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Gaming and Education Unite – Are Computer Games and Simulation Going to Revolutionize Our Future?

Is the video gaming entertainment industry evolving into a more serious version, or has it come to a fork in the road where one species splits off from another. I am speaking of where entertainment becomes “entercation” or “edutainment” and the technology is being used for training, fun, entertainment, and educational simulation. We all know that pilots train in simulators much of the time, and have seen computer games that are entertaining but the user is actually learning something; like SimCity for instance.

The question is where does entertainment end and training or education start? After all, a young adult playing a video game that is much like future robotic warfare could end up in the military flying UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) like the Predators over in Afghanistan. A teen learning how to design cities and infrastructure could very well become an architect or perhaps a city planner or civil engineer.

Interestingly enough, the jobs of the future will be operator working with machine for a couple of decades or less until the machines can do it themselves based on the data recording of decades of human input training them. During this time the human employee will be getting paid for basically playing a video game or working with what is very similar to a training simulator only it will be doing all the work, while the human puts in the commands.

We can already see that Gaming and Education are uniting and getting closer together each day, while Computer Games and Simulation are clearing going to revolutionize our Future. Question for you is are you ready for that future? Please consider all this.

The Importance of Video and Computer Games

It was only in the 1970 when video games started becoming a tool for entertainment and fun. Ever since, the industry of video and computer games has not looked back. The entertainment industry saw video games increase at a galloping speed in the next few decades. In the world of technology and innovation, computer games have played an important role.

They are constantly developing new strategies, techniques such that the games become increasingly appealing and exciting. Interestingly video games can be played on a hand device, mobile phones, dedicated consoles to gaming, and computers among various other options. The interactiveness of the video games is one which increases the popularity and growth of the industry.

There are many different types of companies which makes computer games. Usually most of the company’s indulge in specializing in a certain category of games. Thus each of these companies usually addresses the needs of a certain and specified age group. The variety of video games which are present on date is in fact fascinating and an accomplishment. It surely deserves mention when we talk of this booming industry. Games include adventure games, action games, educational and knowledge games, simulations or role playing games, practice games, math games, logical games, and strategy and management games among other types.

On the other hand, there is a huge investment of multimillion dollars which is essential for the designing and development of these video games. However, still the market is one which has exponential growth and is still booming.

Various experts and specialists have undertaken research in this domain. They have come to the conclusion that these games are of extreme importance since they are beneficial in the following ways:
· Increase the player’s skill and imagination level
· Moreover one becomes quicker and the speed of reaction is unimaginable
· They teach children and adolescents some basic skills in an enjoyable fashion
· A child or even an adult acquires a very complex skill with the help of computer games
· With the help of computer simulations educational institutions support vocational and multi disciplinary learning
· Interestingly research has proven that computer games have been an exemplary tool to solve problems like confining spaces, heights and phobia.
· Moreover, language and learning disabilities have also been cured with the use of computer games.

Essentially the underlying factor is that the players should not get addicted to the video games. In that case the benefits would work to the optimal level. Moreover, the innocent children should not be misled to acts of aggression and violence as many of the video games depict. Parents need to pay tremendous attention that a video game should not affect their children’s behavior and thinking in any adverse manner.

How to Buy a Gaming Desktop Computer

You want to buy a new gaming desktop computer, but the choices available are overwhelming. Picking the right gaming PC can be hit or miss. Do you really need all the fancy options of the most expensive models? If you scale back your purchase, will you regret it in six months because it won’t run the latest game? Here are two important tips that can help you make a smart purchase of your next gaming PC.

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1. Resolution – Whether you are buying a new LCD monitor or using one you have already, you need to make certain the PC will support your LCD’s native resolution, and ideally its maximum resolution as well. The native resolution means the number of pixels it supports without scaling the image up or down. For example, if you have an LCD with a 1680 x 1050 pixel native resolution, but the video card on your PC does not support this, then you will have to scale the image to fit that display, robbing you of image quality.

2. Interface type – DVI cables will usually give better image quality than VGA. Make sure the video connectors on the PC match the monitor. You can buy converters, but they sometimes will not work and you will sacrifice image quality.

Video processing choice: integrated or expansion card

If you care about high end gaming, do not buy a computer with integrated video. This is a cost savings approach that focuses on price over quality. It will likely mean that other components have been chosen for price vs. performance. Instead, buy a PC that uses a dedicated video card. Google the model number and read reviews, or check out to find out if the card is powerful enough to play the game you want at a given video resolution. Go with a PCI express 2.0 card. If you only play flash based or Facebook games, integrated video should be good enough.