Review: Status Audio HD One Headphones

Manufacturer: Status Audio | Year: 2013 | MSRP: $49 | Buy from Amazon

statusaudioUntil now, I’ve never owned a pair of headphones. I’ve always been content with using the Apple earbuds/pods that come with Apple devices, but when I saw a good deal on these Status Audio headphones, I thought I’d give them a try. I’ve now been using my Classic HD Ones to listen to music, play video games, and watch YouTube videos for the past month and I feel I can give them an honest review and tell you whether or not you should buy them.
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Tutorial: Use your DualShock 4 with a Mac

iw4vdsmdppnguodkok3eDuring a Black Friday sale, I bought a blue DualShock 4 for the rather low price of $40 even though I don’t (yet) have a PlayStation 4. This is because I’d played with it extensively at a friend’s house and really liked it. For the best compatibility with games, the better choice might’ve been the Xbox 360 controller, but that’s less compatible with the Macintosh architecture itself, and comes with it’s own set of problems. I knew it’d be a hassle now and then, but I was willing to give the DualShock 4 a shot because of how great it is as a controller (but more of that in a future article). With the right tools, you can even get the DualShock 4 to work with games that don’t natively support it. Let’s get the easy stuff out of the way first though:
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Review: Shovel Knight

Developer: Yacht Club Games | Year: 2014 | List Price: $14.99 | Buy from Steam

Shovel KnightI first heard about this game earlier this year and thought nothing of it. But Shovel Knight has received so much hype since its release that despite the fact that I reject platformers by principle, I simply had to buy it. Touted by some as the best modern retro style game, and by others more as the best 2D platformer, I wondered what the kerfuffle was all about. Now, having completed the entire adventure front to back, I have to say that I was not in the least bit disappointed.
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Play: Age of Empires: The Forgotten Empires

AoFERemember a couple of months back when I wrote my review on Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings? Well since then I haven’t gotten to playing it much, but I do remember back then there was a lot of hype surrounding a fan-made expansion. Less then a week ago, the expansion was finally released for free.
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Review: Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup

I haven’t done a video game review in a while, and this review is long overdue. It is a game anyone can play, because it is open-source and will work on practically any computer since it has almost no graphics to speak of and is only about 20 to 30 MB. But it also has one of the deepest gameplays of games you can get for free.

I first started playing this game back in June (when I was supposed to be studying for exams!) and stopped playing for a while but recently got back to it. It really is a game you can never see the end of, because there’s a surprise around any corner.

The goal of the game is to delve into the deep Dungeon and find the fabled Orb of Zot and return to the surface with it. To do this, you will first have to find at least 3 runes in different branches of the dungeon. But the devs advise you not to get too worried about this, as it is extremely difficult to do. To start off, they tell you to just try different things, and find different ways to play and die. In fact, a common phrase seen around the Crawl website and forums is ‘Losing is fun!’.

Now to the graphics. Probably the first thing you’ll realise is that everything in the dungeon is illustrated by ASCII characters. For example, you are represented by an @ sign, rats are r, ogres are an O, and food is %. This may seem like a really good reason not to try this game, but it is surprisingly easy to understand once you play for a while. Plus, if you really need graphics, there is a tiles version of the game available for download as well.

So enough talk, time to play! The latest version of the game, 0.11 (Wait, what‽ I’m still playing 0.10!) is ready for download at this link. Also on the website is helpful information about the game, and links to the forums and the servers where you can play, single-player, online, but where other users can watch you play.

What do you think of the game? Are there any other ASCII games you like? Tell us in the comments?