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    Turtle Beach Headset Trade-Up Fun


    Earlier this week I posted about the Turtle Beach trade-up program at PAX Prime. Gamers who were one of the first one hundred PAX attendees to come to the Turtle Beach booth Saturday, August 31 with a pair of gaming headsets from one of their competitors got to trade them in for a brand new XP SEVEN.

    I packed my old Tritton headset for the trip to Seattle and brought it to the Turtle Beach booth. My daughter Hannah and I got the chance to check out what has changed in gaming headset technology since I purchased my last headset five years ago.

    pax 2013 522 We spoke with David Lowey, one of the public relations people for Turtle Beach, and he said that people were tripping over each other trying to be one of the first 100 to get to the booth. As you can see from the pile of old headsets, they had a great turn-out.

    I got one of the coveted XP SEVEN headsets, and although it comes with very simple instructions on how to set them up on any of my devices, I have yet to try them out. I have however tried them on, and they are incredibly comfortable. I’m not saying I have an odd-sized head or anything, but I have tried on headsets in the past that just don’t feel right. These do, and I can’t wait to sit down this weekend and try them on everything I own.

    Hannah got a smaller headset, the PX22, which can be used on pretty much any device. Here’s what Hannah has to say about her new headset:

    “At PaxPrime, I received a set of PX22 headphones from the Turtle Beach booth and I love them! Once I got the headset, I instantly plugged them into my iPod and the sound was incredible! I really enjoy using the PX22 and I highly recommend Turtle Beach.”

    For more information on the Turtle Beach XP SEVENs and other products, visit their website.

    *My daughter and I received an XP SEVEN headset and the PX22 headset for free, however our opinions on the headsets are our own. For more details check out our disclosure page

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    Turtle Beach Giving Away 100 XP SEVENs at PAX Prime

    B0094MYU4M_05Have an old headset laying around? Looking to upgrade or try something new? Attending PAX Prime this weekend?

    If you answered yes to these questions (especially the last one) make sure you toss your old headset in your suitcase before you hop on the plane tomorrow. Gamers attending PAX Prime in Seattle can bring in their old gaming headsets and trade-up to a brand new, tournament-grade XP SEVEN surround sound gaming headset from Turtle Beach.

    Be one of the first one hundred PAX attendees to come to the Turtle Beach booth Saturday, August 31 with a pair of gaming headsets from one of their competitors and they will trade them for a brand new XP SEVEN.


    Goodbye old friend.

    Goodbye old friend.


    I will be retiring my Tritton Ax Pro headset. I feel like I’m dumping an old boyfriend. I’ve had this headset for five years now. My husband actually bought this for me at the GamerTag Radio Community Vibes event, one of the first events I ever attended. We’ve had great times, but the lure of a brand new headset…for FREE? Well, it was just too hard to say no.

    If you want to participate in this trade-in awesomeness, you can’t just bring any old headset. Check out the fine print:

    • Only gaming headsets with stereo sound or surround sound and integrated chat will be accepted
    • The offer does not apply to chat-only communicators
    • The offer does not apply to ear buds
    • The offer does not apply to Turtle Beach brand headsets
    • One hundred XP SEVENs are available on a first-come first-served basis
    • Trade-up program only on Saturday, August 31
    • One trade-up per person

    XP SEVENs have a MSRP of $279.95.


    Keep an eye out for a follow up article while I’m at PAX Prime this weekend. For more information on Turtle Beach products, including the XP SEVENs, check out their website.

    And here’s an unboxing video, just because we like unboxing videos:



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    The Last Barfighter: Beer Dispensing Arcade Game


    What’s cooler than an old school arcade game? An old school arcade game that dispenses beer!

    Traditionally, at most beer tasting festivals attendees wait in line to grab a sample. With The Last Barfighter, beer-loving folks are forced to fight for their beer…arcade style. Players choose one of five characters named after Big Boss brews: Hell’s Belle, Bad Penny, Angry Angel, Blanco Diablo and High Roller. Thirsty combatants then get to fight using basic moves, as well as signature moves like fire throwing, unicorn horn impaling and butt slaps. Best your opponent in three rounds and get rewarded with a sample of automatically dispensed beer.

    The Last Barfighter was created by the McKinney ad agency for Big Boss Brewing Company. According to Dave Ross, Big Boss Brewing’s marketing and distribution manager:

    “The Last Barfighter is the latest tool in the Big Boss arsenal. It’s a secret weapon that really showcases our beer brands in a fun, interactive, beer-dispensing video game with retro-cool appeal!”

    We agree Dave! The Last Barfighter was discussed on Episode 29 of The Mommy Gamers podcast.  I emailed the company and told them I would give them “all of my money” to get one. Sadly, I have not yet received a reply. Elaine wants to get one and hack it so that it would give her beer every time she put a coin in. Either way, we all want one, and agree that this is a creative and amazing thing of beauty.

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    Fitbit “Flex”es Its Muscles


    Let’s talk about fitness trackers for a hot minute here. Personally, I’ve used one as a motivator to get me moving since having my second baby. My device of choice was the original Fitbit. Since getting my first device, Fitbit has improved on their original design with a line of new trackers, all of which look wonderful. But it’s one model in particular that has my attention: the Fitbit Flex. Following in the footsteps of the Jawbone UP and the Nike Fuel Band, the Fitbit Flex is a tracker that you wear on your wrist like a bracelet, instead of on your hip the way you would wear a standard pedometer. According to Fitbit, the Flex will be able to track steps, distance, calories and sleep. It will also have a silent wake alarm as well as having the added bonus of being water resistant.

    The reason I haven’t bought either the Jawbone UP or the Nike Fuel Band is simple. Neither device had exactly what I wanted. The Nike Fuel Band doesn’t track sleep (and thus has no alarm capabilities). The Fuel Band seems to do a wonderful job with everything else, but I have consistent problems with insomnia and figuring out my sleep patterns is particularly important to me. My major issues with the Jawbone UP are the build quality (lots of complaints of breakage), as well as the fact that the device doesn’t sync wirelessly. Remembering to put a device on a cradle or attach it to a cable is something I am terrible at. The Flex fixes both of my major issues with the devices currently on the market. I get sleep tracking and wireless sync. I also get what I consider to be the best part of Fitbit, its online tracking tools. I’ll be checking out the Fitbit Flex when it hits the market this Spring for $99. What about you? Are you interested in a fitness band?

    Considering the Flex? Let us know how you feel about these types of trackers in the comments!

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