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Jim Norris has been writing articles about technology for more than 20 of your Earth years. Whatever you do, don't call him Chuck.

Review: Torchlight II action RPG is what Diablo III should be

Runic's second foray into adventure RPGs builds on the success of the first Torchlight with new classes and multiplayer options.

Review: Luxmark measures OpenCL graphics performance

Don't let your gaming card loaf around anymore. Give it an OpenCL education, complete with a final grade.

Review: Kombustor shows how much your graphics hardware can take

Kombustor's burn-in and benchmark tests push GPU hardware to the limit. Based on a famous stress-test, this free utility will show you the limits of your graphics hardware.

Review: Xmarks works in various browsers and OSs to sync your bookmarks

Xmarks crosses the browser border to manage bookmark chaos. It works across Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari to make sure you never leave that important URL on a computer you can't reach.

Review: Fantasy Grounds II meets your virtual tabletop gaming needs

Feature-rich Fantasy Grounds II helps you bring a tabletop gaming group together, no matter how far apart you are. The steep price takes a commitment worthy of a tenth-level paladin.

Review: DayZ turns frustrating military game into top-notch survival horror

In this excellent free mod, Arma II becomes the underpinning for zombie apocalypse. Staying alive when surrounded by the undead has never been so painfully realistic.

Review: Military sim Arma II: Combined Operations is realistic, often frustrating

Combined Operations bundles several releases under a single title, including ARMA II and the standalone Operation Arrowhead expansion. Challenging partly by design and partly due to sluggish controls, ARMA II's biggest appeal is its moddability, which brings us survival horror DayZ.

Review: Dark Souls brings murderously hard gameplay to the PC

With a scary atmosphere and scarier difficulty, Dark Souls was a favorite PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 game in 2011. Despite some issues with this year's PC port, the added extra content makes it the best edition of the game on the market.

Review: Amiga Forever makes retro gaming painless

Amiga Forever (available in $10 Value, $30 Plus, and $50 Premium editions) is an Amiga emulator that's much easier to use than average. The Plus edition's many games and game-related extras make it a satisfying trip down memory lane.

Review: Bastion for Chrome plays just like the riveting original

Bastion for Chrome shows Native Client's bright future. It plays just like the original adventure RPG, which was one of the most lauded games of 2011 .

6 killer utilities for redlining your gaming rig

To do your best at games, you need a PC in peak condition. These utilities—five free, one inexpensive—make your PC faster and more controllable for the most demanding games.

FXAA Post Process Injector screenshot

FXAA Post Process Injector

You can get modern graphics on 3D games without updates or patches via FXAA Post Process Injector. Originally developed by Nvidia's Timothy Lottes, this tool has been embraced by the modding community and expanded to work with both Nvidia and ATI graphics cards.

MSI Afterburner screenshot

MSI Afterburner: Brand-agnostic PC overclocking utility

Platform-agnostic PC overclockers can tweak their to tweak their video card collection with MSI's venerable Afterburner utility. Designed to work with MSI's own products, Afterburner nonetheless works with most modern hardware.

Xpadder: Play PC games with a game controller instead of a keyboard

XPadder emulates a mouse and keyboard with the buttons and directional thumbpad of your game controller. It supports multiple profiles, rumble feedback, and chorded input, which allows for more commands than the number of buttons would normally permit.

Nvidia Inspector: Simple overclocking for Nvidia video cards

This third-party overclocking package Nvidia Inspector a different tack from older video card utilities, eschewing the system tray for a simple, extensible-pane interface that puts information and card controls front and center.