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By SarahTheRebel On 5 Sep, 2012 At 07:42 PM | Categorized As Conventions, Otaku Events, PlayStation, Previews, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments
MOGA by PowerA

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MOGA

MOGA by PowerA

Now I admit, I was pretty skeptical when I heard about a controller that would attach to a mobile phone to enhance the mobile gaming experience. I assumed it would have a few major issues:

  • Too big to be portable
  • Mobile games weren’t created for controllers so it would really just be an affectation
  • No way to hold the phone and the controller comfortably

Though I approached the MOGA with these doubts, I left pretty impressed. PowerA knows what they’re doing and are taking all the right steps to handle these concerns.

First, the controller is super-slim and small. It plugs into the phone in a perfectly reasonable configuration that feels comfy to my little lady hands. It is definitely portable and claims to have 19 hours of gaming per battery charge.

The MOGA features dual analog sticks, two shoulder buttons, the standard four face buttons, and start and select buttons. Like the superficially similar Nyko controller, it syncs up with your phone through Bluetooth.

The configuration handles my first and third doubts, but what about my second doubt about the way mobile games are created? Well, it turns out PowerA is actually working with game companies such as Sega and Namco to optimize the controller for the games and vice-versa. About 20 games will be available at launch, including Dungeon Hunter 3, Duke Nukem 3D, Virtua Tennis Challenge, and Atari’s Greatest Hits.

I gave Pac-Man a spin and the controls felt perfectly natural. I do worry that a guy might find the controller a little small. But I also assume they tested this with the male consumer in mind, so maybe I just overestimate the tinyness. I would have really liked to try it with a more complicated game to see what the benefits are of using this as opposed to the normal phone controls.

Another feature is that, when the MOGA is installed, your phone will lead you directly to the MOGA App. This app conveniently shows which games are MOGA compatible, which games you might like to try based on the ones you already play, and other useful options. As someone who is not super-technical when it comes to phones, I really appreciated how simple everything seemed.

If you like gaming on your Android device, I would definitely recommend checking this controller out in October.

Fus1on Tournament Controller

Fus1on Tournament Controller

While at PowerA’s booth, I also had the opportunity to try out the Fus1on controller. I can see this being a big hit with people who like the Xbox 360 controller’s analog stick layout, but want to play games on their Playstation 3. It is also smaller than a standard Xbox controller, meaning that my little lady hands had no trouble taking down PowerA’s representative, John, in our epic battle.

The Fus1on was made to the specifications of tournament gamers, so I imagine it will be pretty legit for serious gamers. I would need more time with the controller to give my full support, because to me comfort and accessibility aren’t always immediately detectable when I’m gaming. Now let me play some MvC3 with this bad boy for an hour without my hands hurting, and we will call this a winner.

The PS3 version of the Fus1on like I tried is expected within the next four weeks. There is also a Xbox 360 version, which is expected to be available in October.

First appeared on NerdyButFlirty.com

No GravatarIn something that took everyone by surprise, the company Ocean Media has been under internet fire lately. The main reason for the combined attack from many outlets is because of a VERY poor decision made by an employee Ocean Marketing, the company who was behind the creation of The Avenger game controller. In what seemed like probably the most ridiculous choice made by someone in the work environment, Paul Christoforo decided to verbally attack a customer of Ocean Marketing’s website.

Known now only as Dave, Dave wanted to inquire on the status of his order for 2 Playstation 3 controllers from their website, with hopes of it arriving before or on Christmas day. When he received a few lackluster responses from Paul, who at the time was responding to Dave’s emails to the company, Dave began to explain his displeasure of the treatment he was getting from Ocean Marketing’s service. To which Paul decided to aggressively respond back to Dave with less then stellar treatment from a company employee.

 

 

Having felt insulted and appalled at the response, Dave responded back expressing his anger, demanding he receive the product which he paid for WAY in advanced. Paul had then responded with another aggressive email, almost along the lines of bragging about people he, and/or the company, knew within the game industry, including dropping names like Kotaku, IGN, and PAX. Dave, after recieving the email response, sent over the email chain to Mike Krahulik, the man who runs PAX and the Penny Arcade website. It was at this point the whole situation got as low as it possibly could, to which Paul had continued to go back and forth with Mike on various topics, all leading to Mike posting the craziness on the Penny Arcade website.

 

After the post went live, Ocean Marketing started receiving huge backlash for the remainder of December 27th. Places like Twitter, Youtube, and even the Ocean Marketing website felt the power of many angry people from the internet. It had even gotten to a point to where not only were multiple Twitter accounts were made from the fallout, but at some point, it was made public that Paul Christoforo was let go from Ocean Marketing.

 

The whole situation is crazy in of itself. This is a prime example of what NOT TO DO to your customers in any field that you work in. Sometimes, a little common sense can go a very long way, and save you a very big internet flaming headache.

 

Read the original post from the Penny Arcade Website — http://penny-arcade.com/resources/just-wow1.html