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GameMID & Tek807d Update and a Preview of the "Archos Gamepad 2 vs GameMID" video


I got a nice cobalt blue version of the GameMID to test out a new firmware that enables the device to store and install applications onto the SD card as if it was the internal memory. It's best to use class 10 SD cards for it though. This makes it possible to install quite a few large games on the unit that would not have fit in the standard 8Gb internal memory the unit comes with. Very nice that a company itself is doing these software improvements so that no third party software is needed.

I also obtained an Archos Gamepad 2 and I want to put it through its paces as well. I want to see which of the two comes out tops. Hardware-wise the Archos Gamepad 2 should be faster, but is it?

The video also includes a little sample of the Archos Gamepad 2 vs GameMID video I am working on. If you have any suggestions for the video, please leave a comment below and I'll see if I can stick it in.

I believe Bill Loguidice also received a review copy of the GameMID and am curious of his findings.

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New consoles and Micro transactions in (Full Price) Games

Mark Smile Micro transactions in full priced games with the gameplay being so much of a grind that people are motivated to buy the advancements in the game rather than going to the process of actually playing the games is what kills modern gaming for me. Games that have that mechanic will far less likely get played by me.

Whether or not I buy a new console depends on the publishers getting their act together on the new systems. Full price games like Forza 5 and Gran Turismo 6 (on the PS3) still have microtransactions in them. If the majority of full price games will contain this mechanic, what does that mean for gaming as a whole?

Micro transactions are meant to squeeze even more money out of customers' pockets, they have nothing to do with better gameplay or enhancing the game mechanics. They largely ruin the game experience. And I believe micro transactions are something you don't want to expose kids to as they don't teach you the value of things at all. Kids need to learn to be able to deal with money responsibly and such transactions won't help them - it will most likely confuse quite a few of them. Or does it?

Ad ridden free to play games are fine for some perhaps. The model does provide people with a full game and that's fine for some and also very enjoyable. It's comparable to watching a movie that is hacked to pieces with 15 minutes of commercials thrown in every so often. I'd much rather watch without interruptions and commercials and I think I get a better experience. I choose to do the same for my gaming.

I am of the opinion that if you opt to play those free to play / Micro transaction-containing games you basically support that marketing model and the masses of people choosing to do the same will make the game developers think they have something good there.

I choose not to expose myself to that kind of marketing mechanic or as little as possible as I am human and have a right to be irrational at times. Just give me a full game for a good price that I am able to play when I want - even a couple of years down the line - which with activations and online passes and closed systems needing day 1 updates and games that are basically broken when released today can only be dreamt of.

What are your opinions on the matter?

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GameMID Android Handheld - Update on availability - December 7th 2013

Mark Smile The Android handheld I reported on earlier has now also become available for sale on the company's updated website. There's an order now button where you can place an order directly from the manufacturer or request additional information. The manufacturer is located in Hong Kong so it could be that you will have to pay additional import taxes according to your locale. Getting one from a retailer locally would be your best option but if that isn't an option going the direct route may be a good alternative. The unit comes in a sturdy box and is well protected by a specialized air filled sleeve. A charger compatible with your local AC power grid is also provided.

But now the GameMID has also been released to the German market and is sold as the "Phantom" - Expert shops are the go to places to get this device locally in Germany. It may be easier to import from Germany too. Here's a link to a German language review of the console.

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GameMID Android Handheld - Update on availability - 9-17-2013

Mark Smile The Android handheld I reported on earlier has now also become available for sale on the company's updated website. There's an order now button where you can place an order directly from the manufacturer or request additional information. The manufacturer is located in Hong Kong so it could be that you will have to pay additional import taxes according to your locale. Getting one from a retailer locally would be your best option but if that isn't an option going the direct route may be a good alternative. The unit comes in a sturdy box and is well protected by a specialized air filled sleeve. A charger compatible with your local AC power grid is also provided.

There's also a very informative video explaining how the VKM - virtual key mapping software - works. This has been substantially updated since my video as it is now also possible to map swiping gestures onto the buttons (right thumb stick).

Performance wise this unit is capable of full speed emulation of many game systems, including the PPSSPP and original Playstation. Also many games, run great and the battery life on the unit is quite good. The developers of the RetroArch emulator have gotten a unit too so one can expect an even better native support for all buttons in future releases of that emulator. Hook the unit up to the TV over HDMI and you'll have a great console experience. Blue tooth, wifi, microsd slot - all is there. The amount of flash memory 8Gb is similar to the OUYA and in real life comparison - side loading the same apps onto the OUYA - this unit trumps the OUYA on real life Android apps despite the fact that in theory the OUYA has more beefy hardware. There is no lag on the GameMID's buttons and it seems to be my gaming tablet of choice at a great price. A lot of the Android gaming videos on this site have been recorded using this device. Check them out if you want.

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Mark Plays... PSP Emulation on Android (PPSSPP running on the GameMID)


In this video I demonstrate how well Playstation Portable Emulation is running on Android. The GameMID Android handheld has physical buttons that makes running PSP games on an Android device a blast. You'll be able to probably get similar performances on the Archos Gamepad and the JXD 7300B machines although the GameMID seems to run this best.

In my neck of the woods it is legal to make backup copies of your games as well as 'jail breaking' your PSP and you can have your PSN downloads up and running on this emulator in no-time. The games shown in this video have all been purchased by me and are demonstrated running on Android hardware instead of PSP hardware. Now were did I leave by stack of RPG-UMDs?

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Mark Plays... Riptide GP2 (Android)(GameMID)


I am showing some of my gameplay and impressions of Riptide GP™2. This game is a cool sequel to the first Riptide on Android and iOS devices. Racing aqua-jets / hydro jets that have been upgraded to have rocket-intro speed boosts on tracks that look amazing. It is possible to tune the game-graphics to meet the specs of your Android device so you can have the most smooth and good looking experience. It has a single player mode as well as an online game mode that I will demonstrate in the video. It needs either Google Play or GameCenter/iCloud on iOS devices.

This game is running on the Android GameMID handheld gaming device running Android 4.1.1. The footage was captured with the AverMedia Live Gamer Portable. Riptide GP™2 was published by Vector Unit. Go grab this game I say. It's worth checking out on both Android or iOS.
http://www.vectorunit.com/riptide-gp2/

This is a link to the first version
http://www.vectorunit.com/riptide-gp/

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Mark Plays... Need for Speed Most Wanted (Android)(GameMID)


A small review of the Need for Speed Most Wanted game by Electronic Arts on Android. In this video I use the GameMID Android handheld. Mind you it is quite a different game than the versions found on the consoles but it is worth checking out. I first play the game with the Gyroscopic controls and then I will configure the game to use the touch controls which I will map to the physical buttons.

Overall score: 6.5-7 / 10
Enjoy and please let me know what you think.

You can find the game here

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GameMID Android Handheld Review - an 1hr in depth look (including gameplay & benchmarks) (HD)


A review of the GameMID Android Handheld produced by REP Electronics Ltd (Hong Kong based) that will be brought to the market by various vendors under various brands. My unit comes with 8Gb of memory, the bare minimum will be 4Gb, but 16Gb or 32Gb of Flash memory is possible depending on ways the resellers would like the setup.

This video contains a look at the device itself, the specifications, some live gameplay, a look at its guts, benchmarking it and comparing it to the JXD S3700B, the Archos Gamepad and the Nexus 7, HDMI captured gameplay of various Android native games and various emulators. Read more below.

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The Archos Gamepad - a lot of things are fixed - revisited after 1st firmware update

My 1st review of Dec 24th revisited. With the new firmware update I'd give this device a much higher end-score. 7.5 out of 10 or 75% of 100. Much if not all software issues with buttons cancelling each other out have been removed with the firmware update. Also the lag and flickering screen with the Archos mapping tool have been removed. Very nice. It brings the device up to a standard it really should have been when it was released. Read more below.

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Nexus 7 and Retrogaming (Emulation) with the iCade ' 8-bitty ' gamepad

Showing the iCade 8-bitty blue-tooth game pad controller that works with the Nexus 7 - straight out of the box without having to root it or anything. It is primarily designed for use with iOS but works great with Android as well as you can see. Read more below.

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