Gadget Buddies

Gadget Buddies

Fret Zeppelin

A company called Edge Tech Labs has invented a new way of learning how to play the guitar and other instruments. The unit called Fret Zeppelin attaches to the neck of a standard electric or acoustic guitar and contains six LEDS behind each fret. The LED lights switch on showing the player where to put their fingers or where to put the fingers next while following a song. Syncing the device to the app allows the player to learn new chords and scales. It is the next generation in learning a musical instrument and we can see that it will become a winner. We are hoping that this Kickstarter project goes well and will be keeping you posted with the latest on this device.

The fall of 3D

It came out with hype – three dimensional televisions sets hit South African shelves with gusto around 2011 and consumers grabbed them urgently. A handful of companies released 3D TV sets, but now claim that it was not such a great idea after all. We thought 3D TV was a great idea, but it just lacked something and for us that was the strange aftermarket glasses that you had to wear. While many industry leaders claimed that 3D TV would increase in popularity, that could not be further from the truth. The fact is that after just two years on the market 3D TV was already declining in sales and popularity. We think that 3D will survive in the form of cinema, which will continue to run these types of movies, keeping it alive. However, with the invention of immersive virtual reality, there could also be an opportunity for a new way that movies and content producers deliver content. So although 3D TV has declined in popularity, it will stay alive for its next revival sometime in the future.

‘Nioh’

In ‘Nioh’, players traverse war-torn Japan as William, a blonde-haired swordsman whose background as a fierce warrior and seasoned knowledge of the blade allows him to survive in the demon-plagued land of the samurai, known as Yokai. These demons inhabit a number of dangerous locations and lurk in the shadows waiting to ambush unsuspecting victims.

The gameplay is dark with plenty of melee style combat. We found it to be a little too gory overall and that’s not just the gameplay. This theme extends into the surroundings with ruined buildings, corpses, scary music and solemn-ness. It all feels a little unnecessary. Gameplay is unpredictable; you could fly through one level completely unscathed and have to repeat another, because an enemy is able to end the game with one stroke. So it can get a bit frustrating at times and feel like the game was made in such a way to force you restart multiple times. The boss fights are dependent on experience; we tried multiple approaches before we eventually succeeded. In a way these battles in the game give the player a sense of achievement as the challenges are unusual.

We would give this game a 6/10. Available now at your local BT Games store.

By Imran Khan