OCMS News February 2007

Google Secrets You Never Knew
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Google is a great general-purpose search engine, and is so popular that many people refer to searching for something on the Internet as “Googling”. Ubiquitous though it may be, many people do not know the full power of what Google offers, or even how to extract every ounce of granularity from their standard Google searches. With over 3 billion pages in Google’s index, you need to know how to refine those searches down to a manageable number. Google’s default search option is beyond simple (a single text input box), but several options can open up this simple input to a remarkably powerful tool that enhances your Internet exploitation. Here is a look at some of Google’s lesser-known tools.

Wii Play for Nintendo Wii – Are Wii Having Fun Yet?
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Each minigame in Wii Play teaches players another aspect of the Wii Remote. The first time playing, a player must complete a game before the next game opens. Shooting Range is first, and the games unlock in the order listed above. Players also can earn medals (bronze, silver, gold and platinum) as they improve their scores. High scores and accomplishments are posted to the Wii Message Board (see below). In most two-player games, players compete for the highest score. However, in Laser Hockey and Tanks!, players compete directly against one another.

Players can use Miis they’ve created in the Mii Channel in each minigame. Their personal high scores will be recorded for each Mii, and those scores will be posted to the Wii Message Board as well. Wii Play comes packaged with a Wii Remote.

Sam & Max Episode 4: Abe Lincoln Must Die! (Review for PC)
Thursday, February 22, 2007
In this episode, the plot centers on a nefarious plot where evil forces threaten to take over the US presidency. Taking the kind of decisive action you’d expect from Sam & Max, it doesn’t take long before the president is accidentally decapitated. Thus we get an immediate re-election taking place on the white house lawn. You guessed it: the re-animated statue of Lincoln vs. Max the gun-wielding rabbit.

A.C. Ryan Blackfire 4 UV-LED Fan Review: Bloo Light From a Black Fan
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
While a normal code cathode can light up an entire case, UV lights are really only effective at close range (as they produce little visible light) and some people have to install three or four UV lamps to light up all of their fancy components, which can be difficult to maneuver, especially in a smaller chassis. One of the hardest spot to position a cold cathode is the front and back of the case, where many intake and exhaust fans are installed.

A.C. Ryan has heard the call, and has introduced their Blackfire fans for your PC. If you’re a fan of UV, and a fan of fans, then you might be interested in these whirlwinds of wonder. They have ultraviolet LEDs built right into the fan base, so the blades light up without any external source. They come in three different sizes and are available in several colors.

Enforce Brutal Justice: Crackdown Review! (Xbox 360)
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Crackdown is built upon the free-roaming play principle that has made games like Oblivion, Dead Rising, Grand Theft Auto, and even Super Mario 64 so successful. Players can just go through the missions, or lose themselves completely by roaming around and exploring this vertical urban world. Once you start playing, the game sucks you into addictive behavior. You feel compelled to upgrade your Agent by collecting more orbs, jumping higher, and wielding more powerful weapons. They certainly have the “crack” part of Crackdown right.

Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver for Windows Review
Monday, February 19, 2007
Until recently, PC gaming could be a tiresome excercise of system configuration. PC gamers typically upgrade their systems to harness the most powerful graphics imaginable, but have to tweak and configure their systems to provide a smooth gameplay experience. PC Gaming has never really reached the simple and cohesive experience of a dedicated gaming console. Microsoft has been trying to make the PC a serious and simple gaming experience with iinitiatives like DirectX (which led to the birth of the original Xbox), and “Games for Windows”. Now Microsoft is releasing products that not only allow you to use your Xbox 360 hardware on your PC, but do so with the same ease of its console brother. Microsoft has finally released the Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver for Windows, which finally allows your PC to use all of your wireless Xbox 360 peripherals.

4 New Screenshots of The Elder Scrolls IV: Shilvering Isles (Xbox 360, PC)
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Brrr! Must be cold if the Isles are Shivering! We have screenshots of the upcoming Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles expansion… Hosted on the OCMS gallery!

4 New Screenshots of “The Destiny of Zorro” Coming for the Wii
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Here are the first set of Wii screenshots for the upcoming “Destiny of Zorro” platformer

Patrick Strewart doing Final Fantasy XII Commercial (with Photo)
Square Enix :: Sunday, February 18, 2007
Square Enix Ltd., the publisher of Square Enix® interactive entertainment products in Europe and other PAL territories, today announces that legendary actor Patrick Stewart will provide the voiceover for the UK and Australian TV commercials for the forthcoming epic FINAL FANTASY® XII.

D-Link DI-604 Broadband Router Review: Inexpensive, but is it for you?
Saturday, February 17, 2007
But what about the important things, like an Xbox 360? They also connect flawlessly. While testing the router I never had to reset it or the Xbox 360 at any time to make a connection. We’re talking weeks here. Multiple consoles (and 2 Xbox 360s and 1 Xbox 360 with PlayStation3) shared the connection to play online multiplayer games at the same time. The router dealt with simultaneous traffic fine with no discernable difference between playing with one or many consoles. Even though almost all routers work with Xbox Live, I like how the DI-604 proclaims it proudly with the official Xbox Live Compatible logo. I sleep better at night, confident that there is inter-product harmony.

Why the Logitech MX Revolution isn’t so Revolutionary
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Back then I started with the Microsoft IntelliMouse (a nice mouse for its time), and after that I have always been a Logitech fanboy. Now I’ve handled the Logitech Dual Optical, the MX900, the MX Revolution and the G7 Gamer mice. “So if you had all mice why is that MX Revo so bad?” you might think…

Improved OCMS News Archives
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
I implemented a new CMS (Content Manangement System) several months ago, and hadn’t updated the Archives pages to use the new system. I’ve finally updated these pages, so you can now view any OCMS Announcements or News that’s ever been posted in our 5-year history. We post so much news, that items frequently fall off the front page. Now that the Archives pages are working again, you can see any news you’ve missed, even from the previous day! There are more features coming to make navigation easier (list item count, navigate by page chunks, filter by category, organize by field, specify a particular day, etc.), but at least now you can see everything.

Test Drive Unlimited Screenshots (PSP)
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
We got your Test Drive Unlimited Screenshots for the PSP right here!

3 New Infernal Screenshots for PC
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
We have 3 new Infernal Screenshots for the PC. Eidos is getting fired up for a February 23rd release date…

Battlefield 2142: Northern Strike Screenshots
EA :: Tuesday, February 13, 2007
We have 10 new screenshots of the upcoming expansion Battlefield 2142, called Northern Strike. The screens showcase some of the vehicles and units in the game.

Check out the shots and behold the carnage!

Diddy Kong Racing DS Review
Friday, February 09, 2007
Most people my age were around 10-12 when the N64 came out. Diddy Kong Racing was soon launched after this, competing with Mario Kart for best racing multiplayer. The original Diddy Kong indeed had its glitches, but there was enough fresh material to keep gamers coming back to complete those races and bosses over and over again. Now Nintendo has re-vamped Diddy Kong for the DS, introducing a classic game to a new generation of gamers. Is the new Diddy Kong a faithful adaption? Yes in some ways, but unfortunately it flops in others.

Back on Top! Can Wii be Nintendo’s Ultimate Weapon?
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Yes, even I, the biggest Nintendo fan I know will admit it. Nintendo has made some mistakes. Okay, they’ve actually really screwed up in the past. Yet somehow the big N has managed to find its way through the mediocre systems, lack of titles, and broken promises. Their newest addition, Wii, looks to have the potential to change the entire industry, putting Nintendo back on top. But care must be taken to ensure Sony takes a backseat, and a bad taste isn’t left in the mouths of countless fanboys for the third time in a row.

Hotel Dusk: Room 215 Walkthrough
Monday, February 05, 2007
This guide is a straightforward walkthrough that touches on the main objectives in each chapter to get you closer to the end of the game in case you’re stuck. Usually in a room or in a conversation, there will always be multiple objects to inspect and multiple points to bring up. Most of these just trigger innocuous observations, but if you’re digging the game enough, we definitely suggest looking and talking about everything you can.

Zelda: Twilight Princess Walkthrough (Chapters 13-17 Plus Fishing Guide)
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Switch to wolf form as soon as you enter and walk up to the big main door. Midna will point out the missing statue. Go into Sense to see its spiritual imprint. Switch back to human form and place a pot on the square switch to the right of the doorway. It will lift up a platform for you so you can jump up to the stairwell. Ooccoo will be waiting for you at the top.

SuperBowl 41 Commercials posted in Gallery
Sunday, February 04, 2007
We have posted a bunch of commercials from SuperBowl 41 in the OCMS Video Gallery! From talking animals to fighting for your survival in business suits, we got it all here. And who would miss out on Robert Goulet messing with your stuff?

Zalman FC-ZV9 Fatal1ty VGA Heatsink
Thursday, February 01, 2007
Heat has become a real concern for PC enthusiasts as video card GPUs have become more powerful. Many manufacturers have even begun to overclock their video cards at the factor, adding to the heat issue. Even though OEM heatsinks have become more robust, they are not nearly as efficient as many aftermarket VGA heatsinks. Zalman is one aftermarket heatsink manufacturer that has consistently provides excellent quality products to subdue the heat monster in our rigs. Zalman’s newest offering, the Fatal1ty FC-ZV9 VGA cooler is aimed at the extreme gaming enthusiast, bearing the elite “Fatal1ty” brand.