The technology we use to enjoy video games is getting in creasingly powerful and more complicated. The Wii has dominated the market for years now with its unique control system, but that is soon to change with the latest motion sensing technology coming out on the Playstation and Xbox right now. So what do you actually need nowadays to enjoy playing some video games?
I think the answer to that question depends a lot on whether you play on a console or PC. If you play on a console then you don’t really have to worry about much, you just put the disc in and you know that it has the power to play it, and the drivers etc. I used to prefer the PC as you get more strategy games on it, but the hassle involved takes a lot of the fun out of them now. So all you really need to start playing games on a console is the actual unit itself, a controller (plus enough for your mates!) and then a TV which preferably has a HDMI connection at the back so you can enjoy high definition gaming. Yes you could use a SCART connection if you want to, but I have tried them both out and there really is a huge difference in the quality of the pictures.
Things become a lot more complicated though, if you want to start playing the same sort of games on your PC. Now you have to start worrying about if your graphics card has enough power, or if it has the latest technology to render shadows etc, some cards now have over a gig of processing power! The latest graphics card are like computers themselves, and even if yours is powerful enough then if it can’t support the latest drivers then it might not be any good anyway.
Then there are other things you need to consider like the amount of RAM you have, I have about 2Gb I think, which is ample for me, but the latest games need twice that! Then the latest thing to consider is the processor which is really the heart of the computer. I have a dual core processor which means I have two, yet the latest games need a quad core processor, so I’d need to upgrade that as well.
So as you can see playing games on a PC is expensive (the latest graphics cards are hundreds of dollars) and a huge amount of hassle. Yes you can only really play strategy games on a PC because you need the keys and mouse to control it, but for everything else then why bother messing around with your PC when it is so easy to use a console instead?
If you do still fancy playing on the PC then World of Warcraft is one of the most popular games you can buy now, and if you want help to level up as fast as possible then check out this power leveling guide.