(Released March 17th 2012)

We decided to dynamically change the introduction to the show this week, and give it a bit more pizzazz. We added a new sub-segment this week, where Galvion tells you about the new games coming out for the next week and we changed the way our format works a bit. We are still looking for feedback from those of you that listen in, either via comments, or the multitude of ways we have for you to contact us.Bioware was a big deal this week, this time with Mass Effect 3. I give you an honest review of the MadCatz Cyborg R.A.T. 7 Gaming Mouse, and we help you figure out how to join the perfect guild or clan.

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On this episode Diablo III gives you less to give it to you sooner, Counter Strike: GO is coming, just not yet, Virtual Reality is a reality, Guild Wars 2 joins the $150 club, Elder Scrolls: The MMO?, and Baldur’s Gate hoopla. […]

Current weeks discussion

Chaelura is still deep into play of Mass Effect 3, and is enjoying her Soldier quite a bit. She is looking forward to Silent Hill 2, being released the week of March 20th

Galvion finally caved in and also started playing Mass Effect 3, in which he is playing an Infiltrator, and sneaking around everywhere.

BloodEagle received his copy of Mass Effect 3, and is busy enjoying his Adept, as well as still playing SWTOR, and anticipating patch 1.2

Next week’s game releases
  • Ninja Gaiden 3
  • Silent Hill HD Collection
  • Armored Core V
  • Kingdoms of Amalur DLC: Legend of Dead Kel
  • Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
  • Sniper: Ghost Warrior
  • Yesterday 
  • Total War: Shogun 2 – Fall of the Samurai 
This weeks Gaming News

Twice in one month: Bioware creates controversy [Source]

Diablo III scraps PVP Arenas to get it out the door UPDATE: releases May 15th [Source]

Counter Strike: Global Offensive not coming as soon as we had hoped [Source]

Ultra-realistic VR tech makes a run at next-gen consoles [Source]

Preorder GW2 for secured spot in all beta events [Source]

RUMOR – Bethesda to announce Elder Scrolls MMO in May [Source]

Baldur’s Gate hoopla: Baldur’s Gate series Enhanced Edition [Source] [Source]

Tech News

Review: MadCatz Cyborg R.A.T. 7 Gaming Mouse

The cyborg look of the RAT 7

An ordinary mouse is probably good enough to check your email or surf the web. But if you spend your nights and weekends gaming on your PC, you probably want more than two buttons and a scroll wheel. A gamer demands an excellent sensor, responsive hardware, and a plethora of features, which is why gamers use a gaming mouse.  A good gaming mouse is practically an extension of the body, and with the MadCatz Cyborg RAT 7’s adjustability and interchangeable parts to create the perfect fit, you will feel like that extension came straight from a Transformers movie.

No two hands in life are exactly the same, but most manufacturers have to design their gaming mice as if they are. This is where the MadCatz Cyborg RAT 7 gaming mouse is unique, in that it is quite adjustable, allowing you to, in theory, create the perfect fit. The question is, “ Can it do what it says?”

The first thing you notice is that it appears as if a gravity well appeared, and just sucked in random bits of materials from a futuristic junkyard that vaguely took on the shape of something resembling a mouse. Each of us hold a mouse differently, so rather than try to create a mouse that would be the perfect fit for everyone out of the box, MadCatz designed the Cyborg RAT 7 so that you can shape it to your liking.

The multitude of options to customize the RAT 7

The replaceable elements of the RAT 7 are its palm-swell and pinky grip. The palm swell comes in three flavors—slick black,  grippy rubber, and an elevated slick black (giving you a taller overall mouse). The distance between the palm swell and the buttons can be adjusted by holding down a small lever, allowing you to make the mouse as short as 4 ¼” or as long as 5” for those with larger hands, like me. The included pinky grips include two regular side-panels (one matte and one grippy) and an oversize wing-style grip that keeps your pinky finger from dragging the mousepad. This one was definitely my favorite.

The left-side panel, which contains three of the mouse buttons, is also adjustable. By using the RAT 7’s built-in Allen wrench, you can slide the whole panel forward and backward, allowing you to position the buttons perfectly under your thumb, as well as tilting it away from the mouse, allowing for a more natural lay of your thumb, or giving you a better grip ability.

Do you like it light or heavy? Maybe you change the weight to suit your game? No matter, the RAT 7 has you covered. Five 6-gram weights can be added or subtracted in an instant using the same on-board allen wrench, giving you the perfect weight for a perfect feel. When not in use, the weights can be safely stored in the supplied Weight Storage Container.

The customization abilities of the RAT 7 are simply unmatched, but MadCatz didn’t forget about the “standard” features either. You get five programmable buttons with dual buttons for your thumb, your standard left / right buttons, a scroll wheel and a DPI on-the-fly changer. You also get an awesome precision aim button that can be set to slow the DPI settings down for making headshots almost effortless. Using the ST Programming software, you can change your DPI, set Precision Aim cursor sensitivity, create custom profiles for each game, and assign commands to your Programmable Buttons and Modes. They even threw in the ability to have different presets for all the buttons and the ability to change them via the “mode” button.

Under the hood, the MadCatz Cyborg RAT 7 boasts twin-eye 5600 DPI lasers, one for tracking X movement and the other for tracking Y movement, and a dynamic 1000Hz polling rate, to pull it ahead of its competitors. In case you’re wondering, 5600 DPI is quite large (that’s 5600 pixels of cursor movement per inch of physical movement).

The RAT 7 will set you back a hundred dollars, which is about standard these days for this quality of mouse. To a gamer a mouse is as important as your video card, processor or the amount of RAM you have. The perfect mouse for gaming is an investment, and should be treated as such.

Anything aimed at a gaming audience is going to come under an intensive amount of scrutiny. When the difference between your insane skills and a headshot lies with the mouse you use, you expect that it’ll do exactly as you’ve instructed. There’s no room for a margin of error, a delay, or even an awkward weight balance – it has to be perfect.

But, perfection isn’t easily defined. A mouse which one gamer claims to be excellent, may be openly mocked by another. It’s a matter of personal preference, as well as personal skill. Yes, a gaming mouse may be the difference between a good game and an ok one, but it won’t fix an unskilled gamer. A mouse should be chosen for comfort and accuracy, not because of claims of pwnage from a gaming champion.

Audience Feedback – Today’s Special: How to choose the right Guild/Clan

At this point, we are still lacking feedback from our audience, so it is tough to have an Audience Feedback segment. To supplement this, we have been running a special each week, and this week, we will tackle how to find the right guild or clan, depending upon the type of game you play.

There are an untold number of guild or clans in the gaming sphere, all wanting you to join their organization. So, how do you choose the right one for you? I realize this may seem like common sense, but for people new to gaming, or those who have had difficulties in previous organizations, these following tips might save you from some problems in the future.

1) Decide for yourself what type of organization you are looking for. There are a lot of organizations out there with different focuses. It might be FPS, RTS, MMO, or an organization that does all of it. Within these, you have subcategories like Competitive, Ranked, Tier, Ladder, Raiding, PvP, Social, Casual, Leveling, RP, Dungeons, or a mix of several of these. For Raiding, it might be Hardcore or Casual. Make a list of what’s MOST important to you and focus on organizations that cater to the top priorities.

2) Don’t join an organization solely based on the organizations level within a game or perks/rewards. The organization could have been in the game for a very long time, slowly working those perks up, or you may have to be a certain rank or level, or even have a certain amount of time invested with the organization to reap those benefits.

3) REALLY look at their advertisements in the game. Did they take the time to make sure their spelling and grammar were correct? If not, are they going to be as careless with organization management? Did you just get auto-invited without even applying? (Avoid those organizations, they are more interested in numbers than in the quality of their members)

4) Make sure the personality/style of the organization works well for you. If the organization is a “no bad language allowed” group, can you follow those rules? If the organization is a “mature audiences only” group, are you of an age appropriate for them? Don’t try to join thinking “I can put up with it if I have to”. If you are a quiet person, don’t look for the large active organizations, go for the smaller ones that will let you level in peace. If you are a very social, outgoing person, look for an organization with lots of active members. If you are a casual player, you don’t want to end up in an organization that expects you to treat the game like a second job. If you are a serious/hard-core gamer, you don’t want to end up in an organization where half the team doesn’t show up for a scheduled raid or event.

5) Ask LOTS of questions. Talk to the leader of the organization, talk to officers, talk to members. Find out what their rules are ahead of time. What are their expectations? Do they have a website that you can view? How long has the organization been around? How long has the current leader been in that position? If possible, find out of you can join in on their voice chat during one of their raids or events to see if you enjoy the atmosphere. If not ask about joining on a low-level alt for a day or two to see if you like the chat in their organization.

There are so many factors to consider in choosing the right organization for you. Spend the time early on researching your possibilities. Some might wonder what the big deal is. Others will know because they’ve been through the ringer.

You don’t want to end up in a guild where the leader will sell the guild to the highest bidder once it gives them what they want. You don’t want an organization where the leader/officers intend to kick everyone but “core people” as soon as the guild starts the high-end raiding. You don’t want an organization that fights constantly over loot or has a lot of drama. Ask what the turnover is like. How long do members stay once they’ve joined? How many members have been online in the last week? How many members join/day?

The point is, you want to find an organization where you can enjoy playing the game you have paid for. Be thorough with your research and it will pay off in the end.

In Closing

Shout Outs

Chaelura promises to start blogging more on our site and Galvion has some things coming up for the audience soon.

We closed by listing all of the ways you can get ahold of us, which can be found here with the wish that you join us next week.

  1. Merlous says:

    Nice shows i look forward to seeing more.

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