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6 Accessories That Can Make You A Better Gamer

Gaming

6 Accessories That Can Make You A Better Gamer

Most games are a test of skill. You either face the game itself, or other players, and in either case your ability to interact with and manipulate the game ultimately determines success or failure. Or that’s the idea, at least. Reality is a bit different. While skill is indeed the most important factor, it’s not the only one. The equipment a gamer has can make him more or less effective, and that might in turn make the difference between victory and defeat. Not all devices are equally advantageous, however; here are some of the most useful.

11-07-2013
6 Accessories That Can Make You A Better Gamer
4 Games With Steep Learning Curves That Are Worth The Effort

Gaming

4 Games With Steep Learning Curves That Are Worth The Effort

Learning competitive games is no easy task. If the act of mastering them was easy, everyone would be playing professionally. However, even if you might never make it to that high level of play, you can become a skilled player at these games, and they seeing all your hours of practice translate into skill is so incredibly satisfying. Don’t quit, and you just might find the most enjoyable gameplay experience you’ve ever had.

11-07-2013
4 Games With Steep Learning Curves That Are Worth The Effort
SimCity for Android: What Are Your Options?

Android Gaming

SimCity for Android: What Are Your Options?

SimCity is an excellent game, but EA made a few massive blunders that resulted in a poor launch, disgruntled customers, and a sour taste in everyone’s mouths. Even so, no one can deny the city-building phenomenon: it’s fun, it’s engaging, and it’s highly addictive. And while there are a few SimCity alternatives for the PC, there are even more alternatives on Android and many of them are free. Which ones are fun? Which ones are worth your time? Keep reading to find out.

10-07-2013
SimCity for Android: What Are Your Options?
How Video Games Would Look In Real Life

Gaming

How Video Games Would Look In Real Life

Video games have become infinitely more realistic over the decades, but they still offer a simple, stylized version of the real world we live in. These foibles often go unnoticed by gamers, but when you bring a video game into the real world the shortcuts and oddities are revealed in glaring detail. What follows is a collection of videos showing how certain games would look when played in the real world. Some are stutteringly short, others are effortlessly epic. Some will make you laugh, others will make you laugh even harder. All will make you glad real life doesn’t play out like most video games.

10-07-2013
How Video Games Would Look In Real Life
5 Awesome iOS Games Shown Off At E3 2013

iPhone and iPad Gaming

5 Awesome iOS Games Shown Off At E3 2013

Most of E3 this year was dedicated to the consoles. After all, it’s not everyday that Microsoft and Sony go all out and show off next generation hardware for the first time. While everyone was drooling over the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, the rest of the video game industry did not stop moving forward. Sadly, people are not talking about the other games shown at the conference as much as they should. Plenty of quality iOS titles were on display at this year’s E3, as long as you knew where to look.

09-07-2013
5 Awesome iOS Games Shown Off At E3 2013
4 Games You Might Not Expect To Find On Twitch.tv

Gaming

4 Games You Might Not Expect To Find On Twitch.tv

There are certain games that you’d imagine are watched the most on Twitch: League of Legends, StarCraft II, Dota 2, World of Warcraft, Call of Duty, etc. Though they may be the most popular, there is a lot more to watch. Let’s look at gaming as a spectator sport, and I’ll share with you four of my favorite not-so-popular games to be watched on Twitch.

09-07-2013
4 Games You Might Not Expect To Find On Twitch.tv
5 Awesome Must-Play Arcade Shooters For iOS

iPhone and iPad Gaming

5 Awesome Must-Play Arcade Shooters For iOS

The arcade shooter is a style of game that I love, but which went out of fashion in the last decade as improved hardware led most developers to embrace the immersion of a first-person or third-person perspective. Fortunately, the constraints of mobile hardware have caused resurgence in the genre, and there’s a hoard of titles to choose from. Perhaps too many, as with tower defense, picking out the really great games from the schlock isn’t easy. That’s why I’ve rounded up the five absolute must-play arcade shooters for iOS.

05-07-2013
5 Awesome Must-Play Arcade Shooters For iOS
4 Websites You Can Use To Learn Video Game Facts

Gaming

4 Websites You Can Use To Learn Video Game Facts

The trick to expanding your video game knowledge is knowing where to look. We have plenty of gaming articles on MakeUseOf, so you are certainly starting off at the right place. However, I am going to take you through a world of other resources you can go to learn about video games. Whether you want a detailed history about a game, a franchise, or a person in the video game world, or you just want quick and interesting facts, these websites are exactly what you need.

04-07-2013
4 Websites You Can Use To Learn Video Game Facts
4 Indie Games From E3 That Need To Be On Your Radar

Gaming

4 Indie Games From E3 That Need To Be On Your Radar

While the focus of this year’s E3 was the Xbox One and PS4, there was plenty of new indie games shown off at the show. In spite of how much people do care about independent games, this year they were kind of outside of the attention of most gamers. However, not paying attention to these games would be a mistake, as some of them were downright fantastic. If you love sitting down and enjoying a smaller gameplay experience, then you will love these new games that were shown off at E3 2103.

02-07-2013
4 Indie Games From E3 That Need To Be On Your Radar
How To Play N64 And GBA Games On Your Android Device

Gaming Android

How To Play N64 And GBA Games On Your Android Device

For many of us, Nintendo 64 and Game Boy Advance games were our childhood. Unfortunately for the fans of Mario, Zelda, and Pokémon, Nintendo has been reluctant to create Android games, unlike Sega, which has released several Sonic games. It’s here that the openness of Android excels, allowing users to download emulators and ROMs to play some of their favorite old games.

02-07-2013
How To Play N64 And GBA Games On Your Android Device
What Is Dota 2 & Why Should You Care?

Gaming

What Is Dota 2 & Why Should You Care?

In the world of games, Valve Corporation has recently grown into one of the largest and most consistent game publishers (with the skyrocketing success of their Steam distribution network) and game developers (with the international success of series like Half-Life, Portal, Team Fortress, etc.) in the world. In terms of game development, Valve’s Gabe Newell has always approached his titles by pursuing quality over quantity, and it really shows, especially in their latest work-in-progress, Dota 2.

01-07-2013
What Is Dota 2 & Why Should You Care?
Relax and Play (Legal) Poker with the Cross-Platform PokerTH

Windows Gaming

Relax and Play (Legal) Poker with the Cross-Platform PokerTH

If you happen to enjoy playing cards on your computer and are tired of Solitaire and other card games, there are plenty of other options available. Playing Poker on your computer tends to be risky business because most time-worthy poker games are online and actually involve gambling, making its legality uncertain from country to country. If you’re worried or even affected by this, don’t think that you’ll have to forget about playing poker on your computer. Instead, you can try out PokerTH, a fun and complete poker game that’s cross-platform and free.

01-07-2013
Relax and Play (Legal) Poker with the Cross-Platform PokerTH
10 Indie Games So Good, You’ll Forget They’re Indie At All

Gaming

10 Indie Games So Good, You’ll Forget They’re Indie At All

There may be times, however, where you want something different from the indie norm. A game that follows indie values, yet is made with the quality that top-shelf AAA games are known for. Titles like this are rare because games with stunning graphics, good sound design and solid content are expensive to make, but a small group of indie developers have managed to create top-notch titles on a shoestring budget.

28-06-2013
10 Indie Games So Good, You’ll Forget They’re Indie At All
Wikipad Android Gaming Tablet Review And Giveaway

Product Reviews Gaming

Wikipad Android Gaming Tablet Review And Giveaway

Android tablets are everywhere. There are tons of options out there for buyers, so for a new tablet to make its way to the market and make a splash, it needs to do something original and exciting. Enter the Wikipad, a new 7-inch Android tablet with something of a twist. While the tablet portion of the device might seem pretty standard, it features a dedicated gaming controller attached directly to it. Best of all, we are giving one of you lucky readers this brand new gaming tablet!

27-06-2013
Wikipad Android Gaming Tablet Review And Giveaway
Even More Free Games & Downloads For Your Xbox 360

Gaming

Even More Free Games & Downloads For Your Xbox 360

There’s a surprising amount of free Xbox 360 content for Xbox Live Gold subscribers to download. In addition to avatar items, themes and the odd bonus item Microsoft has been known to release whole free games and DLC, particularly for Kinect and Xbox Live Arcade users. Whichever console you buy at the end of the year, be sure to see the 360 off in style with as much free content as you can fit on your hard drive.

27-06-2013
Even More Free Games & Downloads For Your Xbox 360
5 PS4 Exclusive Titles To Make Xbox One Owners Jealous

Gaming

5 PS4 Exclusive Titles To Make Xbox One Owners Jealous

Having already proposed five reasons you should be buying a PlayStation 4, it’s time to focus in on the games that will be released for the system within its first year on sale. What follows is a list of five upcoming games that are being exclusively released on the PS4. They give a good indication of what we should expect from the next-gen consoles, though launch titles are rarely anywhere near the best the hardware has to offer.

26-06-2013
5 PS4 Exclusive Titles To Make Xbox One Owners Jealous
5 Oculus Rift Demos That Will Blow Your Mind

Gaming

5 Oculus Rift Demos That Will Blow Your Mind

Forget the Playstation 4 or the Xbox One – I’ve seen the future of gaming, and it is neither of them. The Oculus Rift is amazing – and with $16 million in fresh funding, the team are hard at work on the consumer version. A few months have passed since the dev kits dropped, and we’ve now seen an explosion of demos. Some are good, some are bad, but some are so cool they ought to blow your mind. If you have a Rift and want to find something else to try out, or if you’re not convinced yet that this is the future – this list is for you.

26-06-2013
5 Oculus Rift Demos That Will Blow Your Mind
What To Expect From A Classic Video Game Convention

Gaming

What To Expect From A Classic Video Game Convention

Many of you might be interested in spending a weekend hanging out with your fellow classic game collectors at a convention like Too Many Games, and you might be wondering what it will be like. Fear not, because now that I’ve been there, I can give you a good idea of what kinds of events and things you can look forward to.

25-06-2013
What To Expect From A Classic Video Game Convention
How A Dream Job Comes True: Interviewing World-Class 3D Artist Rafael Grassetti

Gaming Web Culture

How A Dream Job Comes True: Interviewing World-Class 3D Artist Rafael Grassetti

It’s not every day that I get to pick the brain of a world-leading 3D artist — but that’s exactly what I got to do with Rafael Grassetti. You may not recognize Rafael’s name, but you have no doubt seen his work on massively popular games like Assassins Creed 3, Mass Effect 3, and others, and may have even held one of the toys he designed for toy giant Hasbro. Rafael is one 3D artist who made it big, and I wanted to find out what it takes and how he got there.

21-06-2013
How A Dream Job Comes True: Interviewing World-Class 3D Artist Rafael Grassetti