Thanks to everyone for the well wishes and prayers, I've never been a big believer in such things but the oldest is Catholic to the bone so just knowing that has lifted his spirits, many thanks.
As for gaming I hope Epic is right, that the days of exclusives are all but gone, because honestly I'm sick and tired of you needing over a thousand bucks in console hardware just to play a handful of exclusives that would just as easily run on any console or PC. According to him only a handful of games made by the console companies themselves, Gears Of War, God Of War, Mario, will be exclusives while the rest will all be multiplatform and that is fine by me, its just stupid to have to spend all that money just so you can play maybe a dozen games you can't get anywhere else.
And while I wouldn't bet the farm on it, its just a gut feeling, I personally feel we are gonna see more and more that will do like you and buy only a single console because it has a handful of exclusives they want and do the rest of the gaming on the PC. Thanks to the downturn and both Intel and AMD just cranking out the chips (because as a former Intel engineer noted here the fabs cost money even when idle and in the case of AMD the fabs provide the best processes for those that give them the most business) the OEMs are gonna be cutting margins to the bone, hell I've gotten quad kits for like $170 and triples for $130 just so these places can move some product. Its really crazy how you can get a pretty bad ass gaming rig for very little money, my youngest plays on an AMD triple with an HD4850 and the whole setup cost less than $300.
As a final note from a guy in the trenches, those that are looking for a truly great gaming card on the cheap? HD7750, thanks to price drops those have been showing up in the mid $70-$80 range and they are nearly as fast as the old HD6850 while using little enough power it is powered just by the PCIe bus (great for those with older systems as you don't have to yank the PSU) and is less than half the heat under load. since my source ran out of the dirt cheap HD4850s I've been using those in my budget gamer PCs and they are just great, AMD's new GCN graphics arch takes a LOT of the load off when decoding 1080P while kicking butt at games, I've put together $350 units using this card and it just blows through games like they were nothing, good temps, great performance, and cheap, what is not to like?
Anyway thanks again to everyone for the well wishes and prayers as it means a lot, it lifted the spirits of my oldest and there aren't words to express how much that means to me. Poor kid was just getting over losing his mom and getting his life together when this happened,poor little guy. You don't realize how quickly your life can change from being good into a day to day struggle for survival until something like this happens. Thank all that is good and decent in the universe for my new GF, bless her little heart, not too many women would get told you have to cancel your third date to take your mom to ER only to find her waiting there when you pull up, just to give you a hand with the paperwork and a shoulder to lean on, bless her little heart, I gotta find a way to make it up to her.