Back in March I reviewed the Gameband+Minecraft, and it was a huge hit with my three Minecraft fans, so much so, that, 3 months later, it is still getting daily use. The Gameband has been standing up really well to the constant usage, but I hadn’t really given much thought to the technology behind it until I watched the new Building Gameband video on You Tube. It was quite eye-opening!
The Gameband is both a fashion statement and a secure way of backing up your Minecraft worlds and taking them with you wherever you go. As well as the physical backup on the Gameband there is also a backup via the cloud to the Gameband servers so if you ever lose or damage your Gameband you can still recover your worlds.
I was interested to see how the Gameband is made, and how much technology is used in creating it. Unlike a standard flash drive, the Gameband is subjected to constant read/ write cycles, as players are playing directly from it. The Gameband uses a drive technology that is 10x more durable than a standard flash drive so that it can stand up to this heavy use. The area behind the display is the thickest part of the band, but it is amazing to see all they cram into this small area- a battery, processor, USB connector, storage device and 140 LEDs!
I loved being able to see the Gameband being put through its paces on their testing machines. If you have ever been to an IKEA store and watched their machines testing the Poang chairs, it reminded me of a whole row of those machines pushing and pulling on the band.
The clasp on the Gameband is very unique with its Minecraft inspired design, but I hadn’t realized how much detail goes into just this one component – it is cut from a single piece of stainless steel, coated, laser etched and finally hand painted.
As well as learning about how the Gameband+Minecraft is made it was also interesting to hear the folks from Mojang talking about what they like best about the GameBand. They interviewed Lydia Winter, Brand Director at Mojang who really wished she had a Gameband when she first started playing Minecraft so that she could play those worlds again now. Vu Bui, Mojang CEO, and Patrick Geuder, Mojang Business Development, both agreed it’s coolest feature was the ability to backup your worlds and that even if you lose the Gameband your worlds are still safe due to the online backup.
Although the ability to backup and carry your worlds are obviously the most important features of the Gameband, I have a soft spot for the Pixel Furnace powered LED animations on its display. It is cool, personalisable and shows your love for Minecraft – it was nice to hear Lydia Winter of Mojang feels the same way!
If you love Minecraft this video is definitely worth checking out. I think the Gameband+Minecraft is a really cool wearable for Minecraft fans and the video is a great way to find out more about the technology behind the band, and to hear what Mojang, the developers of Minecraft, think about it.
NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, all opinions stated in the article are those of the author and have been offered honestly.
Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).