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In a PC gaming environment, the onus is very much placed on speed and reaction. The last thing you need when you’re clicking the mouse buttons or trying to quickly use the scroll wheel is any lag or lapse in reaction from the mouse itself. As ever, when we’re looking at PC precision gaming equipment, we tend to first turn to Logitech. The MX Air is, to start with, probably one of the most expensive mice you will ever see at around £100. And, in reality, it probably has more functionality than the average user will ever demand...

Recent reports have shown that fewer and fewer qualified professionals are entering the UK video game market, and the result is a serious slip as one of the most prolific and cutting edge games developing countries in the world. The reason is largely to do with poor quality and ungoverned degrees being offered by universities across the UK. The image of game development may be a glamorous one, but the reality is that it centres heavily around mathematics, physics, and computer science. While there are 81 university degrees being offered...

With technological enlightenment has come a wave of modders and modifiers – people dedicated to improving our everyday technological experience or, perhaps more typically, creating useless yet extremely cool (the very definition of a gadget in some people’s eyes) additions to trusted and loved electronic equipment. They even mod Roomba’s to look like Pacman. The Nintendo DS has a particularly active community of modders and homebrewers. A homebrew application is one that has been written by a hobbyist programmer, and not...

Few companies create PC gaming devices as well as Logitech and while you might have to pay a premium the Logitech G15 keyboard represent the top end of the PC gaming market. The GamePanel LCD Display shows game statistics, system information, and server notifications while illuminated characters let you dim the lights, immerse yourself completely in the game world, and still hit the right buttons. Programmable G-Keys quickly let you program a macro or custom functions while you continue playing. The GamePanel LCD Display works with a range...

David and Richard Darling, the brothers that co-founded the games giant Codemasters have been awarded with CBEs in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Having initially started the company in their bedroom, Codemasters has gone on to become one of the leading video games publishers producing games like the Colin McRae Rally series and Lord of the Rings online as well as a host of other games on a variety of different platforms. Originally, the Darling brothers along with their dad created titles for the ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, BBC Micro,...

Alienware is to PC gamers what page 3 is to teenage boys. The hardcore PCs have long been popular because they are designed, developed, and manufactured with gaming in mind. While the Alienware brand has been purchased by Dell and the website now even boasts Business PCs you’d be hard pressed to find a better gaming rig. What’s more they tend to look pretty cool in a neon transformers hybrid kind of way. The name of the latest Alienware PC, the Area-51 7500 should give you some kind of clue as to what it’s going to offer....

Branded products based on films are always at the back of the publisher’s mind and with recent video games outstripping their movie alternatives in terms of turnover and popularity, it’s little surprise to learn that TriForce Sales LLC has purchased the rights from Epic Games to produce life sized replicas of weaponry and armour from the award winning game. Gears of War was heralded as being the greatest game of its time and it has remained one of the most popular games since its release in 2006. DC Comics has also announced...

  To Gadgets and Gizmos, I have recently invested in a new Sony HD tv and was wondering what I should buy. Should I buy a Sony PlayStation 3 because of its Blu Ray drive or should I get sky HD. I have sky + already and love could not live without it, my wife and I record a lot of programs as we have an active social life but love our tv. That said I love my gaming as well. Which should I buy? Thanks Chris   ...

Last month saw Nokia making a second bid at releasing the N-Gage platform. The first attempt was a resounding failure, with the Nokia N-Gage handheld gaming device proving to be a failure. In a bid to make amends, Nokia’s latest attempt has seen them restructure N-Gage as a mobile service that can be used by any compatible device. It has emerged, though, that the games can only be downloaded once and to one device. This may be a move to prevent pirating of software but it means that when gamers upgrade their mobile device they would...

The WiiFit has been applauded by most parties because it encourages us to get off our rotund rears and do some actual moving exercise. However, news that one offending WiiFit game called a “perfectly healthy” ten year old girl fat has raised some eyebrows and even more questions over the possible effects of such activity. The WiiFit uses BMI to measure a persons size and shape, and to determine whether that person is overweight, underweight or perfect weight. However, the girl in question is described by her dad as being a 4ft 9 and...