OCMS News May 2007

Teachings of the Wii Generation
Thursday, May 31, 2007
No Game – Those of us who play them just think of gaming systems as idle time games. But to the hardware, software and subscription service people who make their living in this space it is serious business. Even by MS standards that’s not chump change! Ok so it’s big…huge even.

Need for Speed Prostreet
EA :: Thursday, May 31, 2007
Compete in the ultimate street racing showdown with EA’s blockbuster racing franchise

LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
LucasArts and TT Games celebrated today the 30th anniversary of the classic movie series that spans generations with the announcement of LEGO® Star Wars: The Complete Saga. Building on the success of both LEGO Star Wars “block-buster” videogames, each complete with LEGO action and minifigure humor, The Complete Saga enables families to play through the events of all six Star Wars movies in one videogame for the first time ever.

How to turn off the UAC (those annoying confirmation prompts) in Windows Vista
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
If you believe all those Mac commercials, then Windows has been “plagued” with security problems. Many of these problems arise from users inadvertantly installing spyware or other malware that slow things down or make your system unstable. To protect users from themselves, Microsoft has incorporated the User Account Control (UAC) into Windows Vista, which asks you to verify practially every little thing you do on your computer.

This may make Windows more stable for 99% of the users who don’t know how to really use their computers, but what about the rest of us who know how to maintain our system? Windows keeps asking me if I want to wipe my butt when I take a crap. How do I turn the UAC off?

Why the Console War is over…
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
People ask me about the “console war” all the time. “So, what do you think the best system is and why?” “Which consoles are people buying the most?” “When will the rush be over?” Let me get this off my chest: There is no console war. There may have been a spike in competition between the three systems (Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, and Sony PS3), but now it is over. I’m not talking about which system is the best, I’m talking about overall demand lately. Who emerged the victor? Why the Nintendo Wii of course, and here is why:

6 New Darkness Within: In Pursuit of Loath hNolder Screenshots (PC)
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
We have 6 new screenshots of the Lovecraft-inspired Survival Horror adventure game “Darkness Within” set to arrive this autumn.

Nascar 2008: Race for the Cup Screenshots (Xbox 360)
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
We have 7 new screenshots of the upcoming Nascar 2008: Race for the Cup debuting on the Xbox 360

Take Ownership of System files in Windows Vista
Saturday, May 26, 2007
It always happens, even in Windows XP… you need to move or delete some files, but Windows gives you an error that you need permission or that the file is in use. When tweaking your Vista system, you will probably need to modify some system files, but Vista has this locked down tight. You can take ownership of any file in Windows Vista, and then grant any username full control of the file. After you have made your modifications, you can then remove the permissions, setting the file back to its original state.

First you will need to access an elevated command prompt, to do this:

Brain Age 2 Facts & Screenshots
Saturday, May 26, 2007
The game that launched a new generation of gamers is back. Based on the theories of neuroscientist Dr. Kawashima, Brain Age™ 2: More Training in Minutes a Day contains all-new activities to challenge a player’s gray matter.

Tomb Raider: Anniversary Demo Ready for Download
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Lara’s latest adventure is almost here – Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary is inspired by the original Tomb Raider video game, one of the greatest action adventures of all time and will be available on June 1st.

OCZ Merges with PC Power & Cooling
Saturday, May 26, 2007
OCZ today announced immediate plans to bring PC Power & Cooling into the OCZ Technology Group. As a worldwide leader in high performance computer hardware, OCZ acquired PC Power & Cooling to utilize their keen expertise in power management and take the organization to the next level

Boom Boom Rocket Review (Xbox 360): How fun can a game with Fireworks be?
Thursday, May 24, 2007
At first glance, a game about fireworks doesn’t sound like it would be very fun. The concept itself makes you curious, and that is enough to snare you into the addictive world of Boom Boom Rocket: a game that enhances on the proven gameplay of Dance Dance Revolution and Guitar Hero. Instead of distracting background videos, this game is set against a city in the black of night. The camera moves around and in-between buildings while fireworks shoot up from the bottom of the screen and rewards your timeliness with elaborate spark showers.

Tom Clancy’s Endwar Q&A With Ubisoft
Thursday, May 24, 2007
End War is a full scale wargame set in a highly plausible near-future global war, a chillingly realistic vision of World War III in Europe and America. It is an epic real-time strategy game where you are the commander of the elite forces and advanced war machines of 21st Century super-powers.

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction Q & A with Ubisoft
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Mathieu Ferland, I’m senior producer on Conviction. My role is to support the producer and development teams with all high level issues they may encounter. I also closely monitor the Splinter Cell brand evolution, especially since Conviction is based on new core game play innovations and new setup.

Assassin’s Creed’s Jade Raymond is a Certified Hottie!
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Not only is Jade Raymond the Producer of Assassin’s Creed, but she is one certified hottie! Here is her pic and bio, oh, and the bio of the Creative Director too…

Assassin’s Creed Xbox 360 Facts & Screenshots
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Assassin’s Creed is the next-gen game developed by Ubisoft Montreal that will redefine the action genre. While other games claim to be next-gen with impressive graphics and physics, Assassin’s Creed merges technology, game design, theme, and emotions into a world where you instigate chaos and become a vulnerable, yet powerful, agent of change.

The setting is 1191 AD. The Third Crusade is tearing the Holy Land apart. You, Altair, intend to stop the hostilities by suppressing both sides of the conflict.

Naruto: Rise of a NInja for Xbox 360 Q & A with Ubisoft
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Naruto is certainly the most important phenomenon in the manga / anime universe since the early days of Dragon Ball Z. The manga started years ago in Japan and then became an anime, and one of the most popular ever. Naruto is the story of a young Ninja who first gets rejected by the population of his village for having a monster sealed in himself. The whole story is the coming of age journey of this little boy who will – thanks to his tenacity and his big heart – gradually manage to become a great Ninja, accepted and respected by his community.

DDR3 FAQ: A new memory standard already?
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
DDR3 SDRAM or double-data-rate three synchronous dynamic random access memory is the name of the new DDR memory standard that has been developed as the successor to DDR2 SDRAM.

The memory comes with a promise of a power consumption reduction of 40% compared to current commercial DDR2 modules, due to DDR3’s 90 nm fabrication technology, allowing for lower operating currents and voltages (1.5 V, compared to DDR2’s 1.8 V or DDR’s 2.5 V). “Dual-gate” transistors will be used to reduce leakage of current.

Monster Madness: Battle for Suburbia Review (Xbox 360)
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
There haven’t been nearly enough zombie games on the Xbox 360. The last time we touched a rotting corpse was with Dead Rising, and was easily one of the best zombie games ever made.

So when Monster Madness: Battle for Suburbia came out I was intrigued. Like Dead Rising, it allows you to use every object available in the game as a weapon, which led to some of the most creative gameplay yet. Monster Madness is built to be a top-down arcade brawler supporting up to four players, much like Gauntlet. Now I was really intrigued.

Mad Tracks Review: Racing Party Game with Nostalgic Feel (Xbox 360)
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
If you were a kid growing up in the past 50 years, then you probably had Hot Wheels (or Micro Machines) cars in the house. If you were really spoiled (like me), then you had a ton of these plastic Hot Wheel track strips strewn all over your basement. Any solid structure was a potential ramp, and all of our other toys were transformed into building, obstacles, or innocent bystanders (extra points if you were able to launch these die-cast projectiles into the family pet). I have even recently witnessed my own sons’ prowess for mayhem as they converted our basement into a spiderweb of complex orange racing death… the legacy lives on! If any of this carnage rings a bell, then you most certainly will be interested in “Mad Tracks” for Xbox Live Arcade, developed by Load.

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption Screenshots
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
If you have a Nintendo Wii then you’re no doubt waiting on Metroid Prime 3: Corruption. We have 5 tasty nuggets that are 50% Prime and 50% Corruption…

How the heck do I change my File Associations in Vista?
Monday, May 21, 2007
It always happens to us. You have your favorite media player, graphics editor, HTML editor or whatever, and you install the latest codec or optional tool. Then suddenly your world is thrown into chaos: MP3 files open with an audio editor, images are opened with a program that takes 5 minutes to load, the sky turns red and Nazis are riding on dinosaurs!

This happens to me at least once a week. Somehow my default file associations get screwed up by something, which becomes a major inconvenience. In Windows XP it was very easy to modify File Associations by clicking View and Folder Options. In Windows Vista there isn’t even a menu, or even a File Types tab… the option doesn’t even appear if you right-click on the file. How do I change my File Associations now?

StarCraft 2 Announced, Going 3d (with Screenshots and artwork)
Monday, May 21, 2007
Designed to be the ultimate competitive real-time strategy game, StarCraft II will feature the return of the Protoss, Terran, and Zerg races, overhauled and re-imagined with Blizzard’s signature approach to game balance. Each race will be further distinguished from the others, with several new units and new gameplay mechanics, as well as new abilities for some of the classic StarCraft units that will be making a reappearance in the game. StarCraft II will also feature a custom 3D-graphics engine with realistic physics and the ability to render several large, highly detailed units and massive armies on-screen simultaneously.

Hide your recent Documents, Pictures, and Programs on Vista’s Start Menu
Sunday, May 20, 2007
If you have a computer that’s shared by a few others in your home (wife, roommates, sentient demon monkeys), then you want to protect your privacy as much as possible. Let’s face it, people are nosy, and given the chance they will look through your medicine cabinet, open your desk drawers, and check out the latest opened files on your PC. You can tell your spouse she has to have her own login, but their first thought is usually “What exactly is he trying to hide?”… Don’t go down that road, seriously. Simply prevent the display of your recently opened programs and documents in your Start Menu.

How to Professionally Repair DVDs Without Spending $500
Sunday, May 20, 2007
There are many consumer CD/DVD repair kits out on the market today (Disc Washer, Disc Doctor, Memorex OptiFix Pro, etc), and they are all pretty much the same devices. Whether electronic or hand-cranked, these devices consist of a mechanical spindle and two buffing/cleaning pads. So what makes an expensive one worth the extra money? I’ve used several that work decently, and others that don’t seem to help at all. The commercial disc cleaner at my neighborhood GameStop returns discs to a like-new finish in just a few minutes, but professional units like this cost over $500.

While the methods in this article have worked well in testing, I cannot guarantee you will achieve the same results. Anything you do to your discs you do so at your own peril.

Vista: Return Icons to the Smaller Classic XP Size
Friday, May 18, 2007
The largest size included in the Vista icons resource is 256 x 256 pixels. This may sound quite large for our present 96 DPI displays, but it will be quite suitable for high-DPI displays being developed which will support 240/320 DPI resolutions. Including the 256 x 256 pixel size in the Vista icon resource guarantees that the icons will display at their highest quality on these larger monitors.

It’s very easy to change the size of icons in Vista. To bring back the Classic Icon sizes do this:

New Dark Sector Facts & Screenshots
Friday, May 18, 2007
Dark Sector thrusts players into the role of Hayden Tenno, an elite black-ops agent sent on a dangerous assassination mission into Lasria – an Eastern European city on the brink of ruin that hides a deadly Cold War secret. Attacked by an unknown enemy, he awakens to find part of his body altered by an infection that has granted him inhuman abilities. Now, Hayden must learn to evolve along with his powers, to survive and to become a hero.

Creating a Home Theater with Windows Vista
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Setting up a Home Theater PC used to be a huge ordeal. Before Windows Media Center (and other all-inclusive media software), configuring a HTPC was an ongoing project as there were no standard or tested methods on achieving stability or automation. Getting a PC to ran as simply and reliably as an appliance has always been the goal of any Media PC enthusiast.

Microsoft’s Windows Media Center 2005 was the answer to a lot of our prayers, as it offered a relatively stable media experience and provided advanced media features. Sure, it had its problems, but we were willing to live with them because the PC consolidated a rack full of equipment down to one box.

Tomb Raider: The Animated Series
Thursday, May 17, 2007
GameTap is using its Turner Broadcasting affiliation to milk that cash cow… We got pics of the new animated series.

GameTap, the first-of-its-kind broadband entertainment network from Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.), announced today the launch of a new GameTap Retrospective series and a new original animated series, “Re\Visioned,” that pays homage to one of the game industry’s top franchises of all time – Tomb Raider.

Halo 3 to Make Entertainment History on Sept. 25
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Countdown begins for what promises to be bigger than any movie launch in history; beta preview and collectible Zune-Halo 3 edition digital media player add to early excitement.

“‘Halo 3’ is much more than a video game release; it’s the biggest entertainment event of the year,” said Peter Moore, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business. “On Sept. 25, we intend to deliver a finale that will go down in entertainment history and leave people around the world with an experience that will be shared and enjoyed for years to come.”

New Halo 3 Info, Screenshots & Artwork
Monday, May 14, 2007
We have the latest facts, screenshots and artwork from the Wonder Twins at Bungie and Microsoft. Here’s a little taste…

After stowing away on a Forerunner spacecraft, Master Chief, a genetically altered, cybernetically enhanced Spartan supersoldier, must race back to Earth to stop the Covenant once and for all and save mankind. With his artificial intelligence companion Cortana in the grip of the Flood’s intelligent embodiment, Gravemind, Master Chief and his allies are vastly outnumbered. But the stakes are too high to do anything but face them head on.

High-res images of Jessica Alba’s Silicon Assets
Monday, May 14, 2007
That’s right, we have high res character renders from the new Fantastic Four video game, which will be available on all platforms. These renders are 10 Mega-pixels, so you can zoom in to any particular part you find “interesting”…

Goodbye TweakUI: How to Auto-Login with Windows Vista
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Since your Media Center is set up to be an appliance, there’s no need to login every time it boots. Although it will automatically login if you leave your password blank, the default network policy will not map network drives with blank passwords. With Windows XP I used TweakUI to automatically login, but now Vista lets you do this without additional software

Halo 3 Beta Criticism…
Friday, May 04, 2007
Phase 2 of participant selection for the Halo 3 beta has come and gone and someone somewhere should be ashamed. For the record, as far as I can tell I succeeded in getting in and even if I did not, I already pre-ordered the Xbox 360 game Crackdown (pre-ordered and specially marked copies include a beta invite). So, it is without personal anger that I criticize the whole affair.

Phase 1 of the beta was a free-for-all sign up with a chance to be selected based on whatever criteria Bungie saw fit. Phase 3 just requires that you purchase a special copy of Crackdown. Phase 2 is the one that required real, genuine work. Yes, hopefuls had to slave away for three hours playing Halo 2 on Xbox Live. I know, I know–the absolute horror of it all.

Gears of War Map Pack, Virtua Fighter, C&C, Tiger Woods 08 and MySims Screenshots
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
We have tons of new Xbox 360 and Wii screenshots of the latest upcoming games, including the Gears of War: Hidden Fronts Map Pack, Virtua Fighter 5 and more!

Next-Generation DVDs: BluRay and HD-DVD
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Ten years after its introduction, the installed base of home DVD players has finally – almost – replaced VHS players. No matter how much the PC, CE industry wants people to replace today’s technology with tomorrow’s…it takes time.

At the same time people have been wringing their hands that two high definition disc formats (Blu-ray Disc – BD – and HD DVD – High Definition DVD) are keeping the consumer from buying next generation movies.

Serious Spy Gear: Green Evolution Laser Lights Matches, Burns Anything!
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Everyone has heard of a laser pointer before. But when said, the first thing that may pop into their heads is a small gold coloured 1mW red laser pen. The days have gone where those were the only types of portable lasers available. Now the laser community is growing large and at a fast rate. Why you ask? Well because these new types of lasers are not only green but can also melt plastic, burn material, pop balloons and even light a match!

Devil May Cry 4 Screenshots & Artwork
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
We have 69 new screenshots and artwork from the next-gen Devil May Cry for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360!