Razer have been producing gaming hardware for many years and with their foray into mobile phones last year they created an entirely new category of phone, the gaming phone. This year they have cemented their place in the mobile phone gaming market with the release of the Razer Phone 2. With flagship features that you would expect to find on a top end phone along with gaming optimisations the Razer Phone 2 is pushing hard to steal market share from Apple and Samsung.
It used to be that the only guarantees in life were death and taxes, but in this high-tech world we can add the march of technology and internet rumours to this list. Rumours of the next generation PlayStation have been especially abundant in recent months and they are painting a very interesting picture. With far more continuity between generations it is looking like Sony’s move to AMD for the PS4 is starting to pay off for everyone. Will this be a case of evolution being better than a revolution? Will the console wars switch tracks and be won by the dark horse Nintendo? Can anyone believe it’s been so long since the last GTA game?
The battle to dominate gaming in front of our TV’s has raged since the birth of video games in the 80’s. With the release of the classic mini consoles reliving these gaming memories and catching up on classics that you might have missed has never been so much fun, or simpler. Many of the biggest names of the 80’s and early 90’s are present NES, SNES, Sega MegaDrive, Commodore 64 and the soon to be released PlayStation.
Retro gaming is all the rage at the moment, and while Sony may be late to the retro game it has turned up to a knife fight with a 44 magnum. Mind you turning up well armed when going to war with Nintendo is not a bad strategy.
The PlayStation Classic is Sony’s latest weapon in the console wars and this mini marvel will be packing 20 games pre-loaded and ready to rumble. Only 5 of games have been officially announced thus far; Final Fantasy VII, Jumping Flash, Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3 and Wild Arms. The remaining 15 are the subject of much speculation and you can bet Sony will trickle feed the announcements of the remaining games to us as the release date edges nearer, building the marketing momentum. The number of wish lists floating around the web is evidence that it is already working. Here at Highpants we have just one wish, Gran Tourismo.
If like us you love DIY, retro gaming and want to tinker with a Pi then there is one project that combines them all, and is well worth considering, the PiCade X HAT. The 2018 update of this excellent do it yourself project provides a relatively simple build that produces an incredibly cool result, an awesome desktop retro arcade gaming machine complete with arcade joystick and display that fits into a little cabinet worthy of even the grandest man cave.
In life we are often told that you can’t have everything, life is a balance. Settle and compromise the sensible amongst us insist, this is the secret to happiness they say. You can’t have looks and personality, the perfect job always has a downside, the perfect home will have an annoying neighbour and even the prefect computer will be compromised in some way. Here at Highpants its time to upgrade our trusty work-horse computer and we are once again faced with picking our way through this compromised reality.
Yes, even in the world of computing this logic has been bandied about like the punchline in a bad film, the perfect computer for any situation has always been a compromise. But damn it if Intel haven’t decided to challenge this long-heralded rule, yes you can have a powerful gaming machine in an unnaturally small form factor they scream, while holding the Hades Canyon NUC high in the air.
There has often been an important compromise to consider when deciding on your next gaming rig. Do you settle for a large power-hungry box with extreme performance or sacrifice performance for a more compact gaming rig? While the first option is the often-selected solution there are situations that make the second option desirable for many. Those of us with small apartments and little space, or the requirement for a portable system, and then there are the power conscious amongst us. For many a better balance is an interesting proposition and in recent months these options have become quite interesting.
Headlining these options this month Zotac released the ZBox Magnus EN1080K ultra compact cube, while Intel has had tongues wagging around the internet with the release of their Hades Canyon BUC8i7HVK, both of which are extremely compact and surprisingly powerful gaming rigs. Both extremely enticing options but can they beat building your own mini gaming rig?
The original Age of Empires series set the standard for real-time strategy way back in 1997. The originals were beloved by many and this classic from the 90’s is still played by stalwarts around the world. Working your way through the many ages of humanities evolution in order to achieve world domination through war has never been so much fun and that fun is about to return in 4K glory. As we speak Microsoft is preparing the battlefield that will bring the franchise back to life with a brand new roman numeral, Age of Empires: IV along with Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, a remastering of the classics.
Lovers of Turismo it is time to prepare for the marathon gaming session to end all marathon gaming sessions. Clear the couch, stock up on supplies and get that comfortable driving position ready for the long wait will soon be over.
The world cheered with excited relief this week when Kazunori Yamauchi (Polyphony Digital CEO and GT ‘s creator) announced GT Sport will be released on the 17th of October in the US, and the 18th everywhere else. With 17 tracks / 28 variants, 150 cars and integrated eSport racing leagues to revel in we might have to start the preparations now.
Carefully blending two monsters of the 80’s, Mario Brothers and the Rubik’s cube, is no easy feat but to do it in such a smile inducing way is pure genius. Hell even the stop frame animation style is right out of an 80’s Peter Gabriel music video, Sledgehammer anyone.
The video was originally carefully crafted as part of the 30th anniversary celebrations for Super Mario Bros, an iconic game by any standard released right smack in the middle of the 80’s, September 13, 1985.
Presented for you viewing pleasure is the animation that uses Rubik’s cubes as pixels to bring Super Mario Bros to life in a whole new way. Sit back relax and prepare for grinning to begin.