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Friday, January 26, 2018

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you must have noticed that I have not been blogging as much as before.

If you regularly send me emails, you must have noticed that I do not reply to emails as promptly as before.

This has been going on for many months.

What have I been doing?

I have been spending more time on my other hobbies and the one that is taking the lion's share of my time is online gaming.

Specifically, MMORPG.

I have blogged about this before but things are about to get more intense.

After almost a year of online gaming, I decided to get a dedicated gaming laptop.

A beauty, it is.

Serious gamers would probably scoff at this entry level machine but it is a big deal for me at $1,348.

The keys glow red.

So cool, right?

I won't be pressing the wrong keys anymore when I play at night with the lights off.

The fact that I only went ahead with the purchase after so many months of online gaming means that I enjoy online gaming enough to part with some real money to get the hardware to at least satisfy the recommended requirements of the game.

The PC I was gaming on didn't even meet the minimum requirements and labored excessively under an IT challenged task master.


Who IT challenged?

I blur.

Logically, this new purchase also means that I want to spend more time gaming.

When a friend found out that I read only the Money section of the newspapers many years ago, he joked that I had no life because I didn't read the Life section.

When he found out about my latest purchase, he gave me the thumbs up.

No more choppy movement and low resolution images for me. 

Example of a low resolution image,

Not very nice, it was.

Yes, for the last 10 months, in game, I was like a character exploring a new world while suffering from cataracts and palsy.

My Celeron processor driven PC has huffed and puffed enough.

No more demanding online gaming for it.

I think I hear it sighing in relief.

I could be spending a lot more time gaming than before as I revisit many places in the game world now that I can move and see a lot better.

You could say that I am going to be spending more time travelling.

Well, at least I won't be spending money travelling.

OK, I know.

Bad AK! Bad AK!

I got an atas mouse too.

A fellow blogger suggested that I blog about this purchase and what it means so that readers could manage their expectations.

Mission accomplished, I hope.

Related posts:
1. Freedom in retirement.
2. AK is playing Neverwinter!


Brina said...

My brother has the exact same gaming laptop - it's a good balance between cost and functionality. Enjoy your gaming adventures, AK!

AK71 said...

Hi Brina,

So far, so good. :D

Comes with a 2 years warranty too.

I don't hope to exercise the warranty though.

Fingers crossed. :)

Cory said...

I have doubt on that brand quality. :-)

Make sure you have blue light filters if you like to play in the dark.

Alcus Trader said...

Wealth destruction behaviour detected!!

WannabeFree said...

Congrats on your new purchase!

Just realized that you started NWing around the same time as me! I enjoyed my short time in that game but have stopped NWing and moved to Black Desert Online.

You should give BDO a try on your new laptop too. It has gorgeous graphics and the character creation is very powerful.

I have a 7day guest pass for you to try if you are interested :)

AK71 said...

Hi Cory,

My last ACER laptop worked for 7 years before I replaced it with an ACER AIO PC which is 2 years old and still working now.

I guess I have been lucky with ACER. :)

Blue light filter on always. ;)

AK71 said...

Hi Alcus,

Bad AK! Bad AK! -.-"

AK71 said...

Hi WannabeFree,

I am still enjoying NW a lot.

Still plenty to do.

For a F2P MMORPG, it is simply amazing.

Yup, I haven't used any real money in the game. ;p

AK71 said...

Reader says...

AK, can u provide the model of the Asus laptop that u have bought? Can't find the model number is ur post. Looking to get one that is affordable yet gameable enough for simple games.

AK says...
I got an ACER. Not ASUS. It says NITRO 5 on the computer. Dunno if this helps. πŸ™‚

Reader says...
Good enough, kamsiaπŸ˜ƒ

AK says...
Actually, I just checked. You can see this from the photo in the blog. πŸ˜›

AK71 said...

Cory said...
Playing alone no fun leh.
I will join other players online !
My retirement plan.

AK said...
MMORPG for the win!
Neverwinter banzai! :D

AK71 said...

Gabriel Tham says...
Buy Neverwinter game items

AK says...
After two years, I have not spent a single cent on Neverwinter.
F2P is best ;p

Reader says...
How many hours of never winter do u play?
I used to be able to play rpgs 20 hours a day

AK says...
Hmmm.... it depends... minimum 3 hours or so...
Some days, 8 to 10 hours.
Now, trying to unlock the next level...
Hope I am up to it...
Gallant dungeons...
Where it is game over for the whole party if a party member dies -.-"
(Unlike regular content where a dead party member can be revived.)
Gallant gear. Currently the highest item level gear we can get in Neverwinter. Exciting! πŸ˜€
Will take many many successful dungeon runs to collect the full set.

AK71 said...

Gabriel Tham says...
inside neverwinter can ride horse mah?

AK says...
Horses, yes, but they are so meh (literally too).
I have a whirlwind mount in Neverwinter.
Feels like Magneto when I move around. ;)
(I shared a screenshot of my avatar in this blog here.)

Gabriel Tham says...
better than luxury cars leh....

AK71 said...

Kor Chin Wee says...
Assi AK too pro in real life and Neverwinter// No Horse Run...

WTK said...

Hi AK,

While enjoying the game, it is important not to overplay and spend countless of hours on the game. Health is more important.


AK71 said...


I spend as many hours gaming as people spend working in real life. ;p

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