Cool Tech: All-in-One PC SmartDesk

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

How many of you are PC gamers? What kind of set-up do you have for your monitors and computers for your games? Considering how dependent everyone nowadays on their computers, I’m sure everyone has a dream set-up for their tech station.

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One of my coworkers at the office has a standing desk. You know, those desks where you hit a button and it rises up or down depending on the level you’d like? It’s supposed to be much better for your health (and back) to stand while working on your computer instead of sitting at the desk for six to eight hours a day. A standing desk is something that is on Rachel’s and my wish lists.

And then I found this article about a certain All-in-One PC called the Cemtrex SmartDesk that is built into a standing desk.

And it has three monitors. Not just one, but three touchscreen monitors that also have some sort of sensor that allows you to scroll between documents and the like with a wave of your hand like Star Trek. There’s also a built-in scanner right on the desktop, which is nifty.

Aside from the hefty price — which is about $4500.00 — I do balk at the idea of the keyboard also being built into the desk. Like, it seems like it’s flush with the desk surface and I can imagine not having a raised keyboard may be a little interesting to get used to. The other major potential issue is something that the article writer had pointed out — if part of the all-in-one PC breaks, would the parts be interchangeable enough to fix individually, or would one need to send out the entire desk and three monitors back to the manufacturer to fix or get a new one?

Either way, this computer desk looks insane and I would totally want one for gaming, writing, and art. And, of course, to pretend I’m in Star Trek.

Would you be interested in an all-in-one PC like this?

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The Game Awards 2018

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First of all, congratulations to all of the games and teams that were nominated and won awards in The Game Awards this past Thursday! We watched most of it live Thursday night then finished it up Friday morning. It was a good show, even if we weren’t as enthusiastic about it as we were last year, mainly due to the two of the three biggest games — God of War and Marvel’s Spider-Man — all being exclusive on the Playstation 4. We don’t have the Playstation 4. While Red Dead Redemption 2 is also on the Xbox One as well as PS4, it wasn’t something that piqued our interest, despite how much it won in the awards.

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The overall show was pretty great. I enjoyed the orchestra and all the performers. I also enjoyed a good amount of the world premieres. However, I’ll admit, a lot of them are rated M or too intense for me to actually play. Still, the presentation of it all was well done.

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The orchestra was fantastic! Aside from the musical performances, I also enjoyed the Gaming Icon sequence as well as the Global Gaming Citizens profiles. Those three stories were wonderful and definitely deserved to be shared.

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Yes, for sure! It’s always great to hear about people making such a difference and it’s a wonder we haven’t heard about them before. But the diversity was also great. Gaming truly is for everyone.

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I just kind of wish there had been more diversity in the nominations for all the categories. I’ve only heard good things about Red Dead Redemption 2, God of War, and Spider-Man, and I have nothing against them, but I feel as if there were plenty of more games that deserved some sort of recognition. I also wonder what time frame the Game Awards uses for their nominations, as Smash Bros. Ultimate surely would have been in at least the Fighting game or Multiplayer categories if The Game Awards happened later this month or even in January.

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I agree. I wasn’t as excited about it this year because I felt as though there was no variety to the games. The same games were nominated for various categories. Even though I don’t know much about Red Dead Redemption 2, I’m happy they won three awards. I’m sure they surely deserve it. I just wish other games had more of a shot as well for the categories.

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By the sounds of it, we didn’t watch the Game Awards for the games itself. We watched it mainly for the orchestra, the Global Gaming Citizens and Gaming Icon profile, and so we knew what people were talking about on Twitter. Still, it was a good show and many of the speeches were heartfelt and nice to hear.

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Right, the show itself was good and the presentations were nice to see along with the profiles and music. I do hope there’s more of a variety in the game choices for next year though. I’m a biased Nintendo girl, but I hope to see more from them next year as well.

What did you think of the Game Awards this year? Let us know in the comments below!

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Digital Board Games

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Back in September, I believe, we started doing a board or card game review here and there on the blog to include different types of games to expand our collections. Now that we actually play physical board games, more and more digital versions of board games seem to be coming to the Nintendo Switch.

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I feel like that’s what always happens though. We buy and download a game on Steam and then a week later it comes out for the Switch. Timing is everything. I prefer console to PC so I’ve been waiting on certain games just in case. I think it’s cool board games are going digital, but I do prefer the physical board and card games. Still, I’m interested in trying them out for the Switch.

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We’ve had digital board games for consoles before — remember Monopoly Party for the GameCube? — but many more seem to be coming for the Switch. It makes sense, with the Switch’s portability and aim toward casual and simulation games. There’s Monopoly for the Switch, Clue is coming, and there was talk of games such as Carcassone, Pandemic, Settlers of Catan, and Munchkin coming to the Switch within the next year or so.

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Yes, I do remember Monopoly for the Gamecube. I know digital board games have always been around, but it’s definitely more so now. I definitely want to get them and try them out. I think it would be cool and honestly, it would be easier to just bring the Switch on vacation with us rather than the actual board games – you know, if we’re just going away for a weekend or something. Though, I wonder why these games are coming to the Switch? I understand what you mean by the portability and casual gaming, but it seems like they’re adding a lot all of a sudden.

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It may be just trying to bring the board games to another generation. I mean, we’ve grown up with Monopoly and Clue, the original ones, but there are so many variations of them out there to try to appeal to broader audiences. Video games is another medium these companies can use to reach out to people to play their games. It does seem rather sudden that we’re hearing so much about them, but it’ll be interesting to see how they pan out.

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Interesting most definitely. Monopoly is one of my favorite games and I love to collect the different versions. Having it on the Switch will be fun because then, I assume, I can play with CPU characters in case no one else wants to play with me. Not to mention, we now have the online membership for the Switch. I assume we’ll be able to play board games with friends.

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Oh, I forgot about the online membership! We should probably use that more… Anyway, yeah, how fun would it be to play Monopoly with our Switch friends? Of course, part of Monopoly’s charm is yelling at each other across the board for screwing each other with hotels on properties, but it’d still be a fun thought. I wonder what other kind of board games will come to the Switch… Life, maybe?

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Life was a good game! But yeah, I’d love to play Monopoly with some of our gamer/blogging friends who aren’t near us. This may very well be the start of something new.

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Rumor: Skyward Sword HD for the Switch

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

I hope everyone who celebrates it had a wonderful Thanksgiving and, whether or not you do celebrate it, I hope you all had a great weekend! 

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Here’s a rumor for you — supposedly Aonuma teased Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for the Switch. There’s not much information at all on this topic, just that many people were tweeting about the tease after the Osaka Zelda concert.

I actually enjoyed Skyward Sword when it came out on the Wii about seven years ago. I wasn’t that great at the motion controls, but I didn’t mind them. In fact, my flailing was quite amusing, if Rachel’s opinion is anything to go by. The motion controls with the Joy-Con would probably be much more precise, considering the Joy-Con have much better gyro motion controls than the wiimote plus.

The story of Skyward Sword is definitely one of the more linear games, but I enjoyed the story, finding the “prequel” to the rest of the Zelda franchise interesting. If they do the HD remake, cutting down on some of the hand-holding and ridiculous dousing quests would make the story run smoother, in my opinion.

I remember loving the graphics and music of Skyward Sword, so if we do get to see it in HD with on the Switch — especially after seeing how gorgeous Breath of the Wild is — I’ll definitely be interested in it! It’s one of the Zelda games that I keep meaning to go back to, so Nintendo will have my money if Skyward Sword HD ends up being a thing.

Are you interested in a remake of Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword?

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Friday Favorites: 2018 Holiday Releases

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

The holidays are coming, with radio stations already playing Christmas songs and the scent of snow in the air. Mom is already asking us to fix up our Amazon wish lists, and she’s a little annoyed that we tend to pre-order our games nowadays, haha!

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Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee

This game is coming today! Rachel and I have been waiting for this game to come out since it was first teased. It’s a major nostalgic trip for me, seeing as Kanto was where I started my “Pokemon journey” a couple of decades ago. We’re hoping the co-op mode will be tons of fun!

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Who isn’t waiting for this game? Admittedly, much of the surprise and speculation seems to have already been shown off and/or leaked onto the Internet, but I’m still looking forward to seeing how this game plays out. While I’m also not looking forward to shelling out extra cash for additional DLC characters, I am very curious as to who else is going to be on the roster.

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Gris just looks to be one of the prettiest video games we may ever see. It’s boasted as being a platform game with no enemies or lives. Rather, your character explores the beautiful scenery and puzzles, being in tune with their emotions after going through a difficult experience in their life.

Spyro Reignited Trilogy

We are not PlayStation girls. We grew up mainly with Nintendo consoles and, even now, we have an Xbox One that we turn on occasionally while our PlayStation 3 that was generously gifted to us from a friend has yet to be powered on, despite how long we’ve had it. Nevertheless, we did have the original PlayStation and the original Spyro trilogy. If memory serves me, we enjoyed being the little, sassy purple dragon, so I think it’ll be fun to play the games again!

What holiday releases are you looking forward to?

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Gotta Catch Pikachu [Gaming News]

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

So, the Let’s Go Pokemon games come out this Friday on November 16. I can’t wait to give them a go. I’ve been waiting for these games for a while.

In the meantime, you can get a bunch of Pikachu in your Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon games.

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Between now and November 30, 2018, we’re able to get five different Pikachu for Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon. These Pikachu are wearing Ash’s hat from Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova, Kalos, and Alola respectively.

A while ago, a similar promotion was done where you could pick one Pikachu wearing Ash’s hat from Kanto through Alola. I don’t know why Kanto and Johto aren’t available in this promotion, but I wonder if they’re saving those two particular Pikachu for a different promotion… the Let’s Go games, perhaps?

Still, it’s five free, unique Pikachu for two of your Pokemon games. They vary in level, stats, and attacks. I plan on getting them all.

You can find the original post about this promotion and the codes to get the Pikachu here.

Are you planning on getting all the Pikachu? Or just some or none at all? Let me know in the comments below!

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PlayStation Classic

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

I’m amused at all the “classic” editions of consoles popping up. Miniature versions of the original consoles, these classic ones are more Rachel’s and my size!  

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So. The PlayStation Classic. It’s coming out December 3rd for about 100 bucks with 20 games, two wired controllers and an HDMI cable to connect the console to the television. It does not include a USB AC adapter to, you know, power the console on.

(Which I really don’t understand? Nintendo’s NES Classic also didn’t include an AC adapter, which baffled my mind. Granted, we have the SNES Classic’s adapter, but still. Did Nintendo assume everyone would already have that? Does Sony assume everyone would have that? I’m not even sure if the SNES Classic’s adapter would work with the PlayStation Classic–and I’ll stop ranting about this.)

 

We actually had an original PlayStation when we were younger — and still do, actually, it’s chilling in a storage box with a few other decades-old consoles — but it wasn’t a console we used too often.

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I completely forgot we even HAD the Final Fantasy games VIII and IX before I dug all these out for a picture! I have no memory of them.

Our collection of PlayStation games wasn’t that extensive. I’m certain the games we mostly played were the Spyro trilogy (and Peter Pan: Return to Neverland… I seem to remember that one). Taking a look at the list of 20 games that will be on the PlayStation Classic, there’s not much there for us. While there are plenty of titles I recognize — rather, I’ve recognized the titles of their sequels or spiritual successors — the only game on the Classic that I’ve actually tried playing before would be Final Fantasy VII.

We’re pretty certain this is a classic console that we’ll skip. I wonder, how much nostalgic does it have for people who regularly played the original?

Are you interested in the PlayStation Classic? Is it worth it to you?

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