One of the most challenging aspects of video-games culture for a newcomer, especially for a busy parent, is trying to learn and understand the many, many acronyms and specialised terms. GameHub HQ entries are jargon-free, so you can get the information you need as easily and painlessly as possible, but there are still some words worth knowing. Every Monday, we break down one Word Worth Knowing from the world of gaming.

What is an Alienware, what do you need to know and why do you need to care?

What It Is: Alienware = A brand of high-end gaming computers.

What It Means: Owned by Intel, Alienware manufacture high-performance laptop and desktop computers for PC gaming.

Why You Care: When I was showing at Norwich Gaming Festival at the beginning of the month, there were a notable number of kids and teenagers taking a very keen interest in my laptop, much to the bafflement of their parents and guardians. The Alienware badge is very recognisable to people who are interested in that kind of thing, but without that knowledge, it just looks like a laptop – though admittedly quite a big one with far more LED lights than are strictly speaking necessary. Although I did feel a bit sorry for the young man who declared “now, this is a real gamer’s computer” and then looked slightly crestfallen when he saw me sauntering over to claim it! Alienware is of course just one brand among many, but as I got so many questions about the PC whilst I was on the road with it, I thought it would make a good brief topic for a Monday night Words Worth Knowing.

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