The word that gets the gamer’s blood pulsing madly within me.
The word that incites pure desire in my gamer’s heart.
The word that seizes my very soul and doesn’t let go.
When you own your first Alienware, you’ll feel like you’ve joined a very select brotherhood (or sisterhood) that understands the passion that is gaming. Your gaming days will never be the same again.
That was what I felt when I got mine a year ago, anyway.
I felt like I had arrived.
Alienware in Singapore
Last weekend, the first Alienware concept store in Southeast Asia descended upon our shores, no doubt raising the temperature of the gamer throng in Singapore.
It certainly raised my temperature as the irresistable call of the glowing Alien heads started the blood pounding in my veins.
I loved the glowing blue lights fitted all around the store, which made me feel like I’d stepped into a sort of Alienware universe. Even after gawking at the displays for 20 minutes, I still couldn’t completely believe that I was standing in an actual Alienware store. Such happiness a gamer and a fan has never felt!
A driving simulator complete with moving seats is permanently installed in the store to keep fans enthralled as they try out the processing and graphical prowess of Alienware machines. I didn’t get to try it out because there were too many people queueing up for it, and I had to go check out the roadshow downstairs.
No doubt temperatures were also raised by the appearance of costumed babes milling about at the Galleria Foyer of Suntec City Mall, where the Alienware Arena roadshow was held.
I love costumed cuties! They always brighten up an event!
From left: Angel, Sochii, Me (I wasn’t really one of them), Francesca, Aki.
On April 30, Four Alienware M14x laptops, each worth $2,299, went up for grabs with starting bids of $1.
Three lucky bidders went home with their new baby, paying $1,700 each, while the last winner of the day shelled out $1,900 in order to also take home additional goodies of Alienware merchandise comprising a cap, a t-shirt, a laptop sleeve and a beautiful headset.
Feel so happy for them. I’m sure they’re really enjoying their new toy now!
Class 95 DJs Glenn Ong and Vernetta Lopez made a guest appearance and heated up the action during the last auction.
The total proceeds of $7,000 were donated to Operation Smile Singapore, coincidentally my adopted charity, and also Class 95’s adopted charity.
With rows and rows of uber gaming rigs set up at the roadshow, Alienware hosted the League of Legends Season 1 Qualifiers. Two teams of four pitted their skills against each other as supporters watched the action on the big screens out front.
For the next couple of hours as the tournament progressed, the crowd got larger and larger, mainly men, mostly young, a smattering of mature. Where were the women?
But I was happy to make the acquaintance of Kelly, the only professional shoutcaster in Singapore. She provides live commentary for tournaments, describing the action as well as giving her opinion on team strategies.
Kelly helped create an atmosphere that drew a curious crowd, who wandered in and stayed to watch together with excited fans and supporters that were already there. It was at times tense during crucial moments and at times light-hearted when the teams did funny stuff or mistakes which Kelly would point out with good humour.
Team Xan emerged victorious, winning for themselves $1,200 and an all-expenses paid trip to Sweden for DreamHack Summer 2011 to represent Singapore and Malaysia in Riot Games’ Season 1 Grand Finals.
On May 1 — Labour Day! — I got to work playing GO Kart for two whole hours against an endless stream of challengers.
Anyone who managed to beat me in a three-lap race won an Alienware goodie bag which included a cap, t-shirt, laptop sleeve and headset!
It was really fun. I was surprised to encounter all types of challengers, from experts to newbies, male and female, young and old. That fortunately gave me a chance to win races. I was worried that I would get only experts who have been playing the game since it was launched about half a year ago. (I’d only been playing half a day, max.)
I even had a few really young challengers, the youngest being a little girl of maybe four or five. So cute!
So, I won some and I lost some. Needed a finger massage after the whole thing ended!
Pictured below (in red) is Wei Song, my first challenger. He’s one of those experts I mentioned and he made me lose my first race, boohoo.
Oh, well. I’m happy for him that he got to go home with leet Alienware gear! =D
There was a lot of camwhoring that day, as you would expect at events. Here are a few more random posed photos!
Now, we want to look at the three bestselling Alienware laptops, the M11x, M14x and M17x.
The M11x is a compact beauty for the gamer on the go. With a choice of Intel Core i5 or i7, and up to 16GB DDR3 SD RAM, the new and improved specs are causing me to hyperventilate with desire.
The M14x is the new kid on the block, touted as the most powerful 14″ laptop in the universe. It balances hardcore gaming needs and mobility requirements with killer graphics and processing power in a manageable package.
The M17x brings you the best in 3D gaming technology on an impressive 3D-capable 1920×1080 HD display. You could choose to get the non-3D version but why would you do that?? A pair of 3D glasses is included with each purchase of the 3D unit.
Prices vary depending on the specs you choose, so visit the website for pricing and full specifications.
Tell me you don’t already have a puddle of drool collecting under your feet!
Once upon a time, we had to buy Alienware machines online on faith (which wasn’t at all hard to do) because there were no Alienware stores in Singapore.
Now you can touch and swoon in person. My brothers and sisters, get your ass over to Suntec City Mall, #02-010C, to complete your life.