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GamersGate Specials Now through October 31st - Big Discounts on PC and Mac Videogames!

Our affiliate, GamersGate, today confirmed their current round of specials for the week in PC and Mac formats, with prices starting as low as $2.99. Click here to go directly to their special offers or check below to see highlights of what is on sale:

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Windows Experience Score Across My Current Systems - Discrete Graphics Make a Difference!

As detailed previously, after canceling my two year Pandora pre-order, I decided to put the money towards a Sager gaming laptop. As mentioned, this was going to be my first true gaming PC since an old Windows XP Dell desktop from I-don't-remember-when (that system is in my basement office and used as-needed). Well, the laptop arrived earlier today, so I decided to do a Windows 7 Experience score comparison between that and our other current systems, most of which, unlike the Sager, do not feature discrete graphics cards. The results were startling. I'll start with the oldest system first:

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Disappointed in Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog 4? Try this...

Even for those of us, such as myself, who weren't exactly disappointed in Sega's latest episodic Sonic game, Sonic the Hedgehog 4, but still found it lacking a certain something, you may want to check out Sonic Fan Remix, which, as the name implies, is a fan made Sonic game that appears to blow the doors off of Sega's offering in terms of creativity and vision. Check out the video below and be sure to visit their site to snag the demo before it's too late:

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GamersGate Specials Now through October 24th - Big Discounts on PC and Mac Videogames!

Our affiliate, GamersGate, today confirmed their current round of specials for the week in PC and Mac formats, with prices starting as low as $3.99. Click here to go directly to their special offers or check below to see highlights of what is on sale:

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My Interview in the Suburban Newspaper, Video-game nirvana

For those interested, the online version of my interview in this week's Old Bridge - Sayreville Suburban newspaper has now been posted. In it, I talk to Suburban's staff writer Sam Slaughter about videogames, my books, and the feature film documentary I'm working on, among other things. At some point I'll release the extended transcript as we covered a lot more ground than could fit in a newspaper feature, but for now I'd love to hear any feedback you might have in the mean-time.

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My new PC gaming laptop

Sager NotebookSager NotebookWell, as many of you know, after a two year+ wait with no ETA in sight, I decided to cancel my Pandora pre-order and put those funds towards the best gaming laptop I could reasonably afford. Now, I know that getting a desktop would be both more powerful and cheaper than getting a laptop, but the reasons why I decided on a gaming laptop rather than a gaming desktop are many. For one, I already bought a quality HP TouchSmart PC desktop not too long ago as my main PC and maxed that out, with the only downside of the system being the on-board video, which I was unable to upgrade, as previously detailed. In other words, it does everything I need a desktop PC to do, save for anything that requires discrete video, like non-casual gaming. Next, my oldest daughter's old HP laptop kicked the bucket, and she is presently without a system. My laptop has been an older Gateway Tablet PC for some time (in fact, it was my main system until it died from heat exhaustion (since repaired) and I replaced it with that HP), which I also maxed out, but it is now too long in the tooth to game (and is missing modern-day niceties like HDMI out). However, it will be a perfect laptop for my daughter, and her being 5 going on 6, I thought it preferable to get myself a new system and hand her down my still perfectly functional Gateway (especially since her 4 year old sister - who will surely also use it - is a terror). In other words, instead of having to get her a cheap laptop (and no, netbooks don't have the required resolution for Web games like Webkinz, ironically), it seemed more logical to spend a bit more on something fitting my needs and do the hand-me-down thing. Next, having something both portable - since I can't ever guarantee I can sit in any one place for any length of time - and with the latest connectivity options, gives all kinds of flexibility that a desktop simply wouldn't offer me (again, HDMI out in conjunction with HDTV will prove very useful). Finally, since I need to give my Gateway laptop to my daughter anyway, I'd prefer not to be without a portable workstation, since you never know when such a thing can come in handy (I suppose my work Thinkpad laptop might have been an option in a pinch, but it's preferable not to mix too much personal with business).

After a considerable amount of research and shopping around, including with Alienware and budget brands like Asus, I found that by far the best deals were with Sager, whose laptops hands-down have the best gaming-centric options for the best price. Depending upon model and whatever incentives they happen to be offering, you can get anywhere from 1.5x to 2x the bang for the buck that you can anywhere else (Sager notebooks are available direct and also from a variety of resellers). So, with budget, feature-set and overall bang-for-the-buck taken into consideration, I settled on the Sager NP8760-S1. The specs are pretty good:

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GamersGate Specials Now through October 17th - Big Discounts on PC and Mac Videogames!

Our affiliate, GamersGate, today confirmed their current round of specials for the week in PC and Mac formats, with prices starting as low as $3.73. Click here to go directly to their special offers or check below to see highlights of what is on sale:

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Limited edition signed copies of Intellivision Lives! for the Nintendo DS, plus additional bonuses, now available!

I thought I would pass along this note from Intellivision Productions. For a limited time you can order a Keith Robinson-signed copy of Intellivision Lives! for the Nintendo DS direct from the Intellivision rights holders, and they'll even throw in a free running man DS button, as well as a $5 off coupon good for a future purchase. All this for $19.95 plus shipping and handling, but the catch is there will only 200 of these available, so get cracking! Official announcement below:

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GamersGate Specials Now through October 10th - Big Discounts on PC and Mac Videogames!

Our affiliate, GamersGate, today confirmed their current round of specials for the week in PC and Mac formats, with prices starting as low as $2.39. Click here to go directly to their special offers or check below to see highlights of what is on sale:

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