This DIY game console is as much fun to build as it is to play


Glued to the couch, controller in hand, the average teen morphs into an extra from The Walking Dead for about six hours each week. But that’s okay; there are worse ways to kill time than playing PUBG. Besides, gaming has some positives too: it’s been shown to improve hand-eye coordination, ward off the onset of dementia, and enhance memory and concentration. It’s not helping anyones waistline, but I digress. Long story short, there’s nothing wrong with plugging in and tuning out the rest of the world by blasting baddies in Destiny 2. But, as parents, we’re always on the lookout…

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Intel’s new graphics drivers automatically optimize game settings

Intel is introducing a new feature for its processors with integrated graphics, allowing games to be automatically optimized on systems. The feature is similar to Nvidia’s GeForce Experience, an application that’s designed to tweak game settings so they work best on a laptop or PC. Intel’s new graphics control software is particularly useful on laptops that aren’t really designed to run games, and it works on all Skylake or newer processors.

PC World reports that this new driver update includes support for Intel’s new Kaby Lake G chips that have AMD’s Radeon Vega graphics built in. Dell and HP are both launching laptops with these new processors, and they should be a lot better for gaming. Battlefield 1, Battlefield 4, American Truck…

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Heavy Story-Driven Exploration Game ‘Keep in Mind: Remastered’ Coming to iOS, Android, and Steam March 8th

While video games are typically lighthearted, fun escapes from reality, sometimes games can attempt to tackle more serious issues and serve to make players think and reflect on something rather than escape it. This has been even more common in the past few years with the openness of digital marketplaces and the explosion of the indie developer scene. One such game that tackles some tough issues, specifically alcoholism and mental illness, is called Keep in Mind from Little Moth Games. The story follows Jonas, who suffers from alcholism and mental illnesses like depression and grief, as he awakes one night in a strange alternate version of his world and must go on to face the darkest demons of his psyche. Here’s the latest trailer.

Keep in Mind originally released back in 2016 as a browser game, but Little Moth has partnered up with Akupara Games to re-release the game as Keep in Mind: Remastered on iOS, Android, and Steam on March 8th. The game is most certainly not a long experience, and can be completed in a half hour or so, but the hope is that the impact of the characters and story will help players deal with their own issues, or at least open their eyes to them. One very cool thing about this new release is that the developers will be donating all the game’s profits to the Child’s Play Charity. While it’s maybe not as “fun” playing games that deal with these serious issues, I’m glad that the medium of video games can branch out into these areas and create awareness and even help people cope through their own problems. If Keep in Mind: Remastered looks interesting to you, then check it out when it launches on March 8th.

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Review: Step Up Your Selfie Game with the ShutterGrip

If you want to take selfies, without looking like you used a selfie stick, you need a Bluetooth shutter remote control. But you also need a way to mount your phone on a tripod. That’s where the ShutterGrip ($ 39.95) from Just Mobile comes in. Fresh off a successful Kickstarter campaign, the ShutterGrip will be available soon, but I got a chance to use it now.

Related: How to Use Selfie Portrait Lighting & Portrait Mode on iPhone X

In fact, I used the ShutterGrip at a recent tradeshow and it worked well. I attached it to the end of a professional-quality monopod, thanks to the tripod mount, and was able to trigger video and photo recording with the removable Bluetooth trigger.

ShutterGrip

The ShutterGrip has a flexible clamp that expands for most phones. The remote claims a six-month battery life using the included CR2032 coin size battery. The ShutterGrip is sold in multiple color choices.

Pros

  • Tripod-mount
  • Flexible clamp expands for most phones
  • Removable Bluetooth shutter
  • Six-month battery life via CR2032
  • Multiple color choices

Cons

  • Selfie-stick or tripod not included
  • Plastic materials

Final Verdict

The ShutterGrip is a nice accessory that can improve your selfies.

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