— 10:17 AM on September 29, 2011

Morning, all. In case you didn't know it, today is the day the Battlefield 3 beta becomes available to all. You just have to download EA's Origin app, go to the "store" tab, and choose the "Free Games" section. Once there, it's hard to miss; you just hit a button to download and install the beta. I'm downloading it now.

In other news, I've been battling a head cold and budding sinus infection, so I've been taking Sudafed constantly for the past week and a half. At this point, I feel like I'm on Jimmy Tango's fat busters. We recorded the podcast last night, and I came away with an awful feeling in the pit of my stomach about... dunno what, really.  I hope I didn't say anything too terrible, but I can't really recall. Maybe it's time to back down on the medication.

I don't think it's just the decongestant speaking when I look at the next few months and start feeling excited, though. Heck, Rage comes out next week, and we have a nice-looking crop of games slated for release, including the aforementioned BF3 and Rage, along with Skyrim, Arkham City, Serious Sam 3, Modern Warfare 3, and surely some others. I have to admit, though, that I'd placed both Guild Wars 2 and Diablo III in my "late 2011" bucket a some point, and the release slate looks a little thinner without those two in the mix. Regardless, I'm not-so-secretly compiling a list of games to use in conjunction with my new testing methods and a big batch of the latest video cards, when my schedule permits. Perhaps some free-to-play games like League of Legends belong on that list?

There's new hardware on the way soon, too, including Bulldozer and X79 and... possibly other things I can't really talk about yet? Oh, and I pre-ordered a Kindle Fire yesterday. I don't expect it will be especially appealing to me personally, since I have both an iPad 2 and a Galaxy Tab 10.1 (about which I owe you all a write-up soon), but at $199, the Fire should be a pretty popular item this coming holiday season, provided they don't all sell out early. Figured I might as well try one out and write up a review.

Speaking of which, I have another review to write, just as soon as this next dose of Sudafed kicks in.

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