What do you want for Xmas this year?

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clok1966
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its strange this will be the

its strange this will be the first Christmas in .. well maybe ever i didn't plan on "my" gift to me.. normally i upgrade PC, by a new console, new TV or something.. but i have no "big" toy in mind right now ( does a new house this summer count? maybe that's why). its alos going to be the first Christmas in at least 10-15 where I didn't have Nieces and Nephews under 18 (when do you stop getting um gifts?.. i say 18.. ) and no Ex's with kids , or currents with kids.. my ex's kids both turned 18 this year too.. and the one with kids under 18 is currently in life crisis (leave it at that).. so.. that leaves me free to do whatever .. and sadly its a first for me at least in 15 years.. no ideas.. I guess my main PC is almost 2 years old.. maybe just a MB CPU upgrade? Maybe i should give to the Sandy relief.. that would be nice.. hmmm (and no im not some "give to all" person but much like New Orleans this is a pretty big tragedy, and the last time I donated anything more then a few buck was N Orleans, its about time.)

Shawn Delahunty
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Such a nerd

There are only 3 things I really want for Christmas:

(1) What I clicked on for the poll... *grin*
(2) The upright Stargate arcade cabinet I bought just after the Houston Arcade Expo this month. (Non-working board, needs some serious TLC on the cabinet, but it was dirt cheap--and I love woodworking and electronics repair!)

(3) Some actual friggin' TIME to work on the Stargate machine.

That last one is gonna be a doozy... *sigh* So much to do for work, around house, etc.

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Alex McGilvray
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1) Time this holiday to play

1) Time this holiday to play some of the games I've bought. 3-4 full days would be great.

2) To know what happened to my boxed pc games. I think my parents threw them out when I moved out.

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Re Windows 8 : I've been a

Re Windows 8 : I've been a guest of Microsoft for the past two Fridays and have had some hands-on and I have to say it seems to cover both bases pretty well - the classic desktop is there for the desktop user (with some changes but they're easy to use) = and the metro/surface experience for the consumer is there too and some of the Samsung devices I saw with the gesturing support look sweet. The windows-to-go feature - booting off USB is a great thing for corporate users (something I have to worry about) and there's loads of stuff packaged with the OS for the corporation - server side - Hyper-V is now a viable alternative to vm-ware and the security suite is up to par as well. The Office integration with Sharepoint, Dynamics, Visual Studio and Lync, with support across all form factors, complete the stack - it is pretty impressive.

They have kind of bet the farm on this - but they really have made an excellent job of it.

Seeing the Hobbit on the 15th so I'd be happy with some ale and retro goodies.

Bill Loguidice
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The times
Matt Barton wrote:

I wonder what I would right now if I were 16 and still had family willing to buy me expensive gifts. ;)

I can't imagine wanting a Wii U at that age. There is very little out right now that would appeal to me back then. Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition has me the most excited right now, and that's just basically an update.

I really hope all the great kickstarters we funded end up being some great games. Wasteland 2, Project: Eternity, Hero-U, Shadowgate, and Double Fine Adventure all have me pretty psyched.

Unconfirmed with hard data, but it seems like there's a consensus out there that most of the "norms" (i.e., those who are not deeply into tech like we were and would be if we were 16 again) covet things like iPads and smartphones most of all these days. Of course there's still a sizable gamer market that wants the console experience, it's just not as dramatic in comparison to the larger percentage that want general purpose tech.

By the way, I installed Windows 8 on my daughters' playroom computer, my old HP TouchSmart. It's actually a very nice OS for that type of touchscreen computer (it originally came with Vista, which I upgraded to Windows 7--it's not a very good system despite several upgrades I performed). Anyway, what fascinated me was how my oldest daughter (just turned 8), Amelie, took to it right away, far more than when Windows 7 was on it. She was already a tablet/smartphone wiz and the app store-centric nature of Windows 8 was something that immediately appealed to her and something that she obviously "got" because of it. She wasted no time in downloading a whole bunch of free/trial apps and games. While she still spends a lot of time in the desktop because she likes to play "Fantage" and that requires a browser with Flash support, without pre-conceived notions she took to the "Metro" interface and Win 8 concepts right away. I don't think it's for those of us who want a real desktop computer experience (i.e., power), but I don't think we're the target market anymore. Microsoft might have gambled correctly considering how well this would work on the new generation of portable devices.

For me, I'll stick with Windows 7 for as long as I can on my power desktop. I'm still not sure Windows 8 will be suitable for me in such an environment (it won't be an issue for at least the next three to five years), and, if MacOS doesn't iOS-ify itself like Windows 8 has, then that may be a viable option. On the flip-side, I was considering a MacBook Air at one point as a portable workstation (writing mostly), but frankly I think I'll just hold out for a Windows 8 Pro hybrid tablet with touchscreen and pen input. That's where I think it would shine for me. Maybe getting some comfort there will eventually guide my future desktop decision.

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Matt Barton
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I wonder what I would right

I wonder what I would right now if I were 16 and still had family willing to buy me expensive gifts. ;)

I can't imagine wanting a Wii U at that age. There is very little out right now that would appeal to me back then. Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition has me the most excited right now, and that's just basically an update.

I really hope all the great kickstarters we funded end up being some great games. Wasteland 2, Project: Eternity, Hero-U, Shadowgate, and Double Fine Adventure all have me pretty psyched.

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Mark Vergeer
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Some fine Ale!

And a WiiU :P

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Nathaniel Tolbert
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There are a couple of old games I want to replace....

Well I haven't ever talked about this here but when I was younger I dated a woman, and lived with her for about a year. At the end, she cheated on me, told me she didn't love me and wanted me out. I accepted this and packed up everything. I was extremely young at the time, 19 and so in my unhappiness I left behind some items, including a portion of my Sierra collection. By the time I realized my mistake, (about 4 months later) I came to found out that they were gone.... All of them. I don't know what happened to them and she never said. Including some Amiga Sierra games I haven't been able to find since for an affordable price, including Leisure Suit Larry 5 and Space Quest IV. I had about 20 other Sierra games for the PC and they all vanished as well. I have worked very hard to rebuild a portion of my collection since then, but a few games still eluded me. One was a retail boxed copy of Space Quest IV MPC edition. It's not hard to find the Disc, but a boxed copy seems much more difficult. I don't know the scenes very well and I am uncertain where to ask, but I found someone selling a boxed copy and that is one of the Christmas gifts I got. I also have Space Quest II and Space Quest VI on my list on Amazon.com in case some pop up for affordable prices there. Also put a Sega Genesis on my list as I have never owned one. I was a nintendo boy when it came to consoles. It wasn't until I was much older did I realize that there were some incredible gems on the Genesis/Mega Drive. I want to mod it and put a 32X inside and make my own version of the Neptune. :) So what is everyone else hoping for this year?

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