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Console Gaming vs. Computer Gaming

It’s an age-old question that will only get more and more intense in the coming year as the Xbox 360 is in full swing and the PS3 and Revolution release. Which is better? What system is right for me? Well, I would suggest both, but if you have to choose one or the other then you have to consider a few things.

Price is definitely a big issue. I mean, when’s the last time you didn’t even bat an eye when are buying something 500 bucks or more? The bottom line: Computer gaming is more expensive. Why? Because computers aren’t made just for games. They are calculators, word processors, Internet navigators, music players, movie watchers, and photo editors. They are much more than a gaming machine. Consoles, on the other hand, generally aren’t. It’s only recently that consoles have gone online starting with the Dreamcast and I haven’t seen anyone printing off spreadsheets or book reports from one yet. Consoles are purely for gaming and run between 100-500 bucks. PCs on the other hand are much more than a gaming machine and run between 1,500-3,000 dollars and need to be upgraded every now and again to play the newest and greatest games.

Genre is an issue. If you are a Real Time Strategy fan and only have a console, I mourn for you. And if you are a platformer fan, then computer gaming will be a sad mistake. Genre makes a big deal because of the controller vs. keyboard/mouse issue. Different games play much better on the different configurations. Computer gaming is best for Real Time Strategy (RTS) games, First Person Shooters (FPS), Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORG), Flight Simulation games, and Point and Click Adventure games. The consoles on the other hand are better for Fighting games, Action/Adventure games, Platformers, Role Playing Games (RPG), and Sports games.

Tech savvy can possibly be an issue. Computers are a little more unstable than consoles. I mean, when’s the last time you saw a PlayStation lock up or get a blue screen of death? Never, right? The same thing comes in here. Some computer games might be a little stubborn to set up the way your computer likes it or your computer might not meet the system requirements. Consoles, on the other hand, don’t have that problem. The people designing the games have to fit the requirements of the console so that you don’t have a problem. If you have a basic knowledge of computers, you’ll be fine. If you don’t, then a console might be better for you.

So as I’ve explained, if you want more than a gaming system for school and work or you just like gaming genres like RTS and MMORG games, I would go with a PC. If you love platformers, Action/Adventure, or Sports games or your wallet is a tad on the empty side, I’d go with a console. It won’t be able to surf the Internet or help you with anything else, but it’ll play some great games.

If you want a console by the end of this article, then you have 3 options at the moment. You could buy a Gamecube if you like innovation, buy a Xbox if you like the best graphics and FPS games, or buy a PS2 if you want a huge library of games or love fighting games, Action/Adventure games, platformers, and RPG games. You also have another option. You could wait until the Xbox 360 comes out this month and get that or wait until the Nintendo Revolution and PS3 come out next year.

If you want advise on gaming computers and computer gaming, then http://www.gaming-computers-authority.com is a great resource for all your questions and even has a tutorial on building your own computer.

How to Burn Xbox 360 Games and Play Them Within Minutes

Fed up of destroying your video games, or do you just want to protect your self just so you wont be spending lots of money if you do damage your games? Then you have found an article that will save your video games and your hard earned cash.

Don’t think that you will have to know a lot about computers, or that you will have to have lots of money either because the method I am about to show you is affordable, simple and effective, and it will be the best thing you will learn all year.

First of all before we get down to copying however we will need a couple of things. We will need:

o Blank disks
o Original game disk
o Personal computer
o Game copying software

I bet you didn’t realise how little you would need to save so much. Most people will already have most of the above at hand. If you’re missing any you can either pick them up in a local store or online. This also applies to the game copying software; however I would recommend you get this online because it’s more affordable online than in stores.

Now let’s get to copying. Install the game copying software and run it; if you’re not sure how to do this just click on the programs icon, the rest will be done by the computer. With the program up and running select the option to copy either video games, or if you have really good software select the option to copy Xbox 360 games. It doesn’t matter which you click on both will result in the same outcome. Now insert your blank disk and original game disk when prompted.

Within minutes of inserting both disks you will have a perfectly copied Xbox 360 game. You can begin playing this game right away.

Classic Game Review: Computer Foreign Exchange

COMPUTER FOREIGN EXCHANGE (CFE) is a computer version of the Avalon Hill board game of the same name. The rules are the same and it relieves the players of all the bookkeeping required in that version. The game is unusual in two ways: it is available only for the TRS-80 and it does not allow you to play against the computer. You can play solitaire only if you play more than one “hand”. Each player represents an American business with international assets. Everything in the game is measured in dollars and the winner is the first player to amass a pre-determined amount.

Exactly how great an amount is set at the start of the game and is also a way of controlling the length of the game. Every firm will be making money, so the way to get ahead here is through currency exchange. Say you buy 1000 pesos for $100 on Monday. Friday you sell them back and only get $50. Congratulations, you’ve just halved your money! Of course, had you done it the other way ’round you could have doubled it. If you’re a gambler, you put all you can in a currency you think will go up. If you’re conservative, you spread it around so that losses and gains balance out. The “world” in Computer Foreign Exchange consists of twenty-four cities in nine foreign countries. All cities are assigned to one of the players at random, so with three players, each would begin with eight cities containing a sales office.

The trading of cities is allowed and collecting all two or three cities in a given country means a player can buy a manufacturing firm in that country which will increase your income. Those who are familiar with the board game will be glad to know that Computer Foreign Exchange allows every option, including borrowing. As a teaching tool, Computer Foreign Exchange is a first class way to learn about exchange rates, exposure, and hedging. It is a realistic simulation that will provide plenty of examples. Unfortunately, the documentation is a bare minimum both in telling you how to play and teaching you about foreign exchange. Once you learn, the game dulls a little for the same reason most Stock Market games do: the “market” is fluctuating randomly. In real life, the people who get rich at currency exchange don’t guess. Still and all, this is a decent game and a good program provided you have someone to play with. The price is right and it only takes 16K!