EA is on the verge of winning another award, but in this case we are using the term “winning” in the loosest possible sense. Each year The Consumerist asks the Internet at large to rate the worst companies in America, and EA appears poised to win for a second year in a row. Only in Charlie Sheen’s world could this even remotely be considered “winning” however, and as a result Chief Operating Office Peter Moore is stepping forward to offer his defense.
AMD exec touts PS4’s Jaguar APU as being more than just a run-of-the-mill x86 solution
From insisting that it was the one who dumped Sony to taking a jibe at the Playstation 4’s AMD supplied custom APU, Nvidia has been behaving a lot like a jilted lover ever since the Japanese company unveiled its eighth-generation console last month. But what does archrival AMD, which currently enjoys a near-monopoly in the console market, have to say about why it was chosen ahead of Nvidia for Sony’s next-generation console?
At least you won't have to worry about installing Steam.
Razer is pretty stoked to let the world know that its Edge tablet for gamers will soon come pre-installed with Valve's Steam software, enabling users to more quickly tap into their existing games library. Of course, you could always download Steam yourself, but hey, we'd rather see Steam sitting there than a bunch of trialware and other bloat that OEMs sometimes like to load their systems with. Still, we have reservations about the Edge.
Think a laptop is supposed to be a light and portable PC? Think again. iBuyPower’s CZ-17 is neither of those things. With a carry weight of almost 11 pounds and dimensions measuring 16.9x11.3x2.2-inches, this thing is huge and friggin’ heavy. Imagine lugging around a dumbbell in your pack all day and you’ll catch our drift.
Note: This review first appeared in the January 2013 issue of the magazine.
For first person shooters, real-time strategy titles, and most gaming genres outside of sports, using a mouse and keyboard trumps a console controller, hands down. I won't debate this, but after reading about the Stinky Footboard, I am willing to concede that there's room for a third wheel in what's traditionally been a two-handed tango. Just as piano players rely on foot pedals for a wider range of sound, the Stinky Footboard offers gamers greater flexibility than a mouse and keyboard alone.
Logitech's new lineup represents a renewed commitment to PC gaming.
While some game developers are gushing over the recently announced PlayStation 4 console and its 8GB of unified GDDR5 memory, there are companies like Logitech that want you to know they haven't forgotten about the PC crowd. Just the opposite, Logitech today announced a new G line of gaming peripherals that the company says is representative of its renewed commitment to PC gaming.
We had the opportunity to get our hands on the Razer Edge, which Razer is advertising as the most powerful gaming tablet in the world. Our particular unit costs $1,450 and is armed with an x86 i7 CPU and a discrete GeForce GT640M video card. No integrated graphics and ARM processor here, folks: This is a full PC. Watch as we unbox the device and it's various peripherals (console dock, controller extension, and more).
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.
Competition drives innovation and trash talk in equal measure
Nvidia didn’t say much when the PS4 was announced, but today they came out swinging. During an interview with Maximum PC’s sister site Techradar, Nvidia’s Tony Tamasi claimed that, "Compared to gaming PCs, the PS4 specs are in the neighborhood of a low-end CPU, and a low- to mid-range GPU. If the PS4 ships in December as Sony indicated, it will only offer about half the performance of a GTX680 GPU (based on GFLOPS and texture), which launched in March 2012, more than a year and a half ago."
A rift may be forming between Piston Console maker Xi3 and Valve.
A partially transparent veil of secrecy hangs over Xi3's pint-sized Piston Console. When first unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this year, some surmised it was the official Steam Box, though Xi3 never came out and said it. And now that Xi3 is taking pre-orders, there's still no mention of it being a Steam Box, though it's clearly intended for living room gaming using Steam's Big Picture mode. Xi3 released a statement today that adds a little insight into its relationship with Valve, and also hints that things aren't as rosy between the two as previously thought.