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Another version of this article originally posted on July 17, 2013.

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  • josh-mcgowan - September 2, 2014 9:48 a.m.

    Page 11 is wrong. I can't take my Wii U gamepad downstairs without it being out of range. I love the wiiu, but you can't play it on a plane. Thats the most idiotic thing i've ever heard
  • isaacmata14 - September 3, 2014 7:11 p.m.

    Lol man you didn't read the whole thing. He said to bring the Wii u with you and connect it to the power outage on the plane to play the games on the game pad. XD
  • TylerYatesHere - September 2, 2014 6:23 a.m.

    The Deadpool Game was such a fitting picture. Bought the game on release and loved it but it was just too dam short for that brand new price
  • natasha-bissett - July 21, 2014 6:05 a.m.

    I'm not sure that many of these count as "life hacks" as much as common sense/cluey shopping, especially waiting for sales, getting ex-demo models, or optimising the settings on your TV or your ergonomic setup. I did however, like the idea for the TP cable holder and the casing for cables to stop your dog/kid eating them. That's a life hack.
  • Taraes - July 20, 2014 10:56 p.m.

    If you like EA titles, Origin's app pops out regular deals. Ended up getting my better other the complete Sims3 package for a fraction of the cost. Got Most Wanted, Saints Row, Battlefield, and a bunch of other titles pretty cheap as well. If you happen to have a hutch piece on your desk, thumb tacks into the soft back will hold headsets, phone earpieces, etc... Humble Bundles, if you don't know, find out.
  • BoomingEchoes - July 20, 2014 12:04 a.m.

    I don't know about that trash bag trick. I mean, trash bags get static-y don't they? I don't think I'd want my electronics in one unless I'm explicitly looking to throw it out.
  • Natasha Bissett - July 21, 2014 6:07 a.m.

    They do sometimes. I wouldn't want to be carrying around my circuitry in one if I could help it (get an anti-static pouch), but in a pinch putting something in a plastic bag is probably OK as long as it's not getting any power (i.e. it's off). Then again, depending on the weather, I'd be worred about condensation building up in the bag.
  • BoomingEchoes - July 21, 2014 11:54 a.m.

    Yeah, I hadn't even thought about the condensation thing; especially if you live in an already humid climate.
  • nintendo365 - July 18, 2014 12:31 p.m.

    This is a dope ass article, best Ive read on here in a couple weeks. Well written, funny, interesting and most importantly- informative. God bless the TP Roll and Banana holders of America *Cue National Anthem*. Good on ya Taljonick.
  • Shigeruken - July 17, 2014 12:14 a.m.

    Learn the basics of technology, (monitor response time, contrast ratio, panel type etc)
  • Fuzunga - July 17, 2014 12:02 a.m.

    In regards to auto-updates, I have to disagree with you. My PS3 turns itself on and updates automatically, then turns itself of when it's done. My Wii U goes into standby mode by itself after I've turned it off to download updates, then turns itself off again. My PS4 needs to be turned on, set into standby mode, and left on standby mode FOREVER in order to automatically download updates. I don't want my console to be perpetually on, so I never use this feature. I don't like to leave my computer of phone on and asleep either, which is why they probably never give me any trouble.
  • Natasha Bissett - July 21, 2014 6:10 a.m.

    Same, especially with the PC. I've had more than one instance when the PC was supposed to go to sleep/turn off when it had done updates and it didn't. At least the monitor was turned off but the PC didn't. Now, I'll do updates when I'm doing something else, like watching TV or making dinner/eating dinner. It's no bother because I wasn't waiting for the PC and I can keep an eye on it.
  • Trollkitten - July 16, 2014 2:23 p.m.

    Criminy, THE WII U IS A CONSOLE *AND* A HANDHELD. Not just a console WITH a handheld -- it is literally a console AND a handheld. WHY has this thing been called the death of Nintendo again? (Oh, right, because it took forever to get that trademark good roster of first-party exclusive games actually going, and meanwhile its PR and actual capabilities were completely unsynchronized.)
  • Trollkitten - July 16, 2014 2:20 p.m.

    Funny, I already play 3DS while pacing around the kitchen table. Live and learn -- I'm ahead of my time. (No wonder I'm chronically underweight... no joke, I am.)
  • Trollkitten - July 16, 2014 2:12 p.m.

    I would NEVER choose electrical cords over a living creature, but my brother already uses a cheaper solution to the cord issue: paperboard strips (recycled from cereal boxes, granola bar boxes, and the like) and lots and lots of tape. He has a cat whom he loves ever so dearly (and she knows it and takes advantage of it often), and she's a chewer. And since he's a cheapskate, he tries to recycle as much as possible to serve the purposes of the things he doesn't want to pay for. (FYI, this doesn't mean he pirates games -- he is strongly against piracy. He does, however, constantly find himself conflicted over constant Steam sales.)
  • EdDeRs1 - July 16, 2014 1:10 p.m.

    yeah! well! ummm...... ah! can your fancy pants computer chair be folded up into a weapon at a moments notice? no? I thought now, well my folding steel chair can!
  • psilocybin-rain - June 26, 2014 7:26 a.m.

    For the headphone holder, I found that I had a giant C-Clamp laying around that works perfectly clamped to the side of my desk. I'm not a fan of the banana holders which are easy to get broken, or knocked over.
  • Natasha Bissett - July 21, 2014 6:11 a.m.

    I stuck one of those 3M command strip hooks on the inside wall of a cabinet and it hangs there. It's also kind of tidy for inspection days. :)
  • SixSpeedSamurai - March 7, 2014 5:49 a.m.

    I used to do the unplugged controller trick with my kids, eventually they asking why the light is not on their controllers. Also, I would think the static buildup in a trash bag would be bad for electronics.
  • newmachine - March 6, 2014 6:58 p.m.

    Bookmark this: http://www.reddit.com/r/GameDeals/ You're welcome.

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