This is Day 9 of my Android conversion and there’s been some ups and downs. Last Thursday I walked into an AT&T store ready to return my Galaxy S4. Everything had grown into an annoyance and I was ready to head back to iOS. Its the little things that added up to be a major annoyance.
When you get an alert, be it a text tone or a direction from a maps app, iOS lowers your music and plays the alert. Android stops your music and rewinds 2 seconds after the alert finishes. Apps on iOS are more polished. If you’re using the Sirius app to fast forward / rewind it updates the play time indicator as you’re scrolling, Android it doesn’t so you have to guess.
I’m a gamer/geek/gadget whore. Judging from my twitter feed, I’m not alone. I’ve been in love since the iPhone came out. I had just become a father shortly before that and swore I’d buy the first mp3 player / camera / phone that came out because I was tired of carrying everything all the different devices around. Apple came out with the first great one and Apple became relevant to me for the first time since I was forced to buy a Mac Classic for college. And I loved it! I’ve always had a special place in my heart for the House that Jobs built and I was happy to have an iPhone in my pocket.
Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony have pulled back some of the digital veil regarding their plans for games and next gen consoles. Now that I’ve had time to digest what was shown at the pressers, I felt like posting some of my opinions. This isn’t a review from what was discussed; just some of my opinions up to this point.
I never anticipated the day would come when I fell asleep while playing a Dead Space game. Long week at work, possibly? Maybe the daily challenges of fatherhood are starting to catch up? Or, am I just bored by the lack of excitement in Dead Space 3?
September 17 will be a monumental day for Killzone fans. Not only is that the release date of Killzone: Mercenary, but it will be a good indicator on whether the Playstation Vita will be on life support. It possibly already is and this game could be the lifeline the Vita needs. Regardless, FPS fans should be happy with this video. For those who are new to the party, this game isn’t running on a 60 inch Sony Bravia 1080p televison. It’s the Vita’s OLED screen. Gorgeous. Listen to Art Director Tom Jones tell you more.
OK so I’m a big geek. I know, I’m shocking you guys…anyway its true. I love toys and gadgets. Everything from action figures to xboxes and iPads. These are my big kid toys.
Now I’ve gone up another step and have actually bought a Nest? Don’t know what a Nest is? It’s a learning thermostat. It was designed by one of the original iPhone designers. He realized that there was a gap in the thermostat world and decided to fill it.
Learning is the key word here because it learns what you do. All you have to do is turn the dial and an LCD display shows you the temperature you want. It turns just like the old dial thermostats. As you dial in your temp, it starts realizing your patterns. It knows when you come home from work and turn up the heat, it knows when you go to bed and turns down the heat. It learns you. It has a motion sensor and if you don’t walk by it in a few hours it turns the heat down.
A few years ago I met the developers of Corpse Toss at New York Comic Con. They were a great group of guys and I really enjoyed their game. They gave me a heads-up of their new offering and I have been enjoying it.
The Legend of Fat Ninja is a physics based game in the same genre as Angry Birds. You are a Ninja attacking other Ninjas in an attempt to steal their recipes.
Much like Angry birds you slingshot your Ninja. Then he bounces off of objects while you direct him to the assassins coming to you. Sounds simple but it’s not easy. Its a complex and rewarding game that can’t be beaten easily. If it has a flaw, that’s the one. Its hard. Angry Birds has many levels and you can beat them relatively easily even if 3 starring them can be extremely difficult. Legend of Fat Ninja has many fewer levels but it takes much longer to clear them.
Overall I greatly enjoyed it and recommend you give it a look. If you do, tell us what you thought of it.
Its available for Android and iOS and now has a lite version up on the Amazon App Store.
Okay–maybe it’s not THAT big, but GHR wants to help our listeners kick the new year off right! Over the next two weeks, we want you to follow @GamerHusbands on Twitter (if you’re not doing so already), and tweet to us your most anticipated title for 2013. On episode #254 we’ll chose someone at random, and that person will receive the standard edition of their most anticipated title for 2013 upon the game’s release – courtesy of GamerHusbands Radio! It’s our way of saying “thank you” for sticking with us. The only rule: One person – one entry.
Hey, the Mayans were wrong. Let’s get our game on, people!
Sony just put a ring on it. The Vita now has Playstation Plus and there is no shortage of goods. PsPlus began as discounts and exclusive access to betas and has evolved into free games. This is very good for current Playstation and Vita owners because they are adding a lot of recently released games to the download list. This service is definitely a system seller on the PS3 and Sony is hoping that it can breathe new life into Vita sales. This holiday period is pivotal for Vita, because it shows third party publishers that the Vita is a viable platform and it can be profitable for them to develop for.
Hurray for Sony! They get it. Playstation Mobile is a great addition to the Sony ecosystem. It adds bite size gaming to the network and it’s doesn’t cost 30 times the Ios price. One notable addition arrives today. JetPack Joyride can be downloaded unto your PS3/PsVita for the low price of $3.99. Toilet time will never be the same.
For the coin collecting hardcore, they can enjoy an extremely fun and addicting game for cheap. You play as Barry who finds a jet pack and puts it on. The jetpack also doubles as a weapon, and can upgrade the jetpack as the game progresses. Some of the powerups include different modes of transportation, ranging from a cute but effective airplane, to a huge mechanical Dragon named, Mr. Bubbles. What are you waiting for? Head to the PSN and pony up for Mr. Bubbles.