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G155: Hardware From My Dreams

Boxshot: G155 Sentry Personal Gaming Environment by GAEMS

During my vacation, I happened into a GameStop and a piece of hardware caught my eye. I talked to the clerk and he told me all about this Console carrier, and I instantly fell in love with it. Though I lack the funds to buy it, it is definately on my wish list!

I don’t know how long this thing has been out but I am definitely interested in it now

The G115 Sentry Personal Gaming Environment is a case with a 19” 1080p screen and an area where one can store any console: Xbox, Wii, or PlayStation and even the Next gen versions as well! There’s two plugs that require an outlet (there’s no battery like a laptop) but maybe sometime in the future it will come!

If anyone has used this I would like to hear it in the comments. Gamestop.Com had only great reviews and I am looking forward to using the device!

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Xbox One: Changing their ways?

In the war between next gen consoles, the public has chosen the PS4 as their winner, leaving the Xbox One behind. This is mostly due to the Xbox One’s requirement of an internet connection every 24 hours in order to use the device and the PS4’s lack thereof. However, Microsoft announced that they have changed the properties of the Xbox One

So, today I am announcing the following changes to Xbox One and how you can play, share, lend, and resell your games exactly as you do today on Xbox 360.

~Don Mattrick, President, Interactive Entertainment Business

What does this mean for the Next Gen War? The PS4 still has a price edge but will that be enough? Microsoft’s desperate attempt (let’s face it, that’s what it is…) to reclaim it’s fans may prove to be a turning point in the war.

I, personally am still siding with Sony because of my great experiences with the PS2 and PS3, but others may not feel the same. I would be shocked to see if Microsoft lowered the Xbox One’s price by $100 to compete with the PS4 but i wouldn’t put it past them.

 

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Xbox One and Call of Duty: Ghosts

Last night marked the introduction to Microsoft’s next generation console and what an intro! Though I’m not an Xbox guy, I will certainly consider it now! The new Xbox is a worthy opponent to Sony’s PS4, with new engines and graphics and all the things that make a console desirable… and then some. The new Xbox comes fully integrated with Kinect which allows for motion and voice commands! Yes you can tell your Xbox to turn on the TV or go to Netflix or something. Microsoft has attempted to fully control your living room with the Xbox One. Unfortunately, this system will most likely be extremely expensive, costing maybe $750 USD (Unconfirmed speculation). The PS4 may also be the same price for competitive reasons. I’m looking forward to seeing some competition!

But for me, the most important thing of the night was the debut of Call of Duty: Ghosts. This game is not at all what anyone expected. The game has little or nothing to do with the previous Modern Warfare series, but creates a new story and cast to captivate gamers. This game takes place in a time where the U.S. military is crippled and the world has gone to the dogs, and only you and your team – the ghosts – stand between saving it and chaos. So far, it looks like it has nothing to do with Ghost from the MW series, but maybe it does. Maybe the group is in honor of the lost hero, I don’t know. All I know is that it’s on my buy list without a doubt.

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Video Games, Grades, and Violence

If you ask most any modern parent, they’d tell you that video games are making kids dumb and cognitively slower. Hours of being in a state of unawareness and unresponsiveness could not possibly be good for kids. The violence that is endorsed in some games can be heavily influential in a child’s upbringing and can easily be blamed for the high crime rate in the world today. Is this true? Any gamer who is faced with this question will instantly answer no, but on what grounds? The grounds that they themselves have not been overly influenced by games, but does that apply to everyone? Of course not. Everyone is different. Studies have shown that hyper-violent video games affect children by making them more aggressive and irrational. Studies have also shown that several hours on video games noticeably decreases children’s’ test scores. however, Studies have also shown the converse of both assumptions. How can we reconcile the two opposites?

We first have to look at the studies. I, for one do not see studies against video games as a fair way to learn the effects, but many others do. Unfortunately, the results of the studies may be somewhat, if not greatly skewed. Why? because who pays for these studies? The majority of the time, they are funded by either side of the spectrum: the Gaming companies, or the Anti-violence conservative groups against video games (these groups are also lobby for laws restricting or regulation internet use). Here, I tip-toe in the boiling pool that is politics, but i tread with care. Anyway, the studies are almost never sponsored by a neutral party, and are therefore, on the whole, unreliable. The only way to honestly tell is by watching from afar at each video gaming individual – a task that is immoral, impossible, and unlikely to sit well with anyone.

The other thing is, that games do not always negatively affect a student’s grades. Of course, if someone spends the majority of their waking hours playing video games, and not studying, they’d probably get lower scores. But I, a moderate gamer, have learned much from games. For example; the Assassin’s Creed series contains alot of accurate historical information – information that greatly helped me in my AP World History class. The same with Call of Duty: Black Ops, the game contains many accurate historical figures, and events. Though this cannot be said for all games, these two popular games are somewhat educational. For more examples on why video games are not bad, see link here: http://gamer-madness.com/2013/03/12/5-health-benefits-of-playing-video-games/

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Next Gen Consoles/Games

 

Sony event                       Xbox

 

2013 is the year of Next Gen consoles, what with the Wii U coming out late last year, and the PlayStation4 announced in February. Though Microsoft hasn’t officially confirmed the release of an Xbox720, it is widely believed that it will be announced in the Spring or Summer. Along with these new systems, comes a new era of graphics and complexities in Video games. Also included in this Next Gen revolution are new games to go on these platforms. The Sony event introduced many, such as and Watch Dogs, Assassins Creed 4 Black Flag is included, and we all know Activision will most likely release a kick-ass Call of Duty game (Rumored to possibly be Modern Warfare 4).

Though the Wii U isn’t considered “Next Gen,” it is a significant leap from the low end Wii which was described by many as the butt-crack of gaming. The Wii’s graphics were generally worse than those of the old PS2. Though I haven’t wittnessed live, I’ve seen Wii U gameplay and it is equal to or just under the performance of the Xbox360 or PS3. The Wii U may be a good system for the low caliber gamer,but for a medium like me, The Next Gen from Xbox and PlayStation will be my first choice. The question is, which games should I get?

I am a fan of Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed series, and definitely plan on pre-ordering ACIV. Along with that, Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs looks like y kind of game, so that’s in my shopping cart. But the thing is, I haven’t decided on getting the PS4 or not. Historically speaking, when Sony releases a PlayStation, a new, smaller version is released, generally better than the original. If I buy the PS4, I probably won’t get the PS4 Slim which is utterly certain to follow the next year. Decisions, decisions…

What do you all think?  What will be the best Next Gen console? Which games will you buy?

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Xbox vs. PlayStation

Anyone who plays PlayStation or Xbox probably has a friend who plays the other system. That friend probably constantly tries to convince you to buy their system and gives endless reasons on why it’s better. This feud between Sony’s PlayStation and Microsoft’s Xbox has been going on since the beginning of the Video game Era. It can be compared to the debate between Apple Mac computers and Windows computers, except it’s not as simple. (Everyone knows that Apple is more expensive but generally runs better – it’s the consumer’s choice) This debate has it’s similarities regarding money.

Xbox users continually complain that drains their money as they charge them for every little thing. For Example, Xbox Live costs $60 a year, and without it, you cannot play online with friends. PlayStation Network, on the other hand, is free. The two consoles themselves are about equally priced, but there are many accessories that differ in price. For example the Xbox360 controller commonly costs between $20 and $40, while the PS3 Dualshock could be higher than $50. I one met a guy while playing Call of Duty online who said he was new to PlayStation because he sold his Xbox. When I asked him why, he said that it was too much of a burden in his wallet. So when it comes to money, more users go with PlayStation.

Of course there must be other factors that go into choosing a gaming system. One is performance. To be honest, I am a bit biased towards PlayStation, only because I was raised with a PS2 and PS3. But I am thinking about getting an Xbox and therefore am keeping an open mind. As far as performance goes, Xbox users generally claim that they possess the best graphics, and technically speaking, they are right to claim so. The Xbox CPU is more powerful than the PS3’s core which makes for better speed and capabilities. It also has a slightly more high-end than the one in a PS3. So strictly going by public opinion and hardware specifics, an Xbox is a more powerful machine.

An enormous determining factor for PlayStation and Xbox users alike are the games that are console specific. I’m talking about Halo (Xbox), God of War (PS3), Gears of War (Xbox), Uncharted (PS3), and all of the other highly rated games that are console specific. Some users claim that Xbox hold the greatest game in the world, Halo, which is a game that is well known as the greatest Sci-Fi FPS, and one of the most popular games in the world. Many people stay with their system because of the games they fall in love with. I, on the other hand, fell in love with the most popular and profitable game in the world: Call of Duty- which is available for all consoles and PC.

Many PlayStation users claim to have stuck with their system due to its convenient controller shape. I, myself, greatly prefer the Dualshock grip and button scheme. Some of my friends who play Xbox say that the Xbox controller is for “Man Hands” because it’s bigger and wider. This isn’t as big a factor as people think. If someone was given the choice between an Xbox that they’ve been playing for years, and a Playstation that they’ve never played before, they would probably choose the Xbox. It all boils down to what they were raised with.

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Gaming computers

Whats with people saying that gaming on PC’s is better than consoles? If you’re like the majority of people, you were raised on playing cheap computer games until finally, you got the new PlayStation, or Xbox that you had been asking for for a year. Then you forgot about the computer and focused on consoles.
However, a few years ago, I was introduced to the world of PC gaming and learned that you can create elaborate systems and engines tat would be far more difficult on a console. And, unlike with consoles, you can upgrade graphics cards, processing speed and display Naturally for a few months, i was desperate to upgrade my crappy-ass computer and turn it into a gaming machine. However while the possibility is there, it is an expensive aspiration at best.
See, gaming computers usually contain a powerful processor such as an i7. This, for example, costs between 300, and 700 dollars, and that’s just the CPU. Other things, such as high capacity hard drives, high end graphics cards and extra RAM memory are all pricey upgrades to make a gaming machine. Altogether, gaming computers const about $500-$3,000. A console like an Xbox or PS3 costs a fraction of that.
To the average person, a PS3 or Xbox does more than satisfy their gaming needs, and it’s relatively inexpensive. But for those people who need the giant leap into a world of virtual reality, a gaming computer would do the trick. Personally, I would greatly enjoy a nice gaming computer t fall back on when the consoles are just not doing it for me. but i prefer to remain in the triple digits when i buy a system. I’m anxious for opinions!

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