And then of course there's the gaming peripherals:
From left to right, we have:
- My old knock-off, off brand PC Propad. I never actually got to play any games with this, because it only has two trigger buttons, and all the games that supported gamepads expected four back in the day. The 15-pin gameport connector also went out of fashion shortly after I got the thing.
- Logitech Rumblepad2. Essentially a clone of the PS2 controller, except with a vanilla USB connector. It's comfortable, but it isn't my preferred method of gaming.
- Saitek P2500 Rumble Force pad. This thing is awesome. It just sits in your eager, trembling hands like a craven plastic block of might, jittering with massive energy waiting to be unleashed. I'm starting to do a lot of gaming with this, especially when playing Final Fantasy.
- Gravis Destroyer Aftershock. Trusty joystick, nice rumble pack, fairly decent for what it does. I've used it happily for a number of years, since my cheap gameport joystick died a while back. It was the first USB device I ever owned. For a long time, I was stoically convinced that no joystick could ever be better (after all, if there was anything better, I would own it... right?).
- Saitek Cyborg Evo. This thing is beautiful. It has all kinds of nifty glowy things, and little gears and knobs and such so you can adjust it to fit the shape and position of your hand. Excellent tactile response on the springs and the buttons (although the buttons are just a hair too spongy for my tastes) and a generally really cool looking profile to boot. My only regret is that I thought I had bought the force-feedback edition, but sadly not. Such is the way of things.
This is another little bit of awesome. Apparently, E3 attendees were randomly selected for a market test of the new Mountain Dew MDX drink that was just released. Several months ago, I got a package in the mail with a nice silvery box in it, which contained six cans like the one you see here. The fifth, depicted, was enjoyed last night. I'm keeping the last one unopened just for the heck of it, plus a couple of the regular empties.
It's actually fairly different from the final version of MDX, which makes it that much cooler, since it's not just the same old stuff in a shiny can. Of course, the shiny can makes it that much better.
So there you have it. Now I'm done rotting your brain and assaulting your eyes. Go do something productive, like