Techno Dabbler

Trying out new technology.




May 2016

Nvidia Shield TV

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

Being a parent imposes some restriction on how, when and where you can play video games. The Shield Mobile was a saviour: with its streaming functionality, I could play PC games from anywhere in the house. The Shield TV extends the Shield ecosystem by introducing a powerful Android console for your home TV. The console itself is great, but is there a point in making an Android game console? Member…



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…



December 2015

Steam Link and Controller

by Alexandre Denault, on Videogames, PC, Review, Steam

Streaming, at least for computers, is the continuous delivery of media from a provider: only the content you need is transmitted. Although streaming is mostly associated with music and movies, streaming technologies for video games have been gaining popularity. In essence, you play a game on a device, but the game itself is located on another device. Streaming has been an integral components of Steam's Big Picture mode, which aims…



October 2015

Mighty No. 9 Demo Impression

by Alexandre Denault, on Videogames, PC, Review

Mega Man is an iconic video game character, best known for his ability for capture and reuse opponents abilities. As of March 2015, the franchise has sold over 30 millions copies. However, the last ten years has seen very few new games released featuring the classic action Mega Man was so well known for. To fill that void, Keiji Inafune, best known for his extensive work on the Mega Man…



August 2015

Ouya : Officially Dead

by Alexandre Denault, on Ouya, Android, Videogames, Razer

I don't usually post about news items, but I've been an avid follower of the Ouya ever since its Kickstarter campaign. Lots of friend laugh at me for buying the console, and they were probably right. But Ouya represented a dream of an open console, a dream worth funding. Unfortunately, that dream came to an end on July 27th, 2015, when Razer acquired Ouya's software assets. It is depressing, but…