Your Gaming Mouse Can Be Your Fitness Monitor!

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Technology today has taken the world by storm and it is no surprise that we have become heavily dependent in it. Here, in the world as we know it, IT services and businesses have moved to cloud technology, and outsourcing has become a common thing. All facets of technology has evolved way more than what some had dreamed in the past century. Technology interlinks all things today with different streams interlinked to each other to bring out the best out of both worlds. What did not seem a possibility some decades back has become a reality today!

The spokesperson of Cloud London 365 substantiates this – “Our forefathers, who invented the electro-magnetic computers, wouldn’t have imagined that storing files in the computer system would be easy. In fact with the introduction of cloud computing two different industries can be seen interlinking with each other. The gaming industry would never have imagined intertwining with health. However, today it is not only possible to interlink these two industries, but is also possible to store information that is thus retrieved in the cloud, to be referred at any given point of time at any place.” For more information on how it can be done, you can click here.

Never has something been talked about as much as fitness monitoring in the gaming world in recent times. There is a good chance that you too have joined in the bandwagon. Everything related to technology in the present day has turned into a fitness monitor be it your smart watch or your smart phone. These devices help in monitoring your heart rate, pulse, calorie intake and burnout and make a quick calculation on the ratio as well!

The latest to join the party is your gaming mouse. Say hello to Mionix NAOS QG that can simply blow your mind. It is a gaming mouse like no other. It has four sensors which differentiates it from the other gaming mice we come across. The mouse is capable of tracking simple motions such as heartbeat, skin response, etc.

What’s more this information is displayed to you when you are on your gaming mode! Though at times some users can feel that this is being a little too pushy to your liking, it definitely does give us some important information and being health related it should not be taken lightly. The four sensors are metallic and these are a little raised above the mouse surface. The actual placement varies depending on the model of the mouse that you choose but usually these sit on the back of the mouse.

Action Per Minute Sensor
There is an action per minute sensor that indicates the number of times you click on the mouse which helps to indicate the activity levels of the individual playing the game. The sensors also monitor the distance the mouse travels which is one of the most fascinating things that you never get to monitor as you play.

Skin Response Sensor
The skin response sensor calculates the intensity with which the game is played. This is measured by calculating the sweat on your palm. It also helps to calculate the heart beat of the gamer and its rate. What more the heartbeat rate comes in the form of EKG readout that makes it easy for the gamer to compare to the baseline and check when it is peaking and when it is not.

True, like all other devices, there are plenty of flaws, to begin with, I am sure you would have guessed, for those who have sweaty hands, this might not give the exact reading. Also, not all gamers use the claw-grip while gaming and hence the heart beat levels that are indicated may not be correct. Most important, the sensors are of no use if the gamer’s hand is not positioned correctly on the mouse as it is designed for. In short, in a perfect world, it works fine which is appreciated but not so much otherwise!

Why you should start playing Age of Conan RIGHT NOW


Most of you know Age of Conan as the MMORPG that, well, was unplayable at launch and the MMORPG that has both the unique combat system and the best graphics, but ultimately fell flat on its face because of the absolutely limited amount of content that rapidly declined as you progressed your way past level 20. Well I’m here to tell you that if there is one thing this game proves is that bad games on release DO, over time, get better. Funcom has released many updates that have altered the game, such as the addition of many instances and a whole region. In fact, a significant update was released a couple of days ago to improve the PVP aspect of the game, so, in light of this, I will be running down the reasons on why you should start playing this game right now!


There is a free trial available.

If you haven’t heard of the free trial already, well you have been missing out. The game is currently available for download here. The downside is that the download is pretty huge and that it’s only 7 days long, which is just enough to experience the Tortage portion of the game. However, it is a good idea to be familiar with the combat system and whether or not your computer can handle the game with all the eye-candy turned on.

No Gnomes, Elves, Dwarves, and Midgets bullshit.

If there was one thing that lowered our testosterone levels in MMORPGs, it was the sore sight of seeing an elf wearing pink-colored gear attacking you with a wand. Well, if you are like us, sick of seeing that sort of shit, you’ll be happy know to that, in Age of Conan, each race is actually more hairy and manly than the next.

It’s still the most beautiful MMORPG around.

Shooters have Crysis, MMORPGs have Age of Conan, and RTSs have err….I don’t really know. Anyway, the game is still the best-looking MMORPG to date. In fact, it has direct x 10 features, which I can only say that it was about time Funcom.

The Music.
I will tell you that in this game, the music is beyond exceptional. You have probably heard of the stories of the extreme amount of ganking in this game. Well, I attribute that to the invigorating music. Just listen to this, a sound track that plays over and over in one of Age of Conan’s most gank-fested regions, and then tell me that it does not, in any way, unleash your willingness to cause ultimate chaos. It is no wonder that this game has received many awards for its original music.

We all love rooting for the underdog.

Indeed, you wouldn’t think that I’d be telling you to go buy World of Warcraft now, would you? However, it’s true that the game isn’t doing well in terms of subscriber numbers, and that is mainly because of the fact that it had a pretty rough release, but that is in the past now. An expansion will be released sometime, and hopefully the media exposure will help it back up on its feet.

4 more PC games that gave the middle finger to PC gamers.

Whether or not the developers of these games voluntarily intended to enrage PC gamers, we might never know, but one thing is for sure, they sure piss us off.
4. Duke Nukem Forever.

“His name is Duke, and he has the best second name on the planet.”

What is it?

Sequel to Duke Nukem 3D, Duke Nukem Forever is a First-Person-Shooter that has been in development since 1997 by 3D Realms.

How?

By being the greatest vaporware of all time.

At Grand Theft PC, we are all into determination and perseverance, but, of course, we’d tell you to stop trying once you start looking like an idiot, and if you had anything to do with the development of Duke Nukem Forever, we should inform you that you are way past that mark. On a more serious note, the game has been in development for over 13 years and has undergone more than 2 engine changes. Winner of many Vaporware awards, with countless release dates overdue and no release date in sight, Duke Nukem Forever still remains in development. After all that, we can only assume that 3D Realms has being with us since 1997.

How could it have been better?

We’d tell them to release the unfinished product already, but since the game has been in development for over 13 years, an unfinished product would look pretty ironic.

3. Command and Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight.

” He is terribly vexed”

What is it?

Sequel to the highly acclaimed Command and Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars and another entry in the Command and Conquer universe.

How?

By being a really crappy installment of a really great series.

When Westwood studios released Command and Conquer in 1995, they pretty much started the RTS craze, so, when you release a game in the name of Command and Conquer, people will have some expectations. Well, Command and Conquer 4 completely shattered those expectations, and in a negative way.  The game was stripped from what made the other games in the series great. Base building and harvesting were replaced by a “capture the node” system, and, in turn, negative critical reception rolled in.

How could it have been better?

We think that EA games should have shipped the game with apology letters.

2. Grand Theft Auto IV.

“It still runs like crap though”

What is it?

Grand Theft Auto IV lets you play as Niko bellic in Liberty City. It’s another entry in the GTA series.

How?

By being a really unoptimized game.

PC gamers with anything better than an 8800 and a dual core processor would get really sensitive when one tells them that a high-profile game, such as this, plays better on the console because the developers are too lazy to optimize the game for the PC platform.  Of course, when you bother getting the necessary hardware to max this game (think a GTX 280 with an I7 CPU), the visuals are still unimpressive, which further exacerbates our hatred for this game.

How could it have been better?

Although the game did release 6 months after the console version, it would have been better if they delayed the game further to work on the game’s optimization.

1.Spore.

What is it?

Developed by Will Wright, the man responsible for the Sims, Spore was released on September 7th 2008.

How?

By failing completely to live up to the hype, and by having a terrible DRM protection.

Now, I am not saying that Spore is a bad game in any way. It was just not good enough to live up to the hype set by Will Wright’s fans.  The fact is that the game is basically 5 minigames in one box, and each minigame feels severely limited somehow up until you reach the space stage where things really start to take off. The game also has terrible DRM protection, which netted it many horrible user reviews on sites such as Amazon.

How could it have been better?

The DRM protection was a big slap in the face from EA; the limited number of installations made us wonder, what the hell were they thinking? Considering the fact a game such as spore was destined to sell extremely well anyway, the presence of such a draconian DRM protection seriously pisses us off.