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Welcome to my new channel!

Welcome to the new channel. A (retro)gaming, technology, gadget and science based channel by a guy who also loves music, movies and the outdoors.

Subscribing to all my previous subscriptions may take a while as YouTube has put a CAP on the number of channels you can subscribe to per day. So I have to slowly work my way back up. So if you noticed I haven't subscribed to you again it's because of YT being a pain when it comes to subscribing to folk.

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SLUBAN building blocks, how do they stack up - a cheap LEGO Alternative or more?

SLUBAN building blocks is a product made in China and it is a direct competitor to the well known LEGO building blocks. I got three boxes from three different series and I just was very curious after the quality and how it compares with LEGO. Just a first look!

Mind you it is NOT LEGO but actually both will fit on each other without any problems. That is a good thing when you want to mix up LEGO and SLUBAN. SLUBAN blocks are more lightweight but they stack and unstack as well as LEGO blocks. The material used is lighter and that is especially noticable in the smaller pieces which can be a little flimsy but still they make good toys for kids. The material is nice and shiny and quite scratch resistent like the LEGO blocks. The blocks are formed very consistent and look well made. Good moulds were used and the plastic although lightweight is sturdy and seems of a good quality. Apart from the weight the looks and designs seem close to LEGO quality.

Still a very nice affordable alternative to LEGO with some nice designs and series. I'd seriously consider going for SLUBAN. Especially for the price which is really good compared to what you get for your money. Quite a few of the designs are military, police, army themed but more child-friendly themes do exist.

There's also a SLUBAN Big Blocks LEGO DUPLO alternative for the very small ones.

The Treasure seeker plane - €3,59
Artikelnummer: M38-B0162

Redcliff Asian Soldier cart - €3,99
Artikelnummer: M38-B0259

Sluban Resque Team Helicopter with 4 figurines - €5,99
Artikelnummer: M38-B0102

So all these toysets for under € 12,00

Score SLUBAN 7-8/10, LEGO 9/10

(Dutch)
http://www.goedkopebouwsteentjes.nl/

(Europe)
http://www.sluban.eu

Sorry for continuously comparing this with LEGO but that is what I was exposed to myself as a kid and as I am looking for stuff to have in the house for my nephews to play with I was pleasantly surprised by this brand.

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Google Nexus 7 - a more in depth look (HD)

Where to get your bearings in Android and the Nexus 7? Well check out the following pages mentioned in the video:
The Nexus 7 beginner's guide by Shane R.Monroe:
http://www.reviewlagoon.com/?p=723

Green Robot Gamer: Real gaming on Android devices:
http://wiki.greenrobotgamer.com/

The emulators from Robert Broglia:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=Robert+Broglia

Excellent site with a a lot of interesting articles:
http://www.reviewlagoon.com/

Okay so after fiddling around with my new Nexus 7 I proceeded to do some more serious things with it. Of course I want to be able to use USB thumbdrives and what have you so Rooting the device and installing software that makes the device capable of writing to USB thumbdrives was essential.

Propriocepsis is the system your body uses to interpret the position of joints and tension in muscles. A system really needed when playing with touch controls as tactile feedback is not available touching a glass surface for buttons.

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Google Nexus - Unboxing

I bit the bullet and got myself a Nexus7, seems good value for money and it is an excellent way to experience the Android ecosystem.

The magically floating camera aka camera girl observed and registered! Enjoy.

Of course more will follow.

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ZX Spectrum - Splat

Developers: Ian Andrew & Ian Morgan from Incentive Software
Year published: 1983
Platforms: ZX Spectrum, C64, Amstrad CPC, Sam Coupé

Here's me explaining some about the game while playing...

RetroGamerVX has challenged us to make Spectrum themed videos this week in honor of the ZX Spectrum's 30th birthday. Of course all I could do is comply to escape the wrath of my Evil Twin from the UK.

His video can be found here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_3O0UQP39o

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ZX Spectrum - 55 minutes of Speccy Galore including real time tape loading!

RetroGamerVX has challenged us to make Spectrum themed videos this week in honor of the ZX Spectrum's 30th birthday. Of course all I could do is comply to escape the wrath of my Evil Twin from the UK. Read more below...

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Gameroom Tour - August 14, 2012

A small view around the gameroom - not a proper tour but more a bit of a test and a looksee of the room as it was around August 14 2012
Music used: 'Gator Drive' by Nigel Glocker & Roger Adams - provided by YouTube & created using YouTube Video Editor

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Mark plays.... Super Aleste (Fail on 2nd level) (HD)

Compile is one of the great shoot'm up creators from the land of the rusing sun. Aleste / Power Strike has been one of their major series on various platforms. This game is the 16 bit incarnation on the Super Nintendo. Read more below...

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3DS XL - System review (an in depth look)

-System overview (00:43)
-Comparison of the layout
-Comparison of the screens
-Demonstration of viewing angle
-Some information on the easy system transfer option (Internet connection required, you can also transfer your Ambassador status and extra games if you got the 3DS at launch) (10:30)
- An overview of the downloaded software I have
- Sound system
- Demonstration of fantastic 2D 'scanline-like' mode on the 3DS XL screen! (21:40) - this in my opinion makes the screen on this system superior to the regular 3DS screen.

The end sequence features a track created by ZombieAndy1979 'The Lake'
http://www.youtube.com/ZombieAndy1979

I got quite a few PMs and video responses on my last personal 3DS video - some wanted, asked or some even demanded a better more in depth look - so here it is. And not to worry - YT didn't screw up the framerate on this one :P

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Summer Holiday Portable Gaming 2012

My games on the iPad while vacationing...This time no Pandora, PSP, DS or 3DS for my portable gaming needs.
Suffice to say that my phone more or less features the same setup.

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