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Ouya Announces OnLive Partnership

Ouya/OnLive

Ouya, the upcoming Android based microconsole, will be getting its own version of the popular OnLive cloud gaming app at launch. Announced earlier today via the project's KickStarter page, OnLive will bring console quality, cloud based gaming to the device. OnLive will bring its extensive catalog to Ouya, retaining the ability to purchase streaming games on demand, and of course, the ability to demo most titles offered for a full 30 minutes for free. Bruce Grove, OnLive's General Manager, had the following words of praise on the Ouya platform:

"Ouya is rethinking the console business, making waves by using standard technology to make gaming for your living room accessible, affordable and more innovative than ever. In OnLive's case, we pioneered a groundbreaking, cloud-based system that instantly delivers games to any device on demand."

In addition to revealing that OnLive will be available at launch, Ouya released a series of teaser images of the current prototype of the console - showcasing the unit's minimalist aesthetics (as designed by Yves Behar) and, for the first time, a complete view of the Ouya's gamepad.



Although Ouya does not have an exact release date at this time, it is expected to launch sometime next march.

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Steelseries 6GV2 Mechanical Keyboard Review

Steelseries 6GV2

The Steelseries 6GV2 is an excellent keyboard for both gaming and word processing. The first thing to know about the product is that it is a mechanical keyboard. Steelseries is a great company that innovates their products with PC gaming in mind. Although slightly more expensive than the average keyboard on the market, the 6GV2 is designed for gamers and it stands out above other keyboards. The 6GV2 is not very much to look at, but do not let that steer anyone away. Steelseries employs a very simple look for this model opting for an all black very boxy looking design when most other "gaming" keyboards use flashy colors and lights with character designs from other games to make the product look nice. In comparison this keyboard is very bland, which is too bad because the features of the keyboard are so much nicer than most other keyboards out there. Mechanical keyboards feel much different to use than other keyboards. It does take a little bit of time to get use to how the keys are laid out and how they feel, but after a week or so of use it begins to feel much more natural that other keyboards.

The 6GV2 is a mechanical keyboard, which means that it uses actual physical switches to determine when a key is pressed. The alternative, electrical current switches, is less expensive. That's why most people do not use mechanical keyboards, but gamers and people who use word processing regularly should consider making the switch. Since the switches are physical it improves the response time between key presses and actions on the computer. The keyboard will optimize the users actions per minute. This is very important for gamers especially those who play fast paced or online games.

Steelseries 6GV2

Most keyboards will only recognize a very limited number of key presses simultaneously; it's usually around 4-6. While plugged into the USB slot the 6GV2 will recognize 6 distinct key presses simultaneously, but if it is plugged in through the PS/2 slot the computer will recognize every single key pressed at the same time; although there may never come a time when that is necessary, many games require multiple keys to be pressed at the same time to perform more tricky maneuvers. In most games players are constantly pressing three or more keys at one time. The 6GV2 may have gone a little overboard on this feature, but it is nice to know that you could potentially press every key and the computer would know what you're doing.

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Lollipop Chainsaw Review

Suda 51's Latest is Tragically Repetitive.

Lollipop Chainsaw

Goichi Suda (better known by his pseudonym, Suda 51), creator of No More Heroes, Shadows of the Damned, and Killer 7 has teamed up with James Gunn, the writer of such eclectic fare as Super and Dawn of the Dead. From this collaboration comes Lollipop Chainsaw, a hack and slash action game about a zombie hunting teenager. The game follows Juliet Starling and her boyfriend Nick as they slay hordes of zombies in an attempt to save San Romero High School. Depending on the perspective, Juliet could be considered one of the luckiest people in the world, or very unlucky. She arrives at school on her 18th birthday to find it has been overtaken by zombies, who have surrounded Nick and are beginning to infect him. Fortunately, she happens to be a zombie hunter who carries a chainsaw with her at all times. Using her zombie hunting skills, as well as witchcraft, she manages to save Nick by removing his head before the zombie virus can spread to his brain.To stop the zombies from overtaking the school, Nick and Juliet must make their way through different areas around the school, killing any zombies standing in their way. Each level in the game takes place in one of these areas, and each level ends with a boss battle. The levels are designed to be very linear, and there are few opportunities to stray from the beaten path. When hidden areas are found, they will either contain lollipops, which can be eaten to restore Juliet’s health, or Zombie coins, the currency that can be spent to buy upgrades, attacks, and additional game content.

Lollipop Chainsaw

The controls are straightforward and easy to master. This makes combat simple, but after a while it may begin to feel bland and tedious. Dead zombies drop zombie coins, so killing as many as possible will be beneficial. The attacks and combos that can be purchased can prove to be useful, but much of combat will be spent button mashing, especially in tight corridors where the player loses control of the camera. When the camera gains a mind of its own,  it often  cycles through some of the worst angles possible. Planning encounters strategically can be rewarding, because killing three or more zombies with a single attack triggers the Sparkle Hunting event.

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