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Mario Baseball Impressions

Mario Baseball is yet another foray by Nintendo into the Mario sports genre. Nintendo did not separate Mario Baseball much from their MLB baseball game as the two played very much alike on a fundamental level.  However, I did like that each character had their own style of batting and fielding. For example, the Sunshine guys from Mario Sunshine use a palm tree as their bat which allow them more space on the bat to hit the ball. Read on for our full impressions.


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Chicken Little

I love platformers. In fact, if I had to choose one game type to play for the rest of my life it would be platformers.  Because of all this love I have for platformers there is one thing I hate more then anything else, including Rockstars games, is a bad platformer.  Most kiddie platformers, like Tak, are just bad.  So bad that I have giving up all hope that there might ever will be a good children’s platformer.  That all changed when I saw Chicken Little at E3 - find out why after the jump.


Mustek PVR-H140Here’s a camera after our own hearts. Rule of thumb is: Don’t use your digital camera for movies and don’t use your DV camera for pictures.  But how about listening to music on your camera? Or a portable USB 40GB HDD?  The Mustek PVR-H140 is trying to break all the rules.  You can use its hard drive for high quality digital movies at 30fps, store and listen to MP3’s, file storage, record audio, and more.  Here is the rundown:

  • Digital Video Player . Digital Video Recorder / Digital Photo Player / Music Player / USB Pocket Drive / SD/MMC Card Reader / Digital Voice Recorder
  • 3.6” Color TFT LCD
  • 40 GB HDD
  • DPS Support
  • AV in / AV Out / Earphone / DC-in / USB 2.0y interface
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery (1000 mAh) x 2
  • 4.3 x 3.2 x 1.2 in (L x W x H)
  • Built in Microphone and Speaker
  • 0.64 lbs (with Battery)
  • MPEG-4, AVI, ASF Supported
  • WMA Support
  • NTSC/PAL formats

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E3 Swag

Yes, E3 rocked. We still have a bunch more content that we need to get up from the show. To give you a bit of a preview, check out all the free swag we scored while at the show. We will be giving most of this stuff away. Click on the image above to get a better look at it all. We have the definitive list after the jump.

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Creative Zen Micro Software Recently I purchased a 5GB Zen Micro, made by Creative Labs - the same company that practically birthed the sound card industry.  While not an avid fan of Apple’s iPod, I have to appreciate the simplicity of it’s software.  Create playlists, download music, etc. and just plug it in and you’re done. 

The complete opposite exists for the Zen Micro. You plug it in, load up the software, and slowly sort its contents using the “Zen Micro Media Explorer” or “Creative Mediasource.”  The player itself is incredibly simple and user-friendly.  An adjustable touchpad, simple interface, numerous ways to sort music, and customizable menus. 

The same can’t be said for their software.  Slow, tedious, and just plain inefficient are words I use to describe either program you can use for the Zen Micro.  I only criticize because I know they should be able to do better than this.  Take the Nomad Explorer for instance, it has far more features and is faster and easier to use than Creative’s software.  I love the player, but Creative needs to step up their game if they want to seriously compete with the iPod lines.


Jason Ford Sprint InterviewMobile gaming is growing by leaps and bounds - and I am not talking about the Nintendo DS or Sony PSP. It can’t be argued that the number one personal accessory right now is the cell phone, and just about everyone has one. Jason Ford, the General Manager of Sprint Games and Entertainment, sat down with us to give us a rundown on gaming, the Samsung A800, the LG MM-535, and Sprint’s EV-DO rollout. Click here to download the MP3, or you can just subscribe to the Gear Live Podcast feed.

Voices: Jason Ford, Andru Edwards, Jesse Easley, Jack Olmsted
Length: 23:45, 10.9 MB

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Vaja iPod shuffle Case
Vaja SD Case

You probably know how much we rave about Vaja leather cases.  We’ve covered their Rio cases as well as their well as their Treo 650 cases. We even interviewed them about their high end products.  As portable gear becomes part of the daily lives of more and more people, Vaja is staying ahead of the game with a high-quality iPod shuffle case. If that isn’t enough (these things never are), they have also developed a case to hold your SD/MMC cards. Looking for the ultimate cash-in, they plan to release leather PSP cases, as well as a model for the newer Blackberry.

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Saitek P2600

Saitek brought a slew of new PC video game controllers with them to E3, and Playfeed has a rundown of all three. Basically, they give you the standard, the rumble, and the wireless models - all are very high quality from their appearances. Saitek has decided to focus all of their controllers on first person shooters, which becomes apparent when you see that all three controllers have an FPS button.

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Saitek P2900 Wireless Controller

Rounding out the Saitek PC game controller front is the P2900 Wireless controller. What I like about this one is that it uses only one AA battery, and chugs along on that for 50 hours. That is how it should be done. Similar to the others, it has the FPS instant set-up button, four shoulder triggers, and soft handles. This one uses 2.4 GHz wireless RF to communicate with the PC. It’s good and all, but I have had problems using 2.4 GHz technology with my wireless G network. In fact, I had to upgrade my phones to 5.8 GHz because the interference would cause latency in the Internet connection.


Saitek P2600 Rumble

Saitek was also showing off a couple of other controllers at their booth during E3. This one is dedicated to having a more responsive rumble. Basically, the P2600 uses the latest technology to deliver strong, varied responses depending on what is going on in the game to provide for maximum realism. That is, if you consider your controller rumbling to be realistic. It also has backlit button, a First Person Shooter button to transform the controllers capabilities, four shoulder buttons, and soft handles. No hands on impressions though - these babies were behind glass.


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