Techno Dabbler

Trying out new technology.




May 2016

Nvidia Shield TV

by Alexandre Denault, on Videogames, Android, Console, Nvidia

Being a parent imposes some restriction on how, when and where you can play video games. The Shield Mobile was a saviour: with its streaming functionality, I could play PC games from anywhere in the house. The Shield TV extends the Shield ecosystem by introducing a powerful Android console for your home TV. The console itself is great, but is there a point in making an Android game console? Member…



March 2016

Nvidia Shield Portable

by Alexandre Denault, on Videogames, Android, Console, Nvidia, Shield, Controller

The Nvidia Shield Portable is a wonderful little Android machine. Released by Nvidia in 2013, it was the first Android device to use Nvidia's Tegra 4 processor. Even more importantly, it was the first device to integrate Nvidia's new streaming technology, allowing a player to stream a game either from his PC or from the the Internet using Nvidia Grid (recently renamed to Nvidia Now). The device was release as…



August 2015

Ouya : Officially Dead

by Alexandre Denault, on Ouya, Android, Videogames, Razer

I don't usually post about news items, but I've been an avid follower of the Ouya ever since its Kickstarter campaign. Lots of friend laugh at me for buying the console, and they were probably right. But Ouya represented a dream of an open console, a dream worth funding. Unfortunately, that dream came to an end on July 27th, 2015, when Razer acquired Ouya's software assets. It is depressing, but…



June 2015

Knights of Pen & Paper : Repetitive Genius

by Alexandre Denault, on Videogames, Android, PC, RPG, Apple

In 2013, I was working on a small RPG game for mobile devices. The idea was to make a game from core concepts of RPGs, such as Legend of the Red Dragon, to the smartphone. Unfortunately, several months before I could complete my project, Behold Studio releases Knights of Pen and Paper. To be fair, it was a much better game than anything I was working on, so I moved…



July 2014

The Revolution is Waiting for the Upgrade

by Alexandre Denault, on Ouya, Android, Console, Towerfall, Kickstarters

The Ouya is one of the most important Kickstarter success story, gathering $8,596,474 in funding. Ouya's promise: the revolution would be televised. The console would usher a new world of Android games on TV. The product itself was released about a year ago, giving developers fair opportunities to publish on the platform. My experiences with the console have been ... mixed. Getting the Console I pre-ordered the console shortly…