Civilization V: A Fun Way to Rule the World

Sid Meier has done it again with the latest installment in his popular Civilization computer game franchise. Civilization V (Civ V) does not deviate greatly from the premise of its predecessors – conquer or be conquered – but what makes Civ V so entertaining is how smoothly it plays.

One of the greatest pitfalls for video games is …

Roku XDS Review: Choice Is Never a Bad Thing

As we mentioned in our Apple TV review, there’s no better time to be in the market for a set-top box. While we wait for Boxee to release the Box in November, we’ll take a look at Roku’s recently announced XDS.

It’s the cream of the crop and has the specs to back it up. It ships with an HDMI cable but also works with any TV, …

Apple TV (2010) Review: Welcome To The Family

There are two schools of thought on the new Apple TV, and rightfully so. On the one hand, you have the snarky, gadget blog trolling fanboys who will nitpick every little thing that it can’t or no longer does. And then there’s your Average Joe or your mom, who just wants to watch their Netflix queue. For all intents and purposes …

ReadySteady Stabilizes Pocket Camcorders, Doubles as Tripod

The $30 ReadySteady camcorder stabilizer is a little smaller than a hockey puck. It’s made of two high-quality, sturdy aluminum halves that house a flexible seven-inch rod that screws into your camcorders tripod mount.

When you want to use the ReadySteady, you untwist the two aluminum halves, remove the gooseneck tripod rod, twist the …

The Event: Haven’t We Seen This Before?

Last night’s premiere of The Event demonstrated two things: Firstly, that networks will do anything to find “the next Lost,” and secondly, that apparently the makers of The Event have decided to only hire actors that I have seen in other things. How else can you explain the fact that Lauren Graham’s last TV boyfriend (Jason Ritter, fresh …

NHL 2K11 Review: Happiness is a Wii Classic Controller Away

NHL 2K11
2K Sports
Developer: 2K Sports
System: Nintendo Wii
ESRB rating: E 10+ for Everyone (Mild Violence)

The idea of using the Wii to play serious professional sports games should pretty much be out of everyone’s system by now. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s just that the Wii versions of games like Madden aren’t …

Apple iPod touch (2010) Review: Don’t Want an iPhone? Get This!

“What’s the big deal? It just has cameras and that eyeball display thing, right?”

Sure, if you want to boil it down to the very basics and judge a book by its cover, then, yes, the latest iPod touch update includes nothing more than the iPhone 4’s Retina display (960×640), a front-facing and rear camera. But like any other …

Apple iPod nano (2010) Review: Better Than Expected

“There’s no way a 1.5-inch touch-screen is going to work.”

Famous last words.

Apple’s iPod nano has always been in an awkward position as the middle child in the iPod family. It’s never had the capacity, flair or diminutive size of its brethren but the sixth generation nano is something different. Think of it like the …

The Long Goodbye: Halo: Reach Review

Halo: Reach
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
Developer: Bungie
Systems it’s available on: Xbox 360
ESRB rating: M for Mature
System reviewed on: Xbox 360

Chances are, you won’t be able to escape mention of Halo: Reach this week. The new video game will surely rack up hundreds of millions of dollars, and most gamers already know …

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