June 29

The Virtual Reality Rise

g20Virtual reality, the idealised next step in both gaming and simulations. With the rise of Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Sony’s Project Morpheus and the recent OnePlus Cardboard virtual reality is beginning to find a place in the consumer household, rather than with only arcades and technology enthusiasts.

The question is, and will be whether virtual reality is here to stay and how will it affect the current gaming market. TMR, a market intelligence company has released a report estimating that the United States virtual reality market was worth US $466.6 million in 2012. With anticipated growth to reach US $5.8 billion dollars by 2019.

Such massive market potential is likely the driving force behind the broad range of companies jumping on the VR scene. Everyone from Sony to Valve are currently developing or have released early products, such a range of heavy hitting gaming companies is a sign that virtual reality has a place. Whilst this anticipated growth is impressive, it remains to be seen if this new technology will be purely a passing fad or a long-term gaming option.

According to this report the constant increase

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June 23

Downloading Free Android Games And Apps How To Protect Your Phone

g19Android applications and games are simply popular and fans keep looking for the latest and most interesting games or apps to download onto their phones. Usually to enjoy the exciting world of games and apps you need an Android application package or APK, which is that the file format that the Android operating system uses to install and distribute software especially the apps or games. The source of your APK downloader should be verified and trustworthy for you to have a pleasant experience downloading; but there are other simple things you can embrace to make sure that your phone remains safe from malware when downloading the android apps.

1. Keep off unknown sources

Google Play is the best installation source when it comes to the android apps, but you still have an option of getting the apps from other reliable sources. You can find Google Play APK easily today, but you ought to be careful with the APK file that you download because you could end up with malware on the device. What you should do is to ensure that the source is safe and disable

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June 13

Gaming Has a Positive Side

g18Video games can be the best gifts for kids but gradually parents might regret having ever introduced them to the kids. However, the worldwide popularity of gaming has come up as the living proof how attractive it is for gamers across the globe. Gaming may have a number of baneful influences, but its positives cannot be ignored too because it brings great value for the human race as a whole. They are much more than mere toys, if you start counting the advantages of gaming.

Here are some positive aspects of gaming:

1. As people get into gaming, they learn a lot about the use of IT, such as downloading files, taking screen shots, uploading information and also sharing it with others. They come in touch with other gamers around the world and share knowledge and experiences with them, thus learning more and having fun.

2. Gaming enables people develop their skills and ability to make optimal use of gaming resources. They learn to manage resources and make the right use of equipment, develop theories and models and also design strategies, all of which is done while

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June 5

How To Play Video Games

g17The obvious answer is no, you shouldn’t, but at the same time it does raise questions about what we are doing as a society and what we are missing out on. Instead of going and achieving dreams and accomplishing goals we are sitting in front of a YouTube screen watching others enjoy themselves. A good example of this is a YouTube star that goes by the name of PewDiePie. PewDiePie is famous for his videos where he will play video games and make comments about them.

Sounds like a fun little hobby, but for him it is a full-time job where he raked in over $7 million dollars in 2014 himself and at one point was purchased by Disney. Now what does that say about a society when instead of playing video games we now watch other people have fun playing them. It is odd that we have the need to watch someone accomplish their goals or dreams and never actually accomplish any of ours. Another good example is how important celebrity gossip has become in our society (An easy pun on this article). Of

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May 21

Gaming Computers

g15A gaming computer, gaming rig or gaming PC is specifically designed for playing demanding and complex video games. They are quite similar to regularly conventional personal computers; specific differences include the inclusion of components that are performance-oriented towards playing games, and video cards. The term ‘enthusiast computing’ is often used in association with gaming computers as there is overlap of interest and the genres described.

However, for a layman to understand differences between gaming and enthusiast PCs, it is important to know that gaming PCs are put together to achieve specific performance outlays in actual video game play while an enthusiast PC is simply built to maximize and optimize performance using gaming as a benchmark to achieve it. The cost of the two systems also amplifies the differences between the two; while gaming PCs can be extended over a wide range from low, mid and high range segments, enthusiast PCs are always high-end in definition and are quite expensive.

There is the popular myth or misconception that computer gaming is intertwined with expensive enthusiast computing; however, it is interesting to note that gaming video card manufacturers

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May 15

Game Guide 101 Types Of 3D Games

g14Gaming experience has never been as rich and vivid as it is today. From 2D to 3D, the evolution of gaming technology makes it popular not only among teens but also among adults alike. So what makes 3D games attractive not only to gamers but also to the general population?

Sense of Immersion

The advancements in technology resulted in 3D where the features allow gamers to experience realism resulting to better gaming experience. This is due to the fact that games that are made in 3D caters to the human senses such as the senses of sound, sight and touch. Sports games are quite popular since these have more activities, and the gamers do the action live especially for games developed for Wii.

Types of 3D Games

One of the popular 3D games genres is sports since most players are into extreme sports. Sports such as basketball or baseball allows gamers to experience the actual play without being physically in the field. Aside from sports, shooting games are also popular. In shooting games, it usually opens with a mission that allows players to catch bad guys or other

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May 5

What Are The Best Retro Games Ever Made

g131Are you an enthusiast of retro games? Would you like to know what the best retro games ever made are? Then this piece of information is for you, because I have gathered some of the most remarkable retro games ever made in here.

Some retro games are still very popular to this day and were even adapted to mobile devices, and some of them are not popular anymore and were forgotten in the retro classics archive. However, some of the forgotten games don’t really deserve to be forgotten because they are truly awesome, so I will make sure to introduce not only the games that are still popular today.

Here are some of the best retro games ever made:

Frogger – Frogger is a 1981 arcade games developed by Konami. The idea of the game is to direct frogs to their homes one by one by crossing a busy road and navigating a river full of hazards. The Frogger coin-op is an early example of a game with more than one CPU, and it was definitely the first game of its type.

Space Invaders – Space Invaders is

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April 29

Future of Gaming Virtual Reality and Other Trends

g12With the advancement in technology, it’s not very difficult to realize what the future of gaming is. In the past few decades, gaming has reached a whole new level. Starting from 2D games, today our video games are getting closer to reality. And video game consoles are focusing on that.

With that idea, comes virtual reality devices like Occulus Rift and Project Morpheus. Occulus Rift is owned by Facebook while Project Morpheus is owned by Sony. These devices are targeting to give users the premium experience of gaming by allowing users to interact all around them in the gaming world. You can experience flying, walking, dancing, shooting like never before, in virtual reality of course.

Keeping Virtual Reality aside, there are gesture recognizing devices like Leap Motion. While their focus is not Virtual Reality, Leap Motion allows users to play video games or even work on their computer using only hand gestures. This also allows a rich experience of users working or gaming.

Apart from that, there is a rise in online gaming with popular platforms like Steam. And platforms like Google Play Store, Appstore and such

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April 20

Some Tips And Tricks To Save Money On Your PSN Card Purchases

g11As an avid PS gamer, you are probably always up-to-date on the latest games released and the ones that have yet to be released. And since it seems that there’s a new PS game every month, buying them will definitely eat a chunk of your money, even if you allot some cash for this endeavor.

Aside from cash, you can also choose to use your credit card to purchase PS games and other apps. Unfortunately, you will incur some charges with this option. And there is always that risk that your sensitive banking information can fall into the hands of unscrupulous hackers.

If you can’t resist the temptation of buying the latest releases of PlayStation but don’t want to use your credit card and still want to save some money in the process, consider getting a PSN card. A PSN card contains a code that you can use to buy items from the PlayStation Store using any of the suitable devices.

One of the advantages this card offers is that it allows PS users to unlink their credit card from the PlayStation store and still buy or

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April 13

Augmented Reality Introducing to the Gaming World

g10If you are looking for an augmented reality development company, then you may want to first have a review over the below article.

If you are searching for an augmented reality company, then you may have some interest in the following sections where we shall describe a few helpful ways that you can use in order to shop for such companies. In addition, we shall also discuss some of the more notable attributes of augmented reality.

Over the past couple of years or so, there seems to have been a slight shift in the gaming world. Essentially, the emphasis has moved from gaming consoles to mobile applications and games. One reason can be related to pricing and another can be convenience. A console may require you to purchase actual tangible discs that need to be inserted; it just seems like an extra step which can be avoided. Secondly, there is the cost factor. The average price of a game may run anywhere from say $40-$90 whereas many mobile and Smartphone games are free. One thing to note here however is that a number of games across

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April 5

Failed Brother of Minecraft Scrolls

g9Mojang, the studio who was valued at $2.5 billion dollars by Microsoft in 2015, the studio who is responsible for sweeping hit Minecraft, which has shipped over 70 million copies is also responsible for another game. That game is Scrolls, one that Mojang would likely rather forget.

The lost brother of Minecraft, Scrolls could not have had a more conventional start to life than its big brother. It was designed with a specific plan in mind, for a specific market, by a well-funded development studio and with an already eager audience awaiting any chance to play it. Minecraft lacked all of these advantages. So why was Scrolls such a failure?

Announced in early March of 2011, Scrolls was described by the creative minds of Mojang as a blend of ‘collectible card games‘ and ‘traditional board games‘, something that they saw as missing from the market. In early December of 2014 it left the Beta development phase, and was officially released. Then only six months later in 2015, Mojang announced defeat. They revealed that active development on Scrolls would be ceased, and that they could not guarantee

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March 30

Should Games Skip Cutscenes Altogether

g8Videogames as a medium for storytelling have often taken cues from movies, and the clearest example of this is the use of cutscenes. Pac-Man is quite often said to be the first game that used cutscenes rather than transitioning directly from level to level with no intermission. After the player beats each stage, it would play a short vignette depicting simple scenes of Pac-Man and ghosts chasing each other.

Whilst these little scenes are quite obviously a long way from how modern cutscenes are used in games, the core concept is the same.

The game takes away control of the character from the player for a sequence to introduce some sort of new information. The duration of these sequences can vary widely – Konami’s Metal Gear Solid series is infamous for having lengthy cutscenes, with Metal Gear Solid 4 clocking it at more than eight hours of cutscenes – and can be used for a wide variety of purposes.

They are used to introduce characters, develop established ones, provide backstory, atmosphere, dialogue and more.

However, despite their ubiquity in modern big budget games, cutscenes are not necessarily the

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March 21

Video Games The Perfect Escape

g7Why oh why did you say yes to that last shandy? The kebab seemed like a good idea but your mouth now resembles the inner lining of Phil Jupiter’s underpants. And to top it all off, you’re stuck in a lava filled dungeon and some b*****d has kidnapped your princess. Where did your life go so horribly wrong?

I’ve got news for you, it’s much, much worse. It’s not that you’re hungover playing Super Mario Brothers, it’s that you spend your life “working” at a computer located in a sterile office surrounded by drones. Your only escape? A Friday night binge drinking session down in Clapham, tonsil tennis with a rather suspect femme fatale and bouncing around 8-bit levels crushing the skulls of Goombas with your immense chubby Italian plumber girth the next morning (she didn’t come home with you).

Computer games started out as something completely innocent. I remember my cousins having a version of Pong that despite being an absolute nightmare to plug into the telly, was good fun for ten minutes. Bouncing the ball around with the paddles was hardly Wimbledon. What was,

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March 13

5 Tips to Follow While Buying Computer Games

g6Computer games are extremely popular these days. There are so many choices out there for us to select from and this makes it all the more difficult. However there are certain tips that you must essentially take into consideration in order to nail your purchase. Below are some important tips that you must never fail to consider.

1. The demo of the game

There is a very large majority of computer games that are releasing and with these games the demo also releases. Thus it is only wise if you try out the demo game before actually going ahead and buying the entire full version of the game. This will obviously give you a great chance to know the game better and make good decisions in future while playing it.

2. Your system requirements must be cross checked

The latest computer games that are releasing these days have a lot of requirements as far as the system is concerned. In case you feel that your computer is in no way successful in meeting these requirements, you must give up on the game or at least purchase a new

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March 5

Why I Love Counter-Strike or How to Play Counter-Strike

g5Today I like to talk about an integral part of my computer/technology career. Unexpectedly, it is my skill on the game called Counter-Strike. I would like to impart to my readers my knowledge which helped me to be regarded as sort of an “expert” on the field of the said game. More than anything, I want to teach you how be the best on it. Also, I would like to discuss the significance it has in my life and the potential it has to touch others’ lives too.

I can’t imagine life without Counter-Strike (specifically the version 1.3 one). Needless to say, you can tell that I am nostalgic about it. I heard about the latest version that the makers of Counter-Strike are developing right now, which is Counter-Strike Global Offensive. I can already see the importance of your experience on playing Counter-Strike 1.3 on becoming good on that latest version; which can become handy especially now that on the tournaments of these stuff, you can get something over a million dollars as a prize.

So, let’s go into the heart of it: how to be

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February 28

Reasons Why You Should Play Puzzle Games More

g4Games are generally entertaining, but you can get so much more than just entertainment when you choose puzzle games. The puzzles do entertain, but at the same time they exercise the brain, thus increasing intelligent growth and learning ability. They are not good only for children, but also adults because they improve the brain function. The problems are stimulating and they help you test ingenuity. There are so many reasons you should consider playing puzzle games more and they include the following.

1. Puzzles help improve intelligence quotient

As a player, your IQ level will be raised because the puzzles force you to reason and think beyond what is usual. You end up using memory, general knowledge, problem solving skills, logic and spatial imagery and they all work together in sharpening your intellect because you learn challenge overcoming.

2. The puzzles are educative

This can be said for puzzles because they employ research skills and you end up learning new words and proper spellings of the same hence you improve language and spelling skills. Creativity, concentration and reasoning are some of the other areas that puzzles work on

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February 20

Five Real Life Lessons I Learned From Childhood Video Games

g31.) Resource Allocation

Video Game Example: Resident Evil

Resident Evil, especially the first three of the series, taught me that sometimes it’s best to avoid a situation where it could cost you everything in order to reserve what little ammunition you have. I remember getting close to the end of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis with absolutely zero ammunition and already injured. As soon as I would try to run for it, I’d die. Being the derpy 12-year-old I was, I of course didn’t have multiple save points so had to restart… the entire game. I learned quickly to only use what I desperately needed and to save the rest.

Being an, ahem, financially strapped college student, I use this same principle when it comes to money. If I only have a limited cash flow, I know to only use that money in times of urgent need and in order of importance. The priority, especially as an upperclassman, went a little something like: Beer, Coffee, Bills, School-related purchases, and lastly food.

Okay, so maybe that lesson wasn’t quite as well-learned.

2.) Problem Solving

Video Game Example: Lemmings

I vividly recall playing this

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February 12

Importance of Educational Video Games In A Child’s Life

g2The little kids enjoy long vacations from their schools at different times of the year, according to the adverse climactic conditions in the various continents. But the parents are always fretting over how to utilize this long break from the strict school curriculum in the most effective way for their little ones. The best way to make your toddler’s summer vacation worthwhile is by gifting him/her a series of educational video games as they will provide your child a platform to experiment, to explore, to make mistakes and to learn, while having fun.

An educational video game intentionally merges gaming with an educational software in the most entertaining fashion. Gamification of education has garnered huge interest among the educators and is also capturing a permanent position in the school curriculum, as it serves as an effective teaching-aid in making students understand the nitty-gritty of Math, English vocabulary, Geography, History, Political Science, General Knowledge, along with Computer programming, a recent addition to the school syllabi.

If educational video games are well executed, they can provide a strong framework for inquiry and project-based learning, says Alan Gershenfeld,

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February 5

Educational Video Games Useful for Academic Achievement

Front view portrait of young woman playing computer game
Front view portrait of young woman playing computer game

Time and again in scientific quantitative research gamers have shown to outperform non-gamer control groups. According to social science scholars games are not a new phenomenon of the 21st century to be used in learning. They have been around for a long time and were used by the Department of Defense to inspire or stimulate military and political crises situations. For instance, in the Polish nationalistic uprising, the pro-Castro movement and in the Cold War. But the way games are used have come a long way and are much more than conniving military strategy tools. They are now ingrained in our culture and form a significant component of our contemporary culture.

But video games since their inception have been an object of both fascination as well as fear among the masses. Today the gaming fear has subsided and as per reports, 75 percent of corporate managers in IT giants like Apple, Google and HP under the age of 35 play video games on a regular basis.

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