What a long, strange trip it's been. Ten years ago, most computer chassis were plain beige enclosures, barely worth mentioning. But over the years, manufacturers have been adding features: better materials, more fans, toolless drive bays, side windows, cable-routing cutouts, airflow ducts. And where they've faltered, modders have picked up the pace. Today's sub-$100 cases have features that weren't seen on the fanciest cases five years ago, and thing are only looking up. In the wake of the new case roundup we posted earlier this week, let's step back in time and look at some of the coolest cases of yesteryear.
Maybe it’s the whiff of summer in the air, but we've been a little, well, distracted. For the last few weeks, we’ve been spending a lot of time reminiscing and talking and opining over our favorite games from yesteryear. For some kids, summer mean
t lakes and rivers and baseball and camp. Not us. For us, summer meant long, uninterrupted hours playing lots and lots of games on our Commodore 64, Amiga, Atari 800, or IBM PC.
All these memories got us thinking: We've seen a lot of literal and spiritual remakes on phones, tablets, and even Faceb
ook. It's a great way for gamers to revive their favorites. But there are a bunch of classic games from thje golden era that have yet to receive a tender loving retro port. We decided it was high time someone identified a queue of sorts for future remakes. And while every game would work well on Windows, some of the classics would probably work even better on an alternative OS. So, as an added wrinkle, we’re going to pick one of three platforms - Windows, Facebook, or Android - as the best fit.
This past weekend, the Maker Faire hit the Bay Area. In the name of all things tech, DIY and awesome, I grabbed a camera and headed down to the San Mateo County Event Center to check it out. The Maker Faire, in the slim chance you're not familiar, is where all things DIY, tech, electronic, crafty, engineered and genius come together for one glorious uber-geek festival. And oh, is it ever a sight to behold. Covering everything from bikes and solar power, to robots, LEDs, 3D, rockets, crafts, steam punk, DIY, health and more, it's easy to lose time wandering the Maker Faire-grounds.
Despite my camera battery dying suddenly, I tried to capture as many photos as possible of the wide varitey of sculptures, activities, costumes, demonstrations, exhibits and offerings. Four hours was apparently not enough time since I sadly missed the Life-Sized Moustrap, MakerBot and Mondo Spider exhibits, but at least I managed to say hi to a group of R2D2s, discuss zombie domestication with the steam punks and watch a cupcake chase a muffin. (Yes. Really.) At Maker Faire, anything can cross your path. Click through to check out some photos!
God is pissed. At least we think he's pissed. Actually, we're not really sure if he's pissed or just mildly bummed 'cause of that whole James getting booted off Idol thing. But one thing's for sure – he's putting the big kibosh on good old Earth. This Saturday. Round about dinner time.
So, like, if you're planning a hot date, do it Friday.
Considering that next week at this time we'll have been bounced off the planet by colossal earthquakes, what better time could there be to look back at all those other world-altering and population-obliterating prognostications and events that, for some odd reason, never materialized.
After weeks of puzzles and hinting, Czech developer Bohemia Interactive has confirmed that a follow-up to its landmark military simulation game, Arma 3, is in development. It’s still a PC exclusive, it’s set somewhere in the Mediterranean, and it’ll retain the fine, sandboxy, multiplayer-friendly, emergent warplay that we expect from the franchise with some key improvements. Within: I dissect every detail of the announcement, play Where In The World Is Arma Sandiego?, and change my pants.
Also, read on for a look at the first 10 gorgeous screenshots from Arma III!
Modern games don't leave much to the imagination. Sophisticated graphics engines, powerhorse PC hardware and enormous production costs have created games with a level of fidelity we couldn't have even imagined just 10 years ago. It's a great time to be a gamer.
Still, with all the focus on production values, it's easy to forget about what matters the most: gameplay. To help remind everyone that gaming greatness is more than skin deep, we've rounded up 21 games that pack a ton of great gameplay into a tiny package. So read on--you'll want to download every one of them, and for once, you can!
The best thing about Google is that its employees have all the time in the world—or at least, a Google-bestowed chunk of hours—to devote to various side projects. You might recognize some of these. Like, say, Gmail.
Other Google side projects might fly under your radar for a variety of reasons, not the least of which being that these services are stuck in the Google Laboratory. This self-proclaimed “testing ground” is where useful add-ons to existing Google products boil and bubble. But here’s the problem: There are a ton of ingredients in Google’s soup.
How will you know which of the more than 50 Gmail add-ons are best without first installing them? Easy: You’ll read this guide. We’re counting down the 20 most useful Gmail Labs features that you can apply to your account with the mere click of a button. And we’re starting right now!
Gaming PCs today have gotten pretty high-tech. If you order a custom machine from a boutique PC vendor, you can expect the works: custom cases, water cooling, massive overclocks and a handful of enormous video cards, to boot. But it wasn't always that way--once upon a time a gaming computer was just a beige box like any other PC, complete with 72 lb CRT monitor and a stock cooler.
We got to wondering about when exactly boutique gaming PCs became an exercise in excess, so we did a little research. We've compiled scans of Maximum PC system reviews for the last 13 years, sampled once every 6 months, and put together a gallery. Hit the jump to see how gaming PC's have evolved since 1998, and watch all the bells and whistles appear one by one.
Blackberry's Playbook arrived at our offices today, and we just started putting the device through its paces. There's a considerable amount of negativity around RIM's first tablet device. We'll withhold judgement until we've spent at least a full day with it, but we will admit to being disappointed that there's no native email client on the device. That feels like a shortcoming.
On the plus side, the screen is pretty amazing, and standard internet performance is surprisingly snappy.
More info to come as we unearth it. For now, here are a bunch of photographs of our shiny new thing.
On the one hand, Adobe's platform has caused us a lot of grief--keeping it installed and updated is a pain, and even then the sheer number of security holes caused by flash is cringeworthy. It can be a system hog, too, and don't even get us started about how Flash single-handedly set UI design back 5 years.
But still, where would we be without Flash for free, addictive web games? There would be no Desktop TD, no Line Rider, and no Crush the Castle (and therefore no Angry Birds). So how can we waste our time with online games without having to deal with Flash? HTML5, that's how.
If you think there aren't any fun HTML5 games released yet, think again--we've prepared a gallery with links to 20 games you can play for free right now in any modern browser. Read on for more!