Review: OCZ Neural Impulse Actuator (NIA)

Last week I excitedly posted about finding the OCZ ‘nia’ while browsing through PC Case Gear, and now that I’ve had a bit of a go with it I figure it’s time to post some more information about the thing.

Firstly, it’s worth it if you’re a gadget enthusiast. Regardless of any of the shortfalls I’m about to comment on, it is new technology and it is probably the best 1st-to-market consumer level devices I’ve had the chance to play with. It’s fun to mess around with but I wouldn’t buy it if you think it’s going to improve your response times in a competitive environment – it’s highly responsive, but it’s so easy to flinch or breath differently or something which then makes your character do something you don’t want it to. False positives, etc, gotta love them. Continue reading

R18+ Debate gets shelved. *sigh*

I’ve been following the R18+ for Games in Australia with more passion than usual lately, it could be the gaming subjects I’m studying at uni that are giving me more interest but I still can’t see any reason not to have the rating here. It just makes sense to me; if the anti-R18+ camp’s main arguments include anything to do with protecting children from very mature content, then how can they possibly oppose it?

The difference, in my view anyway, is that if we do have the R18+ it would be tightly controlled (because there’s such a debate, it would have to be monitored at least as closely as alcohol & r18+ movie rental laws). If we had the R18+ two things would happen; Nothing would get banned outright, but then it would be easier to put some of the currently MA15+ titles into the R18 category, thus restricting MORE games from minors more effectively.

I don’t see any reason children-protection can be used as an argument against this being added to our classification system.

More on it here via the Age:

Submitted By: kythin