Razer Lancehead gaming mouse review

Razer Lancehead gaming mouse review

Razer Lancehead gaming mouse review

Razer recently introduced a gaming mouse that’s a nearly perfect competitor to my favorite mouse of all time, Logitech’s G900. The Razer Lancehead is a high-end, ambidextrous wireless gaming mouse, with the option to seamlessly switch to wired. Also, Razer made a whole video comparing it to the G900’s wireless performance. So the fight is definitely on, and I feel honored that these companies are spending so much time and money on building the perfect mouse for left-handers like me.

What is it?

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Hasbro’s new Gaming Crate subscription service is for board game fanatics

Hasbro’s new Gaming Crate subscription service is for board game fanatics

Hasbro’s new Gaming Crate subscription service is for board game fanatics

Toy and board game company Hasbro is entering the subscription box market with Hasbro Gaming Crate. The box is offered in two options: a family-friendly version and one geared more toward party games for adults. It includes three games, delivered every three months for the cost of $49.99.

Focusing on brand-new games instead of classics, the games are curated by Hasbro experts and include some crate-exclusive titles. (Hasbro’s website notes that these exclusives “may” become available for public purchase in the future, meaning the company could be using the crate to gain valuable insights on which games to invest in.)

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These NES-style Switch controllers look great but cost a ton

These NES-style Switch controllers look great but cost a ton

These NES-style Switch controllers look great but cost a ton

ColorWare has been painting custom versions of the Switch since April, but the company’s latest limited edition run probably puts all your mix-and-match color schemes to shame with a pair of Joy-Con controllers patterned off the original NES.


All the hallmarks of Nintendo’s original console have been brought over to its newest hard — the two-tone grey and black style, the block font, and of course, the glossy red accents for the face buttons. ColorWare seems to have completely nailed the look, down to making sure the optional Joy-Con strap attachments match.

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New Nintendo 2DS XL hands-on: this is the 3DS that always should have been

New Nintendo 2DS XL hands-on: this is the 3DS that always should have been

New Nintendo 2DS XL hands-on: this is the 3DS that always should have been

The New Nintendo 2DS XL came as a surprise to the tech world. In the lead-up to the release of the Switch, Nintendo said its new portable hardware and its old handhelds would coexist. But as the Switch became Nintendo’s fastest-selling console, many wondered if the 3DS and the 2DS would gradually make their way toward the sunset. That isn’t the case.

Let’s temporarily put aside questions of Nintendo cannibalizing the handheld market. The New 2DS XL may be the best handheld hardware Nintendo has made since the original DS in 2004.

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Final Fantasy XV continues to grow in strange ways with mobile and VR spinoffs

Final Fantasy XV continues to grow in strange ways with mobile and VR spinoffs

Final Fantasy XV continues to grow in strange ways with mobile and VR spinoffs

Final Fantasy XV is a game, but it’s also the center of a steadily growing universe. Even before the long-awaited RPG made its debut last November, it was preceded by a feature-length CG movie and a five-part anime series. Since launch, we’ve seen a number of updates, multiple story expansions, and a handful spinoffs. Like most blockbuster games nowadays, FFXV is a title that lives well beyond its initial release date.

As we approach FFXV’s anniversary next month, it doesn’t show any signs of slowing down — though it is moving in some curious directions. One, Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition, completely reimagines the game as a cute, streamlined game on mobile. Another, Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV, takes the surprisingly fun fishing mini-game from the main game and turns it into a bizarrely satisfying virtual reality experience.

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Microsoft’s Beam game streaming app will be available for Xbox One Insider members

Microsoft’s Beam game streaming app will be available for Xbox One Insider members

Microsoft’s Beam game streaming app will be available for Xbox One Insider members

If you’re part of the Xbox Insider Program, formerly known as the Xbox Preview Program, you may have gotten access to Microsoft’s Beam app on Xbox One today. In addition to allowing users to broadcast streams, Beam also gives them the power to watch and chat with each other, similar to Twitch.

The app, due out this spring, will also allow users to browse game streams and earn “Sparks” and experience points as they watch. Sparks are an in-app currency that viewers use to unlock XP boosters, emotes, and more; XP, meanwhile, signify how much you’ve watched. One minute of watching will earn you two Sparks, while five minutes nets you 10 XP.

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Hulu is the first big streaming service coming to the Nintendo Switch

Hulu is the first big streaming service coming to the Nintendo Switch

Hulu is the first big streaming service coming to the Nintendo Switch

Nintendo’s gaming tablet is finally getting some streaming content. Today, the company revealed its first major media app will be Hulu, which will be available later today. The Switch version will be the full Hulu app, including the company’s live TV package and on-demand subscription service. With the release Hulu becomes the first major streaming service available on the Switch to users in the US.


Hulu.

It’s been a long time coming for Nintendo fans; since the Switch first launched in March, the focus has been almost entirely on games. The console did receive some streaming content with the launch of YouTube-like service Niconico in July, but it was exclusive to Japan. With the very important holiday season soon upon us, it makes sense that big-name services like Hulu are finally coming to the Switch — and hopefully the Netflix and YouTube aren’t far behind.

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Blaster Master Zero launches on Nintendo Switch on March 9th

Blaster Master Zero launches on Nintendo Switch on March 9th

Blaster Master Zero launches on Nintendo Switch on March 9th

There is plenty of justified concern over the Nintendo Switch’s anemic launch lineup of games, but the consensus seems to be that Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be enough to sell the system in its early months. Well, if “classic but slightly difficult Nintendo games” is the sort of thing that hits you right in your nostalgic heart, let me give you the best news: Blaster Master Zero launches on March 9th on the Switch.

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Even the Bank of Canada can’t resist the Konami code

Even the Bank of Canada can’t resist the Konami code

Even the Bank of Canada can’t resist the Konami code

Konami’s infamous cheat code has lived a long life in video games and the internet at large. It first appeared in the 1986 NES game Gradius to help the developers beat their own game; it’s since grown beyond a cheat in later Konami games to a general pop culture joke.

It’s hard to imagine a more appropriate use for a cheat code than a bank, and it seems that the Bank of Canada agrees. If you enter the code correctly (up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A) on its page celebrating the new $10 bank note, it showers your screen in bills and plays Canada’s national anthem. The goof was spotted by CTV News, which reports that the banks web team “thought the Konami code was a fun way to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.”

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Nintendo’s new Fire Emblem DLC costs more than the game itself

Nintendo’s new Fire Emblem DLC costs more than the game itself

Nintendo’s new Fire Emblem DLC costs more than the game itself

Nintendo has announced its downloadable content plans for the upcoming Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, and it’s going to hit you hard in the wallet: either $44.99 for a season pass, or $51.95 if purchased separately.

Given that Shadows of Valentia costs $39.99, that makes either DLC option more expensive than the base game, something that even games with price $50 season passes like Star Wars: Battlefront, Call of Duty, and Battlefield 1 have yet to accomplish.

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