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Gameband + Minecraft review: Cool jewelry for nerdy kids

Minecraft is a node of commonality for kids across the world.

More than 20 million people have purchased the PC edition, and millions more the smartphone, tablet, console, and handheld versions. Minecraft parties are a major thing. Teachers use it in classrooms to help kids learn about everything from collaboration to history. Minecraft Steve, Minecraft Alex, and plenty of creatures and objects from the game have become bona fide pop culture icons spawning their own toys and knickknacks. Combine this kind of popularity with the recent spike in wearable technology and it ought to surprise no one that an enterprising company Now Computing decided to combine the two in Gameband + Minecraft, a wristband that lets wearers bring their Minecraft experience everywhere they go while performing a few cool tricks of its own. Made of sturdy black splash-proof plastic curled into a stiff ring, it has a dab of colour in the form of a block of grey pixels infused with a handful of either red or aqua squares, depending on the model you choose. These stylized blocks will be instantly recognizable as either Redstone or Diamond ore to any Minecraft players passed on the street or playground, thereby identifying the wearer as a kindred spirit. Think of it as a social icebreaker for kids of a particular stripe in much the same way that a fancy new phone might help start a conversation amongst a certain breed of tech-obsessed grown-ups.

On one side of the band sits a small square button that lights up a digital display coloured to match the ore of your band. By tapping the button repeatedly you can cycle through the date, the amount of storage free on the Gameband, and maybe the coolest feature a little animation that users can create themselves. More on that in a bit. At a glance the Gameband might just seem like a watch with a groovy Minecraft theme. But that s not really what it is at all. It actually is Minecraft. It s just missing a screen.Gameband + Minecraft Review: Cool Jewelry For Nerdy Kids

The game and everything you ve created is stored in the band. In fact, it runs off the band. All you need to do to start playing is pull the band apart at its clasp to reveal the USB connector, jack it into a computer Windows, Mac, or Linux and open Gameband from the devices menu. Everything will be there.

Gameband + Minecraft Review: Cool Jewelry For Nerdy Kids

Dedicated players ought to dig this for all sorts of reasons. Going to a friend s house to play? So long as they have a spare computer there s no reason for you to haul your laptop along. Stuck hanging out at mom or dad s office on the weekend? Just plug your band into a workstation and start playing. If there s a computer nearby, then you can play Minecraft. And you don t need to worry about losing all of your creations if you happen to lose or misplace the Gameband: Everything gets backed up to the cloud whenever you save.

It doesn t come with a Minecraft license, but if you re planning on buying a something like this chances are pretty good you probably have one. And your license will sync to the Gameband copy of the game as soon as you plug it in and launch it. Plus, the band is preloaded with several spectacular maps built by Minecraft user celebrities just waiting to be loaded and explored. The only problem I encountered while using Gameband was during setup. For some reason the hardware license wouldn t validate when I tried to register. But an email to support early on a Sunday morning was returned within minutes and the problem quickly fixed. Now, Savvy Minecraft players probably know that you can run the game off any USB key, and may be wondering: Why would anyone would want to spend ?100 on a band like this when any old thumb drive with enough storage will work?

Well, beyond the handiness of always having it on your wrist, the fact that the band doubles as a pretty cool looking digital watch, and the slight bump in status it might afford kids who hang out in Minecraft circles, Gameband + Minecraft has one more trick up its sleeve: Pixel Furnace. You know those custom animations I mentioned earlier? Pixel Furnace another app contained on the Gameband is where you can make them. It s a wonderfully simple little tool that perfectly embodies the accessible creative spirit of Minecraft. Just click to fill pixels in a grid, then move to the next frame and do it again. Save it and assign it as the active animation and it will start displaying on the band. You can make something cool like a scrolling message in just a few minutes or invest an hour or longer trying to create something more intricate, like a pickaxe hitting a chunk of ore, or Pac-man chasing ghosts. My daughter can t get enough of it, and has been inspired by animations made by others available from the Gameband website1.

There s no denying that Gameband + Minecraft is, in the grand scheme, just a bit of expensive jewelry for young gamer nerds. But I ve also no doubt it ll delight any creative Minecraft kid upon whom it is bestowed. You d do well to keep it in mind as a gift come the holidays.

Gameband + Minecraft is available for ?99.99 in Canada. In addition to choosing between the Diamond and Redstone models you can also pick one of two sizes. Large is suitable for men with big wrists, small is for everyone else.

References

  1. ^ website (www.gameband.com)

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