Matt Schuler

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty Review

August 4th, 2010 at 7:38 am by under Entertainment

Protoss Colossi, Sentries and Immortals fend off an army of Terran Marauders and Medivacs. (image courtesy Blizzard)

“Your better future needs to hurry up and get here.”

It’s finally here.  “StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty” launched for anxious gamers around the world at midnight, July 27, 2010. Nearly 12 years after its predecessor was released, gamers could get their mitts on one of the most anticipated PC titles of all time.

I wrote in my preview that the StarCraft 2 beta secured its real-time strategy supremacy.  Well, the full retail release is flexing its muscles and exerting its dominance of the genre. If you have a PC (or a Mac, as Blizzard releases its games simultaneously for both platforms), this is the RTS game to own.

Click here for the full review.

StarCraft 2 beta secures RTS supremacy

July 20th, 2010 at 10:42 pm by under Entertainment

Protoss Colossi, Sentries and Immortals fend off an army of Terran Marauders and Medivacs. (image courtesy Blizzard)

The StarCraft 2 Beta phase has officially closed and the release is just a week away, July 27, 2010. The sequel to arguably the most successful real-time strategy in history was announced more than three years ago and I can say it’s easily the most anticipated game of the year for me and many others. In fact, I’d even go so far as to say, it’s likely I will be playing StarCraft 2 five years from now and I can explain why. Before the beta was released, there were still gamers devoted to the original game which was released back in 1998.

Read my full preview here.

Imperator gives gamers custom comfort

May 21st, 2010 at 11:32 am by under Entertainment

With its Imperator gaming mouse, Razer has created a product that has customizable comfort. For the last few weeks, I’ve been gaming with an Imperator Razer sent me and I have to say I’m so impressed I’d consider replacing my Razer Mamba with it. Razer achieves this customizable comfort by introducing a mechanism that allows you to slide where the thumb buttons are on the mouse. As you can see in the picture illustration on Razer’s website, you can position the buttons in the precise placement you desire. For me, that means somewhere in the middle, so that both buttons can be easily pressed from where my thumb naturally rests.

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HTC Droid Incredible is extraordinary

May 2nd, 2010 at 3:50 am by under Entertainment
Thinking about the current state of the smart phone industry makes me think of the lyrics from a certain Ben Folds song . “Smile / Like you’ve got nothing to prove / No matter what you might do / There’s always someone out there cooler than you.” Today, that cooler belongs to the HTC Droid Incredible, which is without a doubt the best phone I’ve ever gotten my hands on. (Yes, it’s even better than the Motorola Droid, which I previously declared was ” The Droid you should be looking for .”)
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Bluetooth headset reads messages to you

May 2nd, 2010 at 3:49 am by under Entertainment
When you get a text message while driving in your car, you don’t have to take your eyes off the road to respond anymore. The Motorola H17txt with Motospeak Bluetooth headset will read your messages to you. Its robot voice will not, however, whisper sweet nothings in to your ear.
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Megalodon marvelous after firmware fix

April 11th, 2010 at 4:59 am by under Entertainment

Back in January, I wrote about the Razer Megalodon headset and how it was frustratingly fantastic. I had issues with getting the headset to function properly in Windows 7 and ultimately had to part ways with them. Razer heard about my plight, and those of several other fans. Now, there’s a new firmware fix fo the Megalodon’s that take care of the problems I was having.

After releasing an updated firmware, the problems that plagued the Razer Megalodon 7.1 gaming headset are gone. The Megaldon is marvelous after the firmware fix and no longer just frustratingly fantastic.

In light of the fix, Razer asked if I’d give the headset another go around. I loved the headset in the original time I spent with it (when it worked), and because of that I said I’d take a second listen. I’m glad I did.

Read the full review here.

Motorola Devour an unsatisfying serving

March 20th, 2010 at 9:41 pm by under Entertainment

You can’t get much for a penny these days. The cost of most things has far exceeded the formerly copper Lincoln head. In fact, the cost to manufacture a penny costs more than the penny is worth. But there are still some things in life to be had for a penny. A ride on the horse at Meijer? Insert coin. You can even find a fancy new Android phone for a penny (provided you look in the right place and are willing to tie yourself to the device for the next two years).

The Motorola Devour comes with a list price of $499.99, but with your two-year contract agreement one can be had from some outlets for that pretty penny. While the phone has plenty of positives, even for a penny, the Devour may not hold your appetite for the full two years. Verizon sent me a device to test out since it launched, and while there are things I really like about the phone, it’s held back in some key areas and unless you’re dead-set on owning one, there are better phones out there.

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SteelSeries Xai: comfortable, precise

March 14th, 2010 at 4:22 pm by under Entertainment

Precision and comfort are two things every gaming-grade mouse maker is striving to achieve. They want to make sure you can accomplish what you need to in the game, and be able to play that game for as long as you want to.  SteelSeries sent me a Xai Laser Mouse, and it delivers a feature-packed mouse with precision and comfort.

Read the full review here.

All they want to do is eat your brains

February 14th, 2010 at 1:32 am by under Entertainment

At the outset of this review, I feel like I have an admission to make. Anyone who’s reading this Left 4 Dead 2 review right now, probably should have read it a month ago. Sometimes, I have an abundance of things in front of me that need to be reviewed, and this fell behind in the order of things.

Left 4 Dead 2 is a fantastic game. It’s a game that you should run out and buy. (Oh heck, who am I kidding, it’s one you should sit at your computer and buy, through Steam and download it right now).  Left 4 Dead 2 has a tremendous mix of play types for you to try out. Big props to Valve for taking what they had in Left 4 Dead and transforming it. They refined, polished, added content and created a superior game worthy of the 2 that hangs around its namesake.

Read the full review here.

Great cans for gaming, music and movies

January 30th, 2010 at 1:20 pm by under Entertainment

SteelSeries has sent me a pair of their gaming headphones in the past and I came away very impressed. When I originally reviewed the Siberia Neckband , I said they were loud, clear and comfortable, three things any good set of headphones are going to have. SteelSeries sent over a pair of their Siberia v2 headphones for me to try out, and I have to say the headphones are a nice improvement over the Neckband version. SteelSeries kept many of the cool features of the original Siberia headphones, while making subtle changes that make for a better listening experience.

You can read the full review here.

Also, SteelSeries sent me a release saying the headset made it into the official Grammy Awards Gift Bag that presenters get, that’s kind of cool. There’s also a new bundle for the headset you can find here.

Check out the full release after the break.