PC adventure games have seen a much-needed resurgence in the past couple of years, attracting newer audiences and developers who wish to get in on the fun. With renewed interest in the once-forgotten genre, we're seeing sequels to cult classic, new tales with familiar heroes, and in the case of some newcomers, those who dare to push the boundaries of convention. Going beyond simple detective stories, murder mysteries, and real-world trappings is welcome, and while we have a handful of modern examples doing so, the edgiest games were found in the genre's formative years. Some hardly made sense. Others ended up weirding out or offending and alienating audiences completely. We're celebrating the oddities of twenty of the strangest PC adventure games ever. Let's get weird.
The concept of the desktop PC that folds flat like a tabletop is catching on. HP was first, with its Z1 workstation, but Lenovo brought the technology to consumer all-in-ones with its very sexy IdeaCentre A720. Now Asus has adopted the idea for its new ET2300 series (we reviewed the model ET2300INTI-B022K).
Note: This review was taken from the January issue of the magazine.
Dishonored is a refreshingly stealthy change of pace in a first-person-shooter market crowded with Call of Battlefield-type games that seem like they were produced by Michael Bay. Don’t get us wrong—we love blowing stuff up, and we love killing terrorists, but sometimes we like to take a break from the frantic action and unwind with a night of stealthy throat slitting and neck snapping. After all, a man’s got to relax. This is what Dishonored delivers; a game based on stealth, tactics, and the delightful task of mastering a broad range of mystical abilities, providing us with a much-needed change of scenery in an FPS landscape dominated by desert warfare shooters, Borderlands 2 notwithstanding.
Note: This review was originally featured in the January 2013 issue of the magazine.
Today is February 14th, otherwise known as Valentines Day, but we're not here to share chocolate and roses. No, our true love is in computer hardware! We couldn't think of a better way to share the hardware we love than to give our Best of the Best section a big update.
Slumping PC sales didn't stop Lenovo from shipping 14.1 million computers last quarter.
Have you heard the one about the post-PC era? Of course you have, probably a thousand times by now because of all the attention being paid to tablets and smartphones, and the uncertainty surrounding Microsoft's touch-friendly Windows 8 platform. But don't believe anyone who tells you the sky is falling -- including Apple CEO Tim Cook, who justified the launch of a $799 128GB iPad by saying people would rather play on his tablet "than their old "PCs" -- because Lenovo is proving there's still a significant market for computers.
It’s hard to review ViewSonic’s new Smart Display VSD220 without thinking back to another of the company’s unusual products that we reviewed almost a decade ago: the Air Panel V110.
The Air Panel used Microsoft’s “Smart Display” technology to essentially let you remotely control your PC over Wi-Fi for browsing and MP3 streaming. Not to rehash ancient history, but Smart Display was just another charred carcass on the long road to a successful consumer tablet computer.
Besides functioning as a desktop-size Android device, the VSD220 can serve as a stand-alone touchscreen monitor for a full-fledged PC.
Gartner and IDC blame poor Windows 8 uptake, bad economy and competing devices
While Microsoft’s recent claim that Windows 8 is following a similar sales trajectory as its predecessor may or may not be fully accurate, the latest PC shipment numbers from market research firms Gartner and IDC have made one thing very clear: that Windows 8 sales between October 26 and December 31 weren’t enough to help the PC industry avoid a rare fourth-quarter sales slump.
This should surprise exactly no one, but Lenovo Chief Executive Officer Yuanqing Yang doesn’t like the term “Post-PC Era”. We suspect his views might be slightly influenced by his role as head honcho of the world’s 2nd largest PC manufacturer by volume, but that’s just a hunch.
In an interview with Reuters, Yang claims "We don't live in a post-PC world, we are entering the PC plus era." He further clarified by saying that the only companies who truly believe we are in a post-pc era are the ones that have stopped innovating with PCs. "In our industry many players think PCs have become a commodity product," he said. "We have never thought this way."
Lenovo has introduced the most exciting all-in-one computer design since HP reinvigorated the market with its TouchSmart series in 2008. The IdeaCentre A720 is a pizza-box design, much like the original TouchSmart; but modern ingredients enabled Lenovo to produce a thin-crust form factor that HP could never have dreamed of.
Lenovo’s IdeaCentre A720 is one gorgeous piece of industrial design.
Acer president Jim Wong believes touchscreens are an “irreversible trend”
Acer has never made any bones about its displeasure about having to both partner and compete with Microsoft in the Windows 8 tablet market. But, just to be clear, the Taiwanese company only has a problem with the “Surface” bit of Microsoft’s tablet strategy and is otherwise satisfied with the overall direction in which Windows is headed.