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Introducing Stinky the Gaming Footboard--yes, playing with your feet is going to become a thing

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Here's the silliest-named thing in gaming since the Wii—who on earth would be proud to say, "Oh, yeah, I'm going to play with my Stinky tonight?" Turns out some guys might know better than I, because they've just successfully crowdfunded a gaming peripheral by that name. The Stinky Footboard aims to join the keyboard and mouse in a competitive gaming trifecta, allowing you to almost-literally stomp all over your foes.


Toshiba launches USB powered monitor

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Remember when USB was for gamepads and mice? It seems that the future for the data transfer port includes fuelling low energy monitors.

Toshiba is the latest manufacturer to announce an LED screen which can be powered entirely from a standard USB 2.0 port. The cunningly named Toshiba USB LCD Mobile Monitor is exactly that, and while it's not what we'd normally look for in a gaming screen, there's a few things that make it look worth trying out.


AOC releases USB powered screens

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High end gaming PCs aren't the power hungry kilowatt killers that they used to be, but I still feel guilty every time I fit a 250W TDP graphics card to a new machine. Guilt of the kind that only someone who was taught by nuns can feel. Hence a more than passing interest in AOC's latest screens. They're so low power, they can be run off a USB port.

According the specs, the AOC e2251Fwu, which is being launched today, can hold its own with the best too. Highlights of the 22 inch screen include a 1000:1 contrast ratio, 5ms response rate and a 200cd/m2 nit rating for brightness. AOC is billing its low power usage as perfect for a large photo frame, but if it really is that efficient then it's far more interesting for multi monitor set-ups that won't burn your flesh off or send your electricity bill spiralling.