Whether you sneak a peak at the toys section while grocery shopping at Target, or get dragged along to the local Toys R' Us with by your own kids, a small part of all of us wants to dig in. Why? Because at some point in each one of our lives, toys ruled our world. But, more importantly, many of them taught us virtues we would carry into our adult lives, and possibly pass on to our very own kids. Model cars and space ships taught us patience and attention to detail, Legos taught us that with the right amount of creativity, anything is possible, and Transformer robots taught us that, well, robots are freakin' cool.
With that in mind, we'd like to present to you twenty of our favorite current toys for nerdy kids. We didn't just want to find the coolest toys per say, we wanted to find cool toys that encourage kids intelectually and creatively as well. What did we miss? Maximum PC parents, what toys do you buy for your kids?
Adventure. Excitement. A geek craves not these things...most of the time. While most of us are content to walk in the light, a number of our most craven geek brethern have chosen to follow a darker path, seeking power, fame and glory through any means neccesary. Plying their geeky wiles towards bending the world to their will, these nerdy neerdowells will stop at nothing to survive and thrive. To make sure you know to steer clear of such villianous vermin, we've put together a gallery of some of the worst offenders. After all, knowing is half the battle.
Exhausted but undeterred, we hit the show floor of Comic-Con 2011 hard on our final day, raffling away our coveted Star Trek PC, and, as always, keeping a vigilant eye out for awesome costumes. Click through the images below!
The madness called Comic-Con continues to rage in San Diego, with brave field agents Alan and Nathan reporting live from the chaos. This first batch of Comic-Con 2011 pictures went live yesterday afternoon, and already we're already back with another helping of photographic evidence.
Read on to check out the crazy costumes and crowds of Comic-Con.
It is with a particular mix of eager excitement and apprehensive trepidation that we prepare ourselves every year for Comic Con. Between the panels, the announcements, the previews, the games, the costumes and the crush of super fans, it's often a geek overload. However, who better to tackle such a monstrous event than the Maximum PC staff?
What did we do before the widespread adaptation of Google Maps and GPS? Well, if you're anything like me, you probably got lost. A lot. But maps are good for a lot more than finding your way around - especially if they're online, where they can also be a way to track trends and crimes, help find you a new apartment, search the night sky and test your knowledge of world geography.
The integration with maps and photography can help to tell a story, or create art. In honor of a long standing appreciation for cartrography in its many forms, we present to you twenty-six awesome (and mostly interactive) maps. Enjoy - and be sure to share your favorite maps in the comments!
Now that you've had a chance to check out the 2011 Dream Machine, we wanted to take another chance to show off our prototype Cooler Master Cosmos II case and its killer Smooth Creations custom paint job. That's why we put together 5 1920x1200 Dream Machine wallpapers for you to use. Click through to check them out!
We've got a lot of great content lined up for the week leading up to this years Dream Machine, but there's one thing we just won't do: tell you what's in it. We know you're all dying to know what we chose for this years build, so we'll throw you a bone--we'll tell you 9 components that aren't going to be in the Dream Machine.
Check them out, then hit the comments and give us your predictions for what Dream Machine 2011 is going to look like.
Mice—they’re something we PC enthusiasts tend to take for granted. After all, once you’ve specced out your new rig with a blazing fast processor and a video card the size of a VCR, what’s it really matter what we use to move the pointer around?
It's easy to forget that not that long ago, tattoos were only seen on metal-heads, bikers, hoodlums, convicts and sailors. Sporting ink was an easily identifiable symbol of an outcast, a black sheep, a pariah of society... much like a computer nerd, sci-fi geek or early gamer, actually. Maybe that's why there's so much overlap now between the two groups: both identify themselves as slightly outside the norms of society, or have been seen by others as different from the rest.
However, given the current ubiquitous nature of tattoos - and the ever-increasing visibility of gamers, PC culture, sci-fi sitcoms and the like - it's probably no surprise that members of our own computer-loving community are choosing to demonstrate their fandom using more permanent methods. As the most-heavily tattooed member of the Maximum PC (and Maximum Tech) staff, I tasked myself with finding the best examples of the intersection between tattoo-enthusiasts and PC-lovers. Check out the best technology-related tattoos below, and feel free to share your thoughts (or your own tech tats) in the comments!