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Best Christmas Holiday Gifts for your Gamer Spouse or Partner

Best Holiday Gifts for your Gamer Spouse or Partner

It’s never too early to start holiday preparations, and in the spirit of such we are releasing a series of articles discussing the best holiday gifts for the gamers in your life.  This article is dedicated to finding great gifts for your spouse or partner who enjoys gaming, reflecting a more mature and classic focus on gaming than for a younger audience.  From nostalgia to comfort, these gifts are sure to bring your loved one back to the child-like pleasure of gaming this holiday season.

 

Super NES Classic

One of the best consoles ever made, the SNES has a special place in the heart of almost every gamer who lived through the 90’s.  The problem, however, is that the original systems are old and difficult to find, and the games themselves, as cartridges, are quick to degrade in functionality.  The Super NES Classic resolves both of these issues, as the console itself is new and some of the best games of the era come pre-loaded, including Super Mario World, Mario RPG, Super Ghouls and Ghosts, and the ultra-rare Earthbound.  Additionally, because it comes with 21 games, the Super NES Classic bundle is a ridiculously cost-effective way to get access to your SNES favorites.  The Super NES Classic is also updated to utilize HDMI, which is a requirement to playing these old games in 2018, as those of us still in possession of the original SNES will confirm.

 

Improve Your Audio Clarity for Streaming and YouTube with Affordable Mixers

Improve Your Audio Clarity for Streaming and YouTube with Affordable Mixers

 In a previous article, we discussed the value of audio mixers for Skype calls and streaming and reviewed several excellent products for that purpose.  Now, we return to the topic of mixers, addressing hardware that specifically maximizes clarity and minimizes price.  Whether you’re streaming on Twitch or making content for YouTube, an affordable mixer can seriously improve the overall quality of your video and increase the level of professionalism you present.

 

Roland UA-4FX2 STREAM STATION

Specifically designed for streaming, the UA-4FX2 from Roland is a great addition to your streaming setup.  Specifically designed for streaming and content creation, this mixer provides numerous functionalities that are desirable for improving audio clarity.  This mixer is also highly compact and portable, so you can relocate your stream and utilize the hardware without excessive desk space.  The UA-4FX2 comes with automatic level controls and on-board mastering, and is compatible with the latest Windows and Mac operating systems, making it easy and straightforward for even the inexperienced to use.

Most Popular Lightweight Laptops for Work, Gaming, and Travel

Most Popular Lightweight Laptops for Work Gaming and Travel

There is certainly a convenience in the portability of all laptops, especially when you’re only moving from home to the office and back, but for many in constant transit the sheer weight of modern laptops can seriously impede the benefit provided.  For individuals who are forced to bear the burden of a laptop bag for long periods of time every day, weight of a laptop may be just important as performance specifications when making a purchasing decision.  Here, we’ve compiled the most popular lightweight laptops that are less than 6 pounds and still capable of performing work and gaming tasks. 

 

Acer Aspire E 15

The Aspire E 15 is a well-reviewed laptop, at an excellent price, that also happens to be great for frequent travel.  As far as performance is concerned, this laptop pushes 2.2GHz processing speed from an Intel Core i3, has 6GB of DDR3 RAM, and utilizes the Intel UHD Graphics 620 processor for display.  The benefits for traveling, however, are more pronounced, as the Aspire E 15 has a 13.5 hour battery life, and weighs only 5.27 pounds, making it an excellent choice for those with long commutes.  Additionally, the Aspire E 15 has a 15.6” inch HD screen, an impressive feature for a laptop as lightweight as it is. 

 

Scariest and Most Epic Horror Games for Halloween

Scariest and Most Epic Horror Games for Halloween

With Halloween rapidly approaching, many of our minds turn to the weird, horrific, and frightening elements of entertainment once again.  In keeping with these perennial themes of Halloween, this article takes a look at some of the greatest horror-themed games that have been developed over the years.  Combining suspense, discomfort, and elements of the grotesque, these games help us truly live in the spirit of Halloween.

 

Dead Island

If you’re looking for an immersive, and terrifying, experience, Dead Island is a great place to start.  Although there are many first person zombie shooters, Dead Island offers a number of unique features that deserve recognition well beyond a typical zombie game.  The movement, for example, from extreme isolation that keeps you in a perpetual sense of dread and expectation, to the terrifying masses of monstrosities that you simply cannot stand and fight against, frames your character as prey in a world full of predators.  Additionally, the music and ambient sounds are shrill, sudden and disquieting.  With the lights off and the sound turned up, Dead Island is a horrifying experience perfect for Halloween.

 



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