So, a big thumbs up to Asus for getting my replacement laptop to me expediently, and making what appears to be an all around solid product.
I haven't really tried any games on it yet, but I'm installing TESIV: Oblivion and Counter Strike: Source as I write this. They out to provide some pretty good metrics for this things performance as a gaming machine. Hell, I may have to go out and buy Supreme Commander and get my strategy on.
In other game-related news, I've been playing a good amount of Pokemon Pearl lately. Something about playing a Pokemon game makes me feel all dirty, like I should be doing something more useful and adult-like with my time. But this new iteration, like all the others, is a blast to play. For all their kiddy-ness, I maintain that Pokemon is a well put together and engaging game, not to mention one of the most brilliantly marketed products ever. I mean, what other franchise could get away with changing some pretty minor content and releasing two different games, then a year later combine the content from both and release a third, making ass loads of money off all three?