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!
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!