Wow Really People. $600, is not too much for a new IPad or IPhone and a new one comes out every year! Now I will admit, I am going on 48 and my fast paced gaming days are slowing down to more strategic type games, so this pad would probably be the last investment I make into the gaming market.
I Own over 500 games and that is not an exaggeration, which 300 I probably have not even really played. I have finally crossed into that place in a man's life where I guess we just want a few things and keep it simple! Don't teach me anything new (even though I do already have windows 8 and love it!
Also think of this, if you are on the go, generally you play on the go games Civilization V, Turn Based Games, BeJeweled or maybe even Infinity Blade 2 (on the plane, in the limo plus think of battery life) don't no body want you sitting next to them all jerking and moving and hollering obscenities .. until you get to where you are going. Take care of your business. Might Play a quick on the go game while on lunch. Finish your business for the day, now if you are going to a hotel, would you want to whip out that gaming tablet for most of the hardcore games don't and are not going to support touch screens well any time soon! Or would you honestly hdmi out to the tv in your hotel room. Or Are you going to want to set up that gaming laptop on that little cooling stand right on your chest or in your lap, good wireless mouse to the side and some good wireless gaming headphones to still give you that needed surround sound
I have been a gamer since the 70's. I have been an on the road Technology Instructor for the last 7 years. I've lived the life.