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Gaming Is No Vice

Gaming Is No Vice by Gary Woods

The iPad is a great gaming platform but sometimes the implementation of game controllers leaves a little to be desired. This problem is particularly noticeable in fast paced games that require those lightning fast cat-like reflexes needed to jump to the next level.

To overcome this problem I recently saw a device called "Gamevice" made for the iPad Mini that turns the tablet into what they call "the most powerful gaming handheld in the world." The controller emulates the classic console gaming control pad with dual analog joy sticks and twin triggers. As a point of reference it has the classic D-pad and button configuration that you've known since you've been playing games.

All that's great but the real question is, what games does this thing work on? Well since you asked it works on "Call of Duty," "The Walking Dead." "Limbo," "Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic" and "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas."

Since the product is brand new I couldn't come up with a price but the company "Wikipad" already makes an Android-powered gaming tablet, the Wikipad 7 which retails for $199 so I think that is probably what the iOS version will cost.

If you use the iPad Mini as a gaming console this is a pretty cool add-on so go to the website and sign up to get on the mailing list so you'll be the first on your block to have the coolest device in town.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc