Author: Brian Hoss

    As a video game designer, I have worked for years with companies like Activision, Electronic Arts and Zenimax. Naturally, my fascination with technology, the internet, and the age-old social sharing of storytelling has prompted me to indulge writing for The CheckOut.

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  • Gandalf and Saruman Salt & Pepper Set
    Awesome Gifts: Lord of the Rings Salt & Pepper Shakers

    If there is even the remotest chance that someone in your life enjoys Lord of the Rings, then you owe it to them to indulge in a Lord of the Rings themed set of salt and pepper...

    • Posted 1 year ago
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  • Here Are the Top 5 Reasons 'Yakuza 0' on the PS4 is Can't-Miss Feature Preview_image YAKUZA_0 PS4
    The Top 5 Reasons ‘Yakuza 0’ on the PS4 is Can’t-Miss

    After ten years, this is just the beginning. SEGA’s ‘Yakuza’ series began life in the latter days of the PS2, and after ten years, ‘Yakuza 0’ brings the landmark series full circle. Focusing in on the beginning...

    • Posted 7 years ago
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  • Star Wars Vanilla Lunch Box
    15 Killer Lunchboxes for Kids Heading Back to School

    Just wow: while many might say that the heyday of lunchboxes was some decades ago, there’s no doubt that the choices kids (and parents) have today tops all previous times.  The likely reason for this smorgasbord?  The...

    • Posted 8 years ago
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  • Keurig KOLD Drinkmaker Black on counter
    Keurig KOLD Drinkmaker Review: For the Love of Soda

    For as long as I have been alive, there has been a battle over consumers’ choice of drinks. No, I’m not referring directly to the Pepsi Challenge, but what I am getting to is that where others...

    • Posted 8 years ago
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  • Sound Blaster Jam Review
    Sound Blaster Jam Ultra-light Wireless Headset Review

    From precocious babies to precocious senior citizens, there isn’t anyone who doesn’t need a pair of headphones these days. There are phones, tablets, laptops and more that need a set of earphones to reach their true potential....

    • Posted 9 years ago
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  • Marshall Major II
    Marshall Major II Headphones Review

    When it comes to speakers, amps, headphones and the like, the range in options is so broad. From brands that pop up overnight, crowd-funded Bluetooth speakers, and audio principles that predate cassettes, buyers are faced with sifting...

    • Posted 9 years ago
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  • The Logitech G602
    Logitech G602 Wireless Mouse Review: Great for Work or Gaming

    Hate wires, but love gaming? Then it’s time to reconsider the wireless mouse option. Now you can have gaming performance without either wires or annoying rechargeable batteries. Logitech’s G602 promises both gaming grade performance and long battery...

    • Posted 10 years ago
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  • S.T.R.I.K.E. 3 Black
    Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. 3 Gaming Keyboard Review: Step Up Your Keyboard Game

    Many people, both gamers and office workers alike, spend their days toiling away on throw-in keyboards.  While the peripheral may lack the glamour of a 27-inch display or 3TB external drive, those who make the decision to...

    • Posted 11 years ago
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  • Awesome Movie Posters from the Underground are Awesome
    Awesome Movie Posters from the Underground are Awesome

    Look, it’s time to face facts; modern day movie posters are unbelievably lame.  Unless you just have a particular fetish for floating heads, you probably recognize that the occasional great movie deserves something better than just a...

    • Posted 11 years ago
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  • Conan O'Brien Takes His Revenge on Grand Theft Auto V
    Conan O’Brien Takes His Revenge on Grand Theft Auto V

    For Conan O’Brien and Team COCO, playing Grand Theft Auto V seemed like a good idea.  And in fact, it started off well.  Through the sheer force of enthusiasm, Conan manages to steal a car in-game.  Sadly,...

    • Posted 11 years ago
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  • iPhone Silicone Cassette Tape case
    Retro Cassette Tape iPhone 5 Case Review

    A pair of new iPhones are out, the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S. If 9 million units sold in the first weekend is any indication, quite a few folks just got a new phone. When you consider...

    • Posted 11 years ago
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  • Meet Grand Theft Auto V's Chop the Dog
    Meet Grand Theft Auto V‘s Chop the Dog

    Just ahead of launching Grand Theft Auto V, Rockstar has introduced Chop the Dog, your canine companion (Rottweiler) in the game.  Anyone who cannot wait a moment longer to play Grand Theft Auto V and has an iPhone or...

    • Posted 11 years ago
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