Valve's Robin Walker had an interview with Develop Online today where he announced that Team Fortress 2 is now and will always be FREE. Being one of the biggest PC games in the past 10 years this is a big deal. It will be interesting to see how going free to play will affect future game play, but one thing is for sure. With free games popping up left and right, Steam is going to put up one hell of a fight to competition like EA's Origin.
Jeffrey Stephenson AKA: slipperyskip is no stranger to getting attention for his PC mods. A quick glance at his website shows 12 modding contest wins, appearances at 11 different conferences, 14 different write-ups on endgadget and gizmodo, 13 different magazine write-up's, and even an appearance on television. I don't think there are many more people in the modding community that can say they have done half as much! The most impressive thing is that his modding style is completely different than what anyone else is doing. With each of his builds he experiments with different materials to create PC's that would easily blend right in to a home 40, 50, 60 or more years ago. His latest build is called Usonian and for anyone that is a fan of architecture you will have a good idea of what he had in mind.
You've built yourself a custom PC sparing no expense, you have two or three monitors setup on your desk, but yet something doesn’t feel right. That office chair you picked up just isn’t cutting it when compared to the rest of your setup. Up until now there just hasn’t been a chair that fits the bill and can truly be called 'epic'. A few years ago I spotted a chair that met those standards at PLAYSEAT’s booth and I wasted no time trying to get one in to check out. This November, after far too long in development, they offered that chair up for sale on their website. This has to be one of the coolest items we will cover all year, don't miss out!
Vector from over at PDXLan posted up what has to be one of the most entertaining build logs I have ever seen. I could easily see this becoming a trend with future build logs. I know I would love too see more! If you are getting ready to build or upgrade your PC, feel free to put together something creative like what Vector did. Post it up on our forums or send me an email via the Contact page and we will consider posting it up on our front page.
A quick preview at Gigabytes upcoming 6 series motherboards for sandy bridge CPU's. One word sums them up... SEXY. The new heatsink design is slick and out of the way, the black PCB on the P67A-UD3R would look at home in any gaming rig. Of course you will find all of the features you have come to expect like their USB 3.0, SATA 6, and triple power to the USB's for charging your ipod.
Marcello:I have laptop HP Pavilion dv7-2043cl. Recently I did an upgrade, I installed a Q9000 quadcore processor. I believe that the high temperature hit the video card (on board) ATI HD 4650 (has been repaired). I'm a gamer and I need you guys to indicate the best cooler for my profile. Please help me, I do not want to lose my laptop and my money.
Wes: Marcello, thanks for emailing us. Having put a collection of coolers to the test there is one thing that we have seen consistently. No matter the design, if it doesn't line up to the vents on the bottom of your laptop the cooler won't do any good. Because of that my highest recommendation goes to Cooler Master's Notepal U3. The U3's adjustable fan positions will come in handy and guarantee that you have the best cooling.
Recently, the folks over at EA and Digital Illusions CE allowed PC gamers to participate in open beta testing for the multiplayer component of EA's upcoming first-person shooter Medal of Honor (MoH). One of LanOC's editors was among these participants. His identity has been concealed for security purposes... Okay, it was Tim.
Immersing oneself seems to be the popular idea these days in the gaming industry, with 3-D and motion control climbing their way onto every platform. Debatable as they may be, they only aim to improve upon the senses already used in gaming. TN Games has taken a different approach, to introduce something new to your game: the ability to react depending on what you feel physically, with the Tactile Gaming Vest. Scary? Perhaps, especially when your editor volunteers you to try it out while he uses a rapid fire Barret Sniper Rifle.
This week, the largest LAN party in North America begins in Dallas, Texas. As gamers, we dream of being among the thousands of like-minded gamers enjoying the four-day marathon. As fellow LAN party organizers, we can only admire what the once thirty-some attendee event has become. A group of our more dedicated community members, known as Team Waffle Train, have had the pleasure of attending the monstrosity more than a few times, and a member from TWT has been kind enough to share his guide to survivng the 96-hours of geekdom.
One of the most interesting nitches of PC and gaming is the Case Mod. You turn a PC into a work of art that is not only functional but also something even someone who cares nothing about PC’s could find interesting. We at LanOC Reviews have seen our fair share of mods at our events, on our forums, and in my other places around the net. Today it is my pleasure to announce a contest we have been putting together for some time. We are hosting a summer case mod contest.
When packing up your rig to head to a LAN party, you will find yourself trying to find the best way to pack your keyboard and other peripherals. I have seen people use everything from backpacks, totes, and even plastic shopping bags. The need for a good way to pack your equipment is there, but oddly enough you won’t find many options. Razer quietly introduced what they call the “Razer Gear Rack” last year along with their gaming gear line. Today we finally have a chance to look at their Gear Rack a little closer; maybe this is product we have been looking for.
Sometimes you just have to get your gaming fix when you are away from your PC. This week we are going to look at a few options for people who are looking to play their games on the go. We will even compare a portable gaming rig to a gaming laptop to see if the extra portability is worth the added cost. I know we learned a few things when putting together a few writup's for this week, I hope you guys do also.
How many times have you been away from an outlet and needed to give your cell phone, DS, or PSP a charge. I know I have found myself in that position more times than I can count. Choiix just released a product with that in mind called the Power Fort. Over the past week I have had the chance to put their Power Fort Advanced model, has it been helpful? Let’s find out.
Being the gamers and LAN goers that we are, we often sacrifice a good meal for a quick snack and more gaming time. Usually, it's more than our physical health that pays the price, it's also the health of our equipment. When we heard that a company had designed a snack food particularly for gamers, of course we were excited to check it out. Promises of no crumbs and grease transfer were appealing, but after checking out the product in-depth, we learned how much more it offered.
Based out of Michigan, MaxForce PC has been creating custom rigs tailored suited to customer requests since 2007. To further suit customer needs, they will even track down a part not listed on their site to install in your system. Max contacted us a while back to see if we were interested in reviewing one of his enthusiast gaming build's, the Javelin P55. Since it was right down our alley and had a perfect LAN situation to test it out in, we took the oppourtunity.
When you are looking for a fast and easy to use PDF reader you may come across a company called Fox-It. They make a fast, if not the fastest PDF reader; you can say they do a better job with adobe PDF files than Adobe themselves. When I found out last year that Fox-It was bringing out an e-reader, I was excited to see if their PDF knowledge would improve on the already great e-reader.
Bigfoot Networks is no stranger to LanOC Reviews, having the chance to personally speak with them on a number of occasions. If you're not familiar with the company, very simply BFN is a company dedicated to help reduce your lag in online gaming with their line of network cards. The Killer technology has been on the market for a while now, and BFN has been developing and enhancing their products to better fight network latency. Bigfoot has given us the oppurtunity to get a first-look at their new product, the Killer 2100 Network Card.
At the beginning of this year at CES, Sony unvelied a new device known as the 'Dash'. The design resembles many of the popular handheld devices such as the iPad, but has quite a different function. We all love those widgets that bring us news feeds, videos, and status updates; the Dash is the medium to bring all those to you in the palm of your hand. Experts lucky enough to get their hands on the device are calling it much simpler than the iPad, with a more modest price tag of $199 as well.
What If I told you that you could pick up a 23 inch monitor today for less than 160 bucks? A lot of people including one of our staff would jump right on that. Of course, no matter what the price it won’t make any difference if it’s sporting dead pixels. That’s why today I will be taking a closer look at one of these hot deals, I’m sure you have already ordered yours so you can read about my experience with it while you wait for it to come in the mail.
When it comes to PC gaming, owning your competition in-game just isn't enough anymore. When you arrive to a LAN and first power on your rig, they should know that you mean business. Whether your looking to complete a theme, light your PC up like a Christmas tree, or just trying to spruce up an old build, nothing gets the job done like cold cathodes. VIZO has a long line of lighting options, including UV reactant cables and binding kits (which we've already had the pleasure of testing). Today, they've sent us a more simple option, a set of cold cathode lights, to see how they perform.