Console gaming has been a popular way of gaming for the past decade. With many consoles comes different controllers of varying shapes and buttons.
Very soon, controllers start to add up and you’re forced to re-learn that console’s controls all over again. This makes having multiple consoles super frustrating as controls become harder to remember.
With PC gaming now rising in popularity, many of the current controllers for consoles such as Xbox One and PS4 can plug into a computer with a special cord.
Steam and other developers have developed PC-exclusive controllers to replace the standard mouse and keyboard hassle.
If you play all three because of console exclusives, having to store all of these controllers, keyboards or whatnot has to be taxing.
But what if you could have a “universal remote” that works with not only the main consoles and PC, but with your phone and other older console models?
Enter the ALL Controller
The ALL Controller was designed as the world’s first universal controller, compatible with many systems such as Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Android, and more.
It resembles the Xbox One Controller but with an LED screen similar to the Steam controller. Check out the Kickstarter campaign here.
The controller is completely wireless even though you can connect it to a USB for better connections to computers.
You can rearrange buttons to your liking, flip the axis, and even set commands to the back of the controller to get past challenging parts of a certain game.
Developed by Digital Depth Inc., the ALL Controller has a “robust gamepad with a high quality build” according to The Verge who got their hands on the ALL Controller.
In addition to connecting to most devices, it can emulate a mouse and keyboard functions on games that don’t have gamepad support.
Slated to drop around May 2018, the ALL Controller has the power to change the way we game.
A few weeks back my aunt sent me a text message with a link to sign up for this game convention called Play NYC. I signed up for the free raffle and got two tickets.
I was hype when the email came through because this would be my first gaming convention. We got to Terminal 5 early as all hell and were two of the few people waiting in line to be let in.
Many people of all ages attended and some even cosplayed as recognizable video game characters. Once we were let in, it was a whole different world. There were developers everywhere and even old school games set up for your enjoyment.
Booths full of classic or newer merchandise littered the first floor and the entire event was streamed live on Twitch with famous Twitch streamers joining the fray.
Developers littered all three floors eagerly getting us to test many of their projects slated for release on PC as well as consoles like Xbox, PS4, or both. I got my hands on some pretty solid demos. Here’s some of the best games I witnessed at Play NYC.
“Avariavs” is a fantasy game centered around two races, the Hume and the Eoni. The Hume have lived under Eoni rule for centuries.
Now the Hume want to eradicate all of the Eoni and rule themselves.
A pretty solid story to wrap my mind around as it deals with conflicting ideals and the real truth behind what’s right and wrong.
Being one of the first demos I got to play, this blew me away. The character design was detailed and the fluidity of a JRPG-esque style of combat was awesome as hell.
The attacks did drop the frame rate for the game slightly, which was a bit annoying, but the system for attacking, as well as all the animations, were stunning.
A pretty solid alpha game with great potential. I signed up to be a beta tester for the game simply because it impressed the hell out of me.
I’d definitely look forward to seeing this game in the Steam library and on consoles for the future.
Replay Value: 10/10
“Kingdom Bash” is a fantasy action game for up to 4 players.
Developed by Matthew Alan Estock, “Kingdom Bash” is a throwback to couch multiplayer where you can invite your friends over and all play the game in the same room.
You choose between different fantasy characters such as Knights, Archers, Mages, etc. and fight it out on different maps.
The game is pretty easy to learn with some solid controls and old school graphics that remind me of retro games on systems like the N64.
The maps all have different effects on the gameplay as enemies can spawn during the match to make things more interesting.
Items are also present in the game, however, they always spawn in the middle of a map. Careful planning is necessary if you want to grab that item or get merked by one of your friends
Solid game overall with a very good premise behind it. I’m a sucker for retro looking games and this one, along with the custom soundtrack, has a place in my 64-bit heart.
Replay value: 8.9/10
Personally, I don’t really like Trivia or Quiz games. I used to enjoy a good game of “Trivia Crack” until it got boring because nothing new ever came out of it.
“eQuiz” is an app for your mobile phone or tablet where you can challenge your friends’ knowledge of topics from sports to movies.
The game, currently out on the app store, is a great little app that I got to mess around with challenging the developers to a WWE trivia quiz (which I won).
The app was a bit buggy with a few minor glitches such as when putting in an answer it would lag but beyond that the game was pretty fun to play.
Personally do I see myself playing the game? Nah, it’s not my cup of tea but it was definitely the best and most developed mobile app at Play NYC.
Replay Value: 8.5/10
“Next Up Hero”
“Next Up Hero” takes a spin on the 2D beat ’em up genre. Players can resurrect other dead players, called “echoes” to fight for them in game.
An interesting concept for a beat ’em up game, Digital Continue has changed the 2D beat ’em up scene with their innovative gameplay and level design.
While playing the demo, you could choose from 9 heroes with assorted abilities from long range to close combat characters.
The enemies are meant to be ridiculous and sure enough they were absolutely bonkers. The challenge is defeating all the enemies on the floor in order to progress through every level.
A challenging game with an interesting premise, “Next Up Hero” is a hidden gem on the indie market.
Ric Flair is one the greatest professional wrestlers to ever lace up a pair of wrestling boots.
His natural charisma, amazing mic skills, and in ring acumen were second to none. He won 16 World Titles across multiple promotions like the NWA, WCW, WWE, and more.
In the past few days, news broke that Flair was placed in a medically induced coma and needed surgery. A woman identified by several news outlets as Flair’s fiancee stated that the icon is dealing with multiple organ problems.
Legacy Talent, managers for Flair, sent out a Facebook post asking for prayers for the Hall of Famer. We wish Flair a speedy recovery and our prayers go out to the Flair family in this troubling time.
In his honor, let’s look back at some of the greatest moments in Ric Flair’s career.
Ric Flair and Jay Lethal have a “Woo!” Off
TNA was always known for running some pretty questionable angles but very rarely, they’d hit the nail on the head with comedy segments.
One of these included the GOAT Ric Flair and the charismatic Jay Lethal.
This had me cracking up from beginning to end with both men putting on an absolute comedy fest showcasing Jay’s natural mic skills and quick wit.
Jay’s impression of Flair is so spot on while he absolutely destroys Fortune, Ric’s TNA stable of young talent such as Beer Money Inc. and AJ Styles.
A perfect showcase of Ric’s incredible promos, as well as his signature crazy style of talking, this is one of the most underrated segments in TNA history.
Flair and Batista Win Tag Team Gold
Ric Flair began accompanying Batista to his matches once he came from Smackdown to Raw.
Flair and Batista would join Evolution alongside Triple H and Randy Orton. They were all managed by Flair as Evolution represented the past, present, and future of the WWE.
Batista lost his Armageddon encounter against Shawn Michaels even with interference from Flair. Flair promised Batista that they were winners.
The Dudley Boyz had just retained their tag titles when Eric Bischoff came out and announced that the match wasn’t over since the Dudleyz hadn’t fought every team.
Then he introduced Ric Flair and Batista as the last team.
Flair and Batista made quick work of the Dudleyz and became Tag Champs. It was simply a great moment as Batista won his first title in WWE and with a legend like Flair.
Ric Flair returns to WCW in 1998
Ric Flair was WCW. He lived WCW, breathed WCW, and bled WCW.
However, contract disputes as well as backstage problems with management led to their World Champion walking out with the belt.
He went to WWF and stayed there for awhile before returning to the company in 1995.
WCW had changed at the time with Eric Bischoff in charge and Hogan pulling the strings, Flair was made a joke by the hot New World Order.
Walking out after a dispute with Bischoff, Flair returned in 1998 after the Four Horsemen brought him out.
He cut a heartfelt promo first thanking the WCW fans and the Horsemen then flipped to an aggressive shoot at WCW management and Bischoff.
Definitely one of the best promos Flair ever cut in his career.
Flair turns on Sting
Sting and Flair were set to take on Brian Pillman and Arn Anderson in a tag match at Halloween Havoc ’95 when Flair was nowhere to be found.
Sting, being the heroic babyface, fought valiantly in a two on one situation. However, he was constantly getting beat down by the two men
Then Ric Flair showed up to a huge pop. He climbed up on the apron and it took a good 10 minutes for Sting to tag in Flair
The crowd reached a fever pitch as Flair bounded off the ropes and then hit Sting.
Pillman, Anderson, and Flair assaulted Sting afterwards. Flair did this to reform the Horsemen in WCW.
Sting found out the hard way why Ric Flair is the “Dirtiest Player in the Game.”
Flair Forms The Horsemen
The Four Horsemen are one of the greatest factions in wrestling history.
The original and best incarnation was comprised of Ric Flair, Tully Blanchard, Arn Anderson, and Ole Anderson.
They lived the extravagant lifestyle outside the ring with jets, limos, and pretty ladies all day, everyday.
The Horsemen could also back it up in the ring as Ric was World Champion, Arn and Ole were Tag Champs, and Blanchard was Television Champion.
They broke Dusty Rhode’s hand and ankles and feuded with some of the best talent like Manum TA and Barry Windham.
One of the greatest factions of all time formed by one of the greatest wrestlers ever.
Shawn Michaels vs Ric Flair
Ric Flair was told at the beginning of 2008 that the next match he lost, he would have to retire from in-ring competition.
Flair wanted his last match to be against Shawn Michaels, who at first didn’t want to be the man who ended Flair’s legendary career.
Then began an intense feud where Michaels claimed he was going to put Old Yeller (Flair) out of his misery at Wrestlemania 24.
Their match was masterful storytelling at its finest and when Flair got up and told Shawn to give it to him and Michaels said “Im sorry. I love you” it was beautiful.
Michaels immediately vacated the ring to give Flair his moment alone in the ring.
As Flair tearfully stood up and waved his goodbye, he was given a standing ovation by the crowd.
The 1992 Royal Rumble
Flair was fresh out of WCW when Vince McMahon came and offered Flair a contract, which the wrestler accepted. He debuted in the WWF with Bobby Heenan as his manager.
The WWF Championship was vacated due to some shenanigans and was up for grabs at the ’92 Royal Rumble.
Flair entered at number three and lasted all the way until the end, last eliminating Sid Justice to win the vacant belt.
This led to Flair’s famous “With a Tear in my eye” promo and cemented him as one of the top wrestlers in any promotion whether in WCW or WWE.
Flair’s Farewell from the WWE
Flair had lost at Wrestlemania the night before and as per the stipulation, he had to retire.
He came out on Raw to a huge pop and entered the ring. He cut a heartfelt promo thanking the fans for their support.
Vince McMahon and the whole locker room came out to wish their farewells to Flair.
He did the signature jacket elbow drop and strutted across the ring to huge “Woo” and “Thank you Flair” chants.
Even the Undertaker broke kafaybe and came out to hug Flair in which Taker shed a tear.
One of the greatest sendoffs ever done by the WWE for a legend like Ric Flair.
Donald Glover has had major success in whatever he’s accomplished, whether that be in the music or film industry.
Glover burst onto the scene mainly due to TV programming but he really caught many people’s attention with his debut album Camp.
He expanded his reach from just being a comedian on shows like Community to being a musical talent as well.
His LP Because the Internet released in December of 2010 was nominated for two Grammy awards, cementing his stage persona of Childish Gambino as a legitimate act.
Gambino was known for his unorthodox rap style as well as hard-hitting tracks.
However Gambino was not a one trick pony. He could give you a hard-hitting track such as “Bonfire” and then immediately hit your feelings with something like “3005.”
Gambino recently released his third album Awaken! My Loveto critical acclaim. It was a step in the other direction for Glover.
Awaken! My Love goes for a more relaxed and soulful vibe that still gets deep messages across as well as hit you in the feelings.
Tracks like “Baby Boy,” “Redbone,” and “California” encapsulate different facets of human emotions from sadness and loss to hope for the future.
With his recent role as Aaron Davis in Spiderman: Homecoming and upcoming roles in the Han Solo film, as well as being cast for Simba in The Lion King, Glover is set to be a king of the artistic world.