#TechTuesday – Retro-Tech and Throwback Gadgets

While so much of technology focuses on the latest mind-blowing innovations of the future, we’ve got a soft spot for some of those throwback products.

WTAM Newsradio with Bill Wills and Derek Meister

Bill Wills and I talk the return of vinyl, instant film cameras, and even Super Mario in our retro-tech roundup.

For more throwback gadgets available, visit the Best Buy Blog.

Gaming Trends for 2011 on WTAM 1100

WTAM 1100 – Geek Squad – Gaming Trends for 2011

Considering that video games generate nearly as much revenue as blockbuster movies these days, it’s easy to see why there was so much buzz going on about what the big 3 names (Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft) were planning for the next year.

Earlier in the month, over 45,000 gaming industry and media members flocked to the Los Angeles Convention center for the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3. Best Buy and the Geek Squad were there with our take on all the gaming announcements.

I had a chance to speak to Bill Wills about the gaming trends I’m seeing for the rest of the year on today’s WTAM 1100’s Wills & Snyder radio show.

Zack & Wiki: Puzzler for the Wii

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One of the biggest complaints I have about my Nintendo Wii is the fact that most of the 3rd party games that have come out since the console’s launch have been little more than hastily created mini-game compilations.

Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure may have a clunky title, but it does make up for it with gameplay. The game is a puzzle point and click adventure that can be extremely challenging once you progress through the levels.

If anything, the cutesy characters, harmless storyline and wacky name may be a downside for a game that is possibly more difficult than the age group the art design seems to be targeting. But for adults, the challenge available after the first few levels will keep them interested and satisfy them with the “aha!” moments as they work their way through them.

The Wii control scheme feels like it fits the game, rather than merely being an add-on gimmick, though there are some non-essential mini-games available within the normal levels that will make you want to skip them immediately due to issues with controller lag. However, the motion sensing works fine for the regular game, so it’s not a game killer.