Gaming from the angle of a hardcore gamer

Posted by on May 26, 2016 in What every gamer should know |

Hardcore gamerThe Gaming Industry is already known to be one of the biggest industries in the world with the capability to beat the Box Office, Music Sales, and even currently keeping the economy alive. This is a business and as a business it should be taken seriously right?

Gaming has played a significant role in my life. I play every chance I get and when I am at school, you will usually find me ranting on about the latest games, trailers, and just the industry in general. Some people even come to me to find out what is coming out and when, my opinions about a game or just start a conversation for fun. I don’t mind at all.

It makes me feel good inside. But lately I have been getting a bunch of negative feedback from parents and people at my parent’s work place. They always state that gaming is ruining their kid’s life and how gaming is really just something kids should not do.

There are even ad campaigns against gaming! I have seen one that states “Gaming shortens the lives of children.” I read this with some surprise that an agency would actually go far as to attack the industry as if it were as dangerous as smoking or drinking alcohol. What makes it all the worse is that I, myself, can’t be looked at seriously.

People tend to look at me while listening to my gaming rant and give me this weird look as if my life is a joke. At times, my friends and I like to just walk around in uptown Long Beach and just talk about anything that comes to mind and, for me, that’s gaming.

We walk into stores and sometimes occasionally stop and sit as people walk by or stand around near us acting like they aren’t listening to what we are saying. The fact of matter is, they are listening. I watch these people walk around, and pretend to mind their business. I’m not stupid though. I can see them rolling their eyes. I can see them taking my talk as a joke when I’m sounding as serious as can be. I can see that.

Another thing that bugs me is when people assume I don’t have a life because of my gaming. I have been given so many insults at school and by so many people about how I stay at home and play video games. People always make the assumption that I don’t have any friends because of it. So many insults have been shot at me because of Video gaming and this shit needs to stop!

Crappy shows like Dr. Phil are getting in on the “Video Games are bad” boat. I don’t watch these shows often. Only if I’m at someone’s house and they are watching it, then I don’t have a choice.

I have seen a Dr. Phil episode where a parent had some kid who was violent and a drug addict. The mom later stated that he began to play violent video games while all this drama was happening. I watched this and just think, “Your son was already bad from the start lady. Blame yourself for neglecting him.”

I am just sick of people thinking that gaming is a joke. Plus, a big thing about games is that the gaming industry is currently one of the things keeping the economy alive. People are buying games even when the world is in such a rut resulting in some heavy marketing.

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Docking station – great tech gadget

Posted by on May 19, 2016 in Technology Trends |

Docking stationThanks to a “docking station”, you can enjoy the advantages of both a laptop and desktop PC.

A stiff neck, sore muscles or tired eyes are often the consequences of long working days in front of the laptop, even for someone with a good screen and keyboard. But are these sufficient reasons to switch to a desktop PC? A laptop is comfortable for work, without a doubt. It is convenient while travelling, at home or in the office but also has disadvantages. The screen is small, sound is forgettable, and especially from the point of view of ergonomics, laptops can be disastrous.

“The question is whether I should also spend money to buy a desktop PC,” says Paul Seifert, a German computer expert. This may not be necessary, because a “docking station” can provide all the benefits. It is a device to connect your laptop, which provides you with a screen, keyboard, mouse, printer and more. A “docking” accessory provides the advantages of both a laptop and desktop PC. “On one hand, I can surf the Internet from the couch with my laptop. Meanwhile I have also the option to work comfortably from my desk,” says Seifert.

The peripherals are connected permanently to the “dock,” which eliminates the jungle of cables and plugs that we all know. “Buying a desktop PC in the office is justified if I have at my disposal screen, keyboard, printer and mouse, I do not need to connect and disconnect constantly,” says Stephan Hermsdorf, computer expert of the German University of Dresden. The practical side of this is that while connected to the “dock,” the laptop is recharged.

When buying a “dock” – they’re are around 100 euros – you must check that the accessory is compatible with your laptop. “Even with devices from the same manufacturer, not all docking stations are compatible with all models,” says Hermsdorf. Overall, this is solved by consulting the technical data, which usually includes which models are supported. Also see if the station offers ports for all peripherals that you plan to use.

More economical models are called universal solutions that tend to work with all laptops and cost around 50 euros. The connection to the laptop is not done via a special cable, but via a USB port. There are devices that have up to seven ports available according to Christian Schlüter, of the German foundation Stiftung Warentest consumer protection.

The connection via USB cable; however, has some disadvantages. “The speed, quality and features available in a dock are superior,” says Seifert. The laptop, for example, is charged by a charger connected only to the network. The performance graph also reduces significantly due to the detour via USB docking station. However, a universal solution is a good alternative for those who only use “docking” occasionally, said the expert.

In any case, compatibility conflicts rarely occur, says Schlüter. As with “Docks,” manufacturers of universal solutions need to pay attention that the connections with the station are compatible with all accessories to be connected. Anyone who is dissatisfied with the performance chart will help your laptop not a “docking”. In this case could serve as an external graphics card, plug the laptop via a USB connection. But “onboard graphics chips are usually of little use for lack of space, heat and, finally, cost,” says computer expert Hermsdorf.

For special applications, such as video editing or complicated three-dimensional games, it would be advisable to acquire an external graphics card. The same could be said for external sound cards with USB connection, offering more possibilities to amateur musicians and better sound quality to lovers of good music.

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Gaming And Technology News – Top 4 Games To Play In May 2016

Posted by on Apr 25, 2016 in Latest news, What every gamer should know |

There are numerous fantastic games to choose from in 2016 and this makes us even more excited about gaming and technology! Also, numerous games have made a real come back and this is particularly thrilling. If you are searching for the best games to play in 2016, here are but a few suggestions!

#4 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants In Manhattan

The game which is going to be released in May 24th is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan, and for now we know that it will run on the following platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC, Xbox 360, PS3. This story is something the majority of gamers grew up on and the TMNT has its unique appeals. Still, you never know what you are going to get from Platinum Games, and certainly TMNT has got our curiosity working, especially when we know that there will be some RPG elements to the game and that gamers will be able to upgrade the turtle’s abilities using green orbs which can be found in the game. Also, you will be able to play with three of your friends as the TMNT and kick ass out of the foot-clan together!


#3 Overwatch

Another game to be released on the 24th May is Overwatch. You will be able to play this game on PS4, Xbox One and PC platforms. This game has not only awesome aesthetics, but it also has a great game-play and allows the player to be rather competitive. In addition to that, you will also be able to change your character between the deaths and this will allow you to play numerous characters and adjust your character to what your team needs. This unique arena multiplayer will certainly get a lot of attention in the gaming world as many gamers are really looking forward to this game which gives a truly personalized experience in gaming.


#2 Doom

This game can be played on Xbox One, PS4 and PC platforms, however you will have to wait just a little while longer to play it, since the release date for Doom is in May, or May 13th to be precise. It has been long 12 years since we had the opportunity to play Doom, however we are more that excited to see the latest Doom game. This is one big game with big guns, and it will certainly have a lot of fans in the future, as for now there are a lot of gamers looking forward to play Doom. The only down side to this amazing and thrilling game is the fact that we will have to wait for it just a little while longer!


#1 Mirror’s Edge Catalyst

May 24th – This date will certainly be circled by a lot of gamers in their calendars as Mirror’s Edge Catalyst is also being released. The developer EA DICE announced that the game will be available for Xbox One, PS4 and PC platforms. You will be able to take full control of Faith Connors through a futuristic city and enjoy all the parkour escapades, use environmental objects to get from building to building and use the runner’s vision.


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