Thursday, July 9, 2009

A Mighty Mouse alternative for Mac users

I've been a Mac user for about five years now, but I've never been a fan of the Apple Mighty Mouse. They claim to have "touch-sensitive technology" that detects right and left click, but anyone that has used one knows that right clicking can be a struggle. Sometimes you'll hit the sweet spot, but most often you will just give up and hold down the control key and click for the desired effect.

The first thing I always do when working on a new Mac is plug in my own mouse. Any mouse will do, but if you're looking for a really nice alternative to the Mighty Mouse that matches the rest of your Apple accessories, look no further than the Rocketfish Bluetooth Wireless Laser Mouse.

With its sleek white design and visible right/left click, you're getting form and function with this Mac compatible mouse. The scroll wheel also offers 4-way horizontal and vertical tilt just like the Mighty Mouse scroll ball, as well as a satisfying "click" when you scroll (albeit a bit loud, but that is a very minor complaint).

I picked this mouse up at Best Buy for $50.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Why I'm still playing Resident Evil 5

Nearly five months after the release of Resident Evil 5 I still find myself spending time with it. I've unlocked every in-game goody, received the Platinum Trophy, and achieved all the "S" ranks you can get, so what's left? The answer is Versus mode.

Capcom originally received a bit of fire for charging for this DLC ($4.99 or 400 Microsoft points, depending on your platform). Released only weeks after the actual game, the mode makes use of assets that are already on the disc, using the same maps and characters from Mercenaries mode. Charging an extra $5 for something that looks like it could easily fit on the disc that you already paid for does feel like a bit of a rip off. Video games are not cheap these days, so I like to think that I'm always getting the most out of those Blu-Ray discs.

But I'm going to put it into perspective for myself. Including Versus mode, let's say I paid approximately $80 for this game. According to the game itself, I've clocked over 80 hours of play on it. That's $1 per hour of enjoyment. Not a bad deal, right?

Without a doubt, the majority of that time has been spent playing Versus mode. It was well worth the buy for me, and if you're looking to get some extra play out of RE5, I recommend that you get it too.