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Cool custom-designed game consoles

In Feature on January 30, 2013 at 7:52 pm

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A console is more than just a mere tool for playing computer games. These pieces of hardware can take on their own iconic status and on certain evidence can be seen as an area of opportunity for inventive new custom art design.

If a particular game, franchise or even a kitchen appliance comes close to someone’s heart they may choose to reflect that passion on to the game consoles they use to play.

Here is a just a selection of some of the coolest examples of custom-designed game consoles both retro and modern.

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The most expensive gaming DLC ever – value for money?

In Feature on December 14, 2012 at 8:58 pm

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A couple of weeks ago I played through a piece of single player downloadable content for the game Mass Effect 3, which is called Omega.

The sci-fi action RPG has in fact been subject to a lot of downloadable content, also known as DLC of course, since the title first launched back in March 2012.

For Mass Effect 3 we’ve seen several expansions and add-ons for both the multiplayer and single player segments. The recently launched Omega expansion was an example for the latter.

Anyway while some of the DLC for Mass Effect 3 has come free some of it, mostly the single player add-ons have instead required you to pay with some cold hard virtual cash from your debit/credit card in order to download.

Omega is ME3’s most expensive example of this yet, costing me £11.99 to play on my Playstation 3 (or the equivalent of 1200 Microsoft points if I was on Xbox 360).

While I would say the gameplay from this single player expansion was fine, I couldn’t help but be slightly startled by the price to gain this extra piece of content, and the thought still lingers with me now.

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30 bizarre gaming controllers

In Feature on November 5, 2012 at 9:18 pm

You play a computer game; you play it with either a controller or with a keyboard and mouse possibly if you’re on the PC. This is the tradition; so long you’re not throwing a Wiimote or your limbs near a Kinect of course.

The game controller is not only a vital part when playing computer games but in some cases it can become an icon in its own right. Think of the amount of merchandise which has been created based on the design of the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) controller or the Sony Playstation controller which has changed little in terms of basic design after three generations of consoles.

Over the past few decades we have seen both console makers and third party organisations come up with curios and varied designs for controllers to give players a new and in theory “enhanced” way to play our games.

Many of these ambitious or unorthodox approaches have seen the creation of controllers which can be best described as infamous, absurd or just downright bizarre.

In recognition Gaming Kick has compiled thirty of the most bizarre computer game controllers ever sold on markets worldwide.

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