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Written by Christophor "SuperGuido" Rick   
Friday, 21 December 2007

Sorry about not posting this yesterday, I blame Tom, Rock Band and Portal personally. Anyway without further jibber-jabber from me here's the second installment of the Guido Gift Guide.

Guido's Gaming Gift Guide - Hardware Part 2

Welcome to Area 51, featuring the biggest, baddest piece of Alien technology to come to light recently.

More info at: http://www.alienware.com/

The creatures at Alienware have really outdone themselves here with Dual Graphics Cards weighing in with 512MB NVIDIA GeForce Go 7950 GTX GDDR3 NVIDIA nForce 100 with NVIDIA SLI technology. Couple that with up to 4GB Dual Channel DDR2 at 667MHz and Intel Core2 Duo Processors (4MB Cache, 667MHz FSB) and you will be able to take on any game thrown at you for a few years. I don't know what alien tech depot they knocked over but they hit the jackpot. This gaming rig might not be fully portable as you will need a massive bag to carry the 8.5 pound machine with its 17” Wide Screen WUXGA 1920 x 1200. The m9750 comes in at a base price of $1700 but in order to truly make it the gaming rig of your dreams you'll need to shell out a cool $3000. So, if you really love yourself, or the gamer in your life, and want you or them to get some exercise, get them this massive brick and tell them to go to all the LAN parties they can find. I can't wait until Alienware perfects that anti-gravity hardware so the laptops won't be so damn heavy!

OK so I think it's time to come back down to reality and leave the far reaches of outer space to the aliens and our imaginations.This is supposed to be a usable gift guide so no more $3000 items... maybe. Here's a nice cheap one that would make any Wii-owning shooter fan forget all about that fruit cake you got them last year. It's Nyko's Perfect Shot.

The Perfect Shot is ideal for shooting games on the Wii and is fully compatible with all software designed for the Wii Blaster. The Perfect Shot is designed for one handed operation, giving a pistol-like grip for all your shooting games. The accessory pass-through port also allows for use of Nunchucks and other accessories while the Wii remote is docked in the Perfect Shot. So whether it's for Alone in the Dark or House of the Dead your Wii fan will be happy with this.

More info at: http://www.nyko.com/

Retail price: Around $15

Nyko wii charger

More info at: http://www.nyko.com/

Retail price: I forget. Around $20-30 I think

Speaking of Nyko and the Wii I am damn tired of having to change and charge my double A batteries all the time for the Wiimotes. So I know I personally would dig their charging station. THe pack includes 2 NiMH batteries, exclusively designed for the Wii Remote, each providing up to 25 hours of play time. Each battery is easily recharged by placing the Wii Remote in the charging dock. The charging dock conveniently plugs into any standard wall outlet, allowing for rapid recharging of both batteries in 8 hours. The Charge Station includes 2 custom battery covers with contact pass-through points so you can charge the batteries while they are still in the remote. Each battery cover is also rubberized for superior grip during intense gaming sessions. 

 The PS3 is more than just a gaming console, it's also a network device and even a Blu-Ray player. I know that might come as a shock to some of you, but it's true! It can do much more than just play games, and with its massive price tag, I would expect it to do more. Hell, it should even be able to take control of my coffee machine and brew me up some java while I'm wasting time destroying things in Pain. So when you're using the PS3 for something other than gaming you will inevitably come across a time when you need to type, and that's when this item will come in handy. The new Cordless Mediaboard Pro from Logitech.

Integrated touch pad with vertical scrolling: Eliminates the need for a mouse.

More info at: www.logitech.com

 

 

Cordless Bluetooth technology: Use your Logitech Cordless MediaBoard Pro up to 30 feet (10 meters) away.

Retail Price: $79.99

 Finally the last piece of gaming hardware for this season. Since I just got one, which was a massive shock, and I'm still adjusting to it. It's (hold on to your seats folks, I'm about to lose my Nintendo Fanboy status) the Microsoft Xbox 360. After 2 years, I have returned to the Generation: Gamerz main office, and to my immense surprise I have spent a good amount of my time playing it. I checked out some of the downloadable content on CigDangle's.  I played all the way through Portal (about 4.5 hours) rocked out with Guitar Hero 2 and got my retro game on. Simply put, the system is stellar and any gamer should be happy to have it. The wireless controllers are well-formed, the features on the console are vast and all around I have to say it's well made. Good Job Microsoft. I can't believe I just said that.

Retail price:  $200+

More info at: www.xbox.com

 

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