The Survival of Computer Gaming

Our industry is dying. We all know that the so called “Next Generation” consoles are driving our beloved PCs out of the market. I could list the reasons why this is happening…I could even list the reasons why it should not be happening, but to those of you who are interested in reading this, I know that you’re already intimately familiar with our predicament. It really has crept up on us. Honestly, there have been some great PC games released over the past couple years that have satisfied my gaming needs; but a few days ago, I had a rude awakening into this new world of “console only” games that has unleashed a beast inside of me. As a side note, I should say that I really don’t have any problem with the Xbox360, the PS2, or the Wii other than the fact that they are killing the industry that I love…the industry that I grew up with. Anyways, back to my rude awakening. Many of you have heard about LucasArt’s new title “Star Wars: The Force Unleashed” which will be released this fall. Many of you have also heard that it will not be released for the PC. Not now, not ever. Judging from the trailers and new technology that has gone into this game, it looks like it would be addictingly fun and could possibly even be my favorite of the year. However, according to the producers of the game, the PC market is not stable enough for this title. In other words, there aren’t enough people out there with computers that would be able to handle the game. (Ironically enough, it is being released on the Nintendo DS and the Wii, neither of which are high performance gaming systems.)

What has happened? I’ve been playing Star Wars games on the PC for over ten years back when the X-Wing series and “Rogue Squadron” were just coming out. And now LucasArts won’t even port their major release to the PC for their most loyal of fans? The situation is bad and on course to get much worse. After all, this is just one of the many games that have been excluded from the PC already. So is it time for PC gaming to become extinct? Should we give up our fully customizable gaming platforms and surrender to the standardized systems accepted by corporate stooges? I say NO!!!

But what will it take to survive in this industry. How can we regain our prowess in the world of video games. We have to be smart. We can no longer rely on our superior numbers to guarantee acknowledgment and preferential treatment in the biz, so we must rely on our superior brainpower to win this war (That’s right console fans…I said it…we’re smarter than you). We can no longer rely on unorganized petitions that half of us won’t even see anyways. What Should We Do?!?!

We must get organized. We need to understand that we are an extremely marketable, niche group of people that should be catered to by game development companies. Lets face it, computer gamers are generally pretty nerdy…I’m guessing there’s not one of us who couldn’t set up a simple website if need be, not one of us who isn’t doing some serious online surfing every day, not one of us who wouldn’t love to work for Tom’s Hardware full-time, and the list goes on. Yes, there are only a few hundred thousand of us, and compared to the millions of console gamers out there, it’s pretty hard for us to get attention these days. But we are all interested in the same thing: Computer hardware and games, and as a unified community we could become very powerful again. Remember, 500,000 gamers times $40 equals $20million, plenty enough to make some pretty awesome games.

So here are some ideas for what the computer gaming industry needs:

  • A database of all the computer gamers in the world and the systems they have.
  • A well-maintained forum to discuss important events and plans.
  • Elected leaders to attack those who deny us.
  • A website devoted to keeping PC gamers informed on industry news.
  • Polls to decide which games we will support and which we will protest.
  • A group of ninjas to kill console gamers…………..ok maybe not that one…..but maybe.

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Is It Time to Upgrade Your Company’s Hardware?

By the time most businesses begin to consider whether it is time to upgrade their computers and network hardware, the time for that has usually passed. After all, most businesses will consider a new hardware solution only if they’re already having problems. By then, it is well past time to replace their old, outdated systems.

If, every time you look at your computer hardware, you are reminded of the panels with flashing lights from the original Star Trek TV series, it is time to replace your hardware. If, every time you power up your computer, it groans as loudly as you do before your first cup of morning coffee, it is time to replace your hardware. If you still have PacMan as the only free game which came pre-installed from the factory on your computer, it is time to replace your hardware.

On a more serious note, if you believe you are throwing away money, and time, trying to maintain your old equipment, you most likely need to consider replacing your hardware. If it seems to you that the tech from your IT services company spends more time servicing your equipment than you and your employees spend using it, you definitely need to replace your equipment.

Here are 5 things to consider which will help you decide…

  1. You constantly have to troubleshoot and fine-tune your network. This not only cuts into your productivity, but also your free time.
  2. Your network’s performance makes you fondly recall the days of dial-up. If you notice things taking much longer than they should, or used to, you might want to consider hardware with more breathing room.
  3. You’re losing data. When data starts disappearing from your server or client PCs, the blame might rest with one or more out-of-date hard drives.
  4. Your hardware is no longer supported by its manufacturer. Even if that Gateway machine you’ve been running since the Clinton administration exhibits no signs of trouble, it might make you vulnerable to attacks if the manufacturer no longer provides updates to keep you secure.
  5. Your equipment is getting noisy. Most hardware needs to move air in order to stay within its optimal operating-temperature range. Over time, components may collect dust or other debris that slowly impedes a fan’s ability to maintain proper airflow. As a result, fans go into overdrive trying to push more air, which increases noise levels, a simple indicator that you need to check your hardware.

Every piece of hardware and equipment we use to help us run our businesses will eventually break down. Nothing lasts forever, and computer terminals, monitors, and servers are no different. Many people believe that electronics should last forever. This is unrealistic. We tend to take these things for granted because they tend to perform so well for us but, by doing so; we set ourselves up for even more trouble in the long run. Keep an eye, and an ear, out for trouble, and replace any hardware that is struggling to perform before it crashes your entire system.

Learn Computer Hardware

Since there are a lot of different types of computer products and hardware in the market, it is understandable that there are also a lot of various computer magazines to pick from. You can learn computer information from these magazines. They may be utilized by computer users in order to get great ideas of which computers are going to be more preferable for one to utilize, as well. These magazines come in different form such as for leisure, for business, or for technical information. Apple computer is covered in magazines particularly for Apple users, as well. This article will provide you with a little peek into some of the several magazines in the market these days.

For people who are not familiar with the computer world, First Glimpse is among the finest magazines to purchase. It does not only feature information about the best kinds of computers to utilize, but also other types of electronics that are utilized in society these days. This is terrific for those who are seeking to learn more regarding hardware and how it functions for a certain computer.

People who wish to get into a computer business have to be aware that there are magazines that can satisfy their needs, as well. An example is InfoWorld, which is a magazine that contains knowledge about information technology hardware. This would include news and date on merchandise in the information technology industry.

Another example of a great magazine is EWeek. This is for people who are seeking for a business related to hardware. This magazine is popular for its laboratory tests of hardware and software that is utilized for project purposes. It covers merchandise in the IT market, as well.

There are magazines which deal with the entertainment side of computers, as well. Maximum PC is among the top magazines in America. Popular for its sense of humour and its interest in leisure services from computers, this works particularly with hardware which may be used for leisure computer programs. This would include information about how to create top-performing computers and how to create computers which execute very finely without having to use up a lot of cash. Examinations of a lot of various sorts of hardware are featured, as well.

Another huge product brand in the industry of magazines is the PC Gamer. This covers computer games as well as other hardware pieces for leisure purposes. This would include audio systems, monitors, and video cards that can work finely for computers. These machinery merchandises can be utilized not just for games but also for home theatre systems and for leisure products.

Also, there are available computer hardware magazines for the Apple users. The most vastly produced and most popular of these magazines would be the Macworld. It includes helpful information that is relevant to Apple computers. Evaluations of plenty of various Apple hardware and products are also included to be used when choosing Apple products.