Are There Benefits to Playing Video Games?

Is it possible that video games could actually be beneficial to our health? Some researchers say yes. While video gaming certainly gets a bad rap, there are positives along with those negatives. With more than 150 million people playing games in America alone, PC gaming is something that is only expected to grow – not fade away. Seeing video gaming in a different light might actually help us embrace what it has to offer and set healthy limits for our kids. Let’s dive into some of the benefits to playing video games.   Improved Cognitive Development In order to be…

Pros and Cons of Using Voice Chat in Games

Although gamers rely on their keyboards for many things, it does become tedious to communicate with other online gamers this way. Various shortcut keys have made communicating online faster and easier, but nothing compares to the convenience of being able to talk into a headset and share messages with others in real time.   Pros to Online Voice Chat   There are both pros and cons to using online voice chat. The advantages to real-time communication are obvious. For one, you don’t have to waste any time typing out messages in your game. You can keep engaged without having to…

How to Choose the Best Gaming Laptop (Updated)

How to Choose the Best Gaming Laptop (Updated)

Last year, we wrote a post about what parts and components to look for in the best gaming laptop. But in our industry, things change so quickly that we thought it would be a good idea to revisit the topic and discuss some of the latest advancements in mobile gaming tech. Here then are some updated tips and things to look for when shopping for the best gaming laptop. Graphics Just like with a gaming desktop, the graphics card (aka video card or GPU) is of critical importance if you want the best gaming experience. But until recently, there was…

New GeForce GTX 1080 is Here – AND IT’S AWESOME!

New GeForce GTX 1080 is Here – AND IT’S AWESOME!

Today, we’re incredibly excited to announce the immediate availability of the brand new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Graphics card, the first of NVIDIA’s highly anticipated Pascal family of GPUs. We’ve been lucky enough to get to test the GTX 1080 for about a week and so far just like the press, we’ve been blown away by the performance and efficiency of this truly amazing GPU. Whether you’re using it for gaming or other video intensive applications like media creation or 3D, we’ve never seen a card that can rival the GTX 1080 and quite honestly, I can’t remember ever seeing…

7 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Gaming PC

PC gaming is huge. Despite the emergence of handheld gaming consoles and app-based games on tablets and smartphones, PC gaming is in a class of its own. It’s intense, competitive and has killer graphics. If you’re looking to get back into the gaming scene, or you’re interested in investing in a new gaming computer, here are seven important factors to consider before you start your search. Let’s get started . #1. Budget How much can you afford? Since you probably don’t have an unlimited budget, set a maximum limit that you can spend from the start. Though custom built gaming…

How to Choose the Best Gaming Laptop

How to Choose the Best Gaming Laptop

A few weeks ago, we announced our new lineup of ultra-performance laptops. Built for speed and performance by the same team that crafts our award winning desktops, these new laptops are perfect for gaming, media creation, and other enthusiast activities. Now that they’ve begun shipping (ready in just three days, get yours!) we’ve put together the following list to help you choose the best gaming laptop for your needs and budget. Screen In 2015, it’s hard to imagine life before HD so if you go for anything less than a 1080p resolution screen, you’ll regret it. A backlit LED is…

How to Build the Best Gaming PC for Flight Sim X

[sg_popup id=”1″ event=”onload”][/sg_popup]Believe it or not, Microsoft’s Flight Simulator (eventually called Microsoft Flight Simulator X) was first released on PC all the way back in 1982. Needless to say, what’s become the definitive flight simulator program has come a long way since those early days, with intricate scenery, real world weather, and lifelike physics.  Despite the most recent version having been released in 2006, Flight Simulator X is still one of the more hardware intensive games around. So what are the best areas to focus on to build the best possible gaming PC for running Flight Simulator X as well…

The Future of PC Gaming

The video game industry has been evolving year after year. New technologies are continuously developed to maximize the game playing experience and excite gamers with better auditory and visual enhancements. So what types of gaming trends can we expect in the future, particularly for gaming PCs? Cheaper Graphics Cards Remember when you had to spend $500 to get a good quality graphics card? Well, not anymore. In September, Nvidia released its GTX 980 and GTX 970 graphics cards, which outperformed AMD’s top single-GPU cards. Nvidia’s graphics cards are also inexpensive, coming in at around $330. AMD dropped its prices in…

What You Need for the Best Sim Racing PC

What You Need for the Best Sim Racing PC

There’s no hotter e-sport right now than Sim Racing. By combining the dynamics of arcade style racing with the variables of tire wear, suspension, fuel economy, and vehicle damage of real world racing, Sim Racing creates a sophisticated simulation that takes users on the wildest of rides. Racers looking to prove that they’re the best can even compete with others from around the world in leagues and circuits. But just like with real racing, to be the best, you’ve got to have the best equipment, and that’s where we come in. Here’s what you need to get the best Sim…