We descended upon Seattle this past weekend for three epic days of gaming and gaming culture. We saw the world premiere of 100 Yen, we attended panels on everything from the “freemium” model to a psychiatric perspective on kids and gaming, and yes, we went hands-on with some new gaming gear too.
It connects via Bluetooth to your Android 2.3+ device, giving you much closer to a “true” console gaming experience while on the go. It has dual analog thumb sticks, two shoulder buttons, and four face buttons. There’s also a flip-up portion in the center to hold on to your smartphone. This could be great for the Galaxy S III and Power A says that it can even accommodate something like the much larger Galaxy Note. Of course, your tablet will just have to be the way it is, but the MOGA will work with it.
The key here is that the MOGA isn’t just a controller. It’s meant to be a complete gaming system, since they’ve created an SDK that is now being used by developers to create MOGA-compatible games. They’ve got such big names on board as Namco Bandai and Sega working on MOGA-enhanced titles. Look for MOGA to launch next month.
If you know me, then you’ll know that I’m really into fighting games. Admittedly, I’m not very good, but maybe what I need is just a new arcade stick. Mad Catz is one of the leaders in this realm and they’ve got a new stick for a new game.
The Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Arcade FightStick Tournament Edition S+ carries many of the same features that you’ve come to expect Mad Catz’s TE sticks, like genuine Sanwa parts, but it comes with at least a couple notable differences. While the Vewlix style layout is more commonly used for Street Fighter games, Mad Catz went with the Namco Noir layout for this new Tekken game. That makes sense. They’ve also included alternate cover art that is easily replaced; just remove the top cover with a hex key and swap in the art. There’s no need to remove the buttons and stick like how you would with other arcade sticks.
They’ve also added some foam pads on the back for added stability and comfort if you prefer to play with the arcade stick in your lap. Look for the TTT2 TE S+ to launch for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii U later this year at an MSRP of $160.
And finally, we had a chat with Matt Ployhar, Senior Product Planner at Intel about the evolution of PC gaming. Most people think that real PC games can really only be played on a full desktop, but that’s not really the case anymore.
While I wasn’t really able to do it on the Dell XPS 13, more and more ultrabooks are getting more and more capable. They had World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria running on a couple of ultrabooks at the Intel booth at PAX and everything was just as smooth as the full desktop PC experience. This is thanks to improvements in the technology as far as processors, on-board graphics, and SSDs, among other optimizations. Yes, you can play WoW on your terms.