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Weekly Shenanigans #3

I don’t know what to say, other that I’m on a roll. Three weeks in a row of regularly posting a column? That’s something pretty close to a miracle for me. I’m the guy that regularly makes posts with the words, “Part One” tacked onto the end, and regularly fails to make follow-up posts. It might not be a big deal for other people, but three posts in a row is absolutely EPIC as far as I’m concerned.

Enough with the patting myself on the back, though. Let’s get down to business.

  • Not too big (extended ATX), not too small (mini-ITX). Just right.

    Not too big (extended ATX), not too small (mini-ITX). Just right.

    Anandtech recently reviewed a mATX (that’s micro ATX, for all you non-hardware geeks out there) motherboard from MSI, the X-58M. That pint-size sucker went toe-to-toe with the ASUS Rampage II Gene and came out on top in several circumstances. What’s more, it retails for $169.99, which is one of the cheapest, if not the cheapest price I’ve seen for an X-58 board. This looks like a great option if you’re not concerned with adding a bunch of discrete cards – the mobo comes with 2 PCI-e 2.0 X16 slots, a single x4 slot, and a legacy PCI slot. Overall, it’s a great option, and I might be considering it for my upcoming build. Score one for the budget team.

  • There’s an interesting article talking about graphical realism on Gamasutra. It’s plenty accessible, managing to avoid the highly-technical jargon that such pieces so often get bogged down with. Check it out.
  • There’s been this big, faintly-annoying Kojima thing going on this week. They’ve got a teaser site up with a count-down sequence to lord knows what. It’d been doing its thing for a while – you know, counting down and stuff, and making impatient gamers like me start to get a bit antsy. Wouldn’t you know it, the first countdown revealed another countdown. This time, though, if you stay on the site long enough you’ll see the characters, “5 @ E3” flash up on the screen. I know some friends who will be drooling over that game until its release (if you don’t know what game this is referring to, do a little research; you should figure it out easily enough).
  • Shamelessly jacked from IGN. Trademarked, all rights reserved, etc.

    Shamelessly jacked from IGN. Trademarked, all rights reserved, etc.

    The Bioshock 2 release date has been announced – November 3rd for US, Oct 30th for Europe. Cue jealousy from this side of the pond. I can’t wait to play this, slash review it, slash do all kinds of other nerdy things that haven’t occurred to me yet. I’ll probably replay the original before it comes out, just to get in the mood.

  • We’ve got tasty Apple updates: as done for the past two years, Apple is having their Back to School Promo, which essentially includes a free 8 gig iPod Touch with the purchase of an Apple computer. What’s that mean? They’re clearing out their inventory in preparation for a new hardware revision. It also means that even if the new iPod Touch is announced alongside the 3rd-gen iPhone, it won’t be sold until after the promo is over, probably in September. Dang.Additionally, the old-style white MacBook has received a minor update, including bumping the CPU from 2.0 to 2.13 GHz, DDR2-800 RAM instead of DDR2-667, and base hard drive capacity is now at 160 GB from 120 GB, with a max size of 500 GB. Interestingly, this places some of the white MacBook’s specs above those of the baseline unibody aluminum MacBook, indicating that we will likely be seeing similar or higher updates to that model in the coming months.
  • I’ve got some iPhone/iPod Touch articles waiting to go up that I’d love to share, but I can’t – they haven’t been posted yet at iPGN, which is the site they were originally written for. Journalistic integrity and first publication rights and all that; you know how it goes.

That about covers it. My apologies for the lack of posts over the past couple days, I was out trekking through Tiger Leaping Gorge. No, I’m not feeling the least bit guilty about it – can’t be online all day, every day. So I’ve been told, anyway. I’ve found no evidence to back up that claim. *Looks around suspiciously*


May 31, 2009 - Posted by | Gaming, Humor, State of the Blog, Weekly Shenanigans | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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