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Geek Gifts to Avoid: iCade

I was excited when I was given the opportunity to review the iCade, because I thought it would be a cool device. Instead, the device did not function well in most of the games it was designed for (the Atari's Greatest Hits app) because of the simple on/off switching style of the joystick. Way too many Atari games are designed for paddles or a trackball -- both analog input devices that are vastly different than the digitized style of the built-in joystick. The Atari's Greatest Hits app was more fun to play without the iCade in the middle (you can use the on-screen trackball and paddle to play the games natively on an iOS device).  I chalk this device up to a "great idea, bad implementation."

Photo of iCade by Wally Bahny for TechRepublic.