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QuickdrawMods transforming d-pad conversion kit review (Hardware)
3 years ago

QuickdrawMods transforming d-pad conversion kit review (Hardware)

The transforming d-pad conversions are available exclusively at QuickdrawMods.com, and are available in three variants. Consumers can receive a full replacement shell with transforming d-pad for USD $26.99, get just the top and transforming d-pad for $19.99, or send in their controller for modification for $18.98. Conversions were provided for review purposes.

It's no secret that amidst the great elements that together make the Xbox 360 controller there's one gaping flaw. It's a flaw that all the comfortable fit, intuitive layout and visual appeal can't fix: the horrid d-pad. It's utterly evil that such a thing of beauty can be brought down by such a completely flimsy design flaw. It's rigid, it's unresponsive, and it feels like there's a gap the size of the grand canyon between the plastic and the circuit board.

Microsoft sought to clean that blemish on an otherwise perfect reputation during the holiday 2010 season with the transforming d-pad controller. It promised more precise controls by allowing players to have the standard 8-way "flat" design they were used to, or to raise the d-pad up into a 4-way "plus" position for tighter digital control. It worked. It's not a perfect fix, but it addresses some of the precision issues players have with the controller. The problem is that there isn't a lot of choice when it comes to these new controllers. It's silver or a special edition Halo 4, Modern Warfare 3, Gears of War 3, or Fable 3 controller.

I bought one of the silver transforming d-pad shells on eBay. It was a pull from a working controller, but was apparently never actually in use. I quickly got to work installing it on one of my controllers, which aside from needing to purchase an inexpensive special screwdriver, was incredibly easy. I kept my original black Start and Back buttons, colored A, B, X, and Y buttons, and intalled black thumbsticks to finish it off. After just one night I was hooked. This new d-pad felt amazing. I wanted all my controllers to have it.

So I set to work hunting down YouTube do-it-yourself videos as I do when nearly anything in my house breaks or I want to customize something. I quickly realized that I'd much rather see if there was a professional alternative. I didn't want to hack up my shell and have nothing to show for it but pieces in the end. I found only one company who provides a professional system for modifying the shells, QuickdrawMods. I contacted them and soon an agreement was made in which I would send my white, black, and red tops (above) in for modification.

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Weekly Roundup: December 2 – The future's so bright
3 years ago

Weekly Roundup: December 2 – The future's so bright

Weekly Roundup compiles all the biggest news stories, reviews and features from the week into one handy post on the weekends.

Another week of Xbox Live Arcade brought to a close. It's been a relatively quiet one, compared to the mad dash of last week's seasonal sales. Though there isn't much to write home about in terms of marquee XBLA titles, there's quite a bit to look forward to in the coming weeks and months on Xbox Live Arcade. With so many big games coming down the pipe, what are you looking forward to getting your hands on?

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What we are playing: December 2
3 years ago

What we are playing: December 2

What we are playing is a weekly column published on Sunday. Select members of the team talk about the games they’ve been playing over the past week and which they’re …
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XBLA's Most Wanted: Shadowrun (SNES)
3 years ago

XBLA's Most Wanted: Shadowrun (SNES)

As a modern gamer it’s easy to look back on Nintendo’s SNES and create a list of RPGs that would probably include several of the genre's best examples across all platforms. Back in 1993, though, many western gamers (both in Europe and the US alike) were frustrated by the lack of console RPGs that appealed to their popular culture, despite the undeniable quality of JRPGs like Ogre Battle, Secret of Mana and even Zelda: A Link to the Past. Systems like the Amiga featured all the best "adult" games and no matter what we think now, the SNES, with its army of cute, blue-haired RPG protagonists, was considered to be strictly for kids by most adults.

For many, Shadowrun's release on the SNES changed everything. Based on a pen and paper RPG and featuring a detailed, complex story that incorporated grizzled mercenaries, violent gangs and an acidic populace of orks, trolls and cybernetically enhanced humans, all crammed into a dystopian future of magic and technology; Shadowrun basically delivered everything that European and American kids had grown up watching in movies and cartoons since the early 1980's.

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XBLAFans launches Awesomenauts Guide on mobile platforms
3 years ago

XBLAFans launches Awesomenauts Guide on mobile platforms

Download the official Awesomenauts XBLA guide to your iOS or Android device.
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What we are playing: November 25
3 years ago

What we are playing: November 25

What we are playing is a weekly column published on Sunday. Select members of the team talk about the games they’ve been playing over the past week and which they’re …
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Weekly Roundup: November 24 – Season of sales
3 years ago

Weekly Roundup: November 24 – Season of sales

Weekly Roundup compiles all the biggest news stories, reviews and features from the week into one handy post on the weekends.

A bit of a slow week due to the holidays, but it's hard to complain with a week of great XBLA sales. XBLA Fans wants to know if you picked up anything good during the holiday deals.

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