2006

The Movies

The Movies represents a concept so astounding that we didn’t think it could possibly work. Take the fun people-management aspects of The Sims, then use those people to create movies by hiring them as actors, directors, crew members, and even janitors.

Battlefield 2: Special Forces

The new BF2 expansion pack delivers on its promise of making an awesome game even awesomer. That is, if you can put up with the hassles typically associated with the launch of any Battlefield product—some stuff just ain’t right the first few weeks after release.

Boostaroo Revolution Headphone Amp

For many people, portable audio devices such as MP3 players and handheld gaming devices just don’t deliver enough oomph.

Stubbs the Zombie

Killing zombies is one of the staples of the first-person-shooter genre. And quite frankly, we’re a little sick of it.

Seagate 7200.9 Barracuda

Seagate’s new flagship drive is a case of “one step forward, one step back” as it features an increased buffer size (now at 16MB) compared with the previous generation drive, but a lower areal density, if you can believe that.

ATI All in Wonder X1800 XL

ATI’s X1000-series GPUs haven’t exactly bowled us over with their 3D prowess, and the X1800 XL is no exception.

Falcon Northwest Mach V

It’s the worst-kept secret in the PC business: All of the manufacturers have access to the exact same parts.

AOpen Mini PC

There have been few watershed moments in the history of the PC formfactor: There was, of course, the tectonic-plate shift that moved us from AT to ATX.

Cyberpower Gamer Ultra 8500 SE

Some of us were lucky enough to score screaming FX-60, 7800 GTX SLI systems during the winter holidays.