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Nerd Interests Review of the ModMic 5

After a long anticipated wait I received the ModMic 5 by Antlion in the mail. This product was created by Antlion with the hopes to bridge the gap between headphones and a headset. The premise behind the ModMic 5 is to give you the opportunity to use your non-mic headphones while playing your favorite games and chatting with your friends.

“The ModMic 5 delivers flexibility and performance all in one. Select between noise canceling and studio recording modes with the flick of a switch. Cable management has never been better, thanks to a modular system and included cable wrap and clips.”

 

I would love to say I had the chance to test the ModMic 4 so I had something to compare the ModMic 5 too but alas I was not able to be part of that. No worries though I have reached out to the gaming community to ask the questions I needed to know before testing. Lets get into this shall we? Packaging of the ModMic 5 looks very sleek and professional. To be honest with you, a I had my doubts at first about using a microphone like this. From a visual standpoint, if I saw the ModMic hanging in a local retail store, the packaging alone would have caught my eye.

The box its self was a little tricky to open, since I am one that tries my best not to rip my boxes; but after a little fumbling around I was victorious. Inside the box not much but a nice looking zipper wallet with the Antlion name and some cord wrap.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inside the wallet/carrying case was quite the surprise. Nicely packaged (I will never get this back in here this nice) I found the  ModMic 5 and the mute module tucked into one side of the case. While on the other side I found the additional modular cables, the clasps and the instruction guide. One new change from the ModMic 4 is the extension cables are shorter but can be plugged in to make variable lengths. I guess this was a complaint from the earlier model.

Specifications/Features
courtesy of Antlion

SPECS
Dual electret capsules: omni- and uni-directional
Selector switch on microphone housing

  • Jack: 3.5mm plated TRS for use with PCs
  • Head unit:
    • Microphone boom + 20mm of cable to male TRS 3.5mm tip
    • Single-conductor coaxially shielded
  • Cable:
    • 2.5mm diameter rubberized TPE jacket, kevlar reinforced, coaxially shielded
    • One 1m dual-conductor coaxially shielded
    • One 2m dual-conductor coaxially shielded
  • Mute switch:
    • 3.5mm male/female ends
    • Low ESR tantalum capacitor in mute circuit
    • Length: ~8mm
  • Extension cables:
    • 3.5mm male/female ends
    • One 1m dual-conductor coaxially shielded
  • Clasps: Plated Neodymium N45 strength magnets

MICROPHONE CAPSULE SPECS

  • Pattern: Uni-directional
  • Sensitivity: -38 ± 3 dB
  • Response: 100 Hz–10 kHz
  • SNR: >50+ dB
  • Impedance: 2.2 KΩ
  • Operating Voltage: 1 to 10V
  • Max current at 2.0V: 500 µA
  • Max input SPL: 110 dB
  • Pattern: Omni-directional
  • Sensitivity: -26 ± 3 dB
  • Response: 30 Hz–17.5 kHz
  • SNR: 58+ dB
  • Impedance: 2.2 KΩ
  • Operating Voltage: 1 to 10V
  • Max current at 2.0V: 500 µA
  • Max input SPL: 110 dB

WHAT’S IN THE BOX

  • One ModMic 5 modular microphone set
  • Mute switch
  • 1m and 2m cables, each with 3.5mm jack
  • Durable carrying case
  • Two base clasps, one top clasp with cap
  • One foam pop filter
  • One 2m cable wrap and 10 cable clips
  • Extra adhesive pads
  • Instruction manual

HARDWARE COMPATIBILITY

 

 

 

*Console devices require a Y adapter, sold separately

Hardware Installation:

The instructions are very clear and easy to understand. There is not much to the device as far as mounting goes. I think the hardest part is picking the what pair of headphones you would like to mount it to. I went a different route with this though. My wife loves her Turtle Beach T12 headset but our son decided to destroy the mic on them. So I use the ModMic 5 to see how it would be to replace the mic. The adhesive pads that are provided are very sticky I had removed the original boom mic and mounted the bad in the hole left behind. This was not a solid flat surface but I figured this was as good a test as any. After cleaning the surface with the alcohol pad provided in the kit the adhesive pad bonded very nicely. I will also say the magnet chosen to hold the mic to the mounting clip is super strong. Its very difficult to knock the mic loose from it. The part I found not so appealing is the cord management. Adding a second cord to any device almost makes it feel a bit bulky. I tried the clips provided and they look sleeker but don’t hold the cord down well enough and the cord wrap begins to make it bulky and if you don’t have a good idea of what you are doing here it can look a little jumbled.

Hardware Performance:

 

 

 

 

 

Over all the sound quality was very good. It took a little experimenting with and reading the instructions about a new feature to the ModMic 5 over the 4. The newest version is both omni-directional and unidirectional built into one mic. The ModMic 4 you had to choose one or the other. One thing we need to keep in mind here is that most headsets mic’s sound very good as well, but the ModMic’s job is to turn your headphones into a headset. So does it do the job it was designed to do? I would have to say it does, and it does a very great job at it. I did run into a manufacturing issue that my mute switch was not working. Antlion had already addressed this before I had a chance to ask them about it and sent out new ones to anyone that had this issue. The featured line no longer has this fault.

Price:

ModMic 5 could hit you right in the wallet if you are not expecting it since the starting point is $69.95.  Now gaming headsets can range from as little as $10 up to $200 plus this does give a broad scope to hit. If you think about it and you have a $150 pair of headphones with this cost you are getting up there into the very well made headsets. That said ModMic 4 is still only $49.95 so I will have to leave this choice up to the user.

Warranty:

This I was quite impressed with. The ModMic 5 has 1 year warranty. There are many high quality headsets out there that do not carry this long of a warranty. This goes to show that Antlion stands behind their quality of their work.

Durability:

I have put this mic through the wringer. It’s been tossed, sat on and used by pre-teen boys over and over again. I would have to say that it has held up better than the original boom mic that it replaced. Backed by the one year warranty it only shows why Antlion can offer such good coverage.

 

Many thanks to Antlion for providing this sample for review

How to Really Fix The Playstation 4 Auto Eject Disc Problem

How many of you have struggled with the issue where your Plastation 4 just randomly spits the disc out? Well you are not alone! If you don’t believe me just Google it and you will see just how many people are reaching out to find a solution to this problem. I have tried many of the fixes to remedy this problematic headache with little to no success. Well, I have discovered the true fix for this early Playstation design flaw.

Now first I want to explain to you very clearly this fix will void your warranty. As far as I know this is only a known issue with older models and its very likely that you no longer have a warranty on your system. This fix will not break your Playstation 4 and can be corrected if you find that you do no like the end results. This process will also disable your manual eject button, but since you can do this from the softwear, I don’t see how this is to much of an issue. I myself can count on one hand how many times I actually used the manual eject button and I have had this system for over 2 years.

So, lets get started. You will need three tools and about 10 min of your time to fix this issue. The tools required to fix this will be an X-Acto knife, T9 torx bit, and electrical tape. So now lets go step by step and walk you through this fix.

Step 1: Use the X-Acto knife to remove the 3 stickers covering the screws on the bottom panel of your Playstation 4. These are located on the back of the system disguised in the exhaust vents. You just want to get just under the edge of the sticker so you can peel them off. (Please be very careful not to cut yourself with the X-Acto knife)


Step 2: Use the T8 Torx bit or driver to remove the three screws that hold the bottom panel on the Playstation 4. These are very short and not in there very tight so it should not take much effort to remove them.

Step 3: Remove the bottom panel by lifting the end of the panel where the screws are located. The front works like a hing with the wedge shape. Once you have this off you can plainly see the offender of all your headaches. The issue is with the middle rubber foot putting pressure on the eject lever. The way this works is that the metal tab on the lever makes contact with a brass plate on the eject board. In theory this design is a great idea since you will not have a mechanical switch to wear out. But, it’s obviously flawed.


Step 4: You have two options here you can either break off the tab from the eject lever or the option I strongly suggest, is take a small piece of electrical tape and simply cover up the brass contact on the eject board. One reason I suggest this is so you can always remove the tape if it doesn’t fix the problem.


Step 5: Put your system back together by simply following steps 3 to 1 in reverse. And hopefully this will fix the problem and allow you to play your discs.

I hope this guide was helpful for you as it has been for me. Please feel free to leave comments or any suggestions. Also, let me know if it worked for you!

TICK’S TALES: UP ALL KNIGHT, HILARIOUS 8-BIT SWORD AND SORCERY ADVENTURE, COMING JUNE 9TH

Hear ye, hear ye! Phoenix Online Publishing and Digital Bounce House are excited to announce the developer’s premiere release of their hilarious 8-bit fantasy adventure, Tick’s Tales: Up All Knight, coming on June 9th! Colorful retro-graphics meet a modern comedic narrative in this send-up and homage to the classic point-and-click quest adventures. Coming to the Phoenix Online Store (store.postudios.com), Steam, the Humble Bundle Store, and other online retailers, Tick’s Tales: Up All Knight will be available for PC, Mac, and Linux for $7.99.

Neighborhood troublemaker Tick wants nothing more than to be a hero and earn the love of the girl of his dreams, Georgia McGorgeous. The only way is to pass the tests of Strength, Courage, and Wisdom to prove his worth and draw the legendary Sword of Blergh from the stone! But before Tick can win her heart, he will also have to save Georgia and his entire town from the clutches of the evil goblin Bloodclot!

“I was so entranced by the adventure games of the late 80’s that I learned how to read in order to play them,” said Bryce Covert, creator and one-man team behind the game. “All of the elements that I grew up loving in this genre made their way into Tick’s tales in some form or another. I wanted it to have it all—the unique puzzles, clever humor, and the lighthearted spirit of adventures past, while certainly being something new and entertaining.”

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Key Features

  • Thumb your nose at destiny, become the hero you were meant to be, and win the heart of the girl of your dreams!
  • Save the town and battle the evil goblin Bloodclot with your magic sword!
  • Charming retro 8-bit graphics and a classic quest.
  • Clever and challenging puzzles
  • Includes a soundtrack of upbeat music to buoy the adventurer’s spirit!
  • Fourth-wall breaking fun and humor—great for fans of the golden age of adventure games!

The adventure begins on June 9th! For more information, visit www.POStudios.com.

Be sure to check back here at Nerd Interests for regular updates with all the latest and greatest news, when it comes to all your Nerd needs.

Stage Presence: tinyBuild’s First VR Game

It’s the mother of all nightmares. You’re on stage, the band is playing, the music is fantastic… and then all the electricity blows, and the music dies. The only equipment working is the singular microphone in your hand.

Now it’s your job to keep the crowd entertained with just the power of your voice. Welcome to Stage Presence.

  • Keep a crowd entertained for as long as possible, simply with the power of your voice
  • An incredible VR experience that will give you virtual stage fright
  • The crowd will love you… or they’ll hate you and boo you off stage
  • Full story mode and unlock system with multiple venues to work your way through
  • Invite friends into the crowd online, and let them throw bottles of piss at you
  • Stream the game on Twitch, and let the Twitch chat take control of the crowd

Announced live on the front page of Twitch from PAX East, Stage Presence is now the first ever VR game to be shown live on the Twitch stage, while hundreds of PAX goers became the first people to take to the stage on the show floor.

Wargaming & Dark Horse Comics Form Alliance to Publish Epic “World of Tanks: Roll Out!” Comic Book Series

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Wargaming, the award-winning online game developer and publisher of the globally successful World of Tanks combat series, today announced a partnership with comic book publisher Dark Horse Comics. This agreement will see the creation and publication of the “World of Tanks: Roll Out!” comic book series inspired by the hit video game with over 120 million registered players globally. “World of Tanks: Roll Out!” will be a five issue series, rolling into comic book stores across the US and European territories and digital distribution in the fall of 2016.

“World of Tanks: Roll Out!” will be written by fan-favorite Garth Ennis (Preacher, War Stories, The Punisher), who brings a unique, historically-informed approach to tell a hard-hitting war tale focused on the daring tank crews of World War II. The legendary Carlos Ezquerra (Judge Dredd, Strontium Dog, War Stories Vol. 2) will bring his decades of skill to depict the tanks of WWII and the men who commanded them. Covers will be gorgeously illustrated by Isaac Hannaford (HALO: Reach, The Punisher) and will burst with all the intense tank-on-tank combat to be found in the pages of “World of Tanks: Roll Out!”

World of Tanks: Roll Out!” is set during the tank battles of the summer 1944, featuring British versus German armored units in post D-Day Normandy. It’s the German Panthers vs. British Cromwells, as the British tankers push deeper into France and toward the might of the Germans.

“World of Tanks: Roll Out!” comic issue #1 will be available digitally in the fall of 2016 in comic book shops across North America and Europe, and will follow a monthly cadence of release for five issues of brutal tank combat.

World of Tanks (PC, Xbox One, PS4 and Mobile) is the first free-to-play massively multiplayer online action game dedicated to armored warfare. With hundreds of vehicles from a variety of countries at your disposal, the path to victory is achieved through team work, strategy and expert combat skill.
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The Walking Dead: Michonne – A Telltale Miniseries The Finale Trailer Delivers ‘What We Deserve’

Fellow Survivors,

Today we can share the all-new launch trailer for ‘What We Deserve,’ the third and final episode in The Walking Dead: Michonne – A Telltale Miniseries.

Episode 3: ‘What We Deserve’ will be available starting Tuesday, April 26th on PC/Mac via the Telltale Online Store, Steam, and other digital distribution services, the PlayStation®Network for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, the Xbox Games Store for Xbox One® and Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, for compatible iOS devices via the App Store, and for Android-based devices via Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.

In ‘What We Deserve,’ feeling the weight of choices both recent and long ago, Michonne tries to protect an innocent family… but Norma and the vengeful Monroe crew are closing in. As reality shatters and the ghosts of the daughters she abandoned demand to be heard, your choices will determine who lives, who dies, and what redemption really means in a world gone to hell.

The miniseries stars the iconic, blade-wielding character from Robert Kirkman’s best-selling comic books, portrayed in-game by award-winning actress Samira Wiley (Orange is the New Black). Haunted by her past and coping with unimaginable loss and regret, the story explores Michonne across a three episode miniseries event. Players will dive into the mind of Michonne to discover what took her away from Rick, Carl, and the rest of her trusted group… and what brought her back.

African Fantasy-Action-RPG AURION: LEGACY OF THE KORI-ODAN Readies for Release on April 14

Paris, France, April 7, 2016: Plug In Digital Label and Kiro’o Games, the first game studio in Central Africa, will launch Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan, a 2D African-based Fantasy-Action-RPG for the PC on April 14, 2016 on Steam.

Aurion pays homage to the culture and legacy of Africa with its hand-drawn and animated African-style graphics and a deep storyline that unfolds over more than 20 hours of innovative RPG and action-packed gameplay filled with combat and combos. The dynamic gameplay is partially inspired by the old school Tales Of series, and focuses on 2D real-time combat sequences with narration and environments both drawing deeply from African culture, myths and lore.

“We are so excited and grateful for all the support from our fans and are looking forward to delivering on our promise of Aurion in terms of great and unique gameplay,” said Olivier Madiba, founder of Kiro’o Games Studio.

” We are so honored to be able to represent our rich African culture and heritage in our game and are so excited to share it with gamers around the world.”

The story of Aurion begins with a young prince named Enzo on the eve of his coronation and wedding day. He is thrust into trouble as he finds himself tied up in a coup and then exiled with his new wife, Erine. Through thrillingly executed, combo-heavy action sequences, Erine and Enzo will redefine their bond, rescue the land from its villains, and restore their legacy. Luckily, Enzo can call on the Aurion, a powerful collective energy channelled from past ancestors that can unlock devastating fighting abilities and combos to help him beat his foes.

The game which will be $19.99 is is available now for pre-release at Aurionthegame.com for a 15% discount and a bonus free soundtrack. Developed by a team of passionate gamers based out of Camaroon, Africa, Aurion was funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign that was 124% funded, with 1310 backers pledging more almost 50,000 Euros.

For more info on Aurion please check out the official game website at Aurionthegame.com or you can always check back here at Nerd Interests.

Telltale Publishing bringing the hit survival game ‘7 Days to Die’ to PlayStation® 4 and Xbox One® in June 2016

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., and Dallas, TX, Apr. 7th, 2016 — Telltale Publishing announced a new partnership to bring the hit survival horde crafting game ‘7 Days to Die’, to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, for the first time in June, as a digital, and a retail product in collaboration with the Dallas-based independent developer, The Fun Pimps.
Set in a brutally unforgiving post-apocalyptic world overrun by the undead, 7 Days to Die is an open-world survival game that is a unique combination of first person shooter, survival horror, tower defense, and role-playing games. It presents combat, crafting, looting, mining, exploration, and character growth, in a way that has seen a rapturous response from fans worldwide, generating hundreds of thousands of hours of community content on YouTube and other streaming video platforms.
“Telltale Publishing seeks to bring the best and most innovative games in their genres to new audiences. 7 Days to Die has already thrilled over 1.5 million PC users worldwide, and we’re delighted to bring this game from the PC to consoles everywhere,” said Steve Allison, SVP Publishing at Telltale, Inc. “The Fun Pimps have redefined what the survival genre can be with unrivalled world-building, crafting, and character growth. With overwhelmingly positive user feedback for the PC version, we can’t wait to expose a brand new audience to this exceptional and terrifying sandbox experience.”
Fans of Telltale’s The Walking Dead series will be excited to learn that pre-ordering7 Days to Die will give them exclusive access to 5 character skins from Telltale’s hit series, including Michonne and Lee Everett.
“7 Days to Die is a labor of love for our small group of games industry veterans. After a highly successful Kickstarter campaign, we’re grateful to have had a wonderful response from our active community of Steam Early Access users; now, our partners at Telltale Publishing are enabling us to get the game in front of new survivors across the globe” said Richard Huenink, Co-Founder of The Fun Pimps.“We’re very excited that Telltale brought us together with the folks at Iron Galaxy, to build the game collaboratively and specifically for consoles. They have a stellar track record, and have been incredible partners in ensuring a perfect translation that includes new features and content not seen in the PC version.”

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The console version of 7 Days to Die adds a new multiplayer mode supporting local split-screen for couch play, additional online multiplayer modes and features will be revealed in the coming weeks.
7 Days to Die will be supported by exciting DLC content, with details to be revealed in the near future.
The game is due for release on PlayStation 4, and Xbox One during the summer of 2016. It will be available as a downloadable or disc-based, retail product with a recommended retail price of $29.99 USD or equivalent, and is available for pre-order at GameStop, Best Buy, GAME, and Amazon.

Not yet rated by the ESRB; a ‘M’ Mature rating is expected. The game is published by Telltale Publishing in partnership with The Fun Pimps.

7 Days to Die is currently available for Windows, Mac OS X, and SteamOS and Linux in Early Access on the Steam platform.
For more information on The Fun Pimps, visit  the official website, follow @7DaystoDie on Twitter, and like 7 Days to Die on Facebook .
For more information on Telltale Publishing, visit the official website,  Facebook, and follow  @TelltalePublish on Twitter.

Mega Blocks Destiny Construction Sets Launching in 2016

For all the interlocking block builder fans out there your Destiny has arrived. Destiny one of the most profitable launches on the Playstation and Xbox Consoles is partnering with Mega blocks this year to allow builders to bring their games to life on a miniature scale. Destiny’s rich world of planet-hopping where players can choose their own path, and become legend makes for a great addition to building sets. Destiny the game has earned over 300 awards and nominations, with being stated as one of the biggest new game franchise launches in history. Needless to say the game is a big deal. Mega Blocks has had a solid history with several other franchises out there such as Call of Duty, Halo, and Assassin’s Creed it was only a matter of time before we would see Destiny in block form.

The news was Released on the Mega Blocks site Feb 11th 2016 announcing that the new line will launch in 2016 when exactly is not stated but one could speculate that it will be in time for Christmas.

“From our most detailed micro action figures yet, to iconic new vehicles and scenes taken straight from the game, gamers and construction fans alike will be able to build their own vision of Destiny’s legendary universe — making the game come alive through construction for the first time ever!”

One can hope they go so far as to add epic gear and the helmets can be removed on the mine fig’s. This way Builders/Gamers alike could truly create their own epic Destiny universe, are you ready to build your legend?

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