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Has 2021 been a good year for PC gaming? Yes and no. Mostly no, at least for those of us gaming on an older graphics card in dire need of an update. But I’d like to take a moment to appreciate that it’s not all been bad, and there have been some inventive and exciting new products released across these past twelve months—the tech that snuck out between the drama of empty shelves.

You’ve got to take the bad with the good, and we’ve sure had a lot of both. The graphics card shortage, stemming from a wider semiconductor and component shortage, is all kinds of bad, and has left some PC gamers in treacherous positions with ageing gear. Though, look to the positives, and Intel’s Alder Lake processors are the beginning of something extremely exciting for the company’s fightback against AMD.