I know it might be a little earlier for Christmas shopping but I know some of you like to get started reeeeally early on making your wish lists or shopping for others. Most of us gamers are very thoughtful shoppers and do a lot of our shopping online. I figured I might as well get this post up before I forget or before its too late.
Unfortunately the new Doom game isn’t due out until next year so I’m going to have to wait on that. GoG has some good deals on Quake games right now and I’d suggest going there for some deals. Steam is always an option if your whole game library is already there and you want everything in one place. No word on Quake 5 yet so who knows if and when that is ever going to happen. Luckily most of id Software’s games have great replayability.
I’ve recently got into DOTA 2 and joined the hoards of moba players. It is really competitive and though I still prefer shooters as my #1 genre it is a nice change of pace.
Here are my top choices for PC gamers for this holiday season:
Alienware Gaming Computer. Alienware is hands down the best gaming PC maker. They look really cool and they run perfect. You can check out there models at Alienware.
Elgato Capture Card (For Streamers)
Razer DeathAdder Mouse
Razer BlackWidow Keyboard
Turtle Beach Gaming Headset
DX Racer Gaming Desk. I know desks aren’t a one size fits all. You can find some more desks for gaming at High Ground Gaming.
DX Racer Gaming Chair. DX Racer makes what it seems like a million different chairs. No matter how tall or wide you are they have one that can fit you. You can find all their options at their site’s page here.
If you want the ultimate set up it is difficult to get any better than that frankly. These brands are the best. Maybe they are expensive but I’m putting together the best of list for the holiday season of 2015 here. I didn’t go into components here, I will do a list for that later for those of you who like to build your own PCs.
If your a big Quake fan, then you’ve got to show it. There are plenty of products with the Quake name and symbol featured you just have to know where to look. One of my favorite products is this Quake Gaming mouse pad. It has a really cool rustic look. The textured print and Quake logo are simple but clean and cool looking. The body of the mouse pad is black with the bronze logo. Then you have the rounded corners as well. The backing is fitted with a non skid rubber material. That will keep it in place even if you thrust your mouse hard. The size of this mouse pad is 8.66 by 7.08 inches in size. The manufacturer says this mouse pad is not created with any glue or harmful chemicals. You can find this mouse pad here for purchase.
This is a men’s t shirt featuring the same Quake logo. You can get it from the Bethesda online store. Yup you guessed it. It is Alien Strogg Tank from Quake 2. This action figure has working gears. The legs use piston action to move. The weapons also fire there is a spring inside the rocket launcher that launches “rockets.” The spring joints on the feet of the tank make the legs move. This is a great nostalgic piece for old time Quake fans.My favorite website for gaming equipment and gear reviews is High Ground Gaming. It is an independently run site and has clear and concise reviews of gaming products. If you’re on a holiday shopping spree I’d recommend checking it out.
id Software has some talented developers, that’s the bottom line. They know how to craft a story and pack it full of heart pumping action.
I believe this is their most recent game and it came out on consoles first. It has it all, vehicle combat, immerse first person shooting, a huge game world, and insane graphics. It is an apocalypse type setting game environment. It is set in the future after an asteroid hits earth. That leads to the world becoming a vast, desolate wasteland. If you’ve seen the Mad Max movie that came out recently that will give you an idea of what it is like. Humanity is trying to rebuild and there’s lots of raiders and unruly gangs competing with each other. There is also a totalitarian regime called the Authority that is trying to rule everyone with an iron fist.
I think one of the best parts of RAGE is the graphics. With the sound cranked up and the immersive visuals, it is a blast to play on a nice TV. If you get the PC version, make sure you have a nice pair of headphones. If you get the console version, you’ll want to buy a nice TV for gaming. This website has a good list of TVs that perform well for gamers.
This is a classic. It is one of the best first person shooters of all time. It virtually invented the FPS genre.The plot is simple. Scientists discovered a way to unlock the gates to Hell. You play the lone space marine that takes on the forces of Hell. Not only is it an action game, it also is very spooky. There are many moments you will get frightened when playing this game. Even though the series is so old, it is still a blast to play. If you haven’t played the games, set aside a few evenings and work your way through the heart pounding action. I still remember this being one of the first computer games I ever played. My dad and I played through the game and it is one of my best memories as a kid.
This game was followed by DOOM II in 1994 and DOOM III in 2004. It is getting rebooted and will be released in 2016, published by Bethesda Studios the people who helped with Bioshock and other cool games.
The original Quake game was released in June of 1996. The series have developed and grown a lot since then. There were two mission packs released for the first game. Quake II also had two mission packs. The last Quake game was Quake 4 released in 2005. I’m hoping they will release a Quake 5 someday. Wikipedia has a page about the Quake Series here.
Quake 3 Arena and eSports
Quake 3 Arena may have been the most successful of the series. It had a big focus on multiplayer. They didn’t do a single player campaign in Quake 3. It just had a single player mode where you fought against bots. Strafe jumping and rocket jumping mechanics really helped make the multiplayer modes competitive. Quake 3 saw a lot of action in eSports. There were big tournaments like QuakeCon, Electronic Sports World Cup, and Cyberathlete Professional Leagues.
You may have heard of a little developer company by the name of id Software. They are the creator of the Quake Series. They are also behind the Doom series, which by the way a new Doom game is on its way. These are first person shooters but Quake is especially known for its intense multiplayer deathmatches. Some people attribute Quake to being one of the first eSport games because there was a lot of Quake tournaments back in the day.
Quake is now a free to play game. You can easily join matches in seconds after registering. Check out www.quakelive.com to get in on the action. I’ve played Quake live more than I care to admit. It is really fun the action is fast paced compared to a game like Counterstrike where there is a lot of wait time.