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!
Just as swapping parts in your rig can make all the difference, so can custom building an interface into your very own OS. Mods like Rainmeter have spawned communities dedicated to trickin' out their user interfaces--many with dramatic and beautiful new looks. Check out our 20 favorite in the gallery after the jump!
If you read our massive browser battle article, you know that Firefox 4 has recently been released. Call it a response to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9; call it general and expected progress; call it whatever you want—Firefox 4 is no slouch. It takes the best features of Internet Explorer and Chrome, improves them, throws in a mountain of new features itself, and wraps it all up in a sleek, intuitive package. To kick it all off, we’ve put together a visual guide to some of its best new features along with some tips and tricks to help turn you into Firefox power user. Read on!
Today is April Fools Day, that magical time of year when productivity grinds to a halt as every website under the sun tries to outdo itself with a zany prank that everyone saw coming. But don't worry, we're going to spare you the rigamarole. We're not a bunch of Stiffly Stiffersons around here, though, so we've put together a list of our 10 favorite tech pranks--a mix of this years best best April Fools pranks, along with some classics that you can use yourself. Read on for more!