Even if the PS3 came out with a bit of a slow start in 2007 don't let that fool you... the PS3 is just gearing up for a great year with some expected hot releases. Here's a rundown of three games coming out in '08.. EA's NFL Tour, Free Radical Design's HAZE, and Konami's Coded Arms Assault.NFL TourComing from EA Sport's BIG division is what can be considered a bit of a spin-off of their hit series NFL Street. They've gotten rid of the streets and beaches in favor of larger spectacle arenas. No more playing with barrels and street side walls, you're playing in front of huge crowds with pyrotechnics and the whole 9 yards. There are some advancements in gameplay as well - if a player initiates contact you are given an opportunity to break through the tackle, trip up the receiver or give your hit a little extra "umph". Street players will see the familiar "Gamebreaker" power-ups, and much of the game is left unchanged otherwise but an upgrade on the look of the graphics. This game is expected to drop on January 8th so get ready for it!HAZEPlaying as a recruit of a corporate army owned by a large supposedly peace-keeping organization Mantel you are expected to play this game through atleast twice. Why twice? Well once on both sides obviously, this is because playing on Mantel's side your realize that you along with your fellow soliders are randomly pumped up with a drug called Nectar, but this leads to some unexpected consequences. The other time through you take the side of the rebels you so viciously were fighting. With some great looking graphics and AI that apparently doesn't feel useless... this gem is being released stateside January 18th.CODED ARMS ASSAULTKonami released a game on the PSP early in the system's lifetime by the names of Coded Arms and after receiving success with the title they've gone ahead and made another in the series for the PS3. Like HAZE, Coded Arms Assault is a futuristic FPS with you playing a solider. Apparently your character is a young hacker who gained access into a system they shouldn't have been in and is placed in a virtual warfare. Bullets are replaced with hexagons, and enemies vaporize. With the game running off the Unreal 3 engine expect some gorgeous looking graphics to go along with the "digitized" effects. This game doesn't have an official release date yet, but just from the looks of it you'll hear about it when it's released.
One of the most important parts in having a good time online is making sure that you are comfortable. This may seem like a no-brainer, but it is all too easy to forget to take a few basic precautions. If you really want to have a get time and set the new high score, then you should this.The first thing you should take care of is your hands. Holding a mouse or hitting keys can cause a lot of persistent strain on your muscles. This is effectively what causes carpal tunnel syndrome as well, so you should definitely try and reduce the stress on your hands. Chances are that youll probably have a gaming session at an online arcade so prepare your surrounding to help your hand. If you are getting ready to play a shooter than you should position your hand for the least strain possible. For example, it is difficult to play arcade games for any length of time if your wrist is at a significant angle. You should keep your hand level with the mouse if possible. This can be done through several means. You can buy a nice mouse pad that has a wrist rest built in at the base, or you can just grab a standard paperback book and place it between you and the mouse. This is usually enough to keep your wrist relatively level with the mouse.This is the first step to happy hands. You should now be able to play your favorite arcade games without getting sore. There are a few other ways to extend your flash game session though. You need to get in the habit of checking your grip. It is all too easy to get into the DIE ALIENS DIE!!!!! mode and forget that you are now apparently trying to strangle your mouse. Its basic physics. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. If you are playing arcade games while trying to crush your mouse, the mouse will be exerting an equal force out onto your fingers. This can lead to some painful cramping and discomfort that will make you quit your game early.It may seem like Ive forgotten the keyboard arcade games, but I didnt. The same basic rules apply to playing an arcade game with a keyboard. If you are racing are playing an online adventure game, then youll want to keep your wrists straight and your fingers relaxed. There are classes to teach perfect typing methods, but you dont really need to type 70 words a minute to win an online race. Just keep your wrist out from your body and try not to rest them on anything. That really builds up stress while youre playing.All of these may seem to be a little nit picky, but you shouldnt be quick to forget about them. Nothing is worse than your hand cramping up and costing you a win after youve spent 20 minutes getting to the last level. Just follow these basic tips and avoid 3 hour gaming sessions, and you should be fine. Now go get em!
Strategy and tactics is what the game of chess is all about. An army of 16 chess is commanded by each player. A game of chess has three sates if being played well. In the opening, the players bring out their forces in preparation for combat. The players maneuver for position and carry out attacks and counterattacks in the middlegame. The endgame is when with fewer pawns and pieces left on the board, it is safer for the kings to come out and join the final battle. Here are 10 ways to improve your chess game.1. Have a Plan. Your opponent will have an easy time defending themselves if you threaten something here in one move, something over there in the next move and so on. For you to be effective, your pieces must work together. Your men can work in harmony when you develop a plan. The chess men are your team; to be a good coach, you have to use all of their strengths together.2. Know what the pieces are worth. You should think about the value of your men when thinking about giving up some of your pieces for some of your opponents. The player whose men add up to a great value will usually have the advantage.3. Look at your opponents move. You should stop and think every time your opponent makes a move. Ask yourself, why was that move chosen? Is a particular piece in danger? Are there other threats I should watch out for? You will be able to successfully carry out your own strategies by defending against your opponents threats.4. Develop quickly and well. An important element of chess is time. The player whose men are ready for action more quickly will be able to control the course of the game. You have to develop your men efficiently to powerful posts if you want to be that player.5. Keep your king safe. The object of the game is to checkmate the opponents king. Sometimes a player forgets that his opponent is also hunting for the king because they are too busy thinking about their own plan.6. Make the best possible move. Ask yourself these questions when you are considering a move. Can I improve my position even more by increasing the effectiveness of a different piece? Will the piece I am moving go to a better square than the one it is on now? Does the move help to defend against my opponents threats? will the piece I move be safe on its new square?7. If it is a pawn, consider: Can I keep it protected from attack?8. If it is another piece, consider: Can the enemy drive it away?9. Always be alert. Once a player has reached a good position or given up hope if their position is bad there is a tendency for people to relax. If you have a better position, watch out! One careless move could throw away your advantage. You must always watch out for your opponents threats.10. Know when to trade pieces. The best time to trade men is when you can capture men worth more than the one you will be giving up, which is called winning material. If your opponent is very careful, that opportunity may not arise.11. Think about the endgame. You should remember that every move you make might affect your chances in the endgame. Concentrate on your immediate plans, as well as your opponents.12. Control the center. The player who controls the four squares at the center of the board will have the better game, in many cases.Hopefully these tips will help improve your chess game. Go practice and have some fun!
Renting video games has never been so appealing as it does in this day in age. Many video game rental clubs offer PS2 game rentals, amongst many other console games, to the public for one low monthly price. Today, we will be investigating into which rental clubs offer the best quality and selection when it comes to your favorite PS2 games.As of 2006, there are 3 online video game rental companies that stand out amongst the rest of the pack. If your into video gaming, you might have heard of them. Gottaplay, GameFly, and Intelliflix are currently our nations leading chain of video game rentals. Below, we will be evaluating each of the 3 companies when it comes to PS2 game renting.PS2 Game Rental ReviewsGottaplay PS2 Rentals Gottaplay rental company is fast becoming one of the hottest online video game rental companies in the US, trailing right next to GameFly . They are the first online company of their kind that offers phone support to all their customers, along with a massive game selection. Gottaplay has a large selection of PS2 games within their arsenal. Here are some of the stats that we came up with when reviewing this company1. PS2 Game Selection : Roughly 700 PS2 titles 2. New Release Titles: All new releases were available as soon as they hit the local stores. Roughly around 75 new releases at the time of publishing this article. 3. Classic Game Titles : Many PS2 classics were included such as Resident Evil, Devil May Cry, and other great titles of the past, present and future. 4. Hard-to-Find Games : Many games that we never even knew about were included within their selection. If you want to play a game with little or no popularity, Gottaplay has this covered as well. 5. PS3 Titles- Gottaplay will carry the most current PS3 titles once released. GameFly PS2 Rentals GameFly has been the online leader within the video game rental realm for quite some time. With a large selection of game rentals available reaching at over 5,000 titles, this company doesn't seem to be losing its edge when it comes to what they do best. One thing is for sure, when it comes to PS2 rentals, they cover the market with quality and selection. Lets take a better look: 1. PS2 Game Selection : Roughly 800 PS2 titles 2. New Release Titles: New releases are always available. Roughly around 60 new releases at this current time.3. Classic Game Titles : Many PS2 classics are included, but the selection is not quite as comprehensive as Gottaplay's.4. Hard-to-Find Games : With their large diverse selection of PS2 titles, hard to find games were easily found within their database. You'll find a great selection of "when did this come out" type of games. 5. PS3 Titles- GameFly will be one of the first rental companies to stock PS3 games once available. Intelliflix PS2 Rentals Intelliflix is looking to cover a wide variety of markets including movies, video games, and adult movies. Although they do cover a large area of rentals, they do not dominate within any particular market. Their plans are great for families that would like a one-stop-shop type of policy. When it comes to PS2 renting, they do carry a great selection of newer games, although their game selection isn't nearly as comprehensive as the other two mentioned above. They are still worth their weight in gold and worth mentioning for any PS2 game fanatic. Here is what we dug up.1. PS2 Game Selection : Roughly 475 PS2 titles 2. New Release Titles: New releases are always available. Roughly around 50 new releases currently. 3. Classic Game Titles : There were a few PS2 classics available, but this company mainly focuses on their newer game titles. If your highly fond of classic PS2 titles, you may want to try GameFly or Gottaplay. 4. Hard-to-Find Games : There were a few scattered hard-to-find titles located within their database. 5. PS3 Titles- Intelliflix will also carry PS3 titles once released. I think any company serious about game rentals will have these titles covered.
Online games have become rapidly popular over the last few years. In fact, it has become a multi-billion dollar industry. These massive virtual worlds provide a realistic, engaging environment in which people can play and interact. It has been a fertile ground for gamers from all walks of life to come together. As a result, these games have produced large and vibrant online communities. In these virtual worlds, you can choose an avatar or character that represents you. The latest games offer the ability to customize these characters in unlimited ways; you can change your characters hairstyle, facial features, size, weight, and clothing. How about the ability to change your voice to match your online personality? That is currently not a standard feature in games. But I do see technology stepping in and providing a solution. Think of the possibilities: gamers could now change their voice to sound like a troll, giant, dwarf or dark lord. They've spent many hours making their online character to look a certain way, why not change their voice to match? It is products like MorphVOX by Screaming Bee that can fill this need. MorphVOX is voice-changing software specifically designed for online games. This tool allows gamers to role-play more effectively. Not only can they look the part, they can also have a voice to match.Voice communication in games has been around for quite some time, but only recently has gained popularity in online games. Much of this may have to do with the increase in the number of people who now have broadband Internet connections instead of dial-up. This provides the extra precious bandwidth to cover an additional voice channel. As voice chat is becoming increasingly prevalent in online game use, companies like Xfire, TeamSpeak, and Ventrillo have emerged to meet the needs. One company, Xfire, demonstrates the popularity of voice chat. Xfire provides a free application that can be used by gamers to easily find friends online and communicate in game. Starting in 2004, the companys market share has rapidly grown to almost four million users. Many gamers are finding voice chat to be a superior way to communicate as opposed to the slower process of typing messages on a keyboard. If a monster jumps out, there is no need for fumbling with the keys when you need to shout for help. Voice chat also lets gamers coordinate large groups of people effectively in large raids. What about role-playing and voice communication? There is some reluctance to use voice communication in online role-playing games. Much of this issue stems from the lack of good voice-changing tools in the past that can work effectively with games. In addition, there is less control of good content on voice chat. External noises, such as other people talking in the same room, are very distracting and cant be easily masked over a microphone. Also, some less helpful gamers could use voice chat to taunt or annoy other people, who may be unable to turn off an in-game voice channel. And role-playing over live voice communication poses a challenge for most people of finding the right thing to say at the right time. Most of us arent very good at extemporaneous acting improvising in real-time. However, new online games such as Dungeons & Dragons Online (DDO) provide in-game voice capabilities that are adding a new life to role-playing. Many people are now starting to adopt voice chat as an important part of their in-game experience. As games like DDO become more common, I foresee brighter days ahead for voice communication. By providing a rich auditory experience, voice chat will improve realism for gamers. This is part of the never-ending process of adding more immersion to these virtual worlds.