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PC Gaming

The death of PC gaming is always announced with each new generation of consoles. Yet, PC gaming has stuck around producing great games like Half Life, DOOM, Unreal, Warcraft, EverQuest, Command & Conquer, Civilization, and much more. One of the main reasons PC gaming is still popular is the mouse and keyboard. Console controllers are great for sports and fighting games, but the mouse and keyboard are hard to beat for shooting and RTS games.

Now with a HTPC, you can play the great games mentioned above on a HDTV and surround sound speakers. Besides the PS3 and Xbox 360, PC gaming on a HTPC is the only way to get true HD resolution games on a HDTV.


PDA Phone Gaming

PDA Phone

PDAs and PDA phones certainly have the capability to be a great portable gaming console. They have a large user base, more than enough processing power, and a high resolution display. However, lack of quality games and lack of a easy to use interface has caused PDA gaming to remain unpopular. Besides the regular Solitaire and Breakout games, there are a few gems out there like Myst, Madden NFL 06, and Age of Empires. As the popularity of PDAs and PDA phones increases, the choices of high quality PDA games are sure to increase.


Game System Tips

  1. Notable barbarian consoles have also fought bravely, but were handily defeated. Honorable mention goes to the Atari Jaguar, Atari 7800, TurboGrafx 16, 3DO, and SNK’s Neo-Geo. Honorable mention also goes to the game consoles that started it all, … before the great game console wars. These sytems includes Atari 2600, Commodore 64, Magnavox Odyssey, Colecovision, and Mattel’s Intellivision.
  2. Xbox 360, Xbox, and PS2 do not have any DVD upscaling abilities.
  3. Nintendo Wii does not have HD or digital surround sound support. It is designed for standard definition TVs.
  4. For the best sound quality, use the optical interconnect over the standard RCA analog audio interconnects. Surround sound is only possible using a digital interconnect such as optical. See the audio Connections page for more information.
  5. See the video interconnect page for advice on which video interconnects to use.
  6. The RGB video signal output provided by older game consoles needs a scan–doubler in order to connect to a VGA monitor.

Go To:

Console
Gen I
NES
Nintendo Entertainment System
vs. Sega Master System
Sega Master System
Console
Gen II
SNES
Super Nintendo
vs. Sega Genesis
Sega Genesis

 

 

Console
Gen III
PS1
Sony PlayStation
vs. N64
Nintendo 64
vs. Sega Saturn
Sega Saturn
Console
Gen IV
PS2
PS2
vs.
Xbox
vs. GameCube
GameCube
vs. Dreamcast
Dreamcast
Console
Gen V
PS3
Sony PS3
vs. Xbox 360
Microsoft Xbox 360
vs. Wii
Nintendo Wii
Hand
Helds
PSP
Sony PSP
vs. Nintendo DS
Nintendo DS
vs. Game Boy
Game Boy


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