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 in technology, such as 3D effects and motion tracking are pushing the rise of virtual reality. Whilst increasing disposable incomes are letting more and more households give this new technology a try. On the flip-side the cost of these technologies, demonstrated by Valve stating that their HTC Vive is aimed at the high-end consumer is expected to harm growth and widespread adoption.

The worldwide spread of VR is obviously concentrated within North America and Europe, with both representing 69% of the revenue share. Though surprisingly Asia is slated as the region of highest potential due to the growing online involvement and presence of Sony, who have easy to Asia for their Project Morpheus.

This single report highlights that VR has huge potential, both for the companies producing them and the consumers. Yet ultimately it will depend on the content that will be available for these machines and the cost of them. At the current time an average consumer will not spend the equivalent of an Xbox One or PlayStation 4 for a machine that offers only a limited range of games. Though if games such as the “Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes” demonstrate anything, it is that the right sort of game style can work seamlessly with headset VR. We look forward to the day that Call of Duty can be played on a virtual reality machine, or maybe that wouldn’t be such a good idea.

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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 unknown source installations on your device until a time when you feel safe enough to trust the download from a given source.

2. Double check your app ratings

Just because the games and apps are on Google Play does not necessarily make them safe for downloading. Always make a point of checking reviews and ratings of the android games and apps you are about to download because they can help you unveil technical issues you are likely to encounter. In essence the higher the rating of the game or app and the more downloads it has received, then safer it should be for you to download it. If you are interested in new releases that have little feedback on them, then take your time to research a little bit more about them before you go ahead with the download.

3. Check the app or game details

Details about the publisher and developer of the game or apps you are about to download can help you determine how legitimate they are. You can use independent discussion forums and reviews to get the details you need so you can confirm that what you are about to download is the correct app or game. Malware writers easily create apps that are very similar to the popular ones so make sure that you take your time to check that the app developer, name and publisher are correct before you do ahead.

4. Know permissions you grant

When installing a new app or game, you get a list of permissions that you grant the software. Unfortunately, not many users understand or take time to check what permissions they grant. Be on the safe side by evaluating permissions and why they are needed so you know whether they have a valid reason or they are suspicious. If what you are allowing the software to do is suspicious then don’t grant the permission.

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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 paying games.

3. When people play games, they develop a thirst for knowledge and want to take it to the higher levels. They bring together their individual skills and pool them up to make the best of them.

4. Another positive aspect of gaming is that it encourages social interaction as people from different parts of the world come together through this platform and exchanges their skills, thoughts and ideas.

5. It encourages people to sharpen their ability to interpret data through the lateral thinking process. Those who really get into gaming devise ways and tricks to tackle various situations and emerge as winners in the games they play.

6. Gamers develop an impeccable understanding of the history of the world as many games take them through the events in the world history, some of them even enacting the events and giving the life like experiences.

7. Innovation is another gift of gaming, as people are able to think of new ideas to achieve higher levels in gaming. They can bring out new ideas in graphics, designs and software programming to step up games to a new level.

8. Next amongst the best benefits of gaming is the fact that gamers learn the art of collective problem solving while they play games with others in groups and share ideas and techniques related to problem solving.

9. Some games are such that they inculcate value in young gamers by having positive influence on their impressionable minds. Particularly, in case of young children, parents should be selective about the games they should allow the children to play as violent ones can leave a wrong influence on them.

10. Gaming inculcates a competitive spirit in people and instills in them the love for winning. It has been noticed that some children show better results in academic performances as they develop their gaming skills.

Though there are a number of positive aspects of gaming, they should be limited as too much of it makes a person addicted and lazy, not willing to indulge in physical activities. One should treat them as good servants otherwise they can become bad masters.

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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 course you must have heard of the Kardashians, or maybe a hundred other celebrities who you have heard of, but know nothing about. What is our strategy, why do we sit and eat up all of this information when it has nothing to do with us in our daily lives?

We want to accomplish something, but by talking about all of this nonsense nothing is actually being accomplished. Maybe we should stop talking, complaining, or making a mockery of things that do not pertain to us and start dealing with stuff that does. By doing this we may actually be accomplishing what we want to do instead of eyeing up what other people are accomplishing. At the same time, sure some people do like making jokes of other people that they do not know, or complain about them and they do receive benefits. Looking back at the Shia LeBeouf video, there are pun videos that have received tens of millions of views. “Shia LeBeouf – Just Do It” is a complete joke on itself. It is entertaining and funny with a bunch of stupid motions thrown in. That is what we need. We need something that is entertaining to watch, yet at the same time the video to be motivating. While it is a joke to itself he is doing what he wants and he is trying to get other people to do it too through the power of motivation. So instead of watching other people achieve what they want through YouTube and other means, go achieve yours. JUST DO IT!

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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 earn maximum revenues through their low and medium range PC offerings.

Gaming computers are widely different because of the complex variety of parts that go into assembling them; they are invariably custom assembled than pre-manufactured. Most gaming or hardware enthusiasts put together the computers; some companies that specialize in manufacturing gaming machines also do this. They create an interest among computer enthusiasts by producing ’boutique’ models that allow the enthusiasts themselves to complete the design by aesthetic choice in conjunction with the hardware in the machine.

Although gaming computers are distinctly different from conventional PCs, the evolution for better output began with improving graphics, color fidelity, display systems etc. in producing them for the mass market. Another particular move that has since been integrated into motherboards is the adoption of the sound card which is an all-visible component in today’s PCs.

Gaming movements began aggressively in the 1980s with several non-IBM PCs gaining popularity due to advanced sound and graphic capabilities. At that time, game developers, in particular, video game manufacturers and developers started out on these platforms before porting the usage to more common PCs and other platforms such as Apple.

Custom-built gaming computers became increasingly popular in 2012 allowing more flexibility in budgets, controls and upgrading advantages. Several basic components that are required when assembling a gaming computer like motherboard, memory cards, video cards, solid-state drives, CPUs etc. are maximized for performance outputs by gaming enthusiasts by turning to independent benchmarks during hardware selection. Such benchmarks include ratings for PC components to ensure protection of equipment and safety from in-built hazards like heat output etc.

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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 targets and advance in the gameplay. These games usually have realistic locations allowing for a more immersed gaming experience.

Mental games are also becoming popular not only for avid gamers but also for use in many educational institutions. Updated versions of many mental game plays include 3D versions where depth and dimension are added to help make the game lifelike.

For people who love racing, racing games are also fast dominating the 3D world. Many are interested with these types of games because of the exciting graphics as well as the thrill of winning the race(s). Aside from car racing, one would also encounter animal racing, boats and even planes.

Simulation games have also been gaining popularity among players. Simulations allow players to assume a character or a role and finish their missions. Examples of these can be starting their own farm, becoming a crime boss or even having a virtual family.

Sense of Depth

As human beings, we are accustomed to seeing things in a 3D perspective and as such, it is hard for some to play games that are developed in 2D platform. In 3D games, players can play more easily because of the 3D perspective. They are able to visualize maps, graphs and other game designs/backgrounds as all the game features have a sense of depth that humans are familiar with.

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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 an arcade video game developed by Tomohiro Nishikado. It was released in 1978 and was originally manufactured and sold by Taito in Japan. Later on, it was licensed for production in the United States by a different company. Space Invaders is one of the earliest shooting games that were ever released, and the mission in the game is to defeat waves of aliens with a laser cannon and score as high as possible. This game was a huge success in its time and it formed the basis of the entire shooting genre.

Star Wars – Star Wars was released in 1983 by Atari Inc. It was highly popular back in time and is still considered a cult game and has many loyal fans all around the world. The game is a first person space simulator that simulates the attack on the Death Star from the film Star Wars (which was released in 1977). The game is composed of 3D color vector graphics and it was developed during the Golden Age of Arcade Games. It is considered the fourth most popular game of all time according to the readers of “Killer List of Videogames”. Star Wars is one of the old classical video games that are very big and popular even nowadays, after more than two decades.

There are many amazing retro games that should belong in the list of the best retro games ever made, but since I couldn’t list them all, the three that are mentioned above definitely represent this category very well.

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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 is constantly seeing significant growth in mobile gaming. And with Google Glass, there is a major possibility of augmented reality (AR) gaming. More on that later.

In this article, we’ll focus on the future of gaming – with devices like Occulus VR, Project Morpheus and Leap Motion. We’ll also talk about online gaming, mobile gaming and augmented reality (AR).

Virtual Reality For those who doesn’t know, Occulus Rift and other such Virtual Reality devices are head-mounted devices, which allows you to look around in a virtual world.

Occulus Rift is the new buzz in the gaming world. With everyone excited about Virtual Reality, the question is, will Virtual reality live up to its expectation? Will it be the next big thing? Well, we like to think so.

If we rewind back in time, it seems unbelievable that we had Virtual reality devices and 3D glasses decades ago. They never succeeded back then because of the high cost and the unavailability of resources. But now, the time is different. Technology is getting more affordable each day and we have the resources for such devices to succeed.

There is a whole new prospect for futuristic gaming gadgets because demand in consumer market in increasing. And with devices like Occulus Rift and Sony Prometheus, the foundation appears stronger. While they’re not completely out in public, they will succeed once they are out.

Motion detection through hand gesture Leap Motion allows us to work and play using only hand gestures. You just have to plug in the Leap Motion device in your Mac or PC USB port and you’re done. After an easy setup and synchronization, you are ready to play video games through hand gestures or even draw using you’re hands. Leap Motion allows accuracy up to 1 cm when designing or drawing. And the device handles gestures fast and smooth.

Leap Motion even has its own app store. It’s called the Airspace Appstore. Although Leap Motion is at its early stage, developers have started to work on apps for it already. And you’ll find a lot of amusing apps on the app store. Currently, it only costs $99.99.

Online gaming Popular online games such as Dota 2 and World of Warcraft is regularly played by a huge audience. What’s amazing about online based games is that they regularly add more and more modifications to it, which makes it never ending and ever improving. Well, if the developers decide to continue. And what’s really exciting is that you’re playing against all real life players, an experience that everyone wants.

For all those benefits, online gaming keeps on getting popular. With most major games coming out with multiplayer online option, the future of gaming seems to be based around it. And all you need is a good internet connection.

Augmented reality (AR) While augmented reality, you are part of a physical world interacting with non-physical entities. In virtual reality, the virtual world is simulated. In augmented reality, the player remains in the real world, while non-physical objects on the device are placed accordingly using motion detection, object detection and other AR technology. While there are few apps on AR, there isn’t really a huge game database.

With Google Glass, there is a whole new possibility. This eye-wearable device can be used as the perfect AR equipment. Augmented Reality video games in Google Glass can be played very smoothly as Google Glass is worn on your eyes. Developers have already started working on AR apps for Google Glass. So, expectations are that we’ll have some fun and exciting new AR games to play as soon as Google Glass comes out in general. Currently Google Glass is out for $1500 in beta.

There are many scopes for the future of gaming. It could turn in any direction, or in many directions. All of these gadgets add new dimensions to gaming. So exactly which one of them would turn into a major medium is impossible to tell. It all depends on the speed of development, availability and user experience.

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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 download games, movies, and other apps they are interested in. Also, with this card, you can also purchase other items from the brand’s entertainment network store.

This option also offers buyers the opportunity to save some money. How? Read these tips and tricks below:

Be on the lookout for promos. Online and brick-and-mortar merchants offer discounts on PSN card purchases from one time to another. These promos include discounts that come with buying a certain number of cards or as a reward for being a loyal PS user. It’s easy to find out which merchants offer these promos since you can simply go online to search for this information. These promos though usually last for a limited time only so you have to be quick in snatching them up.

If the game you want to buy has a time-trial demo, test it before making the decision to buy it. This will help you avoid wasting money on a game that you won’t even like. If you get bored playing a game within an hour, you have no obligation to buy it.

Lastly, before buying a game, always double-check the final checkout price. There may be some extra charges that can be added at the last-minute and you don’t want to be surprised with this. Also, this will give you some time to discontinue your purchase if you don’t want pay for this additional charge.

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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 the mobile platform may start out as free but if you wish to continue deeper into the game, there may be a small fee involved. It’s a very plausible speculation that this type of shift is the reason behind the declining sales when it comes to console gaming.

If you have any intentions to create and develop an app, then you may require the services of an up and coming technology company. But how can you best go about searching for a reliable and proficient company? First off, it’s interesting to note that many corporations that produce gaming technology are located in under developed countries. What’s more is the great deal of experience and innovation that they can boast of. For instance, a trending concept is one that is described as augmented reality. This is an essential part of playing roles and first person shooting games, or FPS. Augmented reality allows you to either view just a part of the figure or just the whole screen itself. This is key particularly for smaller screened devices like tablets or Smartphones for example.

Another reason as to why the popularity of these augmented reality studios is growing, rests on the fact that the demand for these types of games remains very high. It is a matter of fact that these FPS or first person shooting games is the ones that seem to be sold out fastest. And when I mention games, I’m referring to them being played over consoles and not over mobile platforms.

when searching for the right augmented reality development company, be sure that you are selecting the one that has the most years of experience. In addition, it would be helpful that you research some of the credentials that the staff and team members have. Artistic ability, design backgrounds, and architectural skills are all essential components to have in this type of company. And like I’ve mentioned earlier, even though the majority of these corporations and studios are located in that section of the world, their customer service aspect seems to be exceptional. Communication and customer service is a large part of their success. Final points that i would like to stress are related to the multi-platform aspect in conjunction with variability when it comes to software applications and programs. For instance, augmented reality, aside from its benefit in the game engines, can also be useful in other programs such as adobe, 3d design applications amongst a variety of others.

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