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What is the Best Gaming Setup?

Written by TimmyHarris on the 30th of September 2019 at 09:50

The gaming experience should be compelling. The gaming experience should be immersive. The gaming experience should be the best. So you need the best setup to make the most of the high-tech hyper-detailed worlds that are right before your eyes when you play your favourite video games. So what can you do to get the best out of your gaming setup?

Get the Right Screen

I'll take it as a given you've already got the console or PC to suit your needs. If you are thinking of switching or upgrading though then you're probably safe to do so, as the next generation of consoles, including the PS5, aren't going to be released until late 2020 at the earliest. So if you're one of the people who got an original PS4 or Xbox One, you might want to consider upgrading to the more powerful PS4 Pro and Xbox One X machines.

But as with any great console, you're going to need a good screen to go with it. No point having the very best gaming console if you then hook it up to an old box TV. Same goes for PCs. Why have the highest performing tower with the latest graphics card if you don't have the screen to match? So look at investing in a good screen. There are plenty on the market to suit all requirements and sizes, especially if space is an issue. Every modern television set is HD ready, and some of the more expensive models are also 4K Ready, which matches with the compatibility of the PS4 Pro, Xbox One S and Xbox One X. However, if you have the standard PS4, PS4 Slim or the original Xbox One (you know, the one where you had to get the Kinect with it) that only goes up to 1080p, so bear that in mind when deciding if 4K will be best for you.

It's likely though that upgrading your gaming setup might come at a pretty penny, but that's where http://www.pugscode.org comes in. They sort through all the best tech deals so you don't have to, and they can find some great offers when it comes to everything tech-based, so it's not just on gaming equipment where you can save money.

Sit Back And Relax

There's nothing worse than coming home after a long day's slog and wanting to relax by playing FIFA or Uncharted, only to be greeted by a hard, cold uncomfortable chair. Hardly the best equipment in which to lose yourself in the magic of the game. No, what you need is something relaxing. If you're playing your console in the front room, you'll want to find yourself a comfy sofa or armchair, or conversely, you might want to do away with convention and get yourself a big gaming chair.

Now, there are two main types of gaming chair on the market. The first is the platform gaming chair, which normally goes on the floor, is low down, and doesn't have any legs. These are good for rocking back and forth, with some on the market even having inbuilt speakers.
The other option, which is best if you have you game on your PC or have your console at a desk, is by going for a PC gaming chair. Now, they look more like a traditional office chair, but they have extra padding for ultimate comfort. Check out this rundown of the best seats currently on the market.

Sounds Like A Good Idea

There are two options you can go for when you want a great audio experience with your gaming. The first way is to get a good sound system for your television set or some quality speakers to go with your PC. This is what PC Gamer says are the best speakers out there for computers, and these are what you can plump for for your home entertainment system. This option is probably best if you live alone or have your console in a room that is fairly well soundproofed. But what if you needed something a little quieter?

Well that's where the headset comes in. Now, you get that little earphone with the PS4 to act as a headset and the Xbox One doesn't come with any headset at all, so it seems like you'll have to invest in a proper pair to get that immersive, crisp, stereo sound experience. There are plenty of brands on the market, so you're spoilt for choice on what to go for, and it can be hard finding exactly what you need for what you want. Thankfully though, Tech Radar have you covered.

What is the Best Gaming Setup?

Written by TimmyHarris on the 30th of September 2019 at 09:50
This post is tagged as: gaming, setup

The gaming experience should be compelling. The gaming experience should be immersive. The gaming experience should be the best. So you need the best setup to make the most of the high-tech hyper-detailed worlds that are right before your eyes when you play your favourite video games. So what can you do to get the best out of your gaming setup?

Get the Right Screen

I'll take it as a given you've already got the console or PC to suit your needs. If you are thinking of switching or upgrading though then you're probably safe to do so, as the next generation of consoles, including the PS5, aren't going to be released until late 2020 at the earliest. So if you're one of the people who got an original PS4 or Xbox One, you might want to consider upgrading to the more powerful PS4 Pro and Xbox One X machines.

But as with any great console, you're going to need a good screen to go with it. No point having the very best gaming console if you then hook it up to an old box TV. Same goes for PCs. Why have the highest performing tower with the latest graphics card if you don't have the screen to match? So look at investing in a good screen. There are plenty on the market to suit all requirements and sizes, especially if space is an issue. Every modern television set is HD ready, and some of the more expensive models are also 4K Ready, which matches with the compatibility of the PS4 Pro, Xbox One S and Xbox One X. However, if you have the standard PS4, PS4 Slim or the original Xbox One (you know, the one where you had to get the Kinect with it) that only goes up to 1080p, so bear that in mind when deciding if 4K will be best for you.

It's likely though that upgrading your gaming setup might come at a pretty penny, but that's where [url=http://www.pugscode.org]Pugscode[/url] Pugscode comes in. They sort through all the best tech deals so you don't have to, and they can find some great offers when it comes to everything tech-based, so it's not just on gaming equipment where you can save money.

Sit Back And Relax

There's nothing worse than coming home after a long day's slog and wanting to relax by playing FIFA or Uncharted, only to be greeted by a hard, cold uncomfortable chair. Hardly the best equipment in which to lose yourself in the magic of the game. No, what you need is something relaxing. If you're playing your console in the front room, you'll want to find yourself a comfy sofa or armchair, or conversely, you might want to do away with convention and get yourself a big gaming chair.

Now, there are two main types of gaming chair on the market. The first is the platform gaming chair, which normally goes on the floor, is low down, and doesn't have any legs. These are good for rocking back and forth, with some on the market even having inbuilt speakers.
The other option, which is best if you have you game on your PC or have your console at a desk, is by going for a PC gaming chair. Now, they look more like a traditional office chair, but they have extra padding for ultimate comfort. Check out this rundown of the best seats currently on the market.

Sounds Like A Good Idea

There are two options you can go for when you want a great audio experience with your gaming. The first way is to get a good sound system for your television set or some quality speakers to go with your PC. This is what PC Gamer says are the best speakers out there for computers, and these are what you can plump for for your home entertainment system. This option is probably best if you live alone or have your console in a room that is fairly well soundproofed. But what if you needed something a little quieter?

Well that's where the headset comes in. Now, you get that little earphone with the PS4 to act as a headset and the Xbox One doesn't come with any headset at all, so it seems like you'll have to invest in a proper pair to get that immersive, crisp, stereo sound experience. There are plenty of brands on the market, so you're spoilt for choice on what to go for, and it can be hard finding exactly what you need for what you want. Thankfully though, Tech Radar have you covered.

The Simpsons Games: Yes or No?

The Simpsons Games: Yes or No?

Written by TimmyHarris on the 13th of August 2019 at 09:17
This post is tagged as: blog, games

I don't need to tell you who the Simpsons are. Everyone knows. That's just a marker for how popular they've become. So of all the things America's first family have found themselves a part of, it is unsurprising for even the most unschooled gamer to hear that they've been the focus of a number of video games. I was inspired to write this after seeing this article running down http://gamereactor.eu/the-best-marvel-games-ever/ some of the top Marvel games, so for the Simpsons, which ones come up best? Let's find out.

Arcade Attraction

We'll start this list in chronological order. Obviously I can't run through all the Simpsons games, because we'd be here a while. You might be surprised to know though that there have been 27 Simpsons games created, with a big number of them (nine in fact) being created from 1991-92. A lot of them seemed to focus on Bart, and were aptly named as such, like the first ever title to be released, Bart vs the Space Mutants - which was a 2D side-scrolling platformer.

However, the first title to feature the whole family in the title was 1991's arcade game, simply called 'The Simpsons'. It was a side-scrolling beat 'em up where the family had to rescue Maggie from Mr Smithers after a jewelry heist went awry. Because of its never-before-seen look at Springfield in game, it was said to transport you all the way to Springfield. However, if you wanted to go to Springfield for real, then you'll need to head over to Universal Studios Florida. To get there you'll probably need a plane, and to get to the airport you'll probably need a car. http://parking-at-airports.co.uk/ Parking at Airports can help when you need to find cheap parking at airports for when you jet set off on your holidays, so don't leave things like that to chance.

Hit (& Run) Success

Probably the most popular and most critically acclaimed of all the Simpsons games has to be Hit & Run. Released on Xbox, PS2 and Gamecube in 2003, the game sold over 5 million copies worldwide. The game was basically a parody of Grand Theft Auto III that had been released a couple of years previous. It was the most open-world game so far, and had levels where you could play as Homer, Bart, Marge and Lisa, as well as level where, quite weirdly, you can play as Apu. Because it has been a while since its release, you can sometimes get a greater insight into how the game was made. In this video from http://youtube.com/watch?v=4y07g7N2ROo, he breaks down what the mechanics of the game looked like off-camera with developer Cary Brisebois.

The Simpsons Return

Following up from the somewhat unexpected success of Hit & Run was a big ask, and something that the next in the series, simply titled 'The Simpsons Game' failed to do. Whilst it was reviewed positively by some critics, it was bemoaned for its persistent camera faults and short story with repetitive jumping puzzles. But more importantly, it failed to capture the public's imagination like its predecessor. Hit & Run was a cult phenomenon and every household that had a games console had that game. The Simpsons Game, however, seemed to pass the zeitgeist by, much like recent episodes of the Simpsons. However, the game isn't totally without its merits. It's still the most graphically advanced, and has a detailed and comprehensive open-world map for you to explore. If you're a Simpsons fan you would still get enjoyment out of playing this title.

Tapping Tapped Out

First released on iOS in 2012, this app has been a big success for developers EA Mobile, with it still going strong today. The premise for this mobile title is that Homer unwittingly destroys Springfield, and you have to help rebuild it by collecting buildings and the familiar Springfield residents that go with them. This city-building game is free to play, but does come with addons that can be purchased using real money. It is fun to play and to do all the quests and collect all the characters, however after a while you get the feeling that it's a never-ending story, which is fine for those who want to build and just keep building, but not good for those who like a bit of narrative in their gameplay.

The Top Racing Titles

Written by TimmyHarris on the 12th of August 2019 at 12:15
This post is tagged as: Racing Games

We all love a good race. Whether it's watching the F1, going to the athletics or just running around the park with your nephew, racing is big. And in gaming it's no different. There are many different titles to choose from, which cater for a whole host of different racing tastes. So what's out there, and what's the best?

Be Serious

Sometimes you just want your racing games straight. Real cars, real tracks and an authentic-feeling driving experience. Your dream is probably to have the whole simulation set up with a bucket seat, steering wheel and pedals, all with a surround screen. However, that might be a little bit out of your price range - at the moment. So which games deliver this best? Well if you like to drive your favourite tracks with recognisable cars, you can't go wrong with Project Cars 2. Available on Xbox One, PS4 and Windows, this racing game features 140 tracks from 60 different locations. And for all you motorheads, there are 189 cars from manufacturers like Lamborghini, Porsche and Ferrari. And whilst those cars may be out of your price range in real life, owning them in digital fashion won't cost, especially thanks to sites like https://www.myfavouritevouchercodes.co.uk They have a whole host of discount codes from retailers such as Amazon and Argos, meaning you can make good savings whilst getting your hands on the biggest and best titles.

Another title you might want to consider that has real cars and a realistic feel is Forza Horizon 4. With over 450 licensed cars, the game has a huge open-world map which resembles the UK, in which you can race on a number of different circuits as well as creating your own. Also recently at E3, an expansion was announced for the game, based on LEGO Speed Champions. It lets you drive around on a LEGO map using models of real-life cars. It really has to be seen to be believed, and [[gamer BlackPanthaa has reviewed it http://youtube.com/watch?v=Yt3W5Q4JbR0]]
Krazy Karting

If you're looking at Project Cars and Forza and going 'no', then maybe you like the idea of racing, but don't like all the seriousness. You're not into traction control, tight racing lines or hitting the apex, you just want to have a crash 'em, smash 'em, dash 'em kind of experience. Well thankfully, there are a good number of options out there. The classic is, of course, Mario Kart, which is currently into its ninth incarnation with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.

Mario Kart is a classic, but it has always been the way that the karting series has been a Nintendo exclusive, so what is available on the other consoles? Well you have two options, both follow in a similar vein to Mario Kart in taking an existing franchise and racifying it. Both released in 2019, Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled and Team Sonic Racing (based on Crash Bandicoot and Sonic the Hedgehog respectively), are available on PS4 and Xbox One, as well as the Nintendo Switch. If you enjoy any of the previous games in those series' and enjoy racing, these will be right up your street.

Speed Demons

But what if you want to go quick? Really quick? Well there are two good options for you. F1 is seen as the pinnacle of motorsport racing, with the cars in real life reaching up to 200mph. F1 2019, available on all major consoles, allows you to take your favourite cars and race as your favourite drivers on your favourite Formula 1 circuits. So how well will you do when you have a go at trying to win the Driver's Championship? However, if you prefer two wheels to four, then maybe something like MotoGP 19 would be more up your street.

Go Retro

Maybe something new isn't for you, and to move forward, you like to go back. There is a huge back catalogue of racing titles available to you to choose from, but some of the best include Project Gotham Racing 3, one of the first racing games to be released on the Xbox 360, and if you want to go really far back, the original Mario Kart.

So there are plenty of titles to choose from, so there's absolutely no excuse for you to go out and find your new favourite racing game. So what are you waiting for? Ready, set, go.

Storming Area 51? Prepare Yourself with These Games

Storming Area 51? Prepare Yourself with These Games

Written by TimmyHarris on the 18th of July 2019 at 10:04
This post is tagged as: blog, alien, area51, conspiracy, games

If you're one of the brave few who is planning to take on the might of the American army in storming Area 51, then you'll probably need to be prepared if you want to successfully take on the US armed forces. Thankfully, gaming is a great simulation tool, so you can hone your skills to storm the base, steal the tech and rescue the aliens all without having to move from your sofa. So which ones will best prepare you for your mission? Thankfully, we have you covered.

Get Ready for War

Probably the first thing you need to think about is how to actually get into the base, and you'll probably be met with hostile forces stopping you from entering. Probably the most obvious choice to play is Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. The 2018 title, available on PS4, Xbox One and PC, will teach you how to handle futuristic cutting-edge technology, probably so futuristic that you won't actually be able to get your hands on it until you successfully storm Area 51 and find the hidden stash of alien weaponry. If you want to go old school however (then good luck to you as you will get decimated), then look no further than the World War II-based Battlefield V. Once you get your hands on a first person shooter you'll soon learn the ins and outs of what is required.

Know Your Alien History

To better know the present, you have to look at history. How often is it that people just don't look into these things, only repeating mistakes of the past? Unfortunately, it's all too common. However, you can learn all about the history of the aliens - some of whom are still residing in Area 51 - by playing the right games. Coming out in 2020 is the reboot to the popular Destroy all Humans series, which accurately tells the story of how the aliens first came to be on the planet in the late 1950s. When you think about it, it does all add up. The US were losing to the Soviets in the space race, so they utilised the alien technology to eventually beat them to the moon. The original two games in the series are currently available in the PlayStation Store, and the first is available to play on Xbox One through the Microsoft Store. Or alternatively, you could just wait for the reboot to arrive next year, and with the trailer looking this good, you'll be mad not think it's a worthwhile purchase. Or maybe you're just being mind controlled by the powers that be.

Teaming up with Strange Lifeforms

The aliens you eventually counter could come in any shape or form, you never know. So you would have to be prepared to expect the unexpected, and ultimately, if you want to escape the base, you'll need the help of your new alien friends to do so. Therefore, it is probably beneficial that you immerse yourself in games where cooperation with other creatures is paramount. Thankfully, there has been a game series that's been around for years that's been preparing us for just that. Pokemon has existed in many forms: an anime series, a collectable card game, an app, a big-budget movie and of course, many games. The latest in the line of Pokemon titles will be Pokemon Sword and Shield, which is set for a November release this year. Currently out for you to flex your Pokemon muscles, however, are 'Let's Go! Pikachu' and 'Let's Go! Eevee', which include more than 150 different Pokemon creatures, meaning if you manage to catch them all then you'll have the experience in befriending different beings and persuading them to do your bidding.

Making Your Escape

If you don't escape Area 51 successfully, then it's likely you won't have a happy ending, and your alien adventure will be over before it's begun. However, thankfully, there are many games on the market where you can hone your driving skills, making an evasion of the US forces all the more likely. One game that has been out for a few years, but is great for testing out how you can outrun the police and military, is Grand Theft Auto V. The GTA series is full of morally reprehensible things, but learn how to get away from the cops will be very useful if you decide to visit Area 51. Alternately, if you think the journey will be pretty bumpy and there'll be a lot of smashing and crashing, then look no further than Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled. The latest title in the popular Crash Bandicoot series was rated 9/10 on this site, and is a good game to practise with if the journey home from the military base is more hectic than expected.

So hopefully now you'll feel more prepared than ever to take on the task of storming Area 51. However, if you now realise that it probably isn't the cleverest of ideas (or you just want to spend your day lazing about instead), then you can't go too wrong with a harmless sporting game like F1 2019 or Cricket 19.