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    Surface Pro vs. PC gaming: We torture test the tablet's gaming prowess

    Posted March 2, 2013 - 7:58 am

    We take a look at just how well it handle itself when put through a few days of the average gaming machine.
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    Sid Meier's Railroads! is a fun and challenging look at a fascinating industry

    Posted November 23, 2012 - 11:36 pm

    More than 20 years ago, legendary game designer Sid Meier invented the "tycoon" genre of strategy games with Railroad Tycoon. Meier would go on to create the Civilization series, and Railroad Tycoon chugged along too--but without him, passed along to a different developer. Sid's gone back to his roots, though, and decided to revisit the concept in a new game: Feral Interactive's $30 Sid Meier's Railroads!, now available for download from the Mac App Store and other locations.
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    5 indie PC games that ripple with retro intrigue

    Posted September 22, 2012 - 7:03 am

    Times are tough. We're all looking to stretch our budgets, so the thought of paying $20 or more for a PC game from a commercial development studio is, well, a tough download to swallow. But in your effort to save money, you need not sacrifice winning gameplay. Independent gaming studios are releasing awesome titles--many with an addictive retro vibe--and their prices range from free to next-to-nothing. Here are five you must check out today.
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    God game From Dust lives again as Chrome Web Store centerpiece

    Posted August 24, 2012 - 10:18 pm

    PC fans of God games had plenty to be excited about when publisher Ubisoft announced From Dust for PC last year. The game's designer, Eric Chani, is well known for his abstract early 90's masterpiece Another World, so the project seemed in capable hands. Moreover, he cited Peter Molyneux's classics Populous and Black & White as his primary influences, so the provenance couldn't be better. After a successful console release, it seemed little could go wrong. Unfortunately, that's not what happened. The PC port was badly botched with low framerates, no anti-aliasing support, video card compatibility issues and an overzealous DRM system riddled with bugs that plague users to this day. There's an alternative to the console version if you want to play frustration-free,
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    Alienware M14x an ultraportable gaming powerhouse

    Posted August 23, 2012 - 3:30 pm

    When Dell refreshed its lineup of Alienware gaming laptops earlier this year, it discontinued the littlest of the bunch, the 11-inch Alienware M11x. As a result, the Alienware M14x is now the entry-level Alienware laptop, which Dell recently refreshed with an IvyBridge processor and a new graphics card. Like many more-typical ultraportable laptops, the M14x has a 14-inch screen, but it's chunkier and more powerful than the other computers in its category.
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    Best apps of 2012: great games for Android and iPhone

    Posted July 7, 2012 - 7:19 am

    Ditch your Nintendo 3DS and leave your Sony PlayStation Vita at home. With these apps, your smartphone can become the only game machine you need. It doesn’t matter if you'd rather blast zombies or slam pigs--these games are sure to suit everyone’s tastes.
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    Sony VAIO E15: stylish, competent, state of the mainstream art

    Posted July 7, 2012 - 7:15 am

    The Sony VAIO E15 is as stylish a mainstream laptop as you're likely to find. Starting at only $500 with a 15.5-inch screen and state-of-the-art ports and connectivity, it's an inexpensive way to impress your fellow humans with your astute judgment of things computing, as well as your fine taste in design.
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    Game on: 3 high-performance laptops duke it out

    Posted June 24, 2012 - 7:03 am

    Gamers have always demanded the fastest and most powerful systems. We tested three screamers to find the best laptop for the job.
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    Browser-based games you can win without losing your job

    Posted May 19, 2012 - 7:25 am

    We all strive for focus at work, but sometimes a bit of distraction is a good way to become unstuck or gain a new perspective on some problem. Here are a few great games that you can play for free, from the comfort of your browser, without installing anything (except Flash, which you probably already have). Though they may not contribute directly to getting those TPS reports done to spec, they don't carry an "NSFW" label, either. After a few minutes of decompression, you'll be refreshed and ready to work again.
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    Asus Essentio CM6870 review: Ivy Bridge performance, mediocre gaming

    Posted May 5, 2012 - 7:20 am

    Here comes Ivy Bridge. The Asus Essentio CM6870 is one of the first budget desktops hitting the PCWorld Labs to run one of Intel’s brand-new Ivy Bridge processors and receive testing under the brand-new WorldBench 7 benchmarking suite.
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