Wednesday, February 27, 2013

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Capsule Review: ROCCAT's Kone XTD and Kone Pure Gaming Mice

Posted: 26 Feb 2013 09:01 PM PST

The "dirty" secret of PC peripherals is that the word "gaming" can often mean any combination of two things: robust quality and gaudy design. Most mechanical keyboards tend to be geared towards gamers, and likewise, most high quality mice tend to be pointed in the same direction. It's not unusual for digital illustrators to use one of the single-hand gaming keyboards for Photoshop shortcuts, and a good mechanical keyboard like the Corsair Vengeance K90 pretty much sells itself the instant a regular user feels the keys.

Yet sometimes these peripherals don't feel like they were actually designed with human hands in mind. I've tested a few gaming mice that were definitely reasonably comfortable, but still clung resolutely to my aging Logitech G500. ROCCAT sent me two gaming mice to test, though, and I walked away seriously impressed. With the Kone XTD and Kone Pure, ROCCAT has two mice that are surprisingly comfortable and incredibly full-featured. Have I finally found a reason to retire my G500, and should you be looking for these?

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Trailer

Posted: 26 Feb 2013 10:53 AM PST

We don't necessarily cover gaming as a primary focus, but I know there are tons of people out there that love games, and perhaps one of the most beloved franchises of all is Blizzard's StarCraft series. Blizzard sent out a notification last night that the latest trailer will go live in about five minues on (12PM Pacific), so if you're looking for something to do on your lunch break (or you're East coast and are getting bored at the end of the day), grab a bowl of popcorn and pull up a chair; the show is about to start!

Besides the official reveal, there will be a live discussion with Blizzard developers Chris Metzen, Dustin Browder, and Jeff Chamberlin, along with Community Manager Kevin Johnson. Viewers will be able to participate in the discussion segment by sending questions via Twitter or Vine (#Vengeance). Hopefully this time, we'll see the engine use more than two CPU cores.

Update: If you missed the trailer, you can now watch it on YouTube.

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