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New Streaming Mic Displays Emoticons, Because Why Not

A large percentage of on-camera streamers share the screen with microphones that do nothing but sit there and capture sound. Razer’s new Seiren Emote, announced today at TwitchCon, comes with a built-in 8-bit emoticon display that can link to Twitch and react dynamically to subscriptions, follows, and chat messages.

Using Razer’s Streamer Companion App in conjunction with the $180 hypercardioid condenser microphone, due out later this year, streamers can quickly and easily set up custom reactions to all sorts of Twitch actions. Animated emoticons can play when users subscribe, donate, or follow the streamer. Multiple emoticons can be set to play at once when triggered. Twitch streamers can create their own custom emoticons and set them to go off when viewers type in certain words or phrases, building their brand and engaging with the community at the same time.

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The software, currently in beta, is easy to use. I don’t stream regularly myself (I’m working on it), and I quickly connected to my Twitch account and set up an emoticon to play when someone followed my channel.

I connected the Seiren Emote, selected the rainbow vomit emoticon, hit test, and voila.

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Razer’s Streamer Companion App isn’t only for the Seiren Emote. A wide range of devices can be linked up, from Razer’s upcoming lighted Kitty Ear Kraken headset and other Chroma lighting-enabled gear to Philips Hue bulbs and those cool lighted wall panel things my wife won’t let me buy. During an online demonstration of the software earlier this week, I watched a streamer’s room explode with light after I typed into their Twitch chat. It was pretty impressive.

Along with providing a nifty little light show, the Razer Seiren Emote is also a very lovely microphone. It’s quite similar to the non-lighted Seiren X, with its built-in shock mount and slim form factor. Along with the default short stand, the Emote also comes packaged with a gooseneck extension for added height.

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As someone who prefers hiding behind their microphone during live broadcasts, I am fully-prepared for my input device to take center stage. You can find out more about the Seiren Emote over at Razer’s website.

Source: Kotaku.com

The Surprising Origins of Absurd Gaming Hardware

Over the last few months, we’ve spoken with laptop makers, gamers, and historians to get a better understanding of the gamer aesthetic. You know what I’m talking about: Blinking lights and sharp angles. Computers that look like they fell off an alien spaceship. Crucially, we wanted to know how we got this gamer aesthetic to begin with, and what is going to happen to it as gaming becomes more mainstream. In the video above we examine the aesthetic’s history and its future.

The history might surprise you. Most of us know someone who identifies as a gamer, and we know that that identity is only partially about the act of playing video games. It’s a lifestyle more than a simple expression of a hobby, and those who embrace it wrap their arms lovingly around the aesthetic.

You can trace the origins back to ad campaigns for the Sega Genesis in the early 90s. The company wasn’t selling consoles as well as rival Nintendo wanted to set itself apart. Where Nintendo was family-friendly and wholesome, Sega started to market the Genesis as a dangerous alternative fit for cool young guys who scoffed at authority and could handle blood and guts in their games (or a fast blue hedgehog).

The Dreamcast would be marketed to these kids in a similar fashion. Same with the PlayStation. By the time the Xbox launched in 2001, that identity had crystallized.

Alienware was one of the first PC makers to market specifically to that new gamer identity. Alienware made a name for itself in the late 90s creating powerful gaming PCs, but at first, they still looked like every other beige box—designed to be innocuous and non-threatening. In 2003 Alienware created a new design language for its PCs. These new laptops and towers were festooned in colorful plastic, with accent lights and aggressively alien designs. Up until that point, the only real and consistent outlier in PCs was Apple. No one was making a Windows-based computer that looked like what Alienware was producing. It quickly became the inspiration for PC makers who wanted to tap into the gamer market, and even today, its designs inspire other PC makers.

The Alienware Area 51m, which was introduced this year and shows off Alienware’s telltale flash.
Photo: Alex Cranz (Gizmodo)

In 2011, Razer slid into the gaming laptop market with the Blade, upsetting the balance and providing a sleek alternative to Alienware. Razer laptops are thin (relatively speaking), the lights are a little more subdued, and the design is a little less aggressive. That lack of perceived aggression in the design—and the improved portability versus a 2-inch thick laptop from companies like Alienware or MSI has made Razer laptops popular. And they’re not just popular with consumers. As with Alienware, Razer devices have inspired other PC makers to design devices that don’t aggressively scream gamer quite so much.

The shift is happening—whether gamers like it or not. As gaming continues to grow more and more hardware makers are going to try to appeal to the broader market. Which means the schism between thin and light and bulky and powerful will continue to grow.

Source: Kotaku.com

10 Months After Opening, The Razer Game Store Is Closing

After only 10 months of operation, The Razer Game Store is closing permanently at 4AM EST on February 28 2019. According to a post on The Razer Game Store site, the closing is part of a company wide realignment plan.

The Razer Game Store was a digital storefront that provided Steam and Uplay keys to players. The store also provided discounts and rewards to users. Razer Game Store users are warned to retrieve any unused keys from the store before the shutdown occurs on February 28. Razer will also fulfill any pre-orders players currently have on upcoming games.

This was Razer’s first attempt at a digital storefront. Players who have Razer Gold or Silver Rewards will still be able to use these recurrences on other rewards.

Source: Kotaku.com

Razer Is Making Everything Pink Now, Including Laptops

Last year hardware maker Razer turned four of its peripherals pink. This year the company’s “Quartz” line of pink gaming gear expands by a microphone, wireless PlayStation 4 controller, headset stand, phone case and, best of all, a limited edition pink metal Razer Blade Stealth laptop. Pink metal. Mmmm.

My love of pink things, specifically pink gaming gear, is well-documented. What began years ago as a convenient color-coded way to support my older sister’s struggle against breast cancer (she kicked its ass) blossomed into an overwhelming appreciation for the softest, loveliest and happiest of hues. More and more people are catching on to pink power every day, and some of those people are fans of Razer stuff. Those people should love the new Quartz line.

I mean, look at this thing:

Okay, so it’s not a dedicated gaming laptop like the Razer Blade or Razer Blade Pro. The 13-inch Stealth is more of a productivity laptop. But where the original black Stealth or the newer gunmetal or white variations, there is nothing understated about the Valentine’s Day limited edition. It is pink and shiny and it’s got a lovely red Razer logo below the screen.

There have been other pink laptops. Some are gaudy plastic trash. Others do the whole Apple “rose gold” thing. Screw rose gold in its stupid rose gold face.

Again, not a powerhouse, but pretty tough for a super-thin, three pound notebook. It’s got Nvidia GeForce MX 150 4GB graphics, 16GB of dual channel memory and an 8th generation Intel i7-8565U processor. It’s going to spread the hell out of some sheets. The limited edition pink Razer Blade Stealth goes on sale today for $1,600 in the US, Canada and China.

The second coolest new pink thing from Razer is the pink version of the Raiju Tournament Edition wireless PlayStation 4 and PC controller. With its re-mappable buttons (it’s got its own mobile configuration app) and adjustable sensitivity options, it’s a very versatile controller. Unfortunately it’s only available in Europe, Asia and Oceania, so if you aren’t there you’ll have to import the $150 controller elsewhere.

But that’s okay. The pink third-generation Razer Kraken headset ($80) should be available everywhere, as will the pink version of the Razer Seiren X microphone ($100) and the handy pink Base Station Chroma ($60).

Finally, we’ve got the new additions to the Quartz keyboard and mouse lineup. There’s a pink version of the Razer Huntsman ($150). It uses optical switches for faster response, interrupting a beam of light to register a keystroke rather than hitting mechanical contacts. The Razer Basilisk ($70) is a nice all-around mouse that will do until someone releases a pink trackball. Finally there’s the Goliathus Extended Chroma, a $60 keyboard and mouse surface that’s mostly gray, so it doesn’t really count.

Oh, and there’s a pink case for the Razer Phone 2 in the picture up top, but that’s a very specific thing for very specific people, none of whom I know.

The takeaway here is that if enough of us pink fans make enough noise, eventually everything will be pink and we can finally take a break to roll around in all of it. Read more about Razer’s extended Quartz line over at the official website.

Source: Kotaku.com