Protecting Your Gear from the Greatest Enemy: Moisture

Gaming can be a major investment, as someone who has collected consoles from as early as the Atari 2600, I can attest to this. The consoles aren’t cheap, the games aren’t cheap and, if you’re a PC gamer, computers certainly aren’t cheap.

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It’s a given that water is bad for electronics. It can cause components on motherboards to oxidize, it can cause shorts which have the potential for irreparable damage, and it’s just all around not very good. And if you, like me, also enjoy collecting various paper gaming memorabilia like magazines and manuals, it should be pretty apparent that moisture is no good.

Considering this, it’s more than likely you’re doing your best to keep any sort of liquids away from your prized possessions. But what are you doing to keep moisture in the air away from your collection? Probably nothing.

Admittedly, this isn’t an issue for certain parts of the year, but right now is the time to consider perhaps looking into a dehumidifier. With spring rains coming and winter snows melting, not to mention the added humidity of the summer, there is plenty of reason to consider a device which can pull some of that harmful moisture out of the air and get it away from your devices.

Deciding on the right sort of dehumidifier doesn’t have to be difficult. You’ll need to consider a few things, namely temperature and room size. If your area is consistently below 65 degrees, you’re going to need some special equipment, for instance. With a standard dehumidifier, water has the potential to freeze upon hitting the coils in environments below 65 degrees.

Room size is also a big deal because you’re going to want to make sure the dehumidifier you purchase is going to have the capacity to handle whatever size your gameroom is. There is a tool one can purchase called a hygrometer which will help you determine what you’re looking for.

If you find your relative humidity is nearing 60 percent, it’s time to start considering a dehumidifier. After 60 percent, corrosion begins to progress quite quickly. In places like Japan, where humidity is near 70 percent, dehumidifiers are quite common in order to keep electronics lasting as long as possible. The same can be said for many coastal areas of our country, as well as places which see heavy amounts of rainfall and other types of precipitation.

There are quite a few different humidifiers on the market, some portable and others needing installation. I would highly suggest looking at reviews of some small dehumidifiers in order to see what is going to suit your specific situation. Remember, though, before you make your purchase, be sure to figure out the numbers.

Much like gaming equipment and memorabilia, a dehumidifier is an investment, though perhaps a less fun one. Still, it is very important if you want to make sure your fun lasts for many years to come, and especially if it’s something you’ll want to offload in decent condition in a few years.

Alternative to Gaming: Finding Something New for the Children

Gaming is becoming increasingly popular. It’s almost becoming our generation’s new favourite pastime, but truth be told, there’s much more outside the realms of gaming that other generations are at risk of missing. No matter how much you love games, if you’re a parent, you really want to be showing your children an alternative, too. Gaming consoles are great for a break or a rainy-day in. But making sure your children do other things too is a must. I’ve put together a few alternative options of things to do for your children.

Exploration and Adventure

I remember when I was young, I used to head out for mini-adventures and excitement each day of the week. I would explore the nearby forest, using my imagination to make everything more fun. If the only type of imagination that your children use comes from a console, there’s going to be a massive reduction in curiosity within the next few generations. Make your sons and daughters go outside and use their mind as their new console. You sure as hell don’t want them to miss out on that.

Pets for Pleasure

Having a pet is a good way to bring your child’s attention away from a console with something that is equally interactive and just as random: with a pet. Some pets are easier than others (take a fish, for example. All you need is a tank, sunsun filters and fish!) while others can be a little trickier to handle (we’re looking at you, ponies!). Teaching your children to art of compassion is important too, as a lot of video games are built with violence in mind. Pets like dogs or cats can divert your child’s attention away from the screen and give them an equal amount of fun.

See the Local Sights

It’s important for your children to know their surroundings and appreciate what they have on their doorstep. Most of us live within striking distance of a national park or wildlife and nature reserve, so take a stroll out and see the sights. If you’ve got a local area of historical significance, be sure to show your children. Broadening their horizon like this will have a great effect on expanding their mind, and at a young age this is hugely important. This is something all adults can affect massively.

Sports!

Most people have an interest in sports, and regardless of whether you’re parenting a boy or a girl, sports are a superb way of encouraging them to become fit, stay healthy and also work together as a team. Sport it a huge part of school life, so showing them the ropes early in their life will improve their capacity to work with other kids and most of all, succeed later in life. If you have a garden, don’t underestimate the idea of a game of catch with your young one. It’s a seminal moment in a lot of children’s lives, and further encourages the bonding between parents and their kids.

Health Gadgets That Are Worth Their Money

Health; it’s pretty big business, and it’s only getting more lucrative. The trends of today are centred around healthy living, good food and knowledge on what’s good and what’s not for people’s bodies. And businesses are taking advantage of this. Hugely.

It’s not all bad news though. There are loads of fantastic products that improve your health and are worth their weight (not pun intended) in gold. You just have to make sure you’re the one buying them, not the one buying the dud fad that everyone knows sucks. Take a look at my favorite products below.

Posture Braces

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Trying to improve your posture is all well and good, but it’s actually incredibly hard to do by merely changing the way you walk and sit yourself. You can find a much easier way to improve your posture and that’s by buying a posture brace. Posture braces help pull your back and body into the correct position and hold it there, helping you improve your posture and avoid pain. It’s such a fantastic invention, and works excellently. There’s really no other way of reducing back pain.

Nutribullet

Nutribullet

A Nutribullet is an expensive product but it’s so, so worth it. It’s a blender with a difference and it will massively improve the way you put together smoothies, juices and foods for your latest health kick. Although they’re relatively expensive, they’re still well worth the money and are becoming one of the top selling health products. There are many imitations on the market and they’re probably pretty good too, but this is the big deal, so make sure you get yours in the kitchen before it’s too late!

Fitbit

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Kicking off with a bang a few years ago, the Fitbit watches and smart-accessories are one of the biggest and quickest selling fitness gadgets you can buy. Coming fully loaded with loads of great technology, like the ability to read a heart-rate, you can match it with your smartphone to analyse exactly where you’re going right and wrong in your fitness plan. Such an exciting piece of kit, but it’s no longer unique. Fitness watches are becoming so popular that many copycats have clogged up the market. In my advice though, I would say go for the best in the business, and that it the Fitbit.

Nintendo Wii

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OK, so this may not be totally new to the market or entirely fitness based, either, but the Nintendo Wii revolutionized the way we played games and made us work for our gamer time. The Wii proved massively popular, and games like Wii Sport and Wii Fitness added the genuine fitness element to the console. Spawning multiple consoles under the same Wii umbrella since, it’s clear this console has changed the market. Time to dust of the controller and head for the tennis court!

The above are what I would call my favourite lifestyle fitness products. There’s so much on the market, you might as well take a look for yourself, too!

Creating the Perfect Man Cave

A man-cave is one of the more secretive and exciting places you can create. It’s a little area of the house just for you. Usually dotted around are games, music, instruments and plenty of other hugely luxury items at your disposal. It’s often a place for you to relax and unwind, a place to keep the fun things in your life that the main house just doesn’t have space for. Yet what are the basics for creating a super-fun man-cave for you and your pals to enjoy? Take a look below for some awesome ideas.

Set the Tone with Mood Lighting

I’m not talking candles here, guys. I’m talking fun lighting that makes your man-cave look fun, futuristic and freaking sweet! You can get plenty of lights to fill out the small areas with too, like LED lighting. You can find the best type of led lighting here, so check out the options to illuminate your man-cave.

Seats, Glorious Seats

You need some awesome seats to really deck out your man-cave to make it as comfortable and homely as possible. A sofa here, a Laz-e-boy there. Maybe even a bean bag? There’s so much by the way of options to park your bottom and chill out with the gang.

Games Console

Video Game Console

This is one of the main parts of the whole man-cave experience. Something to let yourself loose, something to play with your friends and something majorly relax. If you can sort out your set up with some awesome games, why would you ever need to spend any time in your actual home? Your man-cave can become your home; your new place to lay your head. If you can get away with it with your family!

TV

OK, so if you’re going to have a cool console you’re going to need a decent TV to boot. Make sure your setup is complete with a screen that is worth it. This is one of the major points of the man-cave.

Music System

Music System

The one thing that is going to finish off your man-cave with a flourish, and that’s the music system. Whether it’s CD, MP3 or vinyl, make sure you’ve got something worthy of the many hours you’ll be spending in the man-cave rocking out, in one way or another. Make sure your soundtrack is loud and proud. And, for your neighbour’s sake, maybe look at soundproofing the room.

Friends

Friends

This is the last and but certainly not the least for a man-cave to succeed. You need friends! They’ll be the ones making your time in there fun, and they’re the people who will be coming around most often, trying to shoehorn just one more gaming session into your awesome new pad.

The man-cave can be the central entertainment hub of your home, and with the right amount of dedication, you could be the talk of your neighbourhood. Take a look at these options and tell me they aren’t the most important part of the man-cave experience!

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!