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Games Can Improve Your Life

People who play games have improved social skills

Wait, what? Gamers are the most socially inept people on the planet and now you tell me that their social skills are improved over mine? Yes, people who play games with others have the ability to interact in many different settings with others (as many different settings as there are games). Each of those settings can train us for the realities of life away from the game. Gaming has the potential to make us better winners… that means you won’t do the victory dance when you get the big promotion at work thus alienating everyone in your office. Gamers also learn to become graceful at losing; although hopefully you don’t have to learn this skill too often. This prepares you for a lifetime of ups and downs and can prevent a person from mentally snapping on those around them.

People who play games can save money

But games are expensive you say? Yes, some games can cost $100 or more just to start with, but ask yourself how much did you spend on your cable this month… plus the power to run the T.V. or game console… plus the cost of the T.V. and game console… plus the cost of the game? As you can see, the initial cost of other forms of entertainment can be just as expensive, if not more expensive than the social get together games. Then you must take into account the recurring costs of running all those systems. Last time I checked my Monopoly game didn’t need a plug in. So, board games and the like really don’t cost as much as other forms of entertainment, plus there are some additional benefits such as…

People who play games have more friends

Ok, this is just going against everything high school taught you about social interaction! Yes, you may have 500 “friends” on your social media site, but can you really call the guy you said “Hi” to next to your locker 20 years ago a friend? Playing games with other people requires by definition for you to go out and MEET other people! It would get old to play games with the same person day in and day out… Just ask my wife… So it is beneficial to go out and meet other people who have the same interest and game with them just to mix it up a bit. But where do I find these reclusive gamer types you ask? Check out your Friendly Local Game Store (FLGS). These stores many times will host tourneys for different types of games. There are also conventions all around the country where you can meet a whole range of people willing to game with you!

People who play games will live longer

Yes, when not exposed to the harmful rays of the sun you do have less of a chance to develop wrinkles and skin cancer… but when playing games, you also develop mental abilities to keep you brain young, thus reducing the likely hood of alzheimer’s disease. This can be useful when trying to remember the names of your 100 great grandchildren when you are 120 years old. Also, people with active social lives, and who have more money… (see points 2 and 3), typically live longer than those who have neither of those things. Social games also have the side benefit of not placing the player in physical danger, unlike more active games such as football or Nascar racing. So gamers have less of a tendency to obtain concussions or die in a flaming car!

Computer Game Tester Job

Game tester jobs are easy portals through which you can enter the gaming industry but they are also quite competitive. They are also the ‘janitorial positions’ of the gaming industry. They money no doubt is made further up the ladder. However we all have a calling in life and there’s not wrong in starting from the bottom and working your way up; in fact that’s very noble.

With that said, once you get a foothold through the gaming industry’s portal as a game tester, you will need to earn your status and prove yourself to be not just a good game tester but also show the potential to move up the ladder. So here are a few tips in achieving just that:

  1. Know what you are getting into. Ask someone who’s already in or have been in the industry, do research the companies and the games they’ve produced. Also check out consumer reviews about previous games. With this knowledge you’ve already eliminated some of your competition. You can also plan your angle of attack to put you further ahead of the competition.
  2. Let ‘Bugs’ and ‘Glitches’ become your friend. By this I mean, develop your skill to such a level that you can even pre-empt these ‘critters’ in the software. This will put you head and shoulders above your competition. This is also the quality that your quality assurance manager will be using to appraise (judge/evaluate) your performance.
  3. Whilst you are developing your hands-on or practical skills, ensure you are keeping up with your certification records. These can be achieved online or physically attending courses. Remember you don’t want to stay on the bottom rung too long you want to move to higher levels where you’ll be able to call the shots and mentor fresh game tester coming in.

Buying A Gaming Headset

Durability Is Important

When you have decided on the best gaming headphones for your needs, you expect they will last for many years. Make sure only top quality materials are used and that the attention to detail is supreme.

Sound Quality In A Gaming Headset

Crystal clear superior sound is not a choice, it is a must have when it comes to choosing the best gaming headset.

When you are competitive or home gaming and in the middle of the adrenaline producing rush of an exciting video game, being able to pick up on those cues in an interactive game is essential, as is blocking out distracting environmental sounds.

You need to have lightning reactions to sound cues such as gunfire, screams, footsteps and those scenario indicators that will give you the competitive edge you need to take your game to the next level.

The decision to make: do you go with an immersive sound field without to 7.1 channel surround sound or do you go for stereo game sound… It all depends on the type of game you are playing.

Are Spare Parts Easily Available?

Now that you have spent your hard earned dollars on the best gaming headset you can afford, do you know if you can easily purchase spare parts? At some stage you will need to replace such items as your pads or cords. Its worthwhile checking with the manufacturer if they stock spare parts.

Enjoy Gaming With The Your Gaming Headset

When you are looking at buying a new set, its worth taking the time to jot down what features you want in a gaming headset:

  • wireless or not
  • open or closed
  • surround sound or not
  • 7.1, 5.1 or stereo
  • brand
  • budget

Take the time to read reviews and peoples experiences of the brand name product you are considering, you can learn a lot from these. Keep an eye out for online sales platforms such as Amazon as you can often pick up a bargain here.

Video Game Consoles

Choosing the ideal gaming machine makes a huge difference to how you play. Each one has its own advantages and disadvantages and you need to understand them clearly before you spend money on any one of them. However, you’ll also need to buy a whole lot of other accessories in order to get the best performance when you are playing games. These accessories include headphones, cables, remotes, charging mats, additional video game controllers and the like. Many players prefer to buy Bluetooth accessories, video gaming keyboards included, so that they can go wireless.

The latest gaming accessories use motion sensor technology and they enable you to get right into the game. You’ll need this accessory to track your movements so that you can play martial arts, sports, dance or action video games. The experience is absolutely lifelike and you’ll be really glad you spent the money on the accessory.

The gaming consoles and accessories can work out to be quite expensive since you will probably require a whole lot of them in order to have the best possible gaming experience. You’ll also need to keep buying the latest bestselling games in order to keep up with the latest trends. Make sure that you buy all your video game equipment from a reliable store that offers them at very good prices. Don’t be in a hurry to buy them unless you are absolutely certain that the particular model you pick up is the right one for you. These accessories are also perfect as gifts and Christmas stocking stuffers.

It’s a good idea to buy video game accessories that are compatible with different gaming systems so that you can use them more efficiently. Be especially careful about the sound quality of headsets or audio devices because this ensures that you really enjoy the game. It is good to look for durability as well since these accessories come in for rough use.

Virtual Reality Gaming

Virtual reality also called in short as VR, does not go far in history. The trend came into existence in the early 20th century. However, those days the talk was fairly conservative unlike how virtual reality is being talked about now. In modern times VR is a platform that is filled with sensory technique incorporating 3D techniques generated using equipment that are purely technical.

It involves interacting with a stimulated environment that is virtual. The medium used is your computer keyboard, mouse or sometimes a specialized glove. A lot of accessories including headsets, helmets and even data suits are made to make the environment as real as possible. This means that you would be able to experience the unimaginable just like if it were alive.

There is a lot of romanticism surrounding the concept of virtual reality as it is relatively new even now. Through enjoyment of the game requires complete involvement both physically and mentally. The commands are input thro devices such as the computer mouse or the keyboard and the player needs to be able to interact with these. It is vital that a person who is involved in virtual reality participates in what is happening.

Playing or fighting with dinosaurs, playing cricket matches with your favorite team and winning wrestling matches hands down is complete proof that technology of gaming is getting to a completely different level.

There is a lot more in store to be identified because reality gaming requires the stimulation of various senses and now only about sight and sound are completed. A lot more advancements, such as the stimulation of the sense of smell are being worked upon. Many well-known companies are rumored to be working on stimulating of all the senses of the human brain but no official revelations have been made yet.

As of current times, the concept of virtual reality is very expensive and the technology needs a lot of funding to be completely worked on. This is exactly why one cannot dream of installing some fancy equipment at your house. You can thoroughly enjoy the game on you television or on the computer. At least for now you will have to have restrictive viewing.

Counter Strike

Counterstrike is often played on gaming desktops. Gameplay is first person shooter with tactical elements modifying speed, strategy, and handicaps. Players are pitted against each other on two teams: the terrorists and the counter-terrorists. Through a series of rounds a winning team is chosen by completing the mission objectives or eliminating the opposing force. Gameplay is fast and varied depending on location of rounds and your teammates playing with you. Playing on a gaming computer will help keep your gameplay smooth without choppy graphics.

Counter Strike has been released on all computer platforms since April 2013. Playing on a gaming desktop does not limit your platform in the slightest as it can be played with Linux or on a Mac as well. System requirements for custom gaming computers are as follows:

  • CPU – 500 MHz
  • Memory – 96 MB
  • Graphic card – 16 MB
  • Network – Yes

Recommended for most player on gaming desktops these are not hard to fill:

  • CPU – 800 MHz
  • Memory – 128 M
  • Graphic card – 32 MB
  • Network – Yes

Many players choose to modify their gameplay through scriptwriting. Some mods change the way the player’s avatar appears or how the gameplay HUD appears. Others change how the server admin can control their server. There are mods that create bots that affect game play by interacting with players and some that create whole new modes of gameplay. Whatever mod you plan to use it is best to do your modding on gaming desktops to ensure if highly detailed skins are used the graphics card is not overworked and your CPU doesn’t slow your gameplay.

In order to enjoy Counter Strike to its fullest many will say that having at least the recommended system is necessary. Others will say if you are not modding you are not really playing. Using a gaming desktop will let you have the recommended system as well as use the tools you need to mod your gameplay experience. Counter Strike is also available for Xbox but cannot be modded on a console platform.

3D Technology in Gaming

Depth of vision

One of the benefits of 3D gaming is the depth of field. It provides an extended vision for games, offering an easy and clear focus. This is particularly good when you have a 2D platform game or a title with a distinct, strong graphical style. The 3D nature is an image our eyes are more used to. Considering we are 3 dimensional beings, we stand a better chance of determining the difference between the foreground and background. Therefore, it makes understanding what we are looking at much easier. The graphics become more refined. Such a display continues to get better making the effects and power of computing only better.

Immersion

3D gaming also offers the added benefit of immersion. This is in light with the struggles games have had in trying to attain a sense of immersion. When players know they are playing a game, while being acutely aware, the experience is often greatly lessened. The technology offers something that is slightly more realistic. At least there are fewer boundaries on where the screen comes to an end, making the reality to sink in. Furthermore, most of this enables developers to become more creative. In the former days of gaming, 2D layers and parallax scrolling were applied for purposes of creating a 3 dimensional illusion. But today with 3D technology in use, there is no need to engage in such trickery.

Applied benefits

Additional benefits are often introduced when you combine the depth of vision and immersion. One of the biggest noticeable aspects is the game play that these two aspects introduce. Imagine 3D racing games or puzzles. The depth often gives the added depth to play with. The 3D visuals, on the other hand, grant lots of room to be creative. It also helps to obtain better intuitive responses.

Reasons We Love Retro Gaming

Retro Games Have Better Music

As gaming production values have increased over the years, we’ve seen the medium change in many ways. We made the jump to 3D, we now have voice acting, and elaborate cut-scenes tell complicated stories that rival those seen in television or on the big screen. Games today feature fully orchestrated scores or soundtracks featuring popular music that are every bit as impressive as what we’d see in other mediums, but it feels like we’ve lost something along the way, too.

I can still hum the theme music to Treasure Island Dizzy on the Commodore 64. I was playing that game nearly thirty years ago and I haven’t played it since then (and I’ve still never beaten it, damn it) but I can still remember the theme music that plays in the background in its entirety. I played games last week and I couldn’t even tell you if they had music at all.

Because of the simplicity of early games, and without voice acting to tell a story, the music had to be good. Other than a few crummy sound effects, the music of the game was the only aural stimulation that the games provided. There are still great game soundtracks today, but they seem few and far between when compared to the games of my youth. Mega Man, Castlevania, the early Final Fantasy games, and iconic titles like Zelda, Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog – these all featured highly memorable tunes that stick with us long after the last time we played them. I still remember how the music for Commodore 64 classic Prince Clumsy changes when you save the princess at the end of the game like I was playing it yesterday. We can’t really say that about Shadow of Mordor, can we?

Games Used to Work Right Out of the Box

One thing that games from yesteryear unquestionably did better than the games of today is that they, well, worked. You’d think that it should be a pretty fundamental aspect of any product released to the market, but it’s truly staggering how many games in 2016 ship broken, requiring either days or weeks of server tweaks to get the multiplayer working, or enormous day one patches to fix all of the bugs that made it onto the disc. Today, if you don’t have a decent Internet connection in your home, some games are genuinely unplayable, and many others severely hampered.

Street Fighter V released earlier this year, with Capcom promising that the single player Arcade Mode, a staple of the series, would be available to download in July. What if you don’t have an Internet connection? Well, then you’ve got half a game. That’s not a problem we faced when Street Fighter II released on the SNES in 1991. Back then, we had no Internet acting as a safety net for developers. Games had to work right out of the box.

Going back and playing Global Gladiators today is as simple as popping the cartridge into your Genesis and turning on the power. It works now as it did then; exactly as it should, and without any fuss. This is one of the many great things about retro gaming; if you’ve got the game and the hardware you’re pretty much good to go. You don’t need to download drivers, or updates, or patches. You put in the game, and then you play. Just like you should.

Games Used to Be More of a Challenge

Today, anybody who keeps up to date with the latest trends in gaming will likely know of Dark Souls and Bloodborne, and the reputation these games have for punishing difficulty. Gamers flocked to the Souls series in droves, excited to play a title that challenged them and refused to hold their hands. There’s no extended tutorial sections. There’s little in the way of help. You can’t pause. And every enemy can make mincemeat out of you unless you learn their attack patterns and act accordingly. It’s exciting for a game to provide us with an uphill struggle like this, but then, I’m old enough to remember a time when every game was like this. And worse.

Modern games have a tendency to spell things out to the player, often to an almost insulting degree. Popping a disc into a PS4 in 2016 means waiting for the install, then the day one patch, and then when you finally get a controller in your hand you spend the next two hours being walked through the early stages of the game like a kid on his first day of school. Everybody likes a bit of help now and again, but there’s something to be said for just being thrown in at the deep end and being told to sink or swim.

Nostalgia

Nostalgia might seem like a cop out answer; after all, looking back on the past with rose tinted spectacles is often what fans of anything retro are criticized with. It’s easy to dismiss nostalgia as a way of justifying the opinion that everything was just much better in your day, but the truth is that nostalgia is an immensely powerful agent and it shouldn’t be ignored.

Today, we watch rubbish movies and bemoan the use of obvious CGI, but we’ll happily sit through Raiders of the Lost Ark and not bother mentioning that the melting Nazi at the end looks like he’s made out of plasticine. We listen to the appalling pop music of our youths with a reflective smile on our faces while turning our noses up at Justin Bieber’s latest video. And we’ll talk about Final Fantasy VII as though it were second coming of Christ, completely ignoring all of the flaws in the game that we’d hang a modern game out to dry for. Nostalgia is a strong enough influence to make us believe that Sonic the Hedgehog was actually ever good. Now, that’s serious.

The reason a lot of us like playing old games is simply because of the feeling we get playing them. I’ve played hundreds, if not thousands of games in my time as a gamer. And I’m smart enough to know that in that time video games have improved in almost every way. But that doesn’t change the fact that if I load up Street Fighter II I remember the days of playing it during the school summer holidays with all my friends. I remember the day I completed Toejam and Earl with my brother every time I hear the first few bars of its ridiculously funky theme music. And I remember the giddy thrills we got when we first got the fatalities working on Mortal Kombat II.

Next Generation Console

Gaming with Smith’s main objective is to help players transition from the original adventure into the explosive playing field of the new one. The character’s movements are completely different although a lot of the weaponry has changed. One of the goal’s accomplished by Gaming with Smith is the direction and explanation of the majority of these character movement’s. Once a gamer, has learned the basics, the transition is not only easier but the rewards and so much more gratifying than the original.

Tomb Raider will forever be a video game classic. Now with the addition of modern technology and the influence of a completely re-born gaming system, it is now prepared to take its legacy to the upper echelons of Video game history. From it’s surreal graphics to the unique story line, it is eons ahead of the majority of the games that are out there. The Next Generation Console has taken a huge step into the new gaming world and Gaming with Smith is an upcoming YouTube channel that will guide you through every step of the way.

The Definitive addition of Tomb Raider has elevated a classic video game into the proverbial model game changer. The remastering of this video game on the Next Generation console has re-introduced this classic video game to a whole new generation, all the while still captivating veteran gamers. The effects are now in HD which makes the adventures more exciting and almost lifelike. The modifications to the weapons are ten times more powerful than the originals. The bow and arrows alone have changed the overall dynamic of her arsenal.