Daily Giz Wiz 697: Gene Simmon's Axe

Episode 697 of the podcast

Gene Simmon's Axe
Subject: Review of Gene Simmon's Axe
Released:Tuesday 11 November 2008
Length:about 15 minutes
Download file:DGW-697.mp3 (6.7 MB)
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Short info

You'll want to rock and roll all night with the Gene Simmons Axe for Guitar Hero or Rock Band.

Detailed information

Inspired by Dick's gadget yesterday, Leo introduces the Gene Simmons Axe.  A ¾-size replica of the original Axe of the bass guitarist and vocalist of Kiss, it is a game controller made by Kobian USA for playing Rock Band and Guitar Hero on Playstation 2 and Playstation 3, with all the standard game controls.  It plays wirelessly (up to 30 feet) or directly plugged into the USB port of the game console.

The PS2 and PS3 version will be released on 15 November 2008.  Versions for the Nintendo Wii and XBox 360 are expected towards the end of the year and early next year.

Gene Simmons's long tongue not included.

Looking Under the Desk

Leo spent in long time during the recording figuring out this week's gadget for TTTT (hence Dick's remark that Leo searched for almost one month).  The Rovio was not ready yet, the Epson P7000 had been done; so had the Toothpick Bird.  Then he was about to embark on the aTV Patchstick, but fortunately the Chatroom realised that it had also been covered.  Finally Leo picked the Axe.

In Flanders Fields ...

... the poppies blow, between the crosses, row on row ... Today is Veterans' Day, or Armistice Day, commemorating the armistice signed between the Allies and Germany and the end of WWI on 11 November 1918.

One Good Turn Deserves Another

Dr Mark Moran, a lasic surgery specialist who has emailed a picture of himself and his nurses in the operating theatre all wearing GizWizBiz Caps, has received the gift certificates for 3 iPods for him and his nurses (who aren't nurses, but members of his staff) from Leo, with thanks.  Anxious to restore faith in a cynical anaesthesiologist who thought that he would never see an iPod, Dr Moran has made a generous donation to the TWiT network.  For the history of this happy exchange, revisit Episode 683 and Episode 691.

So, one good turn deserves another, and more.  Leo has just got an email from a fan who has an old Mac Cube he'd like to send over to Leo (who famously bought a Cube the day before Apple announced its end of life).  Another fan who does animatronics wants to take an animatronic model (of Leo?), like Abraham Lincoln in Disneyland, to the TWiT Cottage in person.  Now Leo can do TWiTLive 24/7.

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