Sunday, March 25, 2007

Save the Internet, Save the World

I’m talking about “Net Neutrality” not an episode from Heroes. Basically, it’s a principal of being equal. For example, a broadband network free of restrictions on the kinds of equipment attached and the modes of communication allowed would be considered neutral by most advocates, provided it met additional tests relating to the degradation of various communication streams by others.

However, this is not always being practiced. For instance, Streamyx limits the bandwidth use of BitTorrents. It is one way for TMNet to control the traffic in Malaysia but often despise by its users. It’s even listed as one of the bad ISP by Azureus. “So why use Streamyx”, you say, let’s switch to Jaring. Unfortunately, TM owns the Malaysia Internet Backbone. Even if you switch, you’re still slow. The sad news is, you’re paying higher because Jaring is not a part of TM.

So you say, “What this have to do with me? I’m not downloading anything from the internet.” But if you’re an avid online gamer, you should know that you’re life is depending on your connection. Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve been a victim of capitalism. For example, we use PosLaju or Fedex to ensure our letters are delivered much faster than normal postal services. Some believed the Internet traffic should be subject to the same market forces, and want to be able to pay to ensure that their traffic get better handling.

What can we do? I can only hope we don’t rely on one company to manage the internet backbone of our beloved country.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Are You The World Sexiest Gamer?

It's that time again. Games Radar is looking for The World's Sexiest Gamer. The only rule is you have to be 18 years or older. For more details, click here.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Battlefield : Bad Company

Although this looks like Army of Two, I like the new concept in Battlefield. However this is console exclusive. Rejoice 360 and PS3 fanboys. Here’s the trailer “stolen” from Game Trailers (I don’t want to take the bandwidth from their server, might as well upload it in my photobucket).

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Keyboards, For The Win

Does it matter? How fancy your keyboard lit up in the dark? How fast your mouse click per second? How sensitive your analog stick is? It is all up to you actually, whether you are a hardcore gamer, who mashes combo and execute them beautifully, or a casual gamer, who plays all kind of games that you can find in your free time.

Just like sports, an enthusiast gamer chooses the best equipment he can find. For games like FIFA or Winning Eleven, some might prefer keyboard rather than using the all-popular gamepad. But do you know that your standard keyboard doesn’t allow more than 3 buttons pressed at the same time. So imagine if you want to execute a fake-pass-dribble-360turn while running in a diagonal direction, this might be frustrating for some users.

As for me, what I like the most is having extra buttons so I can bind them to some Spells while playing World of Warcraft. Using my standard keyboard, I have to bind them with Ctrl and Shift. Imagine if you have 18 extra buttons on your keyboard, and you can assign any macro to them. No more Ctrl/Shift to anything.

Some people say a backlit keyboard is such a chick magnet. When the light goes out, your keyboard will be the only thing that lit for the “romantic” occasion. For me, I like to type in the dark, so the backlit buttons is such an advantage. But if it light up too much, it will cause some discomfort for my eyes.

There are a lot of gaming keyboards in the market. For example, the Saitek Eclipse Keyboard or the Logitech G15 Keyboard. There are even Microsoft gaming keyboards for those “Bill Gates fan boys”. Whichever you choose, be sure you have the right one.