Category Archives: Gaming

Logitech MX Revolution – I Love My Mouse

I bought a Logitech MX Revolution a while ago and was instantly in love with its 7 buttons and 2 scroll wheels. The best feature has to be the document flip wheel that right near the thumb and does what its supposed to do.

logitech_mx_revolution_document_flip Of course the interface is through Windows 7 and I can just click on whatever document I want. It works for someone like me who has a lot of things open and multitask a lot. All these things don’t come cheap, I bought the mouse for around $60 and that was with some coupon. Also the mouse is right-handed but very ergonomic. It doesn’t hurt my hand after.

And I hate to mention this, but the SetPoint software Logitech offers is either really buggy or they haven’t yet made their drivers fully compatible yet. Basic mouse works fine with the software installed. But once I install that to get access to all the feature, it lags and “feels” slow.

Windows Vista Service Pack 1

Service Pack 1 is out for Windows Vista today. I got it through windows update as a 67MB download since I kept doing all other updates as and when they were available. Here’s the link for the complete service pack download nearly 440MB.

Windows Vista Service Pack 1 x86

As usual with all the windows service packs my windows installation did slow down a bit. But not as much as Windows XP Service Pack 2 used to do to my desktop. As you people might already know I’m using a pretty good laptop now. Just out of curiosity I did a rating check for my laptop and the numbers I got were pretty impressive considering that you need just 2.0 for acceptable Aero display. I got 3.4 overall score and lowest being the Aero thing.

windows-experience-index

I’ve got 4.3 for gaming graphics. Just so that you know what I’m doing right now with all the graphics display prowess of my laptop – I’m playing Half Life 2 and Counter Strike: Source.

half-life-2-logo counter-strike-source-logo

SFSU ACM Game Day

We’ll we woke up late as usual since it was a weekend. But we at least woke up by midday. When we got to school we could not get into the science building since all the doors we knew about were closed, and I agree we knew very little. After a few minutes of search up and down the campus pathways we found the door, in plain view.

Game day in undergrad lab

People were already enjoying with a lot of consoles. You can see (or not) the Nintendo Wii on the left and people playing RockBand on the right. There was a PS3 on which two guys were playing soccer all the time. There was no PC gaming because people said that it took too long to set up the PCs to make them playable. There was also an Atari system which was never setup.

Rock Band on Sony PS2

There were Doritos and lots of soda to start with. The Pizzas came in late along with Simon, the guy with a PC in the first picture. We dug in as soon as they arrived. As usual there was lots of food to go around. It took a while even for us to complete everything but in the end we got there.

food in computer lab

We ate, talked and played various games for about 3 hours and then they gave away some casual prizes for the largest scores. I didn’t get any of course because it was my first time at a console game(the real reason might be that I usually suck at games but I still do not stop playing them). I had a great time meeting some people. And here I am sitting in the SF State library and writing this blog post among the book stacks.

San Francisco State University Library-among the book stacks

Crysis

crysis logo

Crysis is a fitting successor to the Far Cry which was arguably one of the most advanced and aesthetically pleasing open ended FPS. Crysis is a Sci-Fi FPS game for the PC, where mankind must struggle to survive in the face of an alien invasion. It’s based on CryENGINE2 which is one of the first engines to use the Direct3D 10 (DirectX10) framework introduced with Windows Vista. It also runs using DirectX 9 on both Vista and XP. CryENGINE2 is the successor to CryENGINE on which Far Cry was based.

crysis box art

I was hooked when I first watched the developer video of this game a few months back showing volumetric clouds, shadows and a jungle environment with which you can interact. Crysis Demo was first released on October 26th in which we get to play the first three levels of this eagerly awaited game. It begins with a radio call for help from a science team on a remote island. Already sites like Toms Hardware are testing their latest gaming rigs on this demo.

Publisher: EA Games
Developer: Crytek
Genre: Sci-Fi FPS(First Person Shooter)
Release Date: Nov, 2007 (North America, Europe)
ESRB: Mature

Naruto: Rise of a Ninja for Xbox360

Naruto Rise of Ninja!

Yep! Thats right. Naruto, the recent anime sensation, is coming to Xbox360 as an action packed adventure game with the title “Naruto: Rise of a Ninja“. Note that a Naruto game already exists for wii. The preliminary reviews of the game have been very good. The Xbox magazine gave an average rating of 7.5/10 for this game. With support for both single and dual player mode this game is already high on expectations from Naruto fans world over.

Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Genre: Action
Release Date: Oct 30, 2007 (North America Region)
ESRB: TEEN