Gizmos and Gamers

A brand new blog dedicated to bringing you the latest in entertainment news, as well as reviews of video games, TV shows, comic books, and more!

July 17, 2012 2:37 am

GnG will be going on hiatus until the admin has time to work on the new domain

Thank you for your patience and we hope to bring you more gaming news in the future!

June 1, 2012 12:24 am May 29, 2012 9:51 pm

Product Review: Nintendo 3DS

The 3DS came out late last year and is awesome. What makes it awesome, you ask?

The graphics: Okay, 3D is COOL. And you don’t need special glasses or anything like that, you just need to flick the switch on the right side to adjust just how 3D you want your game to be. Easy to use, definitely cool, and adds depth to a pretty game. The screen itself is also wide and big enough for you to view your games comfortably. The only downside is that, if you’re like me, you can get dizzy pretty quickly. Regardless, it’s still a cool feature! 

Backwards Compatibility: You can play regular DS games on the 3DS. No, they won’t suddenly have 3D capablities, but it’s good to know you can still play your DS favorites on the new system! Unless you’re really strapped for cash, it’s worth it to buy the 3DS instead of a plain old DS.

Plenty of Games: The 3DS has been out for some time now, and in those months it has seen the release of plenty of games. Some are remakes of classic titles such as “Zelda: Ocarina of Time”, some of them are the usual Mario Games, and some are completely new, but just as exciting games of various genres. If you want a system that can play plenty of games, 3DS is the way to go. The PS Vita, on the other hand, doesn’t have much variety of games at the moment and at $299 it’s not worth it. 

Transportation: This thing is like a big cellphone. You can fit it in your bag, your purse, your POCKET (though I don’t recommend that.) It’s easy to travel with and the games are small and easy to pile in a small baggy if you must. 

Downfalls: The stylus. The 3DS comes with only one stylus, which is unfortunate as many, if not all games require the stylus at some point. We highly recommend you buy a pack of extra as it’s only a matter of time before your one and only stylus breaks or rolls under the couch where you can’t get it. 

Conclusion: With cool, adjustable graphics (and option 3D), a ton of games, ease of transportation, and backwards compatibility, the Nintendo 3DS is a STEAL at $150-180. Gizmos and Gamers rates the system a 9/10. 

May 25, 2012 3:08 am

1.6 Skyrim Update brings MOUNTED COMBAT

Ever wished you could fight WITHOUT having to get off your horse first, costing you health points as you’re getting hit mid-dismount? 

Well fellow Dovahkiin, your wish has been granted!

Bethesda announced on their official blog that mounted combat will be a new feature bundled with the new 1.6 update. Steam users can test it out now!

You will be able to use both melee and ranged combat from horseback. 

Oh, and thanks to Good Guy Bethesda, it’s free. 

(Source: bethblog.com)

May 11, 2012 12:25 am

Gizmos and Gamers Announcement

Hello all!

Just letting you know Gizmos and Gamers will be moving to it’s own privately hosted domain soon enough. This means more content, more room to get creative, and the opportunity to expand. 

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Coming next week:

  • The trend of video marketing (Youtube, Vimeo, TubeMogul, etc.)
  • Advertising in Video Games
  • Batwoman #9 review
  • And more!
May 8, 2012 10:49 pm

Kick-Ass 2 has been confirmed

Remember Kick-Ass, the 2010 film about a boy (played by Aaron Johnson) who decides to become a superhero? It was based on a graphic novel of the same name? Yeah, I remember too.

Well Kick-Ass 2 has been confirmed to be in development. It will bring back all of the characters that didn’t die in the first one (Kick-Ass, Hit-Girl, and Red Mist) and will have elements of the spin-off graphic novel series, Hit-Girl, which is to be released next month.

(Source: movies.ign.com)

May 3, 2012 8:18 pm

This weekend’s Steam sale to offer Batman: Arkham City and Batman: Arkham Asylum at a steal

Starting May 7th, both popular Batman games (Arkham City/Asylum) will be available at a discounted price. 

Batman: Arkham City is half off at $15 and Batman: Arkham Asylum GOTY edition is 66% off at only $7.

Both are incredibly highly rated games (see our review and rating for Arkham Asylum here) and if you haven’t already played them, Gizmos and Gamers recommends you give them both a shot! How can you resist when they’re at such a low price? 

(Source: store.steampowered.com)

3:13 pm

Game Informer reports that next Elder Scrolls game will be an MMO

The Elder Scrolls Online will make the wishes of many a fanboy and girl come true: The Elder Scrolls universe… online. 

Some things we know about it:

  • To be released next year for both PC and Mac
  • You will be able to explore ALL of Tamriel, including all provinces
  • It takes place more than a millennium before the events of ‘Skryim’
  • There will be three player factions, which allows for PVP
  • The plot consists of the Daedric Prince Molag Bal trying to drag Tamriel into his realm of Oblivion

The Elder Scrolls franchise has repeatedly cranked out revolutionary games in the single player fantasy RPG genre, so there are sure to be upset fans who want them to stick to creating single-player games. It’s only a matter of time before we find out if this mastery of game design transcends into the realm of MMOs. 

(Source: kotaku.com)

May 2, 2012 11:12 pm

Selling of Microsoft Products, including the Xbox 360, Banned in Germany

Hopefully you don’t live in Germany, because according to a court ruling, the sales of any Microsoft products have now been BANNED. 

Some of these products include Windows 7 software, Internet Explorer (okay—most of us can live without IE), Windows Media Player, and perhaps worst of all: Xbox 360. 

Motorola Mobility is to be blamed for this, having claimed that Microsoft had infringed on two patents that necessary are to offer H.264 video coding and playback. 

For those of you in Germany, our hearts go out to you and we hope you will persevere through what we can only imagine is a console gamers biggest nightmare. 

(Source: xbox360.ign.com)

11:00 pm

askerquestioner

ohgeeogie: Is there any chance you could compare and contrast the New 52 Batman and Robin with the older version and share what you do and don't like on both? Also, it'd be seriously awesome if you could do Red Hood and the Outlaws, because I really don't want to read that book, but like hearing what people have to say about it. By the way, quality blog!

Sure thing! I’d love to do it, especially the Red Hood and the Outlaws… hoo boy do I’ve got a lot to say about that series. 

Thanks a lot :)