OCMS News August 2008

News on Diablo 3 Straight from Blizzard Booth at PAX
Sunday, August 31, 2008
During our coverage of the Penny Arcade (PAX) Expo in Seattle, I got the chance to stop by the Blizzard booth and talk to one of the talented people behind the pending Diablo 3. While our time was limited, I was able to get some information on the game. I want to thank Kacy for taking the time from the very busy convention to arrange this. Barbarian and Witch Doctor are confirmed classes and each will have their own unique abilities and items.

Health orbs after kills. In one of the most interesting changes to the series, the roles of potions will be changed. They will no longer be as abundant as they previously were. Instead, gamers will collect health from fallen foes to replenish health. This will allow for more action as injured players will have to face off and defeat enemies to gather needed health.

Left 4 Dead: We Played It!
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Get ready for something…original. Left 4 Dead had a kiosk set up in PAX and we were fortunate enough to get our hands on it.

The first thing you notice in the game is its constant attention to detail. The walls have phrases written on it that the developers said were there to help expand the story, each Zombie out of the hundreds looks unique, and the environments have such a texture to them that rivals that of anything released prior.

Reporting from PAX 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
This year, PAX is held at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center. Originally, the Penny Arcade Expo was held at the relatively small Maydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Washington, and is now ten times bigger. PAX 08 occupies 300,000 square feet of the trade center and features over 70 exhibitors and acommodates over 50,000 attendees.

Wil Wheaton returns to PAX this year, not as the keynote speaker but as a panel speaker. Wil’s panel is Sunday afternoon, and we hope to bring you more from Mr. Wheaton. You can read about Wil’s awesome keynote from last year. You can also download the entire hour-long audio.

We have already seen a bunch of costumed gaming patrons, as well as some cute girls… of course we’ll add to our world-famous Booth Babe gallery as we snap more photos.

Behind the Scenes on the ‘Far Cry’ Movie Set
Thursday, August 28, 2008
As many in the gaming community already know, Uwe Boll has been working on a movie about the immensly popular PC Game ‘Far Cry’, which pits an ex-marine against an entire army of baddies and genetic experiments. I was fortunate enough to speak with one of the actors in the upcoming film, Gareth Von Kallenbach. Gareth offers a unique perspective as he is an established film critic, and gave me a behind-the-scenes look at the set, and also describes what it is like to work with director Uwe Boll.

8 Things Everyone Should Know About Video Games
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Video games are enjoyed by young and old. However the internet, magazines, and more are replete with untruths about gaming. The world is replete with things like “ gaming leads to violence; gaming ruins the eyesight; kids who get involved with video games become school drop outs or fall into bad company ,” and more.

As parents, teachers, and adults we need to separate truths from untruths and take decisions about video gaming based on research and proven facts. Here are a few points to consider:

Dazzle DVD Recorder Review
Monday, August 25, 2008
Ladies and gents, I give you the Pinnacle Dazzle DVD Recorder. Now you can take all those old crappy movies of you making a mess with your birthday cake as a kid and put them on a DVD for no one but you to enjoy. You could probably even include special features, like your Dad finishing off a bottle of whiskey before beating you that night to congratulate you on “becoming a man”. Okay, maybe that was a little over the top. But really, I didn’t grow up with you and I have to assume that you had your values beaten into you.

Evercool Transformer 6 Heatsink Review
Thursday, August 21, 2008
If there’s one common hobby among gaming enthusiasts today, it’s case modding. Because hardcore gamers love to LAN together and just like the racing scene, appearance is as important as performance. So what can you slap inside to give your computer that racy edge and make the most of the brand new window view in your case?

Welcome to the next generation of cooling and just damned cool. Introducing the Transformer 6 from Evercool. Featuring a copper base, heat-pipe technology, aluminum fins and a design that looks ready to destroy, the Transformer is more than meets the eye. Or is it? I’ll find that one out for myself. Just sit back and watch the master work.

Uwe Boll On Far Cry and US Election
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Recently I had the chance to speak with Director Uwe Boll about his upcoming movie “Far Cry” which is based on the 3d Shooter from Ubisoft and Crytek. I want to thank Uwe and Bill for taking the time to make this interview happen and for answering my questions.

GVK: What is the Background and setting of the film?

UB: In FAR CRY we could really follow the game story this time. Jack Carver –an ex elite soldier – rents now boats out and the journalist Valerie charters his boat to check out the island of Dr. Krieger (Udo Kier) who is doing gene-experiments to form new soldiers.

Social Media and its Marketing Importance
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
The world of new media – widgets and social applications – looks like a beautiful marketing hunting grounds. It’s like shooting fish in a barrel. Imagine people flock to Web 2.0 locations where they blog. They upload/download audios/videos of specific interest to them. They congregate at business/special interest web sites to gain information and be entertained. They twitter. They gather daily/nightly in online communities to exchange information, news and just hang out.

It’s no wonder companies of all shapes, sizes, product/service categories will drop an estimated $1.4 billion on social media advertising this year.

Evercool Zodiac Aluminum Notebook Cooler
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Do you own a laptop? Of course you do. Who doesn’t? Here’s another question for you, how many of you have scars or third-degree burns on your legs and crotches from your portable PC? Ever wish there was something out there that would let you get your work done without burning out your 3.5” floppy? Well, the geek fairy may have answered your prayers. Except for the 3.5” thing. Some issues you just have to deal with on your own.

Evercool presents the Zodiac NP-301. This solid aluminum cooling pad for laptops can take the heat, and put it somewhere other than your pants. It features two extremely quiet fans that draw heat away from your PC and disperses it, keeping your laptop stable and cool. This saves your legs as well as your PC from an untimely death.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Movie Review
Monday, August 18, 2008
For fans of the “Star Wars” saga, the notion of the Clone Wars has intrigued fans ever since it was first mentioned in 1977. Unfortunately fans had to wait until the Prequel Trilogy almost two decades later to lift the lid on the events of the war that changed the mythical galaxy far, far away.

There have been video games, books, and comics that dealt with some of the events, but since the film series focused on the start and end of the war, many believed that much of what transpired would remain a mystery.

NCAA Football 09 Review
Monday, August 18, 2008
With Fall on the horizon, it will soon be time for collegiates all over the nation to gear up for fierce gridiron combat. In NCAA Football 09 by EA Sports, fans can get into the action in style. Playing on my Playstation 3 with the Dual Shock 3 control, I was easily able to setup and start the game. I chose to play the all new mascot play to start which allowed me to play as Harry the Husky the beloved mascot of my alma matter The University of Washington.

NCAA Football 09 FAQ & Strategy Guide
Friday, August 15, 2008
Before you jump in, I need you to play a normal game. Just play a quick game against the computer. You be a great team and play a decent-enough team. If you win by a lot (20+) then please go to the game options and up the game difficulty. Play another game and if you still win by a lot, play another quick game on Heisman. If you win, and not even by a lot, but if you win a game on the hardest difficulty, you are pretty good.

You can play more games, figure out the controls, get to know your team, get to know how the game of football works, and play until you think you’re ready to invest some time into this game.

Zerotherm Zen FZ120 CPU Cooler Review
Thursday, August 14, 2008
ZEROtherm has introduced the Zen FZ120 to help me chill out. Okay, I’m lying. It was really created to make sure the inside of your PC case looks like something designed by NASA. Seriously, it looks like this thing is some kind of nuclear core for a space engine. It’s nothing special to look at. Six heatpipes buried in a standard-looking radiator style heatsink with a copper base. What makes it so scary looking? Its monstrous size probably wouldn’t fit in most mini ATX cases. Optimized for Core 2 Quad/Duo processors, it was made to take the heat. And kick its tookus.

Tropic Thunder Movie Review
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Deep in the jungles of Vietnam, one of the most expensive films in history is underway. The film is based upon a best seller by war hero Four Leaf Tayback (Nick Nolte), and stars three of the biggest stars in Hollywood so naturally expectations are very high for the film to become a box office blockbuster.

Unfortunately the production is troubled by one gaffe after another and finds itself lost in budget over runs, issues amongst the stars, and more drama than a Shakespeare festival.

Final Finatasy IV Revisited
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Since gamers missed out on the real FFII and III (due to attention being given to the Super Nintendo), Square renamed Final Fantasy IV, Final Fantasy II, and sent it to North America.

FFIV remains as the second most remade game (behind FFI) and the first as far as most re-translations go. But enough about present day talk; let’s get right to what it was like in 1991.

Why Internet Users Feel Entitled
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Let’s face it; the web is filled with entitlement issues. For a few dollars a month we gain access to the world via an Internet connection. We want sports scores and we don’t want to wait for the sports networks on television to scroll their list, so we log on and get the score. We missed a portion of a television show we like so we log on and often find the program available to watch on demand.

The entitlement issues have largely been managed by websites competing with other forms of media for your attention. If a site is brokering knowledge they will typically offset the expense by infusing Google AdSense Ads or other PPC or banner ads into the site thus allowing the visitor to have access to the information without the concern of payment.

Using Cyberlink PowerDirector 7
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
When you buy a computer, a hundred thousand “what is the best” questions will pop up. What is the best firewall, antivirus, system cleaner, porn site… er… anyway, you get the picture. And when you buy your first digital video camera, that same question pops up once you shoot your first few hours of film. How do I edit this and have it look decently professional without blowing a ton of money? The question isn’t the what is the best, it’s what works for me? For the consumer who makes all his/her on cinematic productions, there is Cyberlink Power Director 7. Its interface is perfect for the novice right up to the professional who just wants to crank out a flick on the quick.

10 Steps to Top 10 Google Ranks
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
First, you must know the rudimentary basics of how keywords work. Keywords and keyword phrases are the exact words someone types into a search engine to find what they’re looking for online. If you have a site on “dog training” then your goal is to get a top 10 ranking for the keywords “dog training”.

Now if no one searches for “dog training” it would be a useless keyword, you would get no traffic no matter how perfectly your site is

GMC R2 Toast Case Review
Monday, August 11, 2008
When you hop into a brand new GMC, you know you are getting all the power of a gas guzzling, four wheel drive behemoth that has sustained rednecks in their quest to get to their sister’s trailer for the last few decades. Oh… this isn’t that kind of GMC. Okay, I’ll start over. Sorry rednecks.

If there’s one thing nerds and geeks love to do with a new case, it’s destroy it and make something cooler out of it. But what if you had a case whose ROM drive popped up like toast? Yeah, I’d still mod it too, but wouldn’t that be cool? Introducing the GMC R-2 Toast. This thing cool looking on its own, but when you add in the little extras that GMC were generous enough to throw in, it’s actually pretty damned sweet.

Rosewill RCX-Z4 CPU Heatsink Review
Thursday, August 07, 2008
There I was. Standing there in nothing but my underwear. She comes in with a roll of bubble wrap and a box set of the new season of Scrubs. This has nothing to do with this review, I am just really cool like that and my fantasies are awesome.

Speaking of cool. It’s time for yet another review on the long…. long line of heatsink/fan combos that are gracing the store shelves these days. Today’s victim, er, subject is the Rosewill RCX-Z4. Now, I know what you’re all thinking. Who the hell is Rosewill and why should we care? The answer to both of those questions is this; I don’t know. Before I received my latest shipment of reviewee’s I had never heard of Rosewill. All I know is that they make one strange looking heatsink that in my opinion doesn’t look like it would do much at all. But my opinion only matters at the end of reviews and in horseshoes.

Verbatim Notebook Essentials Kit Review
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
If you travel a lot, or even a little, chances are you own a laptop or notebook PC. And you probably own one of those neat little carrying cases as well. They have just enough room inside for the computer itself with a little left over to stick the power cord inside next to it. If you’re lucky, there’ll be a pocket on the front like mine where you can put any extra gadgets you have. That would be the perfect place to put the new Verbatim Notebook Essentials Kit.

Managing Your Digital Memories
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Sarah is typical of most young women today, balancing her marketing career, running a household, and enjoying her 10-month old son, Grayson. There just doesn’t seem to be enough time to complete daily chores, let alone additional projects. However, after Jack, her husband, accidentally erased the memory card with the family’s photos of their recent trip to visit Sarah’s parents in Florida, she decided to take on the task of organizing and protecting the family’s memories. “It wasn’t as though we had lost our entire collection, but those photos were irreplaceable,” Sarah said. “Luckily, we were able to find a software program that recovered most of the pictures from the card. Otherwise, Jack may still be sleeping on the couch.”

Eagle Technology INEO 2.5” Hard Drive Enclosure Review
Saturday, August 02, 2008
Too much partying last night. Way too much. You wake up the next morning with the taste of whatever still in your mouth and your head swimming like those hot chicks in a giant martini at the Cirque du Soleil. So roll out of bed, or off the kitchen table, and step directly on your brand new laptop. Awesome. Not only that, instead of jumping right off, you get mad and kick it across the room and destroy whatever hope there was of fixing it. Now what do you do with the only surviving part of that laptop, the Hard Drive?

You grab an INEO High Speed 2.5” Enclosure. Now, when you revert back to your desktop while you wait on your new laptop to arrive in the mail, you will have portable storage for whatever you need. The INEO NA202 is a USB2.0 hard drive enclosure with hi-speed data transfer up to 480Mbps. It has a convenient USB cable that wraps around and an aluminum allow case for spectacular heat dissipation. The black and silver design was very appealing too, mostly because that’s my favorite color combo.