OCMS News December 2006

OCmodshop’s Top Twenty Articles of 2006
Friday, December 29, 2006
OCmodshop publishes a lot of articles, reviews, news and game cheats… and it is our readers who decide which articles are the best! We have compiled the top twenty articles from 2006 and listed them for another round of beating the dead horse… erm… I mean for you to take another gander at what you, our true-believing readers want to see.

Millions of mouse clicks have been generated to bring you this list, so let’s hear it for our tireless mice… the peripheral that is rough enough to lob a grenade in your friend’s bum-hole, but gentle enough to navigate around the OCMS web ads!

Which Handheld Game System Is For You?
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
There are three handheld systems that are vying for your attention. If you already have the home console(s) of your choice and are looking to get a handheld system, then you may want to peruse the following information.

The Nintendo DS, the Sony PSP, and the Nintendo Gameboy Advance.

Two of the three come from our frinds at Nintendo, but trust me, there are big differnces between them and the PSP. Got a lot of cash and want something? Don’t have a lot of cash and want something? Then check out the pros and cons of these three and thank heavens that the Gizmondo (another hand held system) fell by the wayside so you didn’t have even more problems figuring out what you wanted.

Next-Gen Cheats Posted (Xbox 360, Wii, PS3)
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
We have posted a ton of cheats for the Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, and Playstation 3. Included in the cheat lineup are Gears of War, Resistance: Fall of Man, Zelda: Twilight Princess and more.

Unlock the Secret Gamer Pics in Gears of War and find all the COG tags, Pummel some Nazis in Call of Duty 3, get bonus items in Viva Pinata, and get rid of those AXE ads in Rainbow Six Vegas…

Next-Gen Consoles Compared: Which One is for You?
Thursday, December 21, 2006
So you say you got two grand burning a hole in your pocket? …Cause if you have that kind of cash, then you can buy every system that I talk about here and games and accessories for each.

We weigh the pros and cons of the Nintendo Wii, Playstation 3, and Xbox 360.

What to Get Your Nintendo Nut (Your Wii Shopping Guide)
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Not sure what to get that Nintendo geek on your list this year? Chances are they’ve got the brand spanking new Wii console, and are eagerly eyeing the new accessories that are hitting the market. Here’s a list of a few items that are sure to make great last minute gifts for the holidays.

How to Get Your Hands on Wii or PS3: An Insider’s Advice
Monday, December 18, 2006
We all know the next-gen systems are in high demand. So, what do you do when your kids are begging for a Wii or PS3 for Christmas and they are nowhere to be found? (Or you just want one for yourself!?) Here are some tips and tricks of getting a system for those who don’t know the gaming industry very well, or for those who do but still cannot get their hands on one.

Die Less Often! Call of Duty 3 Walkthrough (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii)
Monday, December 18, 2006
Two things are certain in Call of Duty 3: Death and Taxes… well so not much taxes, but you will DIE and you will DIE OFTEN! Don’t be too worried about it, death can be great (other than the morphine injections you get). Dying lets you know not to do something stupid again. If you are going to the left of an area to flank enemies and can’t seem to get anywhere, then try flanking right or some other way. You may find a route that works so easily you’ll slap yourself for not seeing the “obvious” tactic.

Tech Tip: ATA vs. SATA Hard Drives
Saturday, December 16, 2006
As long ago as 2000 it was seen that the parallel ATA standard was maxing out its limitations as to what it could handle. With data rates hitting the 133MB/sec mark on a parallel cable, you are inviting all sorts of problems because of signal timing, EMI (electromagnetic interference) and other data integrity issues; thus industry leaders got together and came up with a new standard known as Serial ATA (SATA). SATA has only been around a few years, but is destined to become “the standard” due to several benefits to be addressed in this Tech Tip.

Washington windstorms leave 1 million in dark
Saturday, December 16, 2006
One of the most massive windstorms in Washington history have knocked out power for over 1 million people in the Seattle area. Yours truly is affected, posting the OCMS news and articles from a hotel room. The OCmodshop server narrowly escaped Nature’s wrath, as it is in a datacenter about 5 miles outside the blackout.

OCZ Dual SD-USB 2GB card – Just Say ‘No’ To Card Readers
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
OCZ addresses this ever-growing problem by introducing a Secure Digital Flash card with a built-in standard USB interface. This card is a virtual Swiss-Army knife of flash memory, plugging directly into a standard USB port. The direct USB connection offers direct access to the stored data without the need for drivers or adapters. In addition, the direct USB interface bypasses the slow SD interface, allowing the memory to perform at its full potential.

Zelda: Twilight Princess Review (The reason you want a Wii)
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
But then a situation arises, several of the town’s children thinking they were braver then they actually were took off chasing some of the monkeys that have been causing all sorts of mischief. All but one of them has returned. Who shall rescue this child? Who indeed, because when it comes to righting the wrongs of the world, our man Link stands towards the top of heroic deeds mountain. And let’s just say kidnapping a child would fall into the realm of all bad deeds must be punished. So off he rides in true hero fashion and so begins what is arguably the greatest Zelda game ever made.

The Swiss Army Phone – How many features do we really need?
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
We have a new cellphone with a camera as well as network and messaging capabilities. Phone works great. Haven’t bothered reading the passenger instructions in the seatback for the rest of the marvelous features…we figure we’ll just get airsick!! The kids? They’re all thumbs. They take, send, receive photos…they IM; they surf the online video sites…they email people; they download ringtones and music…they have calluses

The Swiss Army Phone…How Many Features Do We Really Need?
Marken Communications :: Monday, December 11, 2006
Sometimes our kids – and the community at large – make us feel like Tom Hanks in the 2004 The Terminal. We simply go from gate to gate trying to get on the next technology plane to fly to our destination…optimum personal and business productivity.

We have a new cellphone with a camera as well as network and messaging capabilities. Phone works great. Haven’t bothered reading the passenger instructions in the seatback for the rest of the marvelous features…we figure we’ll just get airsick!!

Gears of War Walkthrough (Xbox 360)
Thursday, December 07, 2006
We give you a complete walkthrough of the entire Gears of War Single-Player Campaign, complete with all COG tag locations, strategies, and other tips. This is one of the best shooters available, and is only on the Xbox 360.

Splinter Cell: Double Agent Walkthrough (PC, Xbox 360)
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Just like in Chaos Theory, Sam has multiple objectives to complete. Most of them are optional and can affect the Trust Meter. You DO NOT need to finish all the Opportunity objectives but you still need to make an Opposing objective.

Unlike previous SC games, Double Agent uses a brand new version of the hacking mini-game. Instead of trying to hack numerical numbers, you are trying to hack digital neuro-waves.

Tech Gifts for Everyone on Your List
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
You can’t control the universe from your living room, but you can control the electronics in your house (up to 15 devices) using Logitech’s Harmony 1000 remote. Ditch the pile of clickers on your coffee table: This universal remote uses infrared and radio frequency technology to control HDTVs, DVD players and even household appliances (like ceiling fans and air conditioners)…

What I Like About Wii
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
These past few months, since Nintendo announced the details about their new system, I’ve been excited. I’ve been researching this new “revolution” in gaming. I liked what I heard. I was skeptical, however. The vision of Wii was so wildly different from anything before it, that I assumed it was either going to be incredible or it would just be another GameCube. I am very pleased to say Nintendo has fixed all their mistakes from the past, and this will mean big things for the next generation.

Gigabyte GA-M61PM-S2: A Full-Featured Plug-and-Go Motherboard for AM2
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Gigabyte’s GA-M61PM-S2 is geared towards the user who just wants everything to work right away and get the job done without breaking the bank…but at the same time, getting the job done comfortably, because as you will see there are some things that make this board special. It is the Honda Accord of motherboards if you will – not pretentious or glamorous, but just a cut above the Honda Civic. The board is based around Nvidia’s GeForce 6100/nForce 430 chipset, and has on-board everything: Nvidia graphics, 8 channel High Definition Azalia audio with a header for optional S/PDIF output, gigabit ethernet, 4 USB ports with 3 internal headers for a maximum of 10 USB ports, 1 firewire port (IEEE 1394) with 2 internal firewire headers, 1 IDE/ATA 133 connector (kind of a bummer since a lot of people still use many parallel ata devices), 4 SATA II ports, and RAID (0,1,0+1,5).