OCMS News May 2009

X-Men Origins: Wolverine Review (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Usually games based upon super hero movies succeed about as much as movies based upon video games. Thankfully the talented people at Raven Software and Acvtivision have crafted what is probably the best super hero themed game ever with X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The game is based on the film of the same name, but expands upon the title character in much greater detail than the film did.

Velvet Assassin Review (PC)
Monday, May 25, 2009
I ask you people, is there anything sexier than a female killer wearing tight leather? The answer is no. There’s not. In fact, it can be a little distraction having a booty that nice right in front of you when you’re playing a first-person shooter. So I decided that instead of writing a review of the actual game, I would instead write about the main character’s arse. I’ve compiled video of it in many scenarios and under many different lighting situations. You will agree, I’m sure, that it is a work of art that could rival even the rump of Lara Croft. That’s saying a lot. So without further ado…

Terminator Salvation Movie Review
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Following up the legendary first two Terminator films was no easy task. Without series creator, James Cameron. many fans found “Terminator: Rise of the Machines” to be lacking the depth, action, and character of the earlier films. When Director McG was announced to continue the war between humanity and the machines in “Terminator Salvation” fans feared that the series might become a campy action film in the vein of the directors “Charlie’s Angels” films. Thankfully for fans, the film more than delivers and continues the dark and intensely human story about the battle for humanities’ survival against the ruthless computer network, Skynet.

iCommerce: How Apple Changed the Game
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Guess when you have $56 billion and change in the vault in today’s economic environment you must be doing something right. Just wish our kids would quit contributing to the stash Apple is using to buy GPU (graphics processor unit) technology and game designer talent. A few years ago Apple decided all smartphones sucked (they’re not too hot on netbooks either). So they announced the step up from the iPod (they didn’t like those other MP3 players!)…the iPhone.

Black & Decker PowerToGo 20W Review
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
You know what you do when you don’t have a place to get some juice for your gear? You get portable power. Black and Decker created this nifty little contraption called the PowerToGo. You can get it in 3 flavors, 10w, 20w, and 100w. I opted for the 20w because I didn’t figure I would need much more than that to power my PSP and cell phone, and because the 2Ah battery that comes with it is half the weight of the 4Ah battery inside the 100w version. Weight is an issue when traveling.

10 Ways to Increase iPhone 3G’s Battery Life
Monday, May 18, 2009
One of the biggest faults of the device is the inability to replace the battery. This decision is even more unbelievable when you realize how much power the iPhone can really suck down… an average user usually cannot last an entire day without being tethered to an electrical outlet of some kind.

Regardless of the complaints, consumers still have to deal with what they have. Here are some ways that will definately increase your battery life in your iPhone 3G

Demigod Review (PC)
Sunday, May 17, 2009
In Demigod, Stardock has deftly blending Real Time Strategy and Role Playing. The game tasks players to become a god through a series of challenges and battles. The two main player types are generals and assassins and each has their own style. While playing as an assassin, players control a character and earn money and experience as he defeats enemies and can earn weapons, new skills, and spells as his experience grows.

Building a Media Center PC Part 1
Saturday, May 16, 2009
I can build a computer with no problem. I’ve been doing it for years. But a Media Center is a whole nother animal. It is, as the name implies, all about the media. Games are entirely possible, but why waste the drive space? I planned on ripping my DVDs of Rob & Big and hitting up Fancast.com on the regular. So obviously I had to make this thing WiFi enabled to access the web. It had to have a DVD-R on it. Lightscribe would have been cool, but who really needs more than one of those in their house? So the Lightscribe is out. I searched around my office for anything that would give me a decent start at a media center without having to dump a ton of money into it. (We are in a recession, after all.)

NZXT Sentry LX Fan Controller Review
Friday, May 15, 2009
A couple of decent fans to push the air through is more than sufficient on most systems. Some of us, however, require much more to keep things cool while we put our computers through the gauntlet. The only problem is that many motherboards only have one or two places to plug your typical 3-prong fan. Three at most. And then you are limited to a single speed or whatever the motherboard decides is best. YOU control the computer, not the other way around. That’s where the NZXT Sentry LX comes in. Time to show your computer who the biatch really is.

Interview with Randall Queen of Verbatim
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Recently I had a chance to interview Randall F. Queen, President of Verbatim America. Queen is a 20-year veteran with Verbatim, and was promoted from vice president of operations in early 2002. Since then he has guided the growth and expansion of the company beyond optical storage to encompass four operating units – hard disk, flash memory, accessories, and optical products.

Verbatim is currently celebrating their 40th year in the industry.

Red Alert 3: Uprising Review
Monday, May 11, 2009
Continuing the immensely enjoyable action and strategy of Red Alert 3, Electronic Arts has released Red Alert 3: Uprising for those clamoring for more.

Uprising is a stand alone, solo play series of campaigns that combine a small number of missions for each faction with some commanders challenges which will test how good of a player you are.

The game follows the events of Red Alert 3 as with three factions and three different endings, Uprising follows up on various events but does not follow the new President that was established at the conclusion of the Allies campaign in Red Alert 3.

Twitter World! Trust Us, You Ain’t That Interesting
Sunday, May 10, 2009
We see the value in Earth Day. We recognize the importance of World Peace Day. In deference to our wife we think even Mother’s Day is OK.

But Twitter Day?

Somehow Oprah coming online and saying “Hello Twitter World.” (or whatever) is not quite up there with the wizard of Menlo Park (Edison) calling one of his assistants for help! For the most part, we don’t really care that Oprah, Shaq, Parris, Kutcher and a lot of other folks are thinking about or talking about. Yet a million +/- folks have signed up and track their every 140 character utterance.

Blackberry Storm 9530 Review
Saturday, May 09, 2009
With the Storm, you certainly get a lot of functionality that Apple either ignored or decided we weren’t ready for – some “push” functions and copy/paste most notably. Windows Mobile devices have included most of the capabilities of the Storm for a long while, but minus the tremendous connectedness of a Blackberry. Going from a WinMo phone to a Storm is pretty simple once you learn that it’s a different universe and get the hang of the tools. I have a single friend with a G1, so I can’t be too specific about how it measures up – I have used it for about 15 minutes and it feels good, but I much prefer the size and feel of the Storm.

Star Trek (2009) Movie Review
Friday, May 08, 2009
While many fans were thrilled with the choice of Abrams, some of the casting choices of its beloved characters were met with doubt and skepticism. Thankfully, the man behind such motion picture hits as “Cloverfield”, “Mission Impossible 3”, and television series LOST, Alias and Fringe, was more than up to the task and has crafted a visually spectacular action film that combines the best of Trek with groundbreaking effects and creative vitality.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine PSP Game Review
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Put yourself in the shoes of Logan, aka Wolverine. This game picks up where the “Origins” movie left off, with Stryker attempting to get some of Logan’s memories back using massive amounts of electricity. Seems to me that would basically turn his skeleton into a huge heating coil, but who am I to correct Stan Lee? He’s rich from making this crap up. I’m still a notch above homelessness and 5 for $1 Mac and Cheese. Don’t knock it. It’s good stuff.

Okay, back to the story here. As Logan is getting the shock of his life, he is having flashbacks to times before. It’s during these times that you take over as the clawed hero and go on a killing spree (aka recon mission) in Japan. Obviously, the story moves along from here, and things only get more and more violent with each passing memory.

Case-Mate iPhone 3G Naked Actylic Case Review
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Like it or not, the iPhone dominates the Smartphone market. It looks really sleek and delicate, and is just begging to be ruined by just about anything. I mean, the iPhone gets unsightly scratches and fingerprints just by just thinking about it. All of its processing might and it still can’t win a battle against an enraged Dust Bunny.

The iPhone is begging for protection. The AT&T store rep even told me how one customer dropped their shiny new iPhone on the pavement right after walking out of the door. If you don’t have some sort of impact or scratch protection in place, then you’re begging to buy another one before your two-year contract is up. That either means purchasing one at full price, or resetting your contract to get a “cheap” phone.

Otterbox 3510 Waterproof Case Review
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
I’ve seen too many expensive gadgets destroyed in my lifetime. I cringe every time I see a cell phone, mp3 player, or camera crash to the ground, splashed, or overrun by an early tide. Today’s tech gadgets just aren’t meant to stand the elements… the only ones that are remotely protected are professional gear that costs many thousands of dollars.

The Otterbox 3510 Waterproof case enters the room like a ninja. Our sample is bright yellow, so it enters like a nina dressed as a banana. It can weather all the elements, and is also a convenient place to drop all of your gadgets so you know where they always are.

SteelSeries World of Warcraft MMO Mouse Review
Monday, May 04, 2009
I think it’s pretty cool when a game designer hooks up with a hardware designer to create a device whose sole purpose is a single game. Blizzard and SteelSeries have gotten together to create a mouse dedicated for MMORPGs, namely World of Warcraft. But what could a simple mouse offer the hardcore WoW gamer? Not a damned thing. Good thing this is no ordinary mouse. It’s a button-hoarding monster that holds nothing back when it comes to options. It even has a useless flashing light inside. Read on, my friends. It only gets better…

X-Men Origins: Wolverine Movie Reivew
Sunday, May 03, 2009
The 2009 summer movie season has arrived with the releases of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”, which once again stars Hugh Jackman in the role of the razor clawed Wolverine.

The film follows the characters origins in the mid 1800’s and how circumstances forced a young Logan to leave his home and spend the years hiding who he was.