Archive for the ‘Computer Gaming’ Category

Five Design Mistakes In Hot Wheels Unleashed, And Why You Should Play It Anyway

Monday, September 27th, 2021

Hot Wheels Unleashed is the classic example of a game created by people who care and ransacked by executives and publishers leaving it falling short of the original vision. What remains is the question: does enough of this concept still exist to make this game worthwhile? For Hot Wheels the answer is yes. The attention […]

Toshiba Canvio Basics – Special Edition – 2TB Reviewed

Tuesday, September 14th, 2021

Caught up in the allure of gloriously fast NVM.e SSDs, I sometimes forget that the maligned “spinning rust” drives of yore and old are still a great solution for data archival and backups. Think I’ve found some cold storage for my Steam Deck! pic.twitter.com/zvie8WNuNI — Phil Howard (@Gadgetoid) August 25, 2021 At a third the […]

GioTeck VX4 Wireless PS4/PC Controller Reviewed

Tuesday, September 14th, 2021

As shiny as official controllers are, I’ve never quite got to grips with how obscenely expensive they’ve become. Cramming more and more widgets and gubbins into controllers has certainly necessitated a price increase, but £50+ seems a little on the nose. And that’s before we get to fancy “pro” ones. Why do I do this […]

Five design mistakes in Hoa, and why you should play it anyway.

Monday, August 23rd, 2021

Hoa captures what I would call the “Ghibli Aesthetic.” It’s for this reason – much as I still look upon Ni No Kuni with temptation and wish I had 40 hours to spare – that I was drawn to it, wanting to give the game a try since I first set eyes upon the teaser. […]

Kioxia Exceria 128GB High Endurance microSD Card

Monday, July 19th, 2021

With the Steam Deck on the horizon and a renewed interest in fast, high-capacity SD cards (my day job working with Raspberry Pi’s doesn’t normally necessitate anything larger than 16GB) it’s a great time to introduce you to the Kioxia Exceria. Formerly Toshiba Memory the Kioxia brand carries on the flame, bringing a third option […]

noblechairs EPIC Black Edition

Monday, May 10th, 2021

The EPIC was probably the chair I *should* have purchased back when I was deliberating on the HERO. Why? It’s considerably smaller and sleeker and a shade cheaper to boot. Eat food. Watch TV. Barf up some product reviews. Just wanna sit right here ? pic.twitter.com/wjYP9fyhly — Phil Howard (@Gadgetoid) May 8, 2021 At the […]

Alienware Area 51M R2 i9 RTX2070 Reviewed

Thursday, November 26th, 2020

While I am an outspoken fan of Alienware’s portable m15 r2 and r3 I’ve never quite understood the purpose of luggable systems like the Area 51M. Hefting the Area 51M out of its box for the first time, I couldn’t help but wonder “why would anyone by this?” Its two, huge power supplies and the […]

Alienware M15 R3 SSD Upgrade – 2230 Bracket Kioxia Edition

Friday, October 9th, 2020

The M15 R3 has, surprisingly, a 2230 SSD slot generally reserved for data storage. It’s a welcome addition to Alienware’s M15 R2 successor that offers the opportunity to install a bonus extra disk for dual booting Linux or archiving media files, downloads and other less pressing data. Finding a 2230 SSD, however, proved to be […]

Alienware m15 r3 vs r2 Showdown

Tuesday, August 4th, 2020

I’ve had the Alienware m15 r2 as my daily-driver for around a year now- using it for a mix of work, Blender tinkering, musical noodling and gaming. It’s a solid machine and is as much at home as a portable workstation as a gaming laptop, and I appreciate being able to have a powerful CPU […]

Azulle Byte 3 Reviewed

Tuesday, August 4th, 2020

The Azulle Byte3 is one of many mini PCs to cross my desk… or, rather, stay on my desk for over a year and find use in myriad different roles. Again it’s fallen into that trap of being so useful I forget I’m supposed to be reviewing it. Think I’m going to have a busy […]