OCMS News May 2011

Brink (PC) Review
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Software developers Splash Damage are no strangers to hit games. As the creative team behind Quake 3 and Quake Wars, many people were excited when it was announced they would team with Zenimax to create a unique new shooter called Brink. In the months leading up to the release the game players have been teased with gameplay videos and promises that the drop-in dropout feature other new innovations would revolutionize 3-D shooters.

The game is set in a futuristic society that is divided into the haves and have-nots following the devastating global flooding that has covered the earth. One side lives in luxury in this modern floating city while the other side is forced to live in the slums fighting for the very scraps they need to survive. When the game opens, players are given the option to customize their character which include such options as the type of hair, clothing, and weapons you wish them to have. As you progress in the game, players will be given new options for clothing and accessories as well is the all-important weapons in which to upgrade their characters.

Boxee Box 1.1 Update Woes
Sunday, May 15, 2011
I have a strong love/hate relationship with the Boxee Box. On one hand it is one of the best video appliances that integrates both online media with a great video streamer. Additionally it integrates well with social media such as Facebook and other online accounts, has Netflix support, and has a great interface.

When compared to a Home Theater Computer running XBMC or even an online-capable Blu-ray player, Boxee falls a little short in a few areas. The Boxee box has a few major problems for media enthusiasts. For one, it can be severely slow, and has been prone to more crashes than a HTPC (I have to reboot the unit once every few days). So I, like many other Boxee users, couldn’t wait to install the new 1.1 firmware that was released a few days ago.

Here is my take on what the new Boxee does right, what needs improvement, and WTF.

Zaward 120mm G2 Golf Fan Review
Sunday, May 01, 2011
I pity those who work in the marketing department of PC component manufactuers. They have to tough job of trying to make products such as fans and heatsinks sexy. Every year there are new boasts about how new product X is better than generic product Y, when in fact there really isn’t much of a difference at all.

A new Japanese company called Zaward has come out with a new cooling fan for PC systems which claims to reduce noise by 15% when compared to other fans at the same speed. Zaward claims that this is due to the implementation of dimples on the fan blades which are similar to those appearing on golf balls.