GBA/AFC/FC/MD/WSC/GBC/Arcade Games/Android Games/Computer Games, etc
1XUSB 2.0 OTG port
1XMicro SD Card port
1X3.5mm Earphones Port
1X HDMI port
3.7V/6000mAh Li-ion battery
1 x Tablet PC
1 x USB Cable
1 x Charger (DC 5V, 2A)
1 x Adapter (the adapter depend on the country of the buyer.)
Want some real detail about this sucker? Follow the 11 page dingoonity thread here: http://boards.dingoonity.org/gpd-devices/gpd-xd-new-5-inch-device-with-rk3288-(rumours)/
And if you’re so inclined to preorder, you could do a whole heap worse than helping me out and using this link: www.banggood.com/GPD-XD-RK3288-Quad-Core-1_8GHz-5-Inch-16GB-Android-Foldable-Game-Tablet-p-986049.html?p=6Q240816780732015057
Which is to say, pretty please with sugar on it and a red cherry.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
4. Mr Do
You controlled a ballsy clown. Read that any way you like, pun intended, as this pixellated blob from the golden days of 25c arcades could finish levels in multiple ways - eat all fruit on screen, kill all pursuers with his ball, flattening them with fruit, or collecting randomly appearing letters to spell a word. All this while dodging enemies (what were they exactly?!) and tunnelling in the best possible way to create a torturous route which if done right, resulted in a killzone for your trusty balls of death! While always a classic, Mr Do never quite elicits the same response as Pac Man, which I put down to the fact that deep inside, we're all freaked out by Clowns. That's not Mr Do's fault however.
3. Bank Panic
This arcade gem looks today like something whipped up by a 3 year old - colourful blocky graphics and cheery simplistic music, but for gameplay it remains unique and unmatched. You control 3 gunsights. Yep, 3, at the same time, each mapped to a separate button. Doors open to reveal either bank customers or bandits, drawn cleverly to resemble customers. Shoot the bandits, don't shoot the customers. Perfect to pick up and play in 30 second bursts, this is the perfect subway game with a modern save state enabled console. This is just begging for an Android native version, or a clever Minecraft level mod remake.
2. Exciting Hour
Another relatively unknown arcade game, this wrestling slugfest lets you take on opponents like the (misspelt, or cleverly parodied) "Insane Worrier", and the politically incorrect "Cocoa Savage", obviously Quentin Tarantino's inspiration for Django. While there was only a joystick and 2 buttons, Technos managed to cram more than a dozen unique moves into the combos, setting the stage for later classics like Street Fighter 2 or today's incomprehensible UFC games.
Galaga is Space Invaders evolved to perfection. After Galaga, the art evolved into scrolling Shoot Em Ups, for there was no more for the static screen shooter to achieve. Galaga was devilishly simple to learn, but almost impossible for the average player to conquer for more than 10 minutes, which I put down to being caused by extreme greed, once the rudimentary power up mechanics were discovered. Back in the day, you had to work hard for your money, as boosting the ship's capabilities involved a tortorous process of getting your ship tractor beamed, then frantically trying to blast the alien that captured it- and your reward for all this was simply two shots at a time! With no plot to speak of, the goal of this was only to score big, which consumed too many of my university hours and I'm sure cost thousands in lost earning potential. But hey, I got to experience gaming in its simplest, purest form, when the words "High Score AYY" meant something.