Modern and Retro Gaming at Florida Supercon 2013

Florida Supercon 2013

Modern and Retro Gaming at Florida Supercon 2013

It was like finding an island oasis in the middle of another oasis. Florida Supercon 2013 featured a ton of awesome comic books, comic related merchandise, guest stars, Cosplayers and yes oh yes, video games, modern and classic.

The video game section was away from the main convention hall right next to the band stage so you could listen to bands rock out while playing everything from League of Legends to Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker. On the other side of what I called the gamers hall was the concession stand so we had video games nestled between music and food, it doesn’t get much better.

Florida Supercon 2013

Over at the Origin PC video game station we found our friends showcasing more of their awesome video game PC’s. We never get tired of seeing their tri-screen display that is any gamers dream. We also got a look at the powerful, but compact Chronos machines and I got to try the Nvidia Shield hands on. By the way, the Shield was playing Borderlands off of one of the Origin PC machines and it looked and played great.

ORIGIN PC also featured a live demonstration of Intel’s insanely fast “Thunderbolt” technology with their high-performance systems and showed a full video explaining all of its amazing new features! Don’t know what Thunderbolt is? You can learn all about it here: http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/io/thunderbolt/thunderbolt-technology-developer.html

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Origin PC had a lot of systems set up so gamers could come and play as they wished on them, but they also held some tournaments where the best of the best could win some cold hard cash. I got a chance to take a look at the League of Legends tournament and as always it did not disappoint. It was great to see them there and keeping PC gaming going strong.

Stealth Mobile Gaming - Florida Supercon 2013

Now we already talked about Stealth Mobile Gaming and their awesome outdoor mobile gaming stations, but there was more retro gaming inside. Right across from Origin PC was the Florida Arcade & Pinball Exposition which featured classic arcade cabinets of many of your favorite retro games. These are original arcade cabinets and were all free to play. They featured games including Donkey Kong, Asteroids and Pac-Man. In addition, they had both classic and modern Pinball machines including, Spider-Man and a cool new one called AC/DC.

We had a chance to talk a little about the games and the group of collectors who shared their awesome arcade and pinball machines so fans could get their fill. You can check out that interview on our upcoming podcast.

Florida Supercon 2013

 Last but not least we found another retro gaming heaven within heaven itself. To the left of Origin PC and across from the console gaming tournaments we found a table featuring a ton of incredible classic games from NES up to N64. You could pick out any game you wanted and play it on one of the many television screens and console systems setup behind the table. I saw people playing Mario Cart, Strider and an awesome game of Smash Bros.


Now I am not sure if you have seen Jace Hall’s ultimate game machine, but it look as if we found its brother or sister depending on your view. In the back center was a breathtakingly beautiful arcade cabinet that allowed you to play a multitude of games off of the M.A,M.E emulator platform. This machine looked awesome with all the bells and whistles that would make any gamer smile. You could literally surround yourself in classic gaming all day for no additional cost.

Florida Supercon 2013

It was great to see so much classic gaming at a Comic Convention. Everyone I talked to was surprised at how many people turned out to play these classic games. I was not surprised. Classic gaming is in all gamers and sure, we love the modern games, but classic games have a special place in our hearts and always will. I can wait till next year to see them expand on it.

The Gamers of Origin PC

Team Origin

The Gamers of Origin PC

One of the questions I was often asked during my time at Alienware was, are you guys really gamers and do you play games at work. I can tell you originally pretty much everyone at Alienware were gamers, just check out our interview with co-founder Alex Aguila and our gamer profile for Nelson Gonzalez., you can also check out our interview with Arthur Lewis. When I started back in 2001 most of us were avid gamers and would often have Lan parties at HQ or meet up to play games.

In our editorial where we asked, do you have to be a gamer to be in the industry? My opinion was that you do not need everyone in the company to be a gamer, but it does matter to have key people who at least understand the culture. When we talked with Origin PC not long after their launch it was clear the management understood games and gaming culture. It is also clear they are all gamers check out the gamer profile for CEO, Kevin Wasielewski and COO, Hector Penton. If you need more proof perhaps we can show a picture of their arcade games cabinets and Mr. Penton’s wall of PC game boxes.

In the meantime, here are some gamer profiles from Origin PC team members and if you want to game with Origin PC you can find them on Raptr and on Steam.

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Name: Erika Mckinster

Gaming background: Final Fantasy series, Goldeneye, DOOM, Quake, Halo, Mass effect Trilogy, World of Warcraft, Diablo trilogy; too many to name!

Favorite classic game: Final Fantasy 7

Favorite modern game: Mass Effect

What are you playing now? Torchlight 2 & Borderlands 2

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Name: Fabian Santiesteban

Gaming background: As a child I was an avid gamer from the Atari 2600 while working my way up to the Sega Genesis to the PC’s of today.

Favorite classic game: Quake – Quake may be the most influential game of all time. Not the best game, not the most innovative, but the most influential. Nothing beats a god old fashion First Person Shooter.

Favorite modern game: MMORPG – My gaming preference roles have changed. Today I am a big fan of EVE Online – Age of Conan and The Secret World.

What are you playing now? I am currently playing Diablo 3 and looking to level up my toon to 60 so I can start my paragon levels. I am looking forward to the incoming patch that will give you the opportunity to group up to 8 players which will make it much more interesting.

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Name: Daniel Ovalle

Gaming background: I’ve built my own computers since I was 18 and was immersed into hardcore gaming while working at Alienware.

Favorite classic game: Quake

Favorite modern game: Too many to name.

What are you playing now? World of Warcraft, Mass Effect, SWTOR, Civ5, Guild Wars 2, Diablo3

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Name: Jorge Percival

Gaming background: First ever encounter with gaming was an Atari 2600 that my parents had, though I was very young they tell me I wouldn’t let go of it. After that I can happily say I owned most consoles to date mostly for exclusive tittles. The fall of 1993 was when I really began paying attention to PC games when my uncle purchased DOOM for his PC, I was completely hooked on that game. Consoles introduced me to gaming the PC has kept me here.

Favorite classic game: My favorite classic game will always be Counter strike (pre source days) this was my real introduction to competitive gaming and the first game I truly took serious. I followed all the pro’s and tournaments I would fully engulf myself in the scene and what was going on during those days. Quake comes a close second.

Favorite modern game: My favorite modern game……….. would definitely have to be League of Legends, this game shows how great gameplay is still at the heart of a good game. We all love graphics but the game needs to have good mechanics and gameplay to continue to grow past its release. I am also a huge fan of RIOT as a developer they do great job of interacting with their community and are supporting the e-sports push here in the states.

What are you playing now? Right now I have lowered the amount of games that I play at a time (mostly due to League of Legends lol). League of Legends, Torchlight II, Borderlands 2. Those would be my top 3 in that order.

Quake 2 - Rocket Arena 2

Name: Tony Berry AKA Miztic1

Gaming background: Started gaming on C64/Atari 800XL then moved to the NES and all other consoles where I got hooked on gaming and once I got my first PC I discovered Wolfenstein 3D then eventually Doom and Quake 1 and those sent me over the edge of the gaming abyss.

Favorite classic game: Tossup between Quake 2: Rocket Arena 2 and Ultima Online. Consoles would be Legend of Zelda on NES.

Favorite modern game: This is a tough one, I would have to say WoW

What are you playing now? WoW, Diablo 3, torchlight and league of legends.

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Name: Alvaro Masis in game (Propane)

Gaming background: Have been playing games since Lode Runner and have played on multiple platforms favorite PC by far

Favorite classic game: Favorite classic game would be destruction derby for the Commodore 64

Favorite modern game: Eve Online

What are you playing now? Guild Wars 2, Eve Online, Torch Light 2

Diablo III Hardware Checklist

Diablo 3

A whole lot of you are gearing up for the release of Diablo 3 tomorrow so besides calling out sick, ditching your date and neglecting your hygiene you want to make sure you have all the necessary items to play, undisturbed in the best possible way. Here is a list of items you just might need or can use for your upcoming day of gaming.

The EON 11-S from Origin PC

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Let’s start with hardware, yes, obviously you need a gaming system to play D3 and if you have to be at work or at school why not take your gaming with you. The great thing about this laptop is it small, but powerful enough to run the game the way it’s meant to be played and you just might trick your boss or teacher into thinking you brought it in for other reasons. Check out our breakdown of the EON 11-S.

The Diablo III headset from SteelSeries

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The last thing you want during your game time is distractions and outside noise. The Diablo III headset is ultra-comfortable and keeps external noises out so you can enjoy only the sounds of the game. With its retractable microphone, you can chat with people in game or using a voice program and not miss a beat. Finally, it just looks cool and its Diablo branded, who wouldn’t want this. Check out our review on the Diablo III headset.

The X-Rocker Pro-Series Game Chair

X-Rocker pro series Gamer Chair

One might think sitting on your ass all day is easy, but it isn’t. Especially for us 30+ gamers you want to make sure you can stay seated for long periods of time without hurting your back or your tailbone. Just like your grand-pappy, perhaps being able to rock back and forth will keep you from catching a clot as you lay the smack-down. Check out the stats on the chair here.

The 30 Widescreen monitor from NEC

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Diablo III is like stepping into a movie and just like you want the best movie screen you will also want a top notch monitor for your gaming pleasure. The PA301W features a 2560×1600-resolution screen with a 1000:1 contrast ratio. The screen also features an ambient light sensor that automatically adjusts the display’s brightness based on lighting conditions lessoning eyestrain from prolonged use, which is perfect for the marathon gaming session you will be putting in. Check out the monitor specifications here.

Game On

Now you have the gear and you have a nice quiet place to game. You will want to keep the area cool and clear and have a big waste basket around for all the food wrappers and if possible some recycling because it’s just a good thing to do. Set your phone to vibrate, your instant message status to, “Leave me alone noobs I’m pwning Diablo 3” and leave reality behind. Just don’t end up on the news because you neglected your kid or your house burned down with you in it.

Origin PC: The EON 11-S

When mini’s came out people kept asking for a powerful laptop that could be used for gaming in a smaller size and since then we have seen a few on the market. For the most part people want the latest processor, powerful graphics and good battery life and the EON 11-S looks to have those in spades.

Origin-EON-11-S Black

The EON 11-S is an 11-inch notebook that sports third generation Ivy bridge processors from Intel, that alone screams power for the pc gamer. In addition, the EON 11-S features the NVIDA GeForce 650M video card with Optimus 1.2 technology. The Optimus technology is important because it extends your battery life meaning, you get the graphics you need for games, but without the need to remain plugged into an outlet 24/7.

The breakdown of the system includes an Intel Core 2.5GHz i5-2520M with 3MB cache or 2.1GHz i7-3612QM with 6MB cache. Next, up you have the Nvidia GeForce GT 650M graphics with 2GB GDDR5 VRAM. The EON 11-S uses the Intel HM76 Express chipset, features an 11.6-inch HD display screen with 1366 x 768 pixels resolution and comes with Windows 7 64-bit.

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You can configure the system with up to 16GB DDR3 RAM, up to 1TB 5400rpm hard drive or up to 512GB solid state drive or up to 500GB 7200rpm hybrid drive. Finally, the EON 11-S has Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi and a 1.3-mega pixels web cam.

Talking design, the EON 11-S comes in three colors Matte Black, Mate Red and Glossy Silver you can choose from their new laptop case design or the original design. For those looking for a more personal touch Origin PC offers top cover painting for an additional fee.

Now the question is what kind of size, battery life and price are we talking about. Well first off, gamers rejoice because the EON 11-S offers up to 7 hours of battery life with its 6-cell battery, which is perfect for those long gaming sessions far from an outlet. Size and weight will not be an issue either with it weighing in at only 3.9 pounds. Here are the dimensions, 11.2 x 8.1 x 0.5-1.4.

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So what is the most important question, what is the price. The base unit costs only $999.00 and that is not a stripped down unit. The only thing that makes me a bit sad about this laptop is the lack of a backlit keyboard, but everything else looks pretty sweet. Overall, the EON 11-S is a great notebook for gamers or anyone who wants a powerful laptop that’s portable with great battery life.

You can check out the EON 11-S here.

Origin PC goes Pro

We all know that having the right PC for gaming is a must be it for MMO’s or RTS and FPS games, but the same can be said for professional systems. Consider that all those games and movies we like were made using computers and if they look great on a powerful gaming PC then they must have been made on a powerful PC, right?

So today Origin PC announced their line of Professional grade systems featuring overclocked processors and Quadro workstation graphics cards along with their 24/7 support. Check out their official press release:

Origin PC professional systems

Award Winning Performance and Support Now Available in Laptops and Desktops Designed for Professionals

Miami, FL – For Immediate Release — ORIGIN PC announced today the launch of their new line of desktops and laptops for professionals. Featuring options like the latest Intel Xeon E5 processors, ORIGIN PC professional overclocking, and NVIDIA Quadro workstation graphics cards. The new PRO line of systems from ORIGIN PC is designed specifically for artists, engineers, and professionals. ORIGIN PC now offers its award-winning performance, endless customization options, and industry leading U.S. based lifetime 24/7 support to professionals worldwide.

Download high res images of the new PRO line of ORIGIN PCs here:

GENESIS PRO

GENESIS PRO-X2

EON17-X PRO

ORIGIN PC’s custom workstations offer a wide range of solutions to fit mostly any workspace or budget:

The small form factor CHRONOS PRO starts at $1299
The mid-tower MILLENNIUM PRO starts at $1396
The full-tower GENESIS PRO starts at $2131
The EON15-PRO mobile workstation starts at $1581

Some of the most powerful professional workstations from ORIGIN PC are outlined below:

The GENESIS PRO-X2 desktop features:

  • Dual Next Generation Intel Xeon E5 Processors with 16 Physical Cores and 32 Threads
  • ORIGIN PC Professional CPU Overclocking
  • ORIGIN FROSTBYTE Maintenance Free Liquid Cooling Systems
  • Up to 96GB 1333MHz Quad Channel ECC Memory
  • Up to 4 NVIDIA 6GB GDDR5 Quadro 6000 Workstation Graphics Cards
  • Support for NVIDIA 6GB GDDR5 448 CUDA Core Tesla Companion Processors
  • Industry Leading Free 24/7 Lifetime Support Based in the United States
  • Fully Customizable starting at $3,999

The EON17S-PRO laptop features:

  • Overclocked 2nd Generation Intel Core i7 Processors up to 4.8GHz
  • Up to 32GB 1333MHz Dual Channel Memory
  • Up to 16GB 1866MHz Dual Channel Memory
  • NVIDIA 4GB GDDR5 Quadro 5010M Workstation Graphics Card
  • Up to Three Hard Drives with up to 3TB’s of Hard Drive Space
  • Industry Leading Free 24/7 Lifetime Support Based in the United States
  • Fully Customizable starting at $1,632
  • Fully Customizable starting at $3,999

The EON17X-PRO laptop features:

  • Intel X79 Chipset with 2nd Generation Intel Hexcore Processors
  • Up to 32GB 1333MHz Quad Channel Memory
  • Up to 16GB 1866MHz Vengeance Quad Channel Memory
  • NVIDIA 4GB GDDR5 Quadro 5010M Workstation Graphics Card
  • Up to Four Hard Drives with up to 4TB’s of Hard Drive Space
  • Customizable Backlit Keyboard with Three Lighting Zones and Seven Colors
  • Industry Leading Free 24/7 Lifetime Support Based in the United States
  • Fully Customizable starting at $2,860

“Government agencies, universities, and businesses have been purchasing custom desktops and laptops from ORIGIN for years.” said Kevin Wasielewski ORIGIN PC CEO and co-founder. “With the official launch of our new line of professional systems, ORIGIN PC has invested in an infrastructure that offers specialized validation, sales assistance, and 24/7 lifetime support for professionals.”

Customers that have purchased ORIGIN PC’s for professional purposes have posted positive feedback about their experiences:

“We selected ORIGIN PC over a traditional OEM for our specialized game development labs because of their hardware customization and flexibility, with an ORIGIN PC backed three year hardware warranty and lifetime support to boot!” said Matthew Surprenant, Champlain College Sr Analyst, Software Imaging & Media Applications.

“We chose Origin to power our Game Capture Labs because we need PC’s that can keep up with production demands 24 hours a day. From capturing games at the highest resolution, to copying terabytes of data, to encoding music and video, we need machines that can do all these tasks simultaneously, and fast. We also know that Origin is ready to help at any time of the day, so we never have to worry about technology getting in the way of our daily shows.” – G4TV

All ORIGIN systems come with free life-time 24/7 phone and online support based in the United States. Each customer has a dedicated support team and free life-time labor for upgrade needs. ORIGIN PC features a 1 to 3 year free part replacement warranty combined with the best in class integration, quality testing and support.

About ORIGIN:

ORIGIN builds custom, high-performance desktops, workstations, and laptops for hardware enthusiasts, digital/graphics artists, professionals, government agencies and gamers. ORIGIN PCs are hand built, tested, and serviced by knowledgeable gaming enthusiasts, industry veterans, and award winning system integrators. Every ORIGIN PC comes with free lifetime 24/7 support based in the United States. The ORIGIN PC staff is comprised of award-winning, experienced experts in the gaming and PC markets who want to share their passion with other enthusiasts. ORIGIN PC is located in Miami, FL and ships worldwide. For more information, please visit www.ORIGINPC.com or call 1-877-ORIGIN-Ø. (674-4460)

Follow ORIGIN:

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Origin PC announces 24/7 Tech Support & New Laptop Design

Origin PC

Gaming system builder Origin PC announced today that they will be providing 24 hour a day 7 day a week support for all customers. From CES we learned the support staff will be all U.S. based and their lifetime technical support will also include the 24/7 upgrade. I am sure those who might need some help when playing SWTOR at 3am will be extremely pleased.

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In other Origin PC news Origin PC will also be teaming up with Fractal Design a leading manufacturer of computer cases, power supplies, and cooling products.

“We are very excited to be working with Origin PC, a proven industry leader. Their rigid quality control standards, passion for performance and dedication to customer satisfaction echoes the core tenets of Fractal Design” said Paul Heimbuch, President of Fractal Design North America. “Origin PC truly understands what the enthusiast PC community wants, and is consistently able to deliver that time and again.”

Late Update:

As seen on Spike.com, Gizmodo.com, and Gametrailers.com check out the new design for the Origin PC EON laptops.

Origin EON Notebook

Check out the video!

Holiday Hardware Guide

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Do you remember getting your first console system or computer? The feeling inside must have been great, so much so that you most likely did not realize how much your parents suffered to get it for you. Check out my tale about one Christmas and the NES hunt.

You would think that you could not replicate that feeling once you are buying your own gifts, but that isn’t true. When I purchased my black Xbox 360 I felt just like a kid again even though I was spending my hard earned bucks and the same can be said for games like Batman Arkham City and the upcoming Star Wars, The Old Republic.

So you may have purchased your gifts this year and if you are lucky you have others buying gifts that you know you will love. Here at Obsolete Gamer, we look at modern games and systems that can also have a Retro twist to it, but in the end will bring smiles to our faces when we open it.

Genesis Desktop System: Origin PC

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Here is the simple truth, you can build your own system or buy similar systems from any of a thousand retailers, but like the sexy MILF next door told you experience counts.

The Genesis is the premier desktop system offered by Origin PC and what makes this system and the company great is the different configurations they offer and the service and support they provide. You can go with an Intel P67 or X79 or even AMD. You can select the case you want and have multiple choices for everything you put inside. Best part is if there is something you want to add that you don’t see, ask them and they can hook you up.

Sure, you can have a nice house that looks like everyone else’s home on the block or you can create your own masterpiece by custom designing your rig with paint, artwork, lights and more and since pretty much everyone at Origin PC has been a gamer and in the business for over a decade or more you know when you need help you will get real answers.

The key for the holiday shopper is you don’t have to spend 5K on a system, you can build it to exact specifications and remove anything you don’t need guaranteeing you get exactly what you want.

You can check out the Genesis here.

iCADE: ION

I got a chance to see this system at the last CES and was impressed of how well it played using an iPAD. Now we all know you can find classic games on emulators, downloads and even in flash, but there was just something about using the arcade style joystick and buttons that made the iCade really fun to play.

Now currently it only runs Atari classic games which you can find more on the App Store so for Apple haters this might not be for you, but for everyone else this is a really cool device to have in your office or wherever you might game and for just under 100 bucks it won’t break the wallet.

You can check out the iCade here.

Siberia Headset & Sensei Mouse: SteelSeries

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Everyone has their favorite devices, for me it is all about comfort, control and durability. Having played pretty much every type of game and game system I learned what works best for me. For instance, I like the Xbox 360 controller the best because it works for me and the same is true for the mice I have tested and use from SteelSeries.

From turn around blind shots in FPS games to fast scroll movement in RTS games the SteelSeries mice have the precession and comfort that makes gaming and everyday tasks a breeze. I still use the XAI mouse I tested some time ago today and have no plan to replace it and the new Sensei mouse is now married to my gaming laptop.

Now as for headsets I fell in love with the Siberia because of its comfort and sound quality and the black and gold edition is pretty bad ass. Check out the full review here. I have been impressed with Steel Series products and their price point doesn’t leave you in debt after the holidays so for the people in your life that need computer accessories they are a great place to shop.

You can check out SteelSeries products here.

M.A.M.E. Arcade Cabinet

Northcoast Custom Arcades

Before the anti-pirate people come out the woodwork there are plenty of legal ways to play classic games on a M.A.M.E system including owning the original game. Honestly, one of the best ways to play M.A.M.E is on a full size arcade cabinet which you can have built or build yourself.

Personally, I never owned one, but I know a few that have and they built them themselves and it is pretty awesome. Pretty much the hardest part is knowing how to cut the wood and put it together, the wirework is not too hard, and there are a ton of websites that can show you step by step how to do it or you can search for several companies that will build you a system.

If you are going to go with a builder go with a professional like Northcoast. Just check out the awesome arcade cabinets they have already built and see images from customers. You also know they do good work because they were featured on the DIY network. Sure, these can get pricy, but it is worth it and if you are going to spend the cash make sure you get the best.

Just keep in mind this is a full size arcade cabinet so if you live in your dorm or small apartment you will quickly find yourself out of space, but if you have the room this is just an incredible addition to the classic gamer’s game room.

Check out NorthCoast arcade cabinets here.

Supaboy: Hyperkin

SupaBoy

So I first heard about this product on the Jace Hall Show page and knew I had to try one out. This handheld system plays original SNES carts and plays them on a 3.5 inch display that can even be connected to your television and two original SNES controllers.

Sure, you can get these on phones or pads or your PC and consoles, but there is something about having the original cartridge sticking out while gaming. Well, at least to me it is cool. The SupaBoy can be picked up for only 80 bucks which isn’t bad especially if you have a large SNES collection. I’m thinking Retro Stocking stuffer!

Check out the SupaBoy Portable SNES console here.

Get to shopping!

Now there will be more to come, but for now check out these products and see if any of them fit into your holiday gift giving plans. We also want to hear from you. Suggest to us some great holiday gaming hardware and we will bring a review to you.

Origin PC: New Overclocked i7 2700K

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People are always asking for bigger, faster and better and if you cannot provide that people will move on lighting fast. Origin PC, being on the cutting edge of custom gaming system announced their overclocking of the Intel Core i7 2700k-based systems with speeds going beyond 5GHz.

What does this mean for gamers? Everyone is looking toward the future for the next games and many of those games are developed to handle the most power components available. You have benchmark junkies looking to push that score and frame-rate freaks looking for ungodly numbers, and it takes powerful hardware to accomplish that goal.

“As an Intel launch partner, ORIGIN PC guarantees the latest technology is available to our customers the day of launch,” said Kevin Wasielewski ORIGIN PC CEO and cofounder. “ORIGIN PC offers the most options on the market. We will build your Intel 2700K powered PC in any case and any configuration.”

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Let’s be clear, you can build your own rig and overclock it, but first you need to know what to buy and then you’ll need the skill and knowhow to do it and that is not as easy as some makes it out to be. Also consider that if something goes wrong dealing with manufacture’s warranties can be a pain and leave you without a system for quite some time. An alternative is a system builder who has the knowhow and skill and will provide a kick ass warranty to boot.

So if you are looking to purchase this beast you can find the configuration on the Genesis model on Origin PC’s website. The Genesis system starts around $1337, but keep in mind that price will get higher when adding the i7 and other upgrades. Origin PC will overclock the 2700K as high as 5.2GHz and no lower than 4.7Ghz and that’s from the stock processor speed of 3.5GHz, not bad.

Origin vs. Origin

Origin vs Origin PC

Name and brand recognition is extremely important in business so what happens when your companies name gets confused with another large company? First reported on Kotaku, there has been some mixing up of companies between the South Florida based custom builder of gaming computers, Origin PC and the Electronic Arts digital delivery service Origin.

What was the result of this, well, with games like Battlefield 3 and The Old Republic coming out you can imagine some people ended up contacting Origin PC about their Origin game.

“We receive numerous phone calls and emails every week with people asking billing questions about the games that they ordered on Origin”, Matt Fisher, Origin PC’s marketing specialist said. “We have to point out that they are calling ORIGIN PC, custom PC builder, and not EA Origin.”

This might sound like a good thing, more customers calling in, and more chances for a sale. However, for anyone that has ever dealt with the gaming community you know there is a wide array of people you will deal with and those chomping at the bit for a game may be a little less than pleasant when they find out you cannot help them.

Not only does this mix-up use company resources, but it can lead to misunderstandings between other companies as well.  Companies looking to work with EA have contacted Origin PC and even employees just wearing the Origin PC t-shirts have been stopped by people looking for EA related answers.

“Someone contacted us before Quakecon and asked for a meeting,” explained Matt. “We asked them to confirm the subject matter prior to the meeting but they never did. We had time to meet with them so we scheduled the meeting and when they showed up they started asking a bunch of EA Origin questions.”

Could we see some sort of collaboration between Origin PC and Origin? Right now, we know of nothing on the table, but the gaming business just like all business is about connections and expansion. Perhaps in the end a little confusion can turn into a big opportunity.

The Interview: Nelson Gonzalez

Nelson Gonzalez, co-founder of Alienware Corporation,

Nelson Gonzalez

Is a gamer born or does it happen over time? What makes one’s idea die on the cutting room floor while the other turns into a blockbuster? Gamers and those within the culture are as diverse as America itself, but we all share similarities. When entering the PC gaming world one has to know the layout, where it came from and where it is going. We can look at the background of some of these pioneers and learn from them and if nothing else enjoy a good story.

Obsolete Gamer has had a chance to interview quite a few from the Alienware and Dell family including Alex Aguila and Arthur Lewis and we were excited when we had a chance to sit down with co-founder of Alienware, Nelson Gonzalez.

 

Can you tell us about what got you into gaming?

 

It was all about the arcade baby! The arcade was the catalyst to my immersion in those virtual worlds. Aside from video games, playing games from an early age was in our DNA. Everybody in the neighborhood was hyper competitive and we played basketball, football, chess, wargames, boardgames and of course…dungeons and dragons! We loved every aspect of gaming and competition.

 

What were some of your favorite games growing up?

 

Too many. I’m pretty old, but I will mention some of the PC games which is probably what you might be interested in:

Civilization, Privateer, Myst, Falcon, X-Com, Alone in the Dark, Red Baron, Pirates, Star Wars TIE/XWing, Aces over Europe/Pacific, Mech Warrior, SimCity, Doom, Quake, Wing Commander Series, Might and Magic Series, Unreal Tournament, Dawn of War, COD Series, Medal of Honor Series

 

Now as far as Alienware part of the name and style of the brand came from your love of science fiction?

 

Absolutely. I grew up watching great SciFi and Horror flicks. Star Trek, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Invaders, UFO, Outer Limits, Twilight Zone, The Time Tunnel, Lost in Space and of course, the X Files to name some of the TV shows. The movie list would be too long to detail. Forbidden Planet, The Day the Earth Stood Still (original), Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Star Wars would be a glimpse into my list though.

 

Alex Aguila and Nelson Gonzalez - Alienware

You and Alex Aguila were friends from an early age correct?

 

Yes, I met Alex when I was 10 or so. 35 + years…way too long! Arthur Lewis which now runs Alienware, has also been a friend since I was like 16. Hector Penton from Origin PC I’ve also known for 30 + years.

We are all big-time gamers.

 

What type of PC games do you and Alex use to play?

 

Right now I think both of us are on sabbatical. We are playing intense Warhammer 40K and its consuming quite a bit of our time. Alex plays a ruthless Space Marine Blood Angel. Hector is a brother of the Hivefleet Leviathan and my path is that of the Eldar.

 

Did you have any rivalries game wise with Alex?

 

Absolutely. Falcon 3.0 comes to mind. Quake 2 was also an immersive bloodbath 🙂

 

What was your first PC?

 

An XT 286 I believe.

 

You also began building PC’s at a young age can you tell us about that?

 

I started building PC’s with 80386 Intel processors with clock speeds of 12MHz…LOL. Then we moved up to 486’s w/VESA bus video cards. Then came Pentium processors and 3D graphic cards (gaming nirvana). The dawn of 3D games such as Castle Wolfenstein and DOOM really hooked us all. I was forced to become the technician of the group so we can play all these games. We played most of those games in DOS and they required some tinkering such as creating boot disks with Autoexec.bat and config.sys files for specific games . Ah… the good ol’ days.

 

Before Alienware you created your own PC building company, can you tell us about that?

 

Well I thought that I could build PC’s locally in South Florida, but soon realized that wasn’t my cup of tea. I really liked high performance and squeezing every bit of juice out of a PC. Building standard PC’s for business’s just didn’t satisfy me. I always felt that if we did something that was specific for the gamers just like us, we could survive as a business.

 

Nelson Gonzalez - Alienware

How did the beginning of Alienware come about?

 

I was with a friend of mine (who happens to be Hector Penton’s brother) in my kitchen one day and I pitched him the idea of custom building PC’s for gamers like us. I asked him what he felt about the name Alienware and he said it sounded pretty cool. At that point it just felt right. I immediately called Alex and asked him if he would join me in this new adventure. I told him that he needed to quit his job, give me like $5K and come to work immediately. To his credit he said yes without hesitation. The funny thing is that we weren’t really speaking to each other at that time and  I can only imagine the conversation he had with the wife that night. 🙂

 

What was the first few months like running Alienware?

 

Boy it was very intense. At times we nervously laughed and secretly prayed 🙂 We had no money, no resources, but somehow we felt confident. We knew if we ‘built it’, they would come. PC Gaming was in its infancy and we had experienced how addictive it really was. We knew we were on to something, but we just didn’t to what extent.

 

What would be one of your favorite moments while at Alienware?

 

There were so many, but that first PC Gamer ’98 Area 51 review written by Gary Whitta was one of those rare moments were I felt validated.

The first online order.

When we hit one million in revenue.

When we reached 100 employees.

When we had Michael Dell visit us at Alienware.

When we sold the company to Dell.

 

Do you have a funny story about Alienware you can share with us?

 

Alex telling me that “no one would order an expensive custom PC online” and then we get 3 orders the first day 🙂

 

How did it feel to see Alienware become so big?

 

Crazy. I knew we wouldn’t have to work for anyone else if we did our ‘thing’ and we performed well. I also felt that if we bent over backwards for the customer and treated our employees like we’d like to be treated, we would be OK. I never imagined it becoming so wildly successful.

 

What was it like during the acquisition by Dell?

 

Awesome. I think Michael really understood us and because we had such a synergistic model, the transition was good and the acquisition made sense.

 

What type of PC do you play games on now?

 

Alienware Aurora i7 3.2GHz

2 X ATI Radeon 5800’s

Win 7 64-bit

 

Do you play console games?

 

No not really. I’ll load up Heavenly Sword or Gran Turismo every once in a while for shits and giggles.

 

What PC games are you currently playing?

 

I was playing DC Universe online, but stopped, we all started playing 40K. I am getting ready for SWTOR and maybe, just maybe Duke Nukem…finally?

 

What would you say your favorite classic game(s) is?

 

If I had to pick one, it would have to be Civilization. Wow… did I burn out on that one.

My second would have to be XCOM. Classic arcade would have to be Joust and Lunar Lander.

 

Stirge’s QuakeCON Diary – 4 days of glory!

QuakeCON 2010 logo

Obsoletegamer.com Coverage of QuakeCON 2010

Once again, for the 6th time (99-2004 and now 2010), I have made the trek to Dallas, TX for the one and only QuakeCON. Arriving in Texas I remember why we refer to it as Africa hot, I live in south florida but dry texas heat is something to be experienced. Regardless, we pressed on and made our way around the convention attempting to reconnect with friends from years past. After collecting a reasonable running crew we did the QuakeCON crawl and partied away the night before the convention. I found a couple guys that I haven’t seen in years, some of you may remember them…

Todd H. – Terrance A. – Melinko – Marty S. – QuakeCON
Todd H. – Terrance A. – Melinko – Marty S. – QuakeCON

Day two it was ready for the actual CON to start. We went upstairs to receive our badges and they were very happy to give them to us, we entered the vendor area and started looking around. In my time working for Alienware I had helped create some amazing convention setups, but mainly with pc’s. When I looked over at the Alienware booth this year they had a hummer, that you could sit in the back of and play on, that was kind of cool. There was not much room overall for people to get their Quake on but the set was very pretty so a congratulations to Claudina, a stay over from my days at Alienware, she is still doing a great job at the shows.

After checking out the Alienware stuff I stopped over by the Asus booth to speak with Origin PC’s very own Richard ‘DarthBeavis’ Surroz. He had some really impressive custom built rigs which can be seen below. He was nice enough to do an interview with us on the show floor and for that we give him a big Obsoletegamer.com thank you! Check out his blog here!

On Friday I got to do a hands on with Fallout: New Vegas, it was a bit short since as you know, if you have ever played Fallout, it’s going to take you an hour just to get through the beginning of the game so I more or less got to the point where I acquired a gun and started to diffuse some issues inside of a nice little western town. The story was instantly compelling and actually made me want to speak with the NPC’s, so that was definitly a plus. There is still the same targeting system, which for me personally being a huge FPS fan is a bit of a turn off, you don’t have to use it, but on an XBOX 360 controller I have 0 accuracy so I had to use it if I wanted to kill anything. Regardless without dwelling on that too much, it looks like it will be a fantastic game, I will buy it for the PC and I’m sure I will enjoy it. Thanks again to Bethesda for inviting me to play and a special thanks to Angela Ramsey for setting it up, she did a hell of a job!

The Obsolete Gamer Show 4

J.A. Laraque and Ignacio/honorabili from Obsolete Gamer

This week the production value on OGS has gone up 100%. The boys of classic video gaming are back with a brand new podcast featuring an interview with Origin PC co-founder Hector Penton.

We started out the show looking back at a clip from the previous week then dove right in to the OGS question of the week which was, “When was the golden age of video gaming.” We weighed in with our own thoughts and briefly discussed the great video game crash of the eighties with our producer Joe Cassara.

Our Gamer profile of the week was from Michael Jorgensen of Zombie studios and his take on XCOM UFO defense and how it was far from the easy mode of many of today’s games. From there we moved onto a developing story within a story.

During Obsolete Gamers gaming profile of Alienware co-founder Alex Aguila he talked about a Tecmo Bowl challenge between himself and current Alienware president Arthur Lewis. After playing the clips it was clear the rematch has not yet taken place and we hope to make that happen soon.

Our first interview was with fan, writer and long time gamer Paul Hernandez. We talked with Paul about StarCraft II and fact that Acti-Blizzard does not allow LAN play for its game and discussed the worth of the collector’s edition.

In our main interview we talked with Origin PC co-founder Hector Penton on his days at Alienware and starting Origin PC. From there the topic turned to gaming where we asked what game he would play if he was sent to hell and could only pick one. All in all it was a great interview with a lot of laughs and some good information to boot.

We will be back next week with an all new show, until then let us know what you think.

Kevin Wasielewski: Origin PC

 

Kevin Wasielewski

Name: Kevin Wasielewski

Title: CEO

Company: Origin PC

Favorite Classic Game: Half-Life, Doom and Many more

Quote: We caught up with Kevin at E3 to talk to him about his love of Classic gaming. Check out the interview link below.

Hector Penton: Origin PC

OriginPC
OriginPC


Name: Hector Penton

Title: COO (Chief Operations Officer)

Company: Origin PC

Favorite classic game: Only one?! Are you crazy?! Impossible! Ok….hmmm…. the Doom I and II

Quote: The granddaddy of FPS. Cool graphics, cool music, cool sound effects, cool story……just cool. The video gaming world was never the same again……