PC Gaming

A guide to computer entertainment

PC gaming has had a long and illustrious run in bringing gaming to everyone. PC gaming offers several advantages over its console brethren, making it a great choice for all gamers.

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One of the largest advantages a PC has is the immense library of games available. While most consoles will have 3 or 4 years' worth of games, the PC has over 25 years of gaming goodness. With the price of technology dropping constantly, a decent gaming PC is becoming much more affordable.

PC games also cater to a wide variety of game players. Educational games are available from preschool all the way through college. There are plenty of simpler games for somebody who just wants to kill some time without having to put a lot of thought into it. For the puzzle-solver, there are tons of games with just that feature in mind. All of this can be yours and the price might be less than you think.

What Makes a Good Gaming PC?

A good gaming PC is really up to the consumer. You have to decide what types of games you want to play. If you want to play simple games that aren't graphically intense – and there are plenty of fun ones out there – then an off-the-shelf computer from a local retailer will do just fine. If you want to play a wider variety of games, you might consider buying a 3-D processing video card for your computer.

A video card is often the deciding factor on what kind of graphically intense games you can play – it can make a lackluster picture look crisp and vibrant. Looking online for information on the latest video cards is a good idea, or if you're totally lost, head over to the local computer store and ask plenty of questions. You'll be happy you did.

The Ultimate Gaming PC

If you're looking to play the top-of-the-line games, then you might consider looking into an "ultimate gaming PC." An ultimate gaming PC is basically a computer built with gaming in mind. Sure, it can run spreadsheets and whatnot, but gaming is what this bad boy was built for. This PC will have the top processor and video card, plenty of RAM and a huge hard drive to make sure you are at the top of the gaming food chain.

The ultimate gaming PC is what hardcore gamers dream of and often attempt to achieve, while it is usually too much PC for the casual gamer. As with all cutting-edge gadgets, an ultimate gaming PC will often have the biggest hit to your wallet. Playing online with this PC makes it all about your gaming skill, with no worries about frame rates (or any other problems that might come up on a regular PC) messing you up.

Online Gaming

Online gaming has become more and more popular over the years and shows no signs of slowing down. All you need to get playing online is a modem and an Internet connection. While dial-up is still a feasible option, if you intend to do a lot of gaming online, then a DSL or better connection is highly recommended.

PC games online have evolved from simple chat rooms to virtual worlds for the gamer to explore. With MMORPGs (massive multiplayer online role playing games) appearing almost exclusively on PCs, anybody wanting to step into the role of a barbarian warrior or an interstellar bounty hunter will need one to get in on the action. If swords and sorcery doesn't float your boat, you can also do your best to blast your friends in a variety of first-person shooters. The fun doesn't stop there though. You can find a variety of games from fishing to card games and more. There is an online game for everyone.

Gaming Devices

There are also a wide variety of gaming devices to help you take your gaming to the next level. While a keyboard and mouse is great for some games, every now and then nothing beats a controller to get into the game. There are hundreds of game controllers available for the PC – some mimic the controllers of current console systems, while others look like something from another planet.

Sometimes a typical controller doesn't cut it for your game, especially or driving games and flight simulators. For these, you could try a steering wheel attachment (some even come with foot pedals and gear shifters) or a flight yoke, which can range from a simple joystick to one with rudder pedals and throttle control.

PC gaming is an easy hobby to get into and something that you can continue to build on long after the current consoles have lost their luster. Whether you're out to save the world or just play a game of checkers with somebody in another country, the PC will let you do all this and more.

By Jason Trigg