Wednesday, so close, yet so far away from the weekend. To help those mid-week struggles, why not take a tour of the happenings in the world personal computing and games. Today we have a case modders toolkit guide, the best Chrome extensions, the Rezzed UK PC games festival, a HTPC builders guide, a choose your interview adventure plus much more.
For mere pocket change, you can reserve a copy of the fancy new OS, which will be a modern version of the Windows 95 concept from 1994. Of course, it’s a matter of perception whether $15 is a great offer or not. There is no doubt, though, that it is another brilliant marketing and sales strategy.
If you’re in the habit of giving credence to tired clichés, you’re probably aware that a good chef never blames a mistake on his tools. That’s not quite true when it comes to case modding. Anybody who’s ever tried molding metal (or anything else) into newfound shapes knows that skill is definitely a factor, but even Modderati masters can’t turn ducks into swans if their tools aren’t up to snuff. On the flip side, solid tools can help novices pump out professional-looking mods.
Rather than stumble through the almost endless number of entries in the store, however, browse through our efficient list of the 61 extensions just about everyone should consider. These are not the “apps” that are also very popular in the Web store, which are essentially links off to select Web app sites. Instead, we’re concentrating on the actual software that extends and improves your browsing experience, sometimes in ways you didn’t even think possible.
Home Theater PCs (HTPCs) are becoming more and more popular due to a number of reasons. The desire of consumers to watch and enjoy their media, be it Blu-rays/DVDs or broadcast content, in an independent manner (i.e. not limited by DRM restrictions such as with Tivo recordings or even just optical media) has enabled the HTPC industry to gain a lot of relevance, as opposed to getting tied down with non-upgradeable consumer electronics equipment
In recent times, memory specialists Corsair have really broadened their scope with what is now several top notch audio products covering both headsets and speaker systems. However it’s not until today that we have the first wireless gaming headset from Corsair, which boast’s algorithm based surround sound thanks to some nifty software that runs in the background.
The Source Filmmaker (SFM) is the movie-making tool built and used by us here at Valve to make movies inside the Source game engine. Because the SFM uses the same assets as the game, anything that exists in the game can be used in the movie, and vice versa.
Whether you just bought a new system with bloatware or you’re just seeking greener pastures, you’ll eventually have to uninstall security software. Unfortunately, that’s not always as easy as it could be, especially with solutions on mass market retail machines. Shady business tactics aside, making security software tricky to remove increases the chances that clueless users don’t mistakenly scrap their protection.
The GT 640 GPU just isn’t impressive in any other light at the $99 price tag. If Galaxy and NVIDIA were to offer this at the $70 mark we might be able to make a case for the price differential relative to the performance gap, but as it stands now, that is nearly impossible to do.
JP LeBreton plays through a few levels of Bioshock that he created and give commentary along the way.
I was completely caught off guard… I had super low expectations based on the screen-shots I’d seen, however after playing a bit, I noticed more and more cool features that really added to the overall game.
The Rezzed show floor will be stuffed to the SATA ports with PC and indie games.
There’s discussion of why gaming matters, why games should be more personal, and Anthropy’s recently published a book, Rise of the Videogame Zinesters. So please, choose your own interview.
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