Keeping Your Gaming Tools Out of Harm’s Way

If you’re a serious gamer, you likely have invested a lot of time and money into your hobby. It’s estimated that revenues in the gaming industry are up five percent over last year at around $23.5 billion. Aside from video game consoles and the various control boxes that come with them, there are also portable devices and more to consider.

You want to make sure your gaming tools are protected. After all, you never know when a natural disaster will hit or burglar attack. We like to think it will never happen to us, but, if that’s not a gamble you’re willing to make, there are a few tips you can employ to keep your gaming equipment out of harm’s way.

Protect From Fire, Theft and More With a Safe

Gun SafeThe best way to put insurance on your valuables from risks such as fire, flooding, natural disasters and even burglary is to make the investment in a safe. These products are called “safes” for a reasons as they are specially designed to withstand even the most severe of conditions.

Best of all, when you invest in a safe designed for a specific purpose, you can include your most valuable gaming tools and enjoy versatile protection. For example, a gun safe can protect your firearms and still leave space for your vintage video game collection. To shop for products and see helpful reviews, you can find all you need and more here.

Switch Up Your Passwords

Computer GamesA growing number of gaming enthusiasts are finding a whole new world in interactive gaming. Using the power of the Internet, you can take on real people around the world as in your favorite games. Best of all, you can make new friends who share in your love for the game.

Spil Games recently issued a state of the industry report which indicates an astounding 700 million people across the globe participate in online gaming. This number comprises 44 percent of the total online population. However, a few bad apples can spoil the bunch when it comes to hacking, and you can quickly find your precious gaming equipment at risk when someone is able to infiltrate yours. That’s why it’s so important to switch up your passwords and ensure they are difficult to figure out. Just a few tips you should employ include:

  • Use numbers and special characters.
  • Consider creating a password in the form of a sentence which covers lower and upper case letters as well as special characters.
  • Ensure passwords are no less than 12 characters.
  • When prompted to change your password, avoid making it a variation of what you had before.

Keep Pets and Children in Mind

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If you live in a home with pets or small children, you are susceptible to the various types of damage they can cause. Animals like dogs love to chew on cords, and toddlers are well-known to get creative with anything they can get their hands on.

Protecting your equipment can be especially tricky when you typically don’t have pets or kids in the home but have visitors who are known to bring them your way. No matter what your situation may be, there are a few safety precautions you owe it to yourself to employ including:

  • Buy a baby gate to place in the doorway of your gaming room to keep them out.
  • Keep breakables and other materials you want to keep out of harm’s way stored on a high shelf.
  • If you live in a home with kids or pets, you may wish to consider establishing a separate area of the home specifically for gaming such as a garage or basement.

Making Every Moment Count

Gaming can bring you hours of joy and entertainment, and you have likely made a significant investment in the tools necessary to play your favorite games. Whether you keep up-to-date with the latest equipment on the market or prefer to keep stocked up on vintage materials, the fact remains that there are more games, controllers and accessories than you can likely keep up with.

We work hard for our money, and it’s important we are able to truly enjoy the free time we get. For a gamer, this means taking some time out of your busy schedule to forget your cares and immerse yourself in a fictional setting far from your responsibilities. When you follow these helpful tips, you can better ensure these moments aren’t interrupted and you can make every moment count.

The Internet – More than Just a Gaming Tool

I know I have always focused on gaming and how this time and age, filled with technological advancements, has become a vast avenue for faster and greater communication between people, businesses, countries, and perhaps, universes.

But before we talk about aliens, let’s go a little simpler and talk about how the Internet not only helped make the gaming industry bloom, but has also become a great way for businesses to boom.

Indeed, technology has given us a lot of things, one of which is the ability to communicate our thoughts about a product, and share it all over the world.

Online reviews on products have become a thing, a form of advertising, warning, and publicity, online reviews have made it possible for people to learn more about a product beyond the eyes and words of the manufacturers and producers themselves. Words and testimonials shared by users are even more powerful than the words of the ones that created the product. Afterall, truth can be much more achieved if you hear it from those that have actually experienced and used the product. Their approval or disapproval greatly affects other consumers whether they would also purchase the product or not. This made the world a better place in the sense that truth can now be perceived through others in a faster way.

Hence, it is important and highly advantageous, that before you go out of your way to buy a new product, you would read on the reviews about it on the internet. It does not take too long to do so, considering that searching is easier now thanks to search engines like Google. All you need, basically, is a good service connection, which you can easily  avail if you apply at AT&T (http://smbtelephones.att.com/). I am mentioning AT&T because it is the service that I have. Of course you have every right to choose another. I’m just showing sharing with what service provider I am satisfied with.

Anyways, just remember too that as you read reviews and testimonials, not only do you get the feedback from customers, but you also get to know the product for yourself, enabling you to learn more about it and judge for yourself, based on the information that you could gather. You should also do these so that you can make an independent choice, without entirely relying on the opinion of others.

Video Games: Changing Lives For The Better

Let’s take a little break from my personal stories about gaming and everything else related to it. In this blog entry, I will share a story of a gamer that made me appreciate the video gaming industry, and how it has helped a lot of people, despite the many negative things that others are seeing.

The story is about a man who found solace in video games, after experiencing a severe medical condition.

His story goes:

Video games today are even more interesting and entertaining than before. The advancement in technology and the internet age have made it possible for gamers to enjoy a huge array of video games. I am one of those people who you can say are addicted to video games. I feel like I will not be able to survive without video games. I am in my early 30s, has a stable job, but I always find time to play video games despite of my busy schedule. Why? Well, because of the following benefits.

When I play video games, I feel like my brain is working. It boosts my memory and cognitive function, especially when I play different varieties of games. Some of the video gaming categories I like the most are trivia games, puzzles, logics, and problem solving too. I love these games because it cultivates all parts of my brain. There are other challenging games and I am in constant look out for new video games.

Video games played a crucial part in my way to recovery. I suffered a mild stroke three years ago and my doctor said that I have to free myself from stress and worry. It was then that I turned to video gaming. I play video games three to four times a week and I started feeling better. I noticed that it speeds up my recovery. The joy and entertainment I get from video gaming have enabled me to see life in a positive way. I no longer stress myself on other things. Aside from the entertainment aspect, I get to say goodbye to boredom. My kids are all working. During daytime, I was the only one at home. I feel very lonely and alone, but not anymore since I devote my time to playing video games.

My social interaction skills also improved since I started playing video games. I know for my age, having a social interaction is no longer possible but through video gaming I was able to meet other people. We play video games and we even have online chat. It was a totally different world for me but I am loving it. 

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I truly hope that others would also be inspired with this story. I hope that those seeing only the negative things out of gaming should stop and rethink their perception, especially upon reading the story of a man who was able to overcome physical and emotional turmoil, all thanks to the comfort that video gaming has brought him.

Gamers And iPhones: Do They Jive?

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Can iPhones Ever Replace PCs and Consoles?

Not the slightest chance.

But this does not mean that a gamer would not love an iPhone. I actually own an iPhone 5S.

Side note: I recently learned how to unlock iPhone devices using the information on www.macbuzzer.com. If you are interested in doing the same for your iPhone, you can go ahead and check it out. It works and is totally legit.

I have lots of games on my iPhone and all of them are great games. Sometimes, in a day, I would have more playing time on my iPhone than I would, on my PC and console.

Here are a few reasons why gamers should choose an iPhone, if they want great gaming experience on a mobile phone:

Portability

Yes, all mobile devices are portable. What sets iPhone apart is the fact that most of their devices are just the same size and fit as that of a gaming console like the portable Playstation Vita. The switch is easy to the hands, and if you also have the proper equipment, you can connect your iPhone to streaming devices. The graphics and resolution is perfect for gaming that even when reflected on a bigger screen, you can still play with clarity.

Battery Life

When it comes to longer hours of gaming time while far away from a charging device, Apple devices are the best, at least for me. With my iPhone, I do not have to constantly worry about whether a power source is nearby, and I do not have to worry about stopping mid-game because of low power. This is especially amazing, given how great the graphics are. Usually, heavy graphics require a lot of battery power, but iPhone devices are able to make a way around it.

Alongside gaming, your battery can also withstand long hours of video and music streaming.

Graphics

I have been repeatedly mentioning how great the iPhone graphics are, and I am pretty sure most people would agree to it. It has high pixel density and retina HD screen resolutions. Graphics wise, there really is no problem at all. The slight problem comes in the frame rate. Since the screens are smaller compared to PC and console, games tend to have lower frame rate. But this should not be much of a problem, especially for games with developers that are catering to the issue. The developers can shrink the frame rate requirements of their mobile games to give it a perfect run on iPhone devices.

With frequent iOS updates from Apple, there is no question that it would also update its gaming features. Apple is aware that a lot of its consumers are people who find joy in playing mobile games. If they fail in that aspect, they could lose a lot of loyal customers to other mobile devices who are also trying to raise the gaming capacities of their devices.

 

Four Things You Need to Know Before Dating a Gamer

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Gamers can really be a handful, they can be loyal and sweet ( one of the biggest stereotype a gamer has, is how busy they are playing games, they wouldn’t have time to go out to bars and cheat on anyone), but the truth is, the nature of their gaming habits can really make them a cautionary prospect for may reasons. Here are 4 things you should know before you date a gamer.

1. “I need to finish”

This term when used can mean a lot of things, even though it sounds relatively clear. When a gamer says, I just need to finish. Being finished can mean a million things. It can mean 5 mins or 2 hours. It all depends on the nature of the game they are playing. Knowing that will help decipher what they mean. They could be trying to finish a round, or could be trying to get to the next save point. So be sure to know what kind of game they are playing to better under what they mean.

 

2. Try not to say anything important while they are playing

If you feel like you need to talk to your partner about anything, whether it’s about shopping, dinner or even something serious, its best to not bother them while they are in the middle of an epic battle or a finial boss battle. During times like this, the concentration level needed will all be used during this time. And they will be all used up by the game your partner is currently playing, but if you do try to talk. Be warned, don’t expect them response to much or even remember the conversation you guys just had.

3. Sense of Style

This is one thing you’ll have to really embrace if you are thinking about dating a gamer, and that is their choice of clothing. Don’t expect them to be wearing the latest fashions from express for men, or the hundred dollar pair of jeans. Gamers have their own sense of style, better known as geek fashion, which typically is proudly wearing t-shirts of their favorite game.

There you have it, 4 things to look out for if you want to date a gamer. Keep in mind, once

3 Steps on How to Become a Successful Video Game Company

It’s funny to think that two to three decades ago. People scoffed at the idea of playing games on your television set. Flash forward, we are now looking at kids playing video game consoles of all shapes and sizes. In fact, gamers have developed their own sub-culture and are now waging a “secret war” against other games who don’t share their own views on video games. For responsible adults, this is something you’ll probably shrug off. But for an enterprising person like me, I’ll most likely capitalize on this fact and start creating video games.

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Is starting a video game company easy? Yes, of course! All you need is a team of excellent graphic designers and developers, a good budget, and a theme for your game. And with the latest technology nowadays that makes it easier for upcoming game developers to build their own games, it’ll be possible for you and your team to build around two to three games every year.

Now the only question here is: does your video game company have what it takes to stand up against the rest?

Like I said above, it’s quite easy to create a video game company. However, it’s not easy to start a successful video game company. There are a lot of video game companies out there who are already making a decent amount of money and they’ve probably created every available game for most video game niche. So as a startup video game company, what are you going to do to gain an edge against the competition?

Market your Company Online – Marketing is everything for an entrepreneur, so don’t assume that everyone’s going to buy the games you made when they’re released in the market. If your company is not well-known, then expect your games to not sell at all.

I live in Birmingham, so the first thing I did was check Birmingham SEO statistics so that I’ll know exactly what the competition is. After checking the competition, I immediately hired this online marketing agency that a friend of mine recommended. These guys made an amazing job of promoting the first Android app game I created a few months ago. Up until now, these guys are still marketing my games.

Check your Niche – Everything should start local, so one important thing you have to do is to check the local players for the type of games that they would play most of the time. Just expect that not all players would love the first game you made, but at least you’ll be more prepared when you start making another game.

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Try and Try until you succeed – A lot of gaming companies out there didn’t make their first millions at the first try. Rovio, the company that created Angry Birds, made a lot of games that flopped big time. When they were about to give up, their graphic designers suddenly came up with a game idea and showed them a sketch of the red Angry Bird. The rest is now history!

How to Earn Through Online Gaming

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Who would have thought that staying in your house doing nothing but playing games while sitting in front of a camera can now actually earn you money? Yes, it is now possible. A dream job playing games all you want sitting all day that actually pays.

Game streaming has steadily grown to gather audience throughout the years of competitive gaming. With the help of video platform sites such as Youtube.com and Twitch.tv, game streaming is now considered a profession. Here’s why, imagine playing your favorite mainstream game and take a video of yourself playing it and through the course of your gaming you garner quite a few number of viewers, this leads to a chance of “monetization” of your video.

Monetization is actually a term for being partners with the video platform sites that earn money through placing ads of their bigtime corporation partners in between videos. This is where you as a partner comes in. As you make as many videos as you can, with your choice of what to put up in their site so as to live the dream of doing what you love most, the video platform sites in turn insert advertisement videos in between your videos every 30 minutes or so.

How does this pay? Simple. With every thousandth view of an ad in your videos or streams, you get two dollars as revenue. Doesn’t sound much, does it? Well, it gets better through time. As you gain the attention of many people across the web, you get more viewers by the hour and this means faster revenue. Still not vivid enough? Let’s take one of the most known streamers in the world.

Reginald, TheOddOne, earns up to 60 dollars per hour on average. Now imagine this rate on a 40 hour work pay. Eight hours a day, five times a week. He roughly makes 2,400 dollars a week playing his favorite game in front of the camera for eight hours a day. Add these numbers up and that gives off around 9,600 dollars a month and this is all the while other people get bored with their job only getting 1,480 dollars a month (average global salary).

Another way of earning while streaming is getting donations. Although this is not a surefire way of getting payed, still it adds up to the monetization process. You just have to be creative on ways to get your viewers or subscribers give out a little some some on the side. They view your videos for a reason and whatever that reason is, make it stick.

Remember that this does not happen in an instant. You have to get the attention of viewers that share the same preferences and make them stay for all the reasons you got their attention with in the first place and more. So before you go packing and start storming off of your current job, take this into consideration. Getting people to like what you produce is the hardest part and that is just the start. Maintaining people’s interest is next in line and all these take time.

So the next time you think of leaving your job to follow your dreams and passions, why not do it at the same time? I mean, who doesn’t love games especially when you can earn money from it? I don’t mean this to be in the sense of just gaming itself but let this be a kick-off point for your dreams and passions. If gaming achieved what seem to be impossible in the past, why not for others?

Becoming a Gamer: How it All Began

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Computer gaming has now become acknowledged in the competitive scene due to the high popularity it has gained through the years. Starting with the simple Atari sport game “PONG”, computer gaming has evolved to what people now know as MMORPGs (Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games) and MOBAs (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena). These game genres are really popular among gamers because of the added elements such as rich storylines and character improvements that adds spice to the already stagnant core of gaming that just waits to be played by objectives.

How I got hooked to gaming is a rather unusual experience. As I was growing up, people around me can be seen holding books more frequent than other things. I myself knew that even though this were the case in my environment, reading books is just not my calling. I’d rather sleep than spend my whole day reading books so I would just have two routes of going about my day: sleeping or running and playing outside. Never really had much friends due to my family’s “intellectual preference” so my younger years has been mostly spent on the former.

Luckily, my family has noticed this trend and decided to put down the books and take action. First up was my father who introduced me to the family computer. Side scrolling and puzzle games first got my attention. I never knew that this would actually take away all the sleep I have collected through the years. Thus, my computer gaming adventures began. Starting from Super Mario and Tetris of the family computer down to Street Fighter and Tekken of the Playstation. That was until my aunt decided to join in on the fun and introduced me to another gaming platform, the personal computer.

I remember the first game I got my hands on, a First Person Shooter (FPS) game that goes by the name “Counter Strike”. Through the years I honed my skills and grew tired of just shooting other people in the head and winning so I started looking for other games that may satisfy my hunger for action and yet enticing enough to keep me hooked.

My love for action and puzzles lead me exactly where I need to be. MMORPGs and MOBA game. Spending hundreds and hundreds of hours, up to date, to keep my character and skills just to stay ahead of others. Keeping track of stories that I may unlock, costumes that make my character shine, and items that make me one of the best and strongest in the game.

I acknowledge that this thing that caught my attention at first is now something that I got so hooked in to be called an addict but this addiction is not something I can just take into rehab. Gaming has been my life. Where everyone were facing books, I had to face reality. When people had something to turn to, I had nothing. I found my place, where I belong, where I can shine and be the best I can. No more sleeping around to kill time for I found my calling. This time I get to stand up for my own. What once started as games now became my life, my friend. No wonder it got the attention of many and made it to the competitive scene.