Video games have always taken heat for issues that aren’t remotely related to games or gaming culture. Once again we’ve been slammed, this time by William Bennett of CNN. I shouldn’t mind. I usually pay less attention to who say something hurtful to my face. But this constant barrage against gaming has begun to get old.

The two main groups of people using powerful home computers are dedicated PC gamers and those working on serious media and design projects. For them, simple, humble PC won’t do. It simply won’t allow them the power and performance they need for optimal usage. Often these guys will have customised their machines with additional computer components. It’s these specialist PC parts that allow them to get the most out of their gaming experience. Or give their PC the engine to power their media projects.

Later, when we released Swords & Soldiers for WiiWare as Ronimo, it just made sense to do a PC version. We already had a PC build internally for development purposes, and we were already building a cool multiplayer mode with the help of SOE for the PSN version. It just needed Steam integration and broader hardware and software support to make it ready for release.

Here is another one of my choices for the best gaming laptop 2012. Coming at the price of $1,384.99, this gaming laptop runs on an Intel Core i7-2670QM process, with integrated Turbo Boost 2.0 technology. The graphics card is an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M along with 3GB GDDR5 VRAM. As you can imagine, this laptop offers a great performance for current generation games and will be more than capable of running the next generation, not to mention a great deal considering it comes at less than $1500.

As with most laptops in the under $600 price range, the Aspire 5750 comes standard with a 15.6-inch LCD panel with a native resolution of 1366×768. It uses the TN display technology that is decent but has limited viewing angles and less than stellar color but it doesn’t really stand out as being any better or worse than most of the others displays in this price range. Unlike the Aspire V3 at this price point, Acer uses the Intel HD Graphics 3000 that is built into the Core i5 processor. This is perfectly fine as long as you aren’t intending to use the laptop for any real 3D applications such as Curved Gaming Monitors even at a casual level. What the graphics does provide however is the ability to accelerate media encoding when used with Quick Sync compatible applications.

This screen has a 8ms response time, which is more than adequate for any gaming platform. This used to be an issue for LCD TVs, but technology has improved and you’ll be hard pressed to find any that have any difficulty handling motion or response time.

For the regular price we just took one that we feel is fair. As for special sales, that’s where most of our revenue comes from. It seems a lot of players are just waiting for the Steam sales to hit.

Cross-platform gaming between PC and Xbox 360 users would be a great feature to come out of this new push by Microsoft. Time will tell if that ever comes to fruition.

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