AirDrop Gaming planning second-generation HipShotDot and more accessories

HipShotDot is one of the most ingenious video game peripherals ever made. And there's more to come from its creator at Airdrop Gaming.


HipShotDot is one of the most ingenious video game peripherals ever made. Why? Because it's such an easy, practical product. It's simply an LED light that you can attach to your television. That's it. But Airdrop Gaming offers many convincing reasons why hardcore shooter players would even want such a thing. By using the suction cup to attach the light to your TV, players will have a permanent red dot sight, one that lets players aim more quickly, shoot from the hip with precision, and avoid the effects of EMPs in games. In a game like Call of Duty, you'll be able to forgo wasting a customization slot on a weapon sight--because it's already attached to your television.

With an MSRP of $30, the markup on the HipShotDot is quite significant. However, hardcore shooter players will probably want every advantage they can get. This video from Airdrop Gaming is incredibly compelling:

It's hard to imagine how Airdrop Gaming could possibly improve upon such a simple design, but at CES, co-founder Tim Murphy told Shacknews that there were already plans for a second-generation version of the HipShotDot. The main improvement I could imagine is a thinner or transparent cable that connects to the dot. Right now, it dangles below the red dot, creating a very visible and somewhat-distracting line that goes down the middle of the TV.

But Murphy isn't content on being a one-trick pony. Murphy told me that the company is working on entirely new products as well, all geared towards helping shooter players. It's hard to imagine what else can be done--but Murphy's a man that convinced me that putting a red dot in the middle of your TV is worth paying money for. It'll be fascinating to see what Airdrop has in store.

Andrew Yoon was previously a games journalist creating content at Shacknews.

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    January 13, 2014 1:00 PM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, AirDrop Gaming planning second-generation HipShotDot and more accessories.

    HipShotDot is one of the most ingenious video game peripherals ever made. And there's more to come from its creator at Airdrop Gaming.

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      January 13, 2014 1:09 PM

      This seems like cheating to me.

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        January 13, 2014 1:13 PM

        i've thought about doing it myself with a sticker, but i felt like i would be cheating. its one thing to have better hardware that lets you run the game better, but this is in fact changing the gameplay mechanics.

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        January 13, 2014 2:27 PM

        Seems to be cheating to them also. Look at the quote at the end of the video.

        "Always cheat, always win. The only unfair fight is the one you lose." -United States Marines

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      January 13, 2014 1:28 PM

      Looks about like taping two pieces of black thread across your monitor, permanent cross hairs for those "you don't have a cross hair until you zoom in" games.

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      January 13, 2014 4:17 PM

      Not something I'd want to do - sticking something that could leave residue to my screen.

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      January 13, 2014 5:09 PM

      lol I used to put a little piece of blue tack on my screen in hardcore BF3 matches :$

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      January 13, 2014 5:13 PM

      If a game offers 100% accurate hip shots that's worse than putting a light on your monitor.

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      January 13, 2014 7:50 PM

      seems cheap......then again....i suppose people have been using those type of things for quite a while.

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      January 13, 2014 8:37 PM

      "Always cheat, always win. The only unfair fight is the one you lose"...

      This is the lamest looking crap I have ever seen. Victory's not worth resorting to sticking a tacky LED light with a wire down the middle of my LED HDTVs screen. I know that pros see this as invaluable, but I can't watch that video and think anything else but...this is just stupid, AND cheating. Would they seriously let you use this stuff in a tournament?

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      January 14, 2014 7:50 AM

      I don't quite understand this - Does it hack the software or does it just show you the exact center of the screen? For example if I was playing CS GO would this reduce recoil in the game and show me center or would I still recoil after more than two shots like normal? What exactly is the point?

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      January 28, 2014 11:08 AM

      This product is a knockoff of another that was for sale to the public over a year before he introduced our concept to the Start Garden startup funding website. Headshot Red Dot is the original laser dot aim-assist accessory; it's superior, more affordable, and comes with a satisfaction guarantee.

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