A Review: Sony PS3 Slim

September 11, 2009


I bought a Hong Kong imported set for about SGD513 yesterday and put it to the test. Connecting it to the TV is ABC, connecting it to the internet via WiFi is just a password away (as compared to the Wii that i had, PS3 is almost like lego). The bluetooth DUALSHOCK®3 wireless controller can be connected at the front USB for charging while I try out the system. A HDMI cable (sold separately) I got from a friend allows my Bravia 40″ to automatically setup the best resolution of 1080i.


All set up in less than 10 mins including unboxing and then I was already online surfing the forum and FaceBook. Then I put in a disc (Metal Gear Solid 4) and it took to about 8mins to download into the system (while I had my dinner).

Without using an instruction manual I tried to play games and surf the internet with basic input of text using the virtual keyboard, and that’s the tough part. The DUALSHOCK®3 wireless controller has 16 buttons and it really took me a while to understand it’s functions (I was not a PSone, PS2 or PSP user before) but after getting aquainted for a couple of hours it gets a bit easier. I still can’t input what’s on my mind in FaceBook.. don’t seem to work… and one on one combat always gets me almost killed… but I am learning.

Sony PlayStation 3 Slim

September 8, 2009


More affordable at USD299 price; slimmer, more compact design with quieter operation; all games in high definition; easy-to-use interface; doubles as Blu-ray and upscaling DVD player; built-in Wi-Fi; 120GB hard drive; HDMI output with 1080p support; no external power supply; built-in Web browser; free global online gaming service.
I am getting one.

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Video gaming is getting really life like. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 “Prestige Edition,” will include a “fully functioning night vision goggles.” No idea how well they work… but this is really amazing. Maybe it’s even cheaper than what the army is using…

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A History of Game Controllers

December 17, 2008


This is a collection of small multiples of game controllers of the main gaming systems from the past 25 years, spanning from the Atari 2600 to the Nintendo Wii was created by Damien Lopez.
The purpose of the piece is to show the progression of controller design throughout the last quarter-century. The images have been normalized, and the hands are all approximately the same size as each other, and thus the controllers all to scale.
This is a very good illustration and reference for gamepad and controller designers, looking at the ergonomics for gamers. 

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Metal Game Pad

August 27, 2008


Sometimes looking at your PS3, Xbox360 and Wii remote controllers, it just look too plasticky and boring. This metal game pad has simple form and features chrome and not just shiny plastic that looks like chrome.  Granted that means that you’re stuck making fingerprints all over it every single time you pick it up.  However, having a shiny controller like this might be worth the extra trouble it would cause.

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A real working coffee table sized NES controller… I wander how fast must your palm be to win any game…
Months was spent putting this together, starting with a scanned image of the original NES control. This is then simply scaled up, carefully crafting each piece out of MDF and jaming wiring onto a broken old controller board. The glass top was the final touch, to protect those giant buttons, and inside there’s plenty of storage.

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FPS Gaming Vest

April 22, 2008


Video game characters live in a three-dimensional world, but gamers have only been able to experience two dimensions… until now. The 3rd Space™ Vest from TN Games takes gameplay beyond sight and sound, creating spatial awareness of the world your characters inhabit. Unlike traditional force feedback devices that rumble or buzz, the 3rd Space™ Vest gives you precise impact where it happens, as it happens. Get pounded with body slams, crushed with G-forces, and blasted with bullet fire.
For the lonely boy at home who has never been inflicted pain by anybody from the outside world before…

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