Category Archives: Games

Mini-itx AM1 gaming system w/discrete video card and DC PSU!

Compact but packs a punch :-)

Mike sent me some info and photos of his awesome mini-itx system: I crammed the AM1H-ITX along with a 5350, a Kingston HyperX 4gb DDR3-1600 stick, Slimline DVD-Rom, Microcenter house brand120gb SSD, a couple 40mm fans, and an EVGA GTX 750 2GB (non-ti) into a Travla C158 case. I’m powering it with a DC power brick (part number 316688-001 or spare 317188-001) from either a beefy HP laptop or possibly a docking station. The specs are 18.5v, 6.5a, 120 watts.

“you are not signed in” message – Duke Nukem Forever multiplayer

My buddy Kevin and I were trying to play some Duke Nukem Forever the other day and I encountered an error when trying to access the multiplayer portion (i.e. the options were grayed out). So if you are playing DNF and get a message similar to this: You are not signed in. You must be signed in to access online content. then it is likely all you need to do is exit Steam and the re-signin to resolve the issue  

NEW thinkfun.com version of Robot Turtles [20% off promo coupon code]

Screenshot of the Thinkfun.com homepage featuring RobotTurtles

A rather exciting email from the creator of Robot Turtles (the fun board game that teaches kids how to program). I pre-ordered a version and you can even use promo/coupon code TEACHERS at thinkfun.com for 20% off! Here is the email in its entirety: {START} First a brief summary (or, as the kids say, TL;DR): A new, enhanced version of Robot Turtles is available for preorder.   Next, a long rambling version of same.   Five short months ago we closed

Best monitor resolution for SC2?

Q. I read your blog and it looks like you and I share a common interest in Starcraft 2. Can you recommend which is the best resolution for SC2 from a competitive point of view? -Elly Edge A. For maximum Starcraft 2 competitive advantage, you will definitely want a monitor with a 16:9 aspect ratio* as that aspect ratio lets you see the largest amount of terrain. Here is an imagine that illustrates the difference between 16:9, 16:10 and 4:3

New video card for 4K UHD and Starcraft 2 SC2 HotS

Every four years or so I invest in a new video card. The latest edition, ordered today, is the GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 650 Ti OC 2GB card. I actually meant to order a BOOST edition but somewhat mistakenly ordered the ‘OC’ edition. However, I like the overall features of the card and if it performs well enough I will keep it. Otherwise, I may return it and look at a GTX 760. My general usage scenarios will be to use

X-Arcade now available cheaper at Fry’s

Some cool news from X-Arcade: [...] our newest X-Arcade Two Player home arcade system will now be available for just $99 at Fry’s Electronics, one of America’s largest and most iconic electronics retailers. The Silicon Valley-based retail chain known for its elaborately-themed technology superstores around the country will begin selling X-Arcade Dual Joysticks nationwide March 7th. Source They make rock solid controllers, I own one and have been very impressed with it. The Fry’s price is $30 cheaper since that

Blake’s take on gaming mice for WoW etc.

My friend Blake does a decent amount of gaming. Since I have been blogging about gaming keyboards and gaming mice, I wanted to hear what Blake used… Specifically I asked him could you tell me what mouse/mice you use for your gaming sessions? Anything re: pros/cons, advice or future mice plans would also be appreciated! Blake’s response: I currently use a mouse by Red Dragon that was part of a Case kit that I bought year ag, its just a

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