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E3 Day 2 in brief: Babes, games, and stay the course

By: Trace Hagan | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Jun 7, 2012 6:08 am

The title enticed you to read this article, didn't it? No? Well, a promise is a promise, so let's do a top three booth babes countdown. Gree's costumed beauty gets third place. Sorry for the slightly bad picture.




Nyko babe gets second place, simply because of the costume she was in. Not bad looking either.


I have to give the gold to Trion's babe as she is the best costumed.


There are a few honorable mentions that I will be putting on Facebook later today. I didn't just check out the babes, though, as this is a gaming show. I got the grand tour of several indie games and was impressed. While these games may not have had the fit and finish of the major game studio games, they featured innovative game play ideas. Often these games were created by one or two people, and sometimes in a short period of time.


Borderlands 2 was on display, but I didn't get a chance to go hands-on. Just like Crysis, they were also not allowing photos or video to be taken of the game. ZombiU appears to be better than expected and not just some over-hyped game that ends up flopping once people get their hands on it.


Nothing interesting has come out of Microsoft or Sony at this E3, but that is often how it is. Next year will be massive, if the rumors are true, when Microsoft and Sony launch their next-gen consoles. For now, they are pushing the PS3 and 360.

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ViewSonic stand at Computex has 4K screen on display, touch-screens on display and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jun 7, 2012 5:28 am

Computex 2012 - ViewSonic had a great floor showing off a bunch of screens, not just for consumers, but for business and enterprise. The first one we walked past was the ViewSonic EP5502 which is a 55-inch Full HD 1080p display with sleep tempered glass faceplate, a bunch of inputs (HDMI, VGA, YPbPr, USB) and can load images quite easily through its USB input.




Next to that was the widescreen EW2962 which again, is great for business and enterprise. It's much wider and would suite businesses such as restaurants, or train stations. It was great to see something like this in-person from ViewSonic. But, the true fun hasn't started just yet!




ViewSonic had a frameless 27-inch LCD sporting SuperClear IPS technology, backed up by its 1080p resolution and SRS Premium Sound integrated speakers. Featuring a 30,000,000:1 contrast ratio, it has a 7ms response time and features DVI, HDMI and RGB inputs.

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NBA Baller Beats: Probably the worst game idea ever

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 7, 2012 5:03 am

While I was standing in line for a Nyko product hands-on, the booth next to me was advertising this new game called "NBA Baller Beats." They had big name basketball stars there to promote it, along with younger athletes. However, I am deeming this game idea among on of the worst I have ever seen.




It's another Guitar Hero/Rockband rip off, but with a twist. Instead of strumming when a symbol reaches a point on the screen, you have to dribble a real basketball. The company is billing this game as the first to track a real ball using Kinect. Let's take a moment to point out the stupidity in this.


First, numerous people have carpet where they have their consoles. Second, most parents have a rule about playing with balls inside. Third, if I'm going to dribble and play with a basketball, why wouldn't I just go outside and do it? So, while it is cool that it can track the basketball, it really is a terrible game idea.


What are your thoughts? Is this a game you would be interested in purchasing and playing?

A peek at the AverMedia booth

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jun 7, 2012 4:18 am

Computex 2012 - We've just walked through AverMedia's booth here in the halls of Nangang at Computex, and their Game Capture HD device is definitely looking great. If you haven't seen AverMedia's Game Capture HD, it's a small device that can connect up to your gaming console and record footage with no delay or lag.






Of course, taking pictures is just as easy and you can also use those taken pictures and use them as your background on your PC or PlayStation 3. This means if you beat your friend or break a record, you could rub it in their face whenever they see you by using it as your background. Something else that caught our eye was AverMedia's Live Gamer HD.




Live Gamer HD is a PCI-Express based card that has a H.264 hardware encoder built in, meaning you can record gameplay without much strain on your CPU and other bits. Live Gamer HD sports both input and output, HDMI and DVI ports and a dedicated 'record' button for instant response. It captures video right up to 1080p@60 which is not too bad at all.

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Razer Taipan, an ambidextrous gaming mouse

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 7, 2012 4:12 am

Razer is promoting their new Taipan gaming mouse this year at E3. This new mouse is an ambidextrous mouse which means that it is designed to be comfortable for both left-handed and right-handed users. They had roughly 10 stations set up using this mouse along with their Razer Blade gaming laptop.




I got a chance to mess around with it and it's both comfortable and good. The technical aspects explain why it is so good, but the comfort of it is not always guaranteed. The mouse operates at 8200dpi and features laser and optical sensors, along with Z-axis tracking and cutoff. The specs of the product are:


  • Ambidextrous form factor
  • 8200 dpi 4G Dual Sensor System
  • Razer Synapse 2.0 enabled
  • Nine (9) programmable Hyperesponse buttons
  • 1000 Hz Ultrapolling/1 ms response time
  • Up to 200 in. per sec./50 g acceleration
  • 2.1 m/7 ft. braided fiber cable
  • Approximate Size : 124 mm/4.88 in. (length) x 63 mm/2.48 in. (width) x 36 mm/1.42 in. (height)
  • Approximate Weight: 95 g/0.21 lb.

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Best and worst of E3: Day 2

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 7, 2012 3:39 am

It's time for another round of awards, this time based on my experiences from day 2. Once again, these are based solely on my opinion and are for fun only. But, they are also meant to allow you to gain a better insight into the trade show happenings. Without further ado, let's begin.


The biggest fail award goes to WeMade Entertainment. I got quite the chuckle out of this marketing mess-up, almost as much as Intel's "Actual Size" 2-foot Atom processor mess-up. This time, WeMade was showing off the "World's largest iPhone." What it should have said was "World's largest iPad." Take a look for yourself:




Nintendo wins a couple of awards. First, I'm giving them the award for most booth babes. I swear there was one at every single demo station, of which there were quite a few. More importantly, I am awarding Nintendo with the honor of having the best way to get people to go through their booth. In this case, they gave you a pin for the different attractions you went to in Nintendoland.


Qualcomm Atheros, who I got a chance to speak with at Alienware's booth, wins best gaming networking device. There will be a post dedicated to this technology, but it is enough to say that this is an online gaming game changer. Basically, it allows for packet prioritization and yields lower latency for game packets.


Tomorrow is the last day of E3, so I will close it out with a best-of-show post. Until then, look for more detailed posts about the products and games shown.

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Cooler Master's Cosmos II Ultra Tower, it's big, it's blue, and it's beautiful

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 7, 2012 3:16 am

Computex 2012 - Cooler Master's booth featured their amazing Cosmos II Ultra Tower but just a little different this time around, in blue. The case itself features a stylish, race-car inspired design against brushed aluminum and steel.




It can house 10 fans, 13 HDDs total, supports XL-ATX motherboards and 4-way SLI or CrossFireX. It features an Advanced Control Panel that includes 4-channel fan speed control. Ports include USB 2.0, USB 3.0, eSATA and audio-in/out. But, the stand-out thing here is the color. Whether this makes it to the retail channel is another question, but just look at that blue... beautiful.



ViviTouch: a new vibration technology that improves the feel of games and audio

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 7, 2012 2:58 am

I got a chance to check out some new technology by ViviTouch. This new vibrator technology has no moving parts yet provides firm and varying vibration. As opposed to traditional vibrators, the technology demonstrated by ViviTouch allows for directional vibrations which improves the feel of the game's vibrations.




ViviTouch installed the technology into an Xbox 360 controller and I got a chance to play with it for a little while. Let's put it this way: I tried to steal it. Not literally, of course, but I did ask them where I could buy one almost immediately after picking it up. Currently, there is no solution on the market.


In addition to the Xbox controller, they had installed the technology into a pair of headphones. The technology, which was turned off by pressing a button on the side, seemed to increase the quality of the sound. Human hearing is done by vibrations, so having the headphones vibrate puts those vibrations directly into the bones of the ear.


ViviTouch is hoping to get Microsoft and others to implement the technology in their products, so hopefully we will see it on the market soon. Until then, we will have to rely on the old, traditional vibration technology. Shame.

G.Skill booth featured some of the world's best overclockers on stage

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jun 7, 2012 2:28 am

Computex 2012 - Overclocking is a huge thing here in Computex, where at the G.Skill booth they had some of the world's best overclocking champions facing it off on-stage. Young Pro, Hiwa, and Fred Yama were all there as we walked past.




If you remember, G.Skill are having their world-class overclocking invitational, and these great OC champs were going head-to-head. The presence and aura there was great, the crowd was loving it and the G.Skill booth babes were some of the best there. Yellow and black looks awesome, doesn't it?





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Synology DS411slim, a 4-bay 2.5-inch NAS with a tiny footprint

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 7, 2012 1:20 am

Computex 2012 - A blink and you'll miss it NAS was in the Synology booth in the halls of Nangang yesterday, where we spotted Synology's DS411slim. The Synology DS411slim is a 4-bay, 2.5-inch HDD based network attached storage (NAS) device.




The DS411slim can take 4 x 2.5-inch drives, and provide you with a great performing NAS that is tight on both physical space and power consumption. It sports a single-core 1.6GHz processor, 256MB of RAM, Gigabit Ethernet, 2 x USB 2.0 ports, and a single eSATA port. All of this weighs in at less than 0.66kg, yes, under 1kg! It's not noisy, either, with a rated noise level of just 21.1dBA.







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