One week ago today, I arrived at home to find that happy little box from Amazon waiting for me at the front door. As usual, I was excited to get a package (who doesn’t get that way) from my favorite online retailer and even more excited that it was my brand new Sony PSVita. I’ve had one week to test out the latest handheld gaming system and I thought it fitting that today (the official U.S. release of the Vita) would be a great day to give you a review.
Archive for the ‘Gaming’ Category
Over a year ago, I sat in disbelief as Steve Jobs unveiled the newest toy in the Apple arsenal, the iPad. I had already owned an iPod touch and used iPhones long enough to know that the iPad was going to be a huge success, but gaming was listed as one of the key uses of this “magical” device and I thought that sounded a little off.
Gaming, for myself and many like me, is a term reserved for console game systems (like the XBOX 360 and PS3) and desktop computers. I’ve been playing games for years and when someone mentions a “gaming system” I think of fast graphics, surround sound and a controller. That’s what seemed so “off” in Steve’s speech. How can you “game” on the iPad when there are no buttons?
|FollowFriday : On any given Friday, thousands upon thousands (maybe even millions) of Twitter users enter the hashtag #FollowFriday (or #FF), followed by one or more “mentions.” The idea is for users to share the names of other “interesting people” that they follow and think you should too. These recommendations serve as positive comment cards for the digitally inclined.
JumpstartMyPC.com has decided to bring FollowFriday to our blog. Read on and, if you are so inclined, add these “interesting people” to your own list.
The compact disc (CD) was originally introduced to the world in 1982 and, since that switch to the 12 cm wide (standard size) disc, there have been numerous formats released in the same size and shape. CD’s, DVD’s, Blu-Ray and HD DVDs, a multitude of computer writable discs, plus video games for consoles like the XBOX, XBOX360, Playstation 3, Wii, etc., have taken over and it seems this format will be here for many years to come. Even though most of us didn’t purchase or begin collecting these optical discs until the mid-90’s, we all have a collection of some sort.
Organizing this collection of digital data and keeping track of what we have becomes more and more difficult as time goes on. Storage cabinets, boxes, shelving units, entertainment centers and other furniture options are available at every store from Walgreens to Ikea and everyone has owned a few in hopes of keeping their collection organized, accessible and visually appealing. No matter what you have to hold your data, it is most likely a temporary solution, as you’ll soon be purchasing that latest album, movie or video game.
What do we do next?
Several years ago I was invited over to a friend’s house to check out the release of a new XBOX game called Halo 2. I hadn’t played video games in a few years and hadn’t played them regularly since I was a kid, but if everyone was getting together I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity. It only took a few minutes of watching the others play before I was really interested and convinced someone else to hand over a controller so I could play. Bam! I was hooked. Not only were the graphics and sound better, but this new generation of gaming allowed the “users” to interact with others in the room or over the internet. This changed everything.