’s Musings: Whimsyshire, OUYA Android Console, Sphero and How To Win A New iPad!

I walked past an internet cafe last night and I saw through the glass walls (legit Internet Cafes in Malaysia are not allowed to tint the glass walls/doors at the front of the shop) two chaps playing Diablo III. They weren’t in not just any level, they were playing in Whimsyshire! I thought the level look pretty cute and pairing up probably made that difficult level a bit more fun to endure.

On to other video game related musings/news, some chaps are embarking on a project to create a new kind of video games console, one that runs on Android, comes with a controller (with support for more) and has industrial design that would make you proud of showcasing it in your living room. It’s name: “OUYA” (think “oh yeahhh!”). The Kickstarter page is over here, with folks pledging over a million dollars to make this happen.

I don’t know whether it would be successful or not, but it would be a “disruptive” element, eschewing triple-A titles and going with contributions from the indie development scene. Bold? Yes! Cool? Yes! Do I want one? DEFINITELY…. you hear me OUYA guys?

OK, now that the Sphero is available in Brookstones and Apple Stores (States-side), the guys who came up with it have decided to reward some lucky Sphero enthusiasts with an iPad 3 and several Sphero gear such as the Sphero ramps and t-shirts. All you need to do is take a picture in the store with your brand new Sphero and upload it to Twitter/FB/Google+ (and of course tagging the necessary official Sphero social media accounts), and you are in it to win it!

For more details, check out the contest page over here: For those of you who are new to the Sphero, it’s a robot ball which you can control using your iOS or Android device.


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