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So Christmas is drawing ever closer, and you still have some shopping to do. Not to worry, though, alaTest has a few last minute gift ideas that could easily save the holidays, and when we say “last minute,” we mean you can buy these gifts on Christmas day and still get them in time. Read the rest of this entry »


If you’ve ever gotten some sort of battery powered toy for Christmas only to find that it didn’t come with batteries, you probably know how disappointing it is to have to wait until the day after Christmas to get to play with it. Well, a lot of popular gifts need more than just batteries to get them started. We have a list of important (and often affordable) goodies that go well with those big ticket items. Read the rest of this entry »


It’s an age old dispute – OK, not “age old,” but it’s been around for as long as home gaming platforms: Which does gaming better, console or PC? Considering the gaming market today, and how most games are cross-platform compatible (aka have versions for each console and the PC), it can be tough to choose a side. We’ll let the two duke it out in a few key categories and tally up the winner. Read the rest of this entry »


When it comes to handheld gaming, the Nintendo DS is the system of choice, featuring a wide selection of games along with its unique touch screen interface. The recent release of the Nintendo 3DS also brought an interesting new spin on the handheld genre; however, it’s autostereoscopic display seems a bit premature, resulting in what many people agree is an undesirable experience. As a result, the best games, so far, this year do not focus on the 3DS. Read the rest of this entry »

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Compared to the other systems, the Wii is off to a pretty slow start this year, in terms of great titles. Where the PC, Xbox, and PS3 all have a handful of excellent 2011 games already out, the Wii’s best titles so far really aren’t anything that spectacular. Still, if you’re looking to buy a few new Wii games this summer, we’ve got a Best-Of list for your consideration. Read the rest of this entry »

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E3 logoE3 2011 just wrapped up at the end of the week, and there was a lot that happened, so much that even if you were there, it would have been hard to see it all. Not to worry, we have the details on all the important stuff, just in case you missed any.

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All of the current generation gaming consoles have been out since about 2005 (or 2006 in the case of the PS3). Both the Xbox 360 and PS3 focused heavily on performance, each outpacing their predecessors (the original Xbox and PS2) significantly, achieving roughly 300 million polygons per second in performance. Nintendo, on the other hand, chose to focus on revolutionizing the console interface, making the Wii only slightly faster than the GameCube, obtaining about 100 million polygons per second. The Wii wasn’t anywhere near the league of performance found in the Xbox 360 and PS3, but Nintendo still had an advantage. Neither Sony nor Microsoft intends to replace their current consoles until well into 2015. Nintendo has something prepared for 2012: “Project Café.”

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