Archive for February, 2008

XPS 630 finally released

XPS 630 finally released

It has your choice of SLI or CrossFire as well as your choice of Core 2 Quad or Core 2 Extreme. It runs on the nForce 650i SLI chipset based board and can hold up to 4GB of DDR2.

Wii Firmware v. 3.2 now up for download

Wii Firmware v. 3.2 now up for download

Not much to see here, there is some performance upgrades in the update. The only other thing besides that is the Disc Channel will now tell you when there is disc with an update on it.

Apparently the various hacks that have been figured out are still working, so, if you’ve hacked your console you should still be good to go with the new update, provided previous updates didn’t mess up your particular shortcut. Kind of makes me wonder if this is the reason my Wii randomly powered up last night.

TouchTable TT84

TouchTable TT84

Now that’s a multi-touch table! It measures in at 67x50 inches, which according to Mr. Pythagoras is about 83.6 inches diagonally, that’s big.

Macbook Pro and MacBook refreshed with Penryn

Macbook Pro and MacBook refreshed with Penryn

The wait is over! I know many of you have held off purchasing Apple’s MacBook and MacBook Pro because of the updates rumor. Well, it happened. Apple refreshed MacBook and MacBook Pro with Intel’s latest Penryn CPU. Apple also added Multi-touch trackpad to MacBook Pro - it was first introduced in MacBook Air.

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New study says gamers love to get fragged

New study says gamers love to get fragged

When you're playing a round of Halo, which would you say you enjoyed more, killing, or being killed? That's easy, no one likes to lose, which is why we spend the entire time running around shooting at people. If we actually enjoyed dying, we'd just stand out in the open and wait to be shot, right? According to a new study, it's quite the opposite.

A study recently observed 36 young-adults as they played James Bond 007: Nightfire and monitored the brain's reactions. Apparently they found that when a person's own character was wounded or killed, the person's brain "elicited an increase in SCL and zygomatic and orbicularis oculi EMG activity and a decrease in corrugator activity" (make them less anxious). However, when someone would kill the another player, their brain showed the exact opposite response.

Valve is considering releasing music and video via Steam

Valve is considering releasing music and video via Steam

Steam has slowly became one of my favorite gaming services. It has made managing my games so much easier. When I put together a gaming rig, I just install Steam, and it will make sure that all of my games get back on my computer, and that there aren't any licensing issues. I've thought on  more than one occasion that it would be awesome if my other apps and even media were handled just as easily. According to Valve's Doug Lombardi, they're thinking along the same lines for digital media.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl won’t make it to Europe until summer, possibly fall

Super Smash Bros. Brawl won’t make it to Europe until summer, possibly fall

Over here in the US we've been eagerly awaiting the launch of Super Smash Bros. Brawl for a while. It's been pushed back, and will finally be making its way to our store shelves on March 9th. By that time the game will have been out for over a month in Japan. While the wait seems long for us, Europe still doesn't know when to expect the game. According to a statement by Reggie Fils-Aime mentioned that it could be as late as fall before it arrives on their shores.

The Homade Lego MP3 Player

The Homade Lego MP3 Player

For some having their gadgets blend in with everyone else is reason to be horrified for life. Now occasionally, that means they must have the newest gadget money can buy, however, other times it means having one of those quirky underground gadgets. This Homade Lego MP3 Player is one way to make sure you always stand out from the crowd.