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Video Game Sound – The Best Experience Is Through A Great Surround Sound Headset

You’re a hardcore gamer and feel the need to hear your games in all their developer intended glory but want to keep the peace at home and with your neighbrours – then you need to get yourself a decent pair of surround sound headphones designed to bring out the sound track of your games in all its glory without disturbing the infrastructure or your relationships in the process.

Sound in video gaming is a vital if often undervalued part of the whole gaming experience. Its no secret that truly great games spend just as much money on sound as they do on programming and graphics engine development. So, if you’re playing games on your TV and listening to them through standard speakers – you’re missing out on a whole dimension of your games. Likewise, most PC speaker set-ups and even home theatre systems can’t get you that intimate and fine sound details that a pair of cans glued to your ears can.

A great pair of surround sound headphones can make a tremendous difference to your gaming experience and can even contribute to you being a more effective gamer – if we take online FPSs for example – sound actualisaiton is paramount in you being able to get that millisecond advantage on your enemy by hearing him first and knowing exactly where he’s coming from.

I’ve gamed on standard TV speakers and on a decent home theatre set-up but nothing come close to the experience I started having when I purchased a great pair of surround sound headphones – I really started hearing things that previously went unheard and started really being able to enjoy online FPS matches as they were intended by the developer. It even helped my kill ratio steadily improve.

So, you want to buy a pair of surround sound gaming headphones and want to know what to pay attention to. Lets go through a few of the most important considerations:

1. Price

Determine your budget and then search for the best deal online for a headset that takes your fancy. I’d recommend spending a decent amount on a pair of headphones, so don’t buy the cheapest possible if you at all can afford something more expensive because in surround sound headphones world – price generally determines what you get. I’d say from $120-$250 USD would give you a huge range of good headsets whatever your gaming platform of choice.

2. Connectivity

Your choice of gaming platform will generally drive the type of connectivity that you want from your headset. If you game on a PS3 or an XBox360 then you want a headset with a Digital-to-Analog-Converter (DAC) and an optical connection. These types of headphones offer by far the best sound quality from my experience. You can’t beat optical for sound quality and due to the hardware involved in these types of headphones they tend to be a little pricier, but are definately worth it. If you game predominantly on a PC then you have some decent USB headsets but I’d once again recommend an optical one if your sound card supports an optical out connection.

The main advantage of the optical headsets are the Dobly Digital processing modes which add a little depth and richness to any type of a surround sound set-up in the headphone itself.

3. Comfort

Another important consideration is whether or not yoru headset of choice will be comfortable enough for your gaming needs. Some headsets are known to be a little heavier – and although all are extremely comfortable on your ears, having a heavy headset on your head can cause a few neck pains if you game for hours on end. This may not be a deal-breaker for you if you game for short spells only. Also, consider whether the ear cups are closed and made of material that doesn’t breathe – your ears can sweat under some very decent sounding headphones which adds to the irritation and discomfort. So look out for a headset that suits your needs in both the weight and ventilation specs.

4. Surround Sound Quality

Probably the most vital of all of the things to consider is the actual sound quality produced by the headphones. And here the number of speakers built into each ear-cup isn’t actually the deciding factor. I’ve had a surround sound headset that was 7.1 channel with a host of tiny speakers packed into the ear-cup sound nowhere near as good as a top quality headset with one or two speakers and excellent sound processing board. Here is where the big boys differentiate themselves from the wanna-bes. You will really notice top priced headphones with decent connection options to be able to reproduce far better sound quality than the lower priced headsets with a whole heap of individual tiny speakers jammed into them. Its all about components, manufacturer dedication to the headset/headphone market and overall popularity in the market place. Gamers are a very discerning bunch and you can pretty safely follow the most popular choices in the surround sound headphones world and have a peace of mind that its usually the best choice.

So, do yourself a favour and lift your video gaming experience to levels unheard of before – grab yourself a decent pair of surround sound gaming headphones for your gaming platform of choice and hear things you previously didn’t hear, experience all your games in a whole new way and enjoy yourself – because your ears will certainly love all the new game juice that’s being thrown at them in all its surround sound glory.

Before you buy your Surround Sound Headphones make sure you check out my site for all the best Surround Sound Headset Reviews and Information so that you can select the best gaming headset for you. Thanks for reading.

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Online Gaming

mpi london3 Online Gaming People have always liked playing games to have fun and to help pass the time. In the past, the games tended to be of a more social nature, i.e. Charades, Marco polo and even those outdoor games. As time passed, though, the games have evolved together with technology, into a more web-based variety and the old games slowly lost their attraction.

The reality is that modern society is far too busy and a whole lot more stressed than we were around ten years ago. These days, we simply have to finish their jobs, do the jobs to earn money and take care of the kids and family. This doesn’t leave too much time that we can spend relaxing and having a lot of time. The great news is that this brought about invention of games that people can easily get and enjoy. These are called the downloadable games.

People from anywhere in the world and all walks of life can make use of these kinds of games and services. This is due to the fact that downloadable games can be found in a wide array of websites; at just a click of the mouse, the user gets his hands on a whole bunch of websites that provide these games downloads. The websites usually offer the games downloads for a small fee, but there are a lot that also offer the games for free.

The internet world gives us a very vast selection of these games to suit even the most finicky player. These games are of all different kinds, themes and styles. There are the shooting games that are more fast-paced and can be a bit stressful as well, and the simple riddle games that test our intelligence, so to speak.

Puzzle games are very popular among those people who want to spend time in brain-boosting fun. These puzzles range from easy games for kids to the more complex puzzles for adults. These games are interesting since they are set in different situations and ‘dimensions’, from old Aztec eras to outer space.

For the brainy linguists, word games are the best. They keep us with sharp minds. They also give help to kids as well. Word games help with spelling and grammar, as well as typing skills development.

Action and shooting games are the bread and butter of the downloadable games, they say. A lot of us think that these games give us a rush and the feel of excitement. However, if we need a more relaxing game, the click-and-play locating items games are the best options.

There are a whole other bunch of games downloads out there – shooting games, RPGs and such, it’s a simple matter of people getting on those trusted websites and picking their favorites from the lot.

Downloadable games are where the future of gaming is at. When you have the option of games downloads, or going to purchase a games, you will opt for the download version every time. And just like you, everyone else will too.

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What Are Some Of The Wii Fit Advantages?

fitness What Are Some Of The Wii Fit Advantages? The reviews for the Wii Fit over the last year have been positive. Everyone seems to agree that it is great fun. Is there more to it than that? Does it live up to its claims? Is it actually beneficial as an exercise tool? In this article we will take a look at some of the Wii Fit advantages and get some answers to your questions about its usefulness.

The majority of people lead sedentary lives. Most of us work sitting down at a desk, not at hard manual labor. Even children, who used to be seen outside everyday after school, remain inside playing games or listening to music. In short, people do not get enough exercise. This game is a great tool to use to get the family up and moving together. It is actually fun to watch others using the game. There are 40 different activities and three different levels to use. Each person’s fitness statistics can be locked so nobody else can see your weight or other information.

Most gym membership cost into the thousands of dollars per year, depending on your locale. The Wii Fit’s purchase price is under $200 USD for the balance board and the game CD. They can also be purchased separately.

If you do buy a gym membership, you still need time to go to the facility and use it. It is very easy to put going to the gym at the bottom of your to-do list and only finding time to go workout sporadically. You can workout with the Fit right in your own living room and doing a routine will take you less than an hour.

Each time you step onto the Wii balance board it will take your body mass index (BMI) and your weight before you begin. This is very convenient for tracking your progress. No more remembering to do it by hand, losing the records or messing with the scale balance mechanism to try and get the lowest possible reading. The games are chosen according to how many pounds each individual wants to lose or gain.

Everyone who uses the game creates his or her own Mii character who does the exercises in the game, which is controlled by the individual on the balance board. What you do on the balance board, the Mii does in the game. It has easy-to-follow instructions and the routine is selected based on the number of pounds you want to gain or lose, as well as your fitness level. It is never too hard or too easy. Beginners especially enjoy using Wii Fit.

If you do not already own the Wii console, you must purchase it before you can use the game. Once you have the console set up, just put the game CD in, plug in the balance board and begin playing the games (exercise routines).

While the Wii Fit advantages are plentiful for someone who is just getting into a fitness habit, it will not take the place of a gym or other strenuous exercise routine for those already in good shape. But, even for those people, it is still a lot of fun to play with and definitely worth the investment.

Arthur Rofield is a great fan of Wii Fit ever since they were release. His particular interest lie in how Nintendo Wii Console is used as a modern day medium to bring distant family and relationships together.

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Hover, Halflife, Tron and Mirror’s Edge all together!

videogame2 Hover, Halflife, Tron and Mirrors Edge all together! Today we interview Michael Lubker. Michael started in the IGDA and volunteering with conferences. His first job was actually at a cybercafe and then went to QA The Sims and Supreme Commander. Now he helps with business development for a 3D Wii-like controller for the PC at Axelo, and works on his original indie projects. One of these is a vehicle combat game inspired by Hover and Michael is looking for designers and a publisher for it.

Tell us everything about the game.

Michael Lubker: It’s a vehicle combat game… inspired by Hover! Bumper cars… with a bit of Halflife 2 gravity and Tron and Mirror’s Edge graphic style: we have also some cyberpunk style thematics in gameplay.

Sounds cool! When did you have this game idea?

Michael Lubker: In December 2008, our goal is to release a multiplatform compatible game and a 3D game on Facebook which is relatively rare and eventually be iPhone compatible and maybe other downloadable platforms and go for a free release with more themed maps and content sold afterwards. If we are successful in our web/iPhone release we will try to go for WiiWare, Android, XBLA, and PSN.

It is a multiplayer game, right?

Michael Lubker: It will be all multiplayer (so you could jump on Facebook and ask a friend if they want to play a round of what is basically bumper cars online) with various collection modes etc… crazy powerups and unique areas (cyberpunk versions of aztec ruins, a crashed UFO, etc).

When do you plan to release it?

Michael Lubker: I hope at this point to maybe have an early closed beta by October.

Tell us something about the actual industry, how do you see it in our Crisis times?

Michael Lubker: hmm. seems that the iPhone is burgeoning, and the Wii/DS and Facebook and other social games. So that’s our market, and Unity kinda makes that easy because it supports all those. Also find the Zune HD announcement interesting, MS competing with the iPhone.

More on the Crisis, it seems like there’s a lot of focus on same old stuff, space marines, and it seems like the music genre is becoming rather old hat.

So… the future is mobile?

Michael Lubker: Seems like it could be, I also think OnLive is interesting but with the economy and threats like bandwidth caps it could be hard to get going. I think that something like the iPod could be used as a portable gaming/computer memory device, if it had HDMI output it would be perfect for sharing photos etc and also playing games (since it has wifi your phone basically becomes the controller if it can hook to a HDTV and connect to other iphones as more controllers).

The iPhone 3 software seems very interesting and I think the Apple WWDC timing right after E3 this year is interesting.

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My favored 2008 games

weapon My favored 2008 games 2008 has been an amazing year for videogames, many beautiful titles for all the consoles and Pc.

Fallout 3 (Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3). This is absolutely my favored game. Fallout 3 is an action role-playing game released by Bethesda Game Studios. It is the third major game in the Fallout series, which has also spawned the spin-offs Fallout Tactics and Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel.

It takes place in the year 2277, 36 years after the setting of Fallout 2 and 200 years after the nuclear war that devastated the game’s world. The game places the player in the role of an inhabitant of Vault 101, a survival shelter designed to protect a small number of humans from the nuclear fallout. When the player’s father disappears in mysterious circumstances, the player is forced to escape from the Vault and journey into the ruins of Washington D.C. to track him down.

Grand Theft Auto IV (Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3). I always loved GTA series. I’m a big fan of all these kind of games as well. Grand Theft Auto IV is a video game developed by Rockstar North, preceded by Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

The game is set in a redesigned rendition of Liberty City, a fictional city based heavily on modern day New York City. It follows Niko Bellic, a war veteran from Eastern Europe, who comes to the United States in search of the American Dream, but quickly becomes entangled in a seedy underworld of gangs, crime, and corruption.

Fable II (Xbox 360). Fable II is an action role-playing game developed by Lionhead, published by Microsoft Game Studios. The sequel to Fable and Fable: The Lost Chapters, it takes place in the fictional world of Albion, five hundred years after Fable’s setting, in a colonial era resembling the time of highwaymen or the Enlightenment; guns are still primitive, and large castles and cities have developed in the place of towns.

The game begins in the city of Bowerstone, where a young child known as Sparrow and older sister, Rose, dream about living in Castle Fairfax, the home of Lord Lucien. The game then develops into a great epic drama, when Sparrow becomes adult and an hero, fighting Lucien that reveals to be the evil guy.

X³: Terran Conflict (Pc). Last but not least, my favored space sim series. X³: Terran Conflict is a space combat simulator from German developer Egosoft and is the culmination of their X series of computer games. It complements the known story of previous games with the history of the solar system in the years after Kyle William Brennan’s jump into the X-Universe and the events after the end of X3: Reunion.

Compared to X3: Reunion, Terran Conflict features a larger universe, more ships, and entirely new missions which were created though the new Mission Director system. The flight control using a mouse was improved and the interface reworked to feature a new context menu system. The Terran faction was added with their own set of gigantic stations, powerful ships and technology. Many new weapons systems were developed such as smart swarm missiles and ships with multiple missile turrets.

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Avnet Tech Games

college Avnet Tech Games A friend asked me if there is any connection between my Weblog and the Avnet Tech Games… well, no connection at all! But I think I can dedicate a post to explain what are these “Tech Games” because the topic is very interesting.

The Avnet Tech Games is an annual multidisciplinary technology competition open to all colleges, institutes and universities in Arizona. The event offers students the opportunity to apply what they are learning in school to real-world scenarios. Teams of students compete to win prizes and scholarships.

The games are very different, I can’t explain all of them, but I’ll talk about the ones I like most.

AMD Build and Tune the Fastest Computer – Teams compete in two phases: First phase is a timed event on building a computer the fastest. In the second phase, teams compete to tune the computer to perform the fastest. Scores are combined to determine finishing order.

This can bring important results for every pc user.

Robot Race Obstacle Course – Using the Standard LEGO Mindstorm® NXT Robot kit, each team will have five hours to build and program a robot to maneuver around an obstacle course and to perform a set of predefined tasks. The robot that is best able to complete the event with the fastest time wins.

Mindstorm® NXT? What a beautiful gadget! Click on the link to have more info.

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Take back control of your games

videogame Take back control of your games I had a very unusual problem with my Xbox 360. The component video after a “green” screen, stopped working. I tried everything, I contacted the customer service. The person at the call center was very kind, I must say that Microsoft call centers are the best. Well, I reset the video settings using the “Y + Right Trigger” combination at the startup, as suggested by the Microsoft technician. Nothing… the video was dead. Unlucky? Read the rest.

Since I don’t want to wait the necessary weeks for the substitution of the console, I decided to buy an Xbox Elite.

I must say that the old Xbox 360 had also other problems, like the drive not opening (I had to “slightly touch” it everytime to make it open) and also the rear usb port fried (too hot there!!)

Ok, so, I bought this beautiful Xbox Elite, the perfect console! I was happy to setup everything and play again with my favourite games. I started the console… System error! The 120gb HD was fault!

So I went back to the shopper, and he kindly gave me another black HD. Ok, it works and finally everything is ok…. but… hey… anyone had a similar unlucky experience?

But I’m back in control of my games. This is the important and happy part of the story, and Xbox is still my preferred console.

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