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So Who Won The $2999 Acer Predator Gaming Laptop?

To celebrate its new range of gaming laptops, Kotaku teamed up with Acer to give away a 15-inch Predator gaming laptop. Featuring two rear-exhaust fans and an extra cooling module that slips into the optical drive, this laptop is built for the most extreme gaming scenarios.

All you had to do to win was tell us your most extreme gaming scenario in 200 words or less. The best response would receive the Predator laptop.

And the winner is BeansMcCloud! Here’s his touching story:

The most extreme and memorable moment wasn’t a great gaming feat or a marathon but a simple day of gaming several years back – with my mother. A person who had never played games or understood why her introverted son was so obsessed with them.

Having brought in a couple of DS’s loaded with Mario Kart – after a few rounds, she had like picked up shooting blue shells like a champion. Why is this moment extreme – well she was terminally ill. From her hospital bed, for a few hours we forgot about the cancer, the pain, the suffering and just enjoyed each other’s company. I’ve never laughed so hard after being trumped so badly always afternoon.

It is a simple memory that reminds me why gaming is special. I think she understood her son a bit better that day and it provided me with one of most poignant and beautiful recollections of her life. She passed away shortly after from complications with her treatment.

RIP mum – love always

Here are the full specs of the laptop BeansMcCloud is getting:

  • Windows 10
  • 15.6″ LCD screen
  • Intel® Core™ i7-6700HQ
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 980M with 4 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM
  • 16 GB of DDR4 system memory
  • 256GB SSD & 1000GB HDD
  • 8-cell Li-ion battery
  • Blu-ray Disc RE drive
  • 802.11ac WLAN
  • Frostcore fan module
  • HD Camera

Thanks for entering everyone!


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