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Giveaway: What Would You Do For a PS Vita?

Vita Contest

The Playstation Vita is now available in stores nationwide, and we're celebrating its release the best way we know how - by giving you fine folks the chance to win one! Of course, we don't want to just give it away (where's the fun in that?) - you're going to have to earn it. How? Simply answer this question the best you can: What would you do for a Playstation Vita? Be creative, be entertaining, and most of all, be original. A couple quick hints - showing is *always* better than telling, and this time, wanton console destruction just isn't going to cut it. ;)

Get those ideas flowing, you have one month from today to enter!

Full details and rules follow after the jump.



Retro City Rampage Goes Multi-Console

Retro City Rampage

As promised earlier this month, today saw a big reveal for the upcoming 8 bit styled action parody Retro City Rampage. Originally announced as an XBLA and WiiWare title, it is now going multi-console, with simultaneous releases on the PC, Playstation 3, Playstation Vita, XBLA, and WiiWare. In addition, a series of digital pre-order bonuses were unveiled: namely a 10 track soundtrack sampler, a printable faux NES box and label, a digital game manual, and a 20% off coupon code toward RCR merchandise.

In keeping with what has become the tradition whenever RCR news breaks, a new trailer has been released as well, check it out below:

Retro City Rampage will be available this May, for $14.99 (or 1200 Microsoft Points). The PC Version is available for pre-order now here.


Steelseries Sensei Review

A must own peripheral for the serious PC Gamer.

SteelSeries Sensei

PC gamers have to purchase so many items just to have the perfect gaming rig. They can range from incredible expensive to very inexpensive. An item often overlooked when building or purchasing a PC is the mouse. This key tool should never be overlooked. A good mouse can make a huge difference in gameplay. The Sensei is a mouse to be reckoned with. It comes with many features that boost in game performance. This was developed not for an accountant or the average user, but with us PC gamers in mine.

Steelseries Sensei

Steelseries isn't known for its modernly designed products. They have stuck with very traditional looks with many of their devices and the Sensei is no exception. It has a very simple look and design. It is also symmetrical which makes it simple to switch between left and right handed modes. There are three LED lights on the mouse and all them can be adjusted to one of a few preset colors or a specific color can be chosen under advanced options. The mouse feels great to hold. It has a slightly cold metallic feel, but warms up to the hand quickly. It has a sturdy build and is comfortable to hold.

The biggest downside of the mouse is the lack of documentation which makes setting up the mouse tough. There is plenty of instruction online, but the manual in the box only includes a diagram of the mouse and instructions on h0w to download the drivers and manuals from the internet. For a user with limited or no internet access this will cause problems. After the program is downloaded it takes a while to figure out how everything works. A confident computer user will often skip downloading the manual for new devices and stick to tinkering. This route is very tough with the Steelseries Sensei. The program to configure all the settings on the mouse appears easy to use, but there are so many complicated features that it is recommended to read the manual. With the drivers downloaded the mouse will work without adjusting the settings, but DPI switching and Macros need to be adjusted in the settings in order to use them properly. The mouse is easy to use, but it takes a while to configure it to the desired settings.



Double Fine Sets New Kickstarter Records

Double Fine Adventure

When publisher after publisher told him that adventure games were dead, legendary developer Tim Schafer didn't listen. As one of the creative forces behind games such as The Secret of Monkey Island, Full Throttle, Day of the Tentacle, Psychonauts, and numerous others, Schafer took to crowd sourced funding website Kickstarter in an attempt to prove the skeptics wrong. The goal was simple: reach $400,000 in pledged funding by March 13, via a Kickstarter campaign, and the San Francisco based developer would not only make (and self publish) a new point and click style adventure game, but would team up with 2 Player Productions to document the entire process, from concept to final product. If successful, Double Fine would be the first developer to fully fund a new video game via Kickstarter.

As it turns out, that was to be the first of many records Double Fine would break in the experiment - they reached their initial funding goal within 12 hours; setting records for having the highest number of backers in a 24 hour period, and the highest amount funded. As of this writing, with over a month left in their Kickstarter campaign, Double Fine has raised some $700,000 in crowd sourced funding toward their currently unnamed adventure game. Double Fine will be relying heavily on backer feedback during the course of this game's development, offering them a private forum and regular video updates, and promises to give everyone who has contributed at least $15 access to the game's beta, as well as the final finished product upon completion of the game.



New Retro City Rampage Trailer Released

Retro City Rampage

Retro City Rampage, the upcoming retro styled open world action parody from Brian Provinciano, is nearing release. To mark the occasion, a new trailer has been released, featuring gameplay from a near final build. Note that the character sprites have been retooled quite a bit since the last time RCR was on display. Watch the teaser trailer, in all its 8-bit glory below:

Currently, a release date hasn't been announced, but the video teases a "big announcement" on February 20th. With development on the game finished, expect it to launch in the near future.