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Chapter 5: Computer Accessories
Computer gaming has been around for quite some time. The games for computers have become more and more advanced as time has gone by. Computer gaming is quite popular now and for good reason. Serious gamers know that no console can ever compare to the graphic capability of a gaming computer. However, there is a down side to gaming on a computer. There are many accessories that will be essential for you to purchase in order for your computer to be compatible with you games. This can become quite expensive and that’s why most gamers choose to go with consoles such as Xbox’s or Playstations.
The following chapter will help you to understand the benefits of computer accessories and if computer gaming is the best option for you.
One of the biggest differences between computer gaming and console gaming is the fact that most of the accessories available for computer gaming are required and not just optional extras. There are many things you will have to purchase for your computer in order to get it to a level of performance that is acceptable for gaming.
The following are a few examples of the types of accessories that are essential for computer gaming:
Ram Sticks/Hard Drives:
Your standard levels of ram and hard drive space will never suffice for most computer games. You will need to purchase additional ram sticks and likely a bigger hard drive. Keep in mind, these can be quite costly.
Most games, unless you are playing solitaire, require upgraded graphics cards. The level of graphic card needed for a game will be clearly displayed on the back of its box. Always check to make sure that your computer is compatible with the game requirements. Graphic cards are not cheap but they are necessary for computer gaming.
Audio cards may also need to be upgraded just like graphic cards. Most computers do not come stock with these cards upgraded, unless you are buying a gaming computer, sometimes even then you still need to upgrade them.
Having a gaming controller for your computer or a joystick can make your gaming experience much better and more entertaining. Without a controller or joystick, a gamer is forced to use the keyboard or mouse to play their game. This can get quire annoying. It is not an easy task to search through a keyboard to find a specific letter that has a certain action, especially while playing fast paced games. Joysticks can also make a gamer feel like they are actually in the game. For example, using a joystick while playing a game that has to do with flying jets will make the gaming experience much more realistic.
Surround Sound Systems:
One huge advantage to computer gaming is the fact that computer usually come with the ability to support surround sound. The sound that can be produced by computer games is amazing and that is why purchasing the accessory of a surround sound system is a must for computer gaming.
It is advised when purchasing computer gaming accessories to buy a HD monitor. You will be amazed by the difference in picture when comparing standard definition monitors to high definition monitors. Think of them as amped up HD TVs. Since you will need to purchase upgraded graphic cards for your computer to be able to handle your games, you might as well have a monitor that shows the true crispness of the graphics.
If you are a computer gamer that chooses to use a laptop instead of a desktop for your gaming you should seriously think about buying a laptop case. Some gamers like to be able to play at anytime and anyplace. The last thing they need is to be carrying their laptop and drop it or it get damaged some other way. Computers are not cheap, especially when they are full of upgraded accessories. Laptop cases are designed to absorb shock and be water resistant. This simple investment truly can save you a great deal of money. As the saying goes, better safe than sorry. As well, many laptop cases are stylish and allow people to express their personalities.
Chapter 6: Where to Get Free Accessories
Although gaming can be quite exciting and entertaining, it can also become quite expensive as well when the costs of all your accessories add up. If you are like other gamers you are probably wondering if there is another way, a cheaper way, or maybe even a free way of getting a hold of gaming accessories.
The following chapter will give you some valuable insight on how you can solve this problem and continue to get the most out of your gaming experience without completely breaking your bank.
Get Free Accessories
When you are shopping for gaming accessories do you ever feel like the prices are outrageous? Don’t worry, you are not alone. It seems that as time goes on they are becoming more and more expensive as well. This is probably due to the fact that gaming is becoming increasingly popular year by year. There are even people now a days that play video games for a profession and actually win large amounts of money from tournaments. You could possibly be a professional gamer one day in the future, but you will need the right gaming accessories. There is a way to be able to afford these accessories. In fact there are ways that you can even get them for free!
Video game companies are constantly having promotions where they give away free gaming accessories. Most of the time all it will take is for you to go to a website and fill out a registration form. You may feel like this is a waste of time and that you will never be the winner. If you do not participate, this will be true. However, if you enter the promotional sweepstakes you have a chance of winning. It is not like it is hard to fill out a registration form and you might get some really cool stuff out of it.
There are also sweepstakes where certain video game companies will put codes on the inside of certain bags of chips or candy or on the inside of the cap of a soda bottle. With enough codes, a person will receive some type of reward. The sweepstakes will often tell you what type of gaming accessory you are competing for as well.