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Do Games Make Society More Violent or Not?

 

Not too many years ago it was commonly perceived that violence portrayed through video games would directly correlate towards encouraging a more violent society. In many ways this attitude was born from a similar debate held over movie classification and the belief that the more adult themes in these (violence, sex, bad language) were degrading social morals. The big difference is that with video games, back then they were largely the preserve of kids. Few adults played video games with any regularity, and as such the violence within games was thought to be directly corrupting youth and spurring them onto violence.12GAME-superJumbo

The good news is that with hindsight we can see from today that such sentiments were at best misguided and at worst simply scaremongering. Years of study and effort has gone into determining whether games make society – and especially children – more prone to violent behavior, with the conclusion being a resounding no. It’s a fascinating paradox. While games have blatantly become much more violent and adult themed, all presented with cutting edge graphical detail, worldwide violent crime and behavior has been falling especially in western countries which are the major markets for video games.resize

While the statistics back this up for western nations, it’s all to easy to be biased as after all many people reading this article will themselves have grown up enjoying the likes of GTA, Call of Duty and Resident Evil. Instead let’s take a look at Japan. The Japanese have one of the lowest rates of violent crime on earth, yet when it comes to violence in video games they have absolutely no restrictions. There aren’t even enforceable age restrictions, merely a suggestion on the very violent games that they might perhaps not be ideal for sensitive eyes.

So even though people around the world are increasingly able to mow down prisoners of war, destroy civilizations and callously massacre defenseless peasants – people are becoming less violent. The conclusion of a series of major studies published over the last couple of years is that if anything violence in video games serves to in fact place these acts into a context. Not in the sense of taming some brooding inner psychopath, but simply that in the act of perpetrating violent acts in a video game the ridiculousness of such behavior somehow becomes more ingrained.p3

Of course violence in video games has never had any influence on violence in greater society. Much of the downturn in violence can be attributed to a general improvement in economic, social and educational availability many times more than it can be shooting down a few bad guys on a screen. Bear in mind also that many people who grew up with these games continue to play them well into their adult life – the video games industry is now pretty much on parity with Hollywood. It’s just that only now has society finally accepted that playing a violent game is no different to watching a violent movie – and they’ve been around far, far longer.

 

Taking the Shot: A Short Guide to Improving Your Aim and Speed for FPS Gaming

 

The span of your life in a First Person Shooter can come down to a single click. If you’re an FPS gamer you know how important speed, reflex, and aim are to your overall gaming and fragging abilities.A single mis-click or missed opportunity can mean your life, and when your reflexes and aim are off point, you have no hope of survival. There are plenty of ways to increase your in game staying power however and below we’ll discuss just a few different techniques to improve your game and a couple different websites where you can hone your skills.Destiny-graphics
Staying calm in game and forgiving your own mistakes is an important part to perfecting your FPS game. Relaxing allows you to focus on incoming enemies and beat them to the punch, or the trigger pull, and win the game. When you are brought down by an opposition bullet however, it is important to not become frustrated, learn from, and forgive your mistakes to bounce back in game and achieve some frags. Staying calm also works on a scientific level. The more upset you become the more rigid your muscles and movements will become. This effectively slows down reaction time and makes it harder to aim and place shots well.

Allowing yourself to take in whats happening, learn from deaths, and put that knowledge to use while staying calm and collected is an imperative part in surviving and make quick, clean kills.
Keeping your cool and allowing for a learning curve in any FPS whether you play on a console or your PC is a needed part of playing well.

 

However, if you’re a PC gamer, perhaps www.aim400kg.com can help you with your speed and aiming abilities. With a multitude of different ‘tests’ in everything from exact aiming to press reaction, aim400kg can help you sharpen your accuracy, reflexes, and quickness.

 

These quick online flash games can give you an idea of just the areas of your game that needed sharpening while helping you sharpen them. aim400kg offers a fun and unique way to master your craft.
A plethora of gamers have different opinions on just what can increase your FPS gaming abilities and online forums like the ones at www.gamespot.com or www.unknownworlds.com are a great place to check out other gamers training regimes and get ideas to help you with yours. Almost everyone agrees though that playing two to three hours a day online and against bots is an important time requirement in whatever FPS game you choose to make your kills on. Putting in time the game you’re playing is an important part of becoming an unstoppable player.
In conclusion, everyone has different opinions on just how to improve your aim and speed in FPS games, but taking the time to learn the game your playing, learn your opponents, and perfect your skills in an absolute no matter how you choose to run and gun.

 

PC Gaming: Is the Keyboard or Controller Most Prefered?

 

Over the last 10 years PC gaming has evolved significantly. In the world today you can game on a computer just as much, if not more, than a game console. If you can play on both then you may have the question of, “Why even buy the extra device?”

What is the difference between Keyboard or Controller gaming?

 

PCs are keyboard controlled where as games consoles are controlled by hand held controllers. Like I said, PCs have greatly improved themselves. With that being said, you now have the option to use a hand held controller with your PC. You may be thinking, “That’s great! What’s the problem with this evolution?” Nothing is wrong. In fact, it is great to have the option of both keyboard and controller. However, how do they compare?

When assessing comfort a controller may be more practical. Laying back in your chair or sofa is probably more preferred by everything considering the alternative, which is sitting up right in an ordinary chair. Nevertheless, when using a controller for long periods of time you begin to experience fatigue.

Your palms  may become sweaty and your muscles may start to cramp. In comparison, keyboards are not ideal for long periods of usage as well. Resting your wrists on the keyboard pad will eventually lead to Carpal Tunnel. Just as the controller, your body will cramp up. Where as the controller induced cramps resignate in your hands and arms, keyboard induced cramps are localized in your neck, back, and shoulders.

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Keyboards obviously have more buttons compared to a controller. Hence, you have quicker access to additional moves for your character. On the contrary, you can access these same actions with a controller. The downfall is you have to use pop-up menus to gain access to these abilities. In turn, it slows down your speed. With that being said, you have more speed when using a keyboard and mouse.
Unfortunately, most, if not all, PCs do not include a controller in their packaging. You must purchase them separately. In spite of that, if you choose to purchase a controller or two you now have the opportunity to play multiplayer. Keyboards do not have that option, no matter how many keyboards you own. A keyboard and mouse are typically always expected to be in PC packaging. If not then you might want to consider contacting your provider…

All in all, even though keyboards offer you extra gaming outlets, it would not do any damage to have a hand held controller on standby. For further assistance in your exploration of keyboard vs controller, feel free to check out the link I have provided. It is full of short reviews based on who prefers what and why.

 

Metal Gear Solid 5 Review

 

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The Phantom Pain is the ninth and the final instalment in the Metal Gear Franchise Created by Hideo Kojima. It instead of focusing on the side characters of the story takes us directly to the events following Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes where “Venom Snake” aka Big Boss is currently in a state of comatose.

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The story progresses as he wakes up injured, but still not afar from danger as “Quiet”, a trained assassin tries to kill him. After escaping “Quiet” with the help of a bandaged man called Ishmael, Big Boss helps to lead a new group of mercenaries called the “Diamond Dogs” in a hunt to track down those responsible for the destruction of the “MSF” or the Militaires Sans Frontières.

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The open world franchise reaches new heights with its final instalment as the experience becomes much more immersive and realistic with this one. The player has the usual array of weapons and gadgets which include binoculars, pistols, knifes and the game, unlike its predecessors, actually urges the player to use stealth mode.

There are a total of 31 missions for you to play, after which the game comes to an end. You can also play in the different short story missions.

Apart from that, the post game missions make it worth the time. Movements are pretty much like you would find in an action game, and you can walk, sprint, crouch and run. It is also the first game in the series that uses the open world gameplay structure. This means that you can explore towns and map just as you want, much on the lines of games like Skyrim. You would be able to travel in both horses and vehicles as you want, and you would love the crawling feature. You can also steal in enemy vehicles for transportation, so it’s going to be a lot more cooler than you think.

Fans of Metal Gear would know that the crawling feature had gone missing in the last installment in Peace Walker.

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You have four different basic controls to choose from. Action A and B help you dive differently, while Shooting types A and B are for shooting in different ways. This makes it a pretty much straightforward game, and you just need to know when it’s time for you to shoot away.

You will also have access to the map, where you can locate the different towns.

Where the game scores highly is in making players learn the value of time management more. You would love Metal Gear Solid 5 if you’ve been a fan of the series, and while some users have complained that the game isn’t as engrossing as some earlier ones, it is definitely up there.

How to Become Involved in Major League Gaming Tournaments

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Your Nintendo is no longer the thought that comes to mind when someone mentions “Gaming.” Your GameBoy also is not thought of in the same situation. “Gaming,” is not a fancy new term for a baseball or hockey game. It is now a live online network of people who compete in games professionally. Online gamers have become so extremely prevalent and zealous they now have their own professional league, Major League Gaming. To some, it may not be considered a sport because of the lack in physical activity, but online gamers have persevered and made a pathway for themselves in a big way.

How do I get involved you ask? I thought you would never ask!

The MLG consists of teams going against one another in tournaments. If you are reading this passage then I assume you already have a favored game and console. Good, because that is the first step in enrolling. If not then I suggest searching for a game that speaks to you. One that you are not only good at, but also enjoy. After deciding on your game it is now your job to grab the attention of others. Make them look at you and think either I want to join this person or I want to stay on their good side.

How do you get all of this exposure when you are sitting comfortably at home?

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Excellent question. XBox Live has made exposing your talent extremely accessible. You literally have everyone in the world at your finger tips. Including the people you want to impress. Another thing to keep in mind, you may have been engaged in your game of choice for years, but it is imperative you learn the rules set by the tournament. It is one thing to be proficient at the game, but it is another to be proficient at the game while honoring their rules.

The online game world is like a trail run for you. Think of these as your tryouts. Although, before beginning you must conjure a team, and name a team captain. The team captain is the one with permission to invite the rest of the team into the tournaments. If you do not already have a team do not fret. There are plenty of people in your position, looking for team members who want into the tournament life. MLG Custom Forums has access to players you can add and invite to be a part of your team. http://gamebattles.majorleaguegaming.com/forums

Once your team is established the next step is essential. Practice! Practice against other teams as much as possible. This not only helps with exposure, it also allows you to work out the kinks and wrinkles in your teams’ game plan.
To gain access to tournaments visit Active Tournaments to decide which you and your team desire to be a part of. As you successfully compete in these tournaments, you are catching the eye of very important people in the MLG.

The Virtual Bullet: A Brief Look at Virtual Reality and FPS Games

 

As virtual reality gaming becomes all the rage, First Person Shooter games have been quick to adopt the format and the two are likely bed fellows as FPS gaming is all about reaction time, quick wits, and hand eye coordination, three things virtual reality gaming promotes heavily. A few different devices are launching later this year to enhance virtual reality First Person Shooters and a few are already on the market.ellis_in_virtuix_omni_oculus_ces_crop
Sony, the developer and designer of the PlayStation, the platform of choice for many different First Person Shooter gamers, have announced their virtual reality system launching in the fall of this year. The PlayStation VR headset for the PlayStation Four is available for pre-order now, however, with a cost of around four hundred dollars. This leap in technology for Sony is sure to affect the PlayStation’s long lineage of First Person Shooter titles from Borderlands to Call of Duty. You can view specs and preorder the PlayStation VR headset at Sony’s website sony_project_morpheus_vr_virtual_reality_1-620x340
If you prefer playing First Person Shooters on your smart phone, a device already on the market may be just what you’re looking for to take your kills to a whole new level. Samsung recently released their Samsung Gear VR for the low cost of only $99.99. The Samsung Gear VR will allow you to headshot zombies, dinosaurs, and enemy soldiers in stunning 360 degree views all from your Samsung phone. This great virtual reality device can be purchased at Samsung’s Website samsung-gear-vr-product-photos17
Regardless of the platform First Person Shooters have always been a gaming staple and have ultimately determined the staying power of some video game outlets. The new age of virtual reality gaming will be no different and FPS gamers will more than likely be among the first to see their genre of games being released for new virtual reality devices. With a genre of gaming and a platform that fit together so well though, virtual reality may just revolutionize the way we run and gun.

 

Best Gaming Laptops of 2016

If you are looking for the best gaming laptops of 2016 and aren’t sure where to start, take a look at our list of this year’s greatest gaming laptops.

From Asus, to Alienware, to MSI, gaming laptops are becoming more high tech, more affordable, and more powerful than ever.

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This outrageous gaming laptop from MSI is simply put: a beast. While it certainly deserves to make this list of the best gaming laptops of 2016, there are as always, both pros and cons. The Titan goes above and beyond just about every gamers’ needs with its pumped up specs and chassis.
This 18.4 inch gaming laptop is larger than most others, in both the display as well as its weight. At nearly 10 pounds in weight, it may be a laptop, but is best used when placed on a table as it is essentially impossible to use on your lap. However, despite the weight, this large screen has monster features with the best in class mobile GPU.

Tech Specs:

  • Display: 18.4 inch WLED FHD, 1080p, Anti-Glare Display
  • CPU: 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7-4720HQGPU:
  • 2x NVIDIA GTX 980M SLI (16 GB GDDR5)Intel HD Graphics
  • 4600RAM:
  • 16 GBStorage:
  • 256 GB SSD;
  • 1TB HDD (7,200 RPM)

Easily upgradable and featuring an authentic mechanical keyboard, the Titan has high performance parts in this two inch thick laptop. You can customize it and play any PC game with the highest of intensity without breaking a sweat.

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Alienware has always been a popular gaming laptop, and the most popular are the Alienware 15 and 17. The Alienware 17 has a larger screen and is perfect for the serious gamer.The flexible desktop mode and large screen makes this the perfect laptop for gaming as well as use as one’s main PC.

Tech Specs:

  • Display: 17.3 inch, 1080p, IPS (In-plane switching) Anti-Glare Display
  • CPU: 2.5 GHz Intel Core i7-4710HQGPU:
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M (4 GB GDDR5 RAM)Intel HD Graphics
  • 4600RAM:
  • 16 GBStorage:
  • 256 GB M.2 SATA SSD + 1TB HDD (7,200 RPM)
  • Added power of desktop graphics through the GPU Amplifier

While Alienware 17 is known as one of the highly priced gaming laptops out there, it is one that gamers swear is worth it. This machine is fully capable of handling any gaming challenges you throw at it.

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Asus’s ROG Series is made for gamers and the high demands that gamers need. This powerhouse has excellent CPU and GPU options and can deliver hefty performance for the best of PC games. With smooth graphics and a ton of power, this is a great option for 1080p gamers.

Tech Specs

  • Display: 17.3 inch, Full 1080p IPS LCDCPU:
  • 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7-6700HQGPU:
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M (3 GB GDDR5)Intel HD Graphics
  • 530RAM:
  • 16GB DDR4Storage:
  • 128 GB SSD + 1TB HDD (7,200 RPM)

With a distinguished design and excellent materials, ASUS’s ROG G752 is a top-end PC in terms of its specs and performance. While it does not support 4K gaming and has a poor battery life, it is possible to upgrade components and is perfect for those who have not yet made the leap into 4K gaming.

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If you aren’t familiar with the Origin name, don’t worry, many casual users and those just getting into gaming may not know of this amazing gaming laptop brand. If you want incredible gaming at a reasonable price, then you must take a look at the Origin EON15-X gaming laptop.

What makes this model by Origin so great, is that it is ideal for those getting into gaming. All of the customizable options will determine the price and allows the user to customize their gaming experience.

Tech Specs:

  • Display: 15.6 inches,
  • LEDWeight: 7.4 lbs
  • Resolution: Full 1080p HD Widescreen
  • CPU Up to Intel Core i7 6700K Quad-Core,
  • 4.0 GHz (4.2 GHz TurboBoost)
  • GPU:Up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 8GBMemory: Up to 32GB DDR4, 2133MHz
  • MemoryKeyboard: Full Color, Illuminated, with Numeric Keypad and Anti-Ghost KeysHDMI Out; Up to 7.1 HD Audio with Sound Blaster X-FI MB3

Priced starting at $1,667, this gaming laptop by Origin is great for beginners getting into gaming and those who have no need of 4K gaming displays. However, the price is a bit steep for a laptop of this caliber, when other, established brands can give you more for your money. It is also slightly heavier than other models. However, the Origin EON15-X is a gaming laptop that is worth considering.

2016 – The Year of the First Person Shooter

 

The FPS is one of gaming’s most ubiquitous genres, but this year sees the release of a number of unique titles. From exciting new IPs to HD reboots of long forgotten favorites, 2016 looks to be a stellar year for the first person shooter, and these games – some of them already released – are sure to become classics.Here is a list of the best fps games of 2016.

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This multiplayer title from the makers of World of Warcraft has already become somewhat of a cultural phenomenon, even knocking League of Legends from its legendary (no pun intended) four-year spot at the top of the South Korean gaming chart.

It’s hard to put into words just what exactly makes Overwatch as enjoyable as it is, but quite simply it’s just really really fun. The game features a huge range of memorable characters, from a professional gamer and her mech to a guardian angel and a super intelligent gorilla, there’s something for everyone, and each character plays in their own unique and carefully balanced way.

Overwatch is a joy to play, and with the developers pledging that all DLC updates will be free to all, the future is definitely bright for this title.

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For gamers of a certain age, Doom may have been the first video game they experienced. It will almost certainly have been the first 3D game they ever laid eyes on, being a pioneer in this field. But now that 3D graphics are more impressive than the original developers ever imagined, is there a place for Doom in 2016? Judging by the response to the Doom reboot, the answer is yes. Doom 2016 was met with positive reviews – praising the game’s polish – and if you were a fan of the original, there’s plenty of ultra-violent hell based adventuring to be had, and it’s now more visceral than ever before.

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There’s been some discussion over whether or not this futuristic stealth game can really be called an FPS. But since it mainly takes place from a first-person viewpoint, and shooting is absolutely a viable gameplay option, there’s no reason why not.
The reason for this controversy is because guns are just one of many possible tools that can be used to complete the game, with players having the option to non-lethally take down enemies, and even avoid them altogether. Rather than quibbling over semantics, we should instead embrace a game that offers gamers the opportunity to play in their own style, where going in all guns blazing is just one of many possible solutions.

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As well as being one of the most unique looking FPS games ever made, SUPERHOT also features some of the most original gameplay mechanics you’ll ever see. In SUPERHOT, time only moves when you do, giving the player the ability to dodge bullets and perfectly plan their course through a level. This means the title is just as much a puzzle/strategy game as it is an FPS, and couple that with the Daft-Punk-meets-Apple visuals and you’ll find a title you really mustn’t miss out on.

 

Fallout 4 Guide

Fallout 4 is an incredible game that is engaging, full of action and complicated experience that make it all the more enjoyable. To play this game, you need to gather tricks, tips, guides and advice to help you maneuver the game with ease.fallout-4

For beginners, the fundamental thing you need to know is that the game takes place in a treacherous old world located outside vault 111. This latest version of post-apocalypse in Bethesda takes place in New England, Boston and Massachusetts and it also features the key player as a vault inhabitat struggling to survive in a wasteland full of radiation and sprawling with bandits, mole rats, mutants and scavengers. When playing the game, you should also expect to encounter munitions, friendships, combat, health, quests and tiny mole rats.Fallout-4-640x300

It is a thrilling game that will definitely offer you many hours of entertainment. Armours, companions and weapons function in different ways in level 4. Here is a guide to help you survive outside the vault.

These include

 

;• Watch out for famous enemies

• Do not underestimate the power of a melee weapon

• Search every building and watch out for snipers on the rooftop

• Be aware of ghouls and do not allow them to come close as they will slay youheader

• Be careful of every simple interaction because they have a wider-reaching impact

• Go to the Cambridge Police Station and finish the call to arms quest. This will make you a Brotherhood of Steel member and therefore, you can work for Knight Rhys and Scribe Haylen.

• Go to the weapons bench in the sanctuary and select two powerful weapons

• Plunder everything

• Reserve the power armour for major quests because its battery does not last long

• Choose quick menu over pip-boy because the latter is slow and can fast burden you.

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There are twelve major Fallout 4 perks that crafty wastelanders cam maximize on. These include;

1. Locksmiths; save several perk points and use them to get a skilled locksmith you can help you pick locks

2. Sneak; make use of sneak especially at the highest level because it will help to stay out of sight of your enemies

.3. Action Boy/Girl; it allows you to resume action faster after depleting all your APFallout-4_Gameplay_1

4. Life giver; enables you to regenerate health slowly diminishing the need to search for food, water and meds

.5. Gun Nut; Mods gun hence increasing your damage output

6. Bloody mess; allows you create a bloody scene and injure more enemies with one shot

7. Toughness; this perk helps you minimize damage. It is the best to use if you can barely survive in the early hours. It is also cheap

8. Idiot savant; if you lower your intelligence you will gain extra XP

9. Ninja; works like a sneak and helps you hide from enemies

10. Cannibal; this perk will enable you to survive by consuming human flesh. It will make you carry or loot less food.

11. Strong back; ideal for the initial parts of the game before you learn how to make your own weapons. This perk increase the staff you can carry easily by 25% then 50%.

Three real-life benefits of playing FPS games

Research indicates that playing FPS games has some advantages. They can affect a person’s mind and learning ability. Here are some of the major benefits of playing FPS games.

Improves brain function

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FPS games improve a person’s learning skills and cognitive abilities. They have better hand-eye coordination. They do well in tests like spatial focus, spatial reasoning, decision-making and visual acuity. Gamers can apply these skills even in real world.

Improves visual attention

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By playing FPS, people can have better visual attention. It will help them in real life activities like reading and driving. A study conducted on ten adults by the University of California, Berkeley has found that it is possible to cure Amblyopia (lazy eye) by playing Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault for 40 hours. It also improved their depth perception skills and spatial attention. Another study by Douglas A. Gentile of Iowa State University has found out that playing FPS decreases the level of errors for Laparoscopic surgeons.

Improves multi-tasking ability

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With FPS games, you have to do a lot of things at a time. You need to be alert about your enemy; you need to shoot at the enemy in front of you, at the same time be careful that no one is coming from behind to attack you. This game improves a person’s multi-tasking ability.

A new study has indicated that people who play fast-paced video games have better vision, more ability to retain information and improved brain function. So, start playing FPS games and improve your cognitive ability.