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If you haven’t been following EA’s launch of the latest SimCity game, all you really need to know is that it has turned into a momumental fail of a launch. One of the worst in years. Mostly it’s down to the always-on DRM, botched game recovery and the massive server queues. Under Australian Consumer Law, if a product is faulty you can get a refund with the manufacturer. EA has a strange policy that says you can’t get refunds for digital copies of games obtained from its Origin service, but that all seems a little fishy. Mark over at Kotaku has done some digging about whether you can actually get a refund, and it’s well-worth a read if you’re a disgruntled Mayor. [Kotaku]
I thought I’d given up being impressed by laptop specs. But then the Origin EON17-Z happened. You could probably run entire robot armies using this thing.
Origin’s been one of the craziest overclocking outfits around for a while now, but its laptops haven’t been really, let’s say, aesthetically pleasing. Its latest rigs got the Ricky Lake makeover treatment, though, but not at the cost of raw arse-kicking power: they still clock in at a ridiculous 4.5GHz.
The Origin Big O was one of those products we just never expected to make it to Australia. Fortunately, in this case we’re happy to be wrong. Now all we need is a spare $23 grand.
The ingredients that went into Origin’s Big O monster are decidedly prime: six-core Xeon 5680 processor, overclocking up to 4.3GHz, crazy graphics power. And the cherry on top is an integrated, liquid-cooled Xbox 360 slim in every rig. That’s nasty.