Techno Dabbler

Trying out new technology.




April 2016

Steel Stratus XL

by Alexandre Denault, on Console, iPad, iPod, Apple, Controller

Game controllers for mobile devices are a strange compromise : they offer superior controls in games while severely impacting the “mobility” aspect of mobile devices. Regardless, some games just cannot be played on a touch screen. If you are using an Apple device, you’ll need an mFi controller. Those shopping around for a game controller should take a look at the Steel Series Stratus XL, which offers a solid game…



March 2016

Nvidia Shield Portable

by Alexandre Denault, on Videogames, Android, Console, Nvidia, Shield, Controller

The Nvidia Shield Portable is a wonderful little Android machine. Released by Nvidia in 2013, it was the first Android device to use Nvidia's Tegra 4 processor. Even more importantly, it was the first device to integrate Nvidia's new streaming technology, allowing a player to stream a game either from his PC or from the the Internet using Nvidia Grid (recently renamed to Nvidia Now). The device was release as…



October 2014

Shovels are Cool

by Alexandre Denault, on Console, Kickstarters, Videogames

In the last few years, the indie game scene has been bursting with great success. However, few have been as retro as Kickstarter success Shovel Knight. Inspired by great NES classic such as Megaman, Castlevania and Metroid, the game is a blast to play. The level design is creative, and the game play is well balanced. However, don't take my word for it, read the many great reviews. The authors…



July 2014

The Revolution is Waiting for the Upgrade

by Alexandre Denault, on Ouya, Android, Console, Towerfall, Kickstarters

The Ouya is one of the most important Kickstarter success story, gathering $8,596,474 in funding. Ouya's promise: the revolution would be televised. The console would usher a new world of Android games on TV. The product itself was released about a year ago, giving developers fair opportunities to publish on the platform. My experiences with the console have been ... mixed. Getting the Console I pre-ordered the console shortly…



December 2013

2013 was a Good Year for Gamers

by Alexandre Denault, on Videogames, Best of 2013, Console, PC

It may seem cliché to say this, but 2013 was a good year for gamers. This year was exceptional because of the unique titles that were released. These titles help highly some of the key purposes of videogames : to entertain, to distract and to reflect. This year, we pay hommage to several remarquable games, because they were fun to play and because they each contributed something new to the videogame…