Google Plus Adds Games

A bit less intrusive than the Facebook gaming as I hope not to get constant Farmville updates in my stream. Google+ Games

These will be available above your stream and you can choose to share scores and only see news when you choose to, vs having to view what others are playing every time you log in.

Apple iPhone 3.0 Software

iphone 3.0

Some invitations went out today (I still haven’t received mine, Jobs!) for the March 17th conference in Cupertino to talk about the latest iPhone software and SDK that will be released.

The 2.0 software release about a year ago hailed in the flood of third party applications that made the app store a primary destination for all us iPhone and iPod Touch enthusiasts.

See my iPhone free game reviews.

Apple seems to have been focusing more on hardware rather than software this last year (or so we thought). There is little information about what this new update will entail, and we can probably not expect Steve Jobs to host it, as he still remains on medical leave.

Customizable Keyboard. Ultimate Gamer Usability

customizable keyboard

Although I do most of my gaming on my “antiquated” PS2, I have been known to play some Doom, Diablo and World of Warcraft on my PC. Since I do not have one of those fancy controllers for my PC, I have been relegated to the keyboard for my action and have been frustrated with the designer’s decisions about where the controls are layed out. There may be some customization available, but nothing like what they did with the DX1.

I may not want this for gaming, but the possibilities for using it for the command controls in some of my design programs (Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Photoshop) make me salivate!

Keyboards are great, but for the hardcore gamer, they are far from perfect. Just think about how many times you’ve dreamed about moving the keys to fit your hand, or to make a key execute a string of commands. The DX1 Input System was built with you in mind. Simply put, all you do is stick the keys where you want and then tell the DX1 what you want each key to do. It can be one command, it can be a string of commands – you now have the freedom to configure your ideal keyboard.

The 25 included buttons stick to the Tray in any configuration. And, if you change your mind or mess up, they are removable and moveable – just twist off and restick. The Tray is clear, so you can make your own backgrounds. Maybe you’ll label your buttons, maybe you’ll slide in artwork – the choice is yours. And the two permanent little buttons let you bring up the DX1 control panel and assign/record macros on the fly. That’s right: you can be in-game, realize you need a new key, stick it down, assign it a command or macro, and keep playing.

The DX1 works with any program and can remember a different set of macros for each program you use! You could stick down the keys and without changing anything other than the program you are using, they would serve as a pallet of commands in Photoshop, a squadron of macros for your favorite RTS, and your perfect arsenal for your fraggiest FPS! With the DX1, your competitors will hit 1 button to fire at you, while you’ll hit 1 button to fire, switch weapons, fire again, duck, switch back to your original weapon, and reload! Ultimate power and ultimate control is now at your fingertips.

Ergodex DX1 Input System

  • Includes: a Pad, a removable Tray, 25 numbered Keys with a storage tray, preprinted key labels, an installation CD, and a Quick Start Guide.
  • System Requirements:
    • Windows XP / 2000 (with Service Pack 3 or later) – US Version
    • 350 MHZ Pentium III PC (or equivalent)
    • 128 MB RAM
    • 50 MB of free hard drive space
    • Powered USB Port (1.1 or 2.0)
    • US English Keyboard
    • Mouse
  • Pad Dimensions: 10” X 8”
  • Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year (limited)
  • original article at ThinkGeek