Thursday, December 18, 2008

The Ultimate Game Machine


What’s a good game system to get?” you may ask. PS2? PC? Xbox? GameCube? GBA? We know there’s just so much information when all you want is to get your paws on the nifty looking controllers and start playing. That’s why I come up with this idea to help you choose wisely.

The PlayStation
PlaystationIt’s the world’s most popular and best selling game system. Can 40 million gamers around the world be wrong? It is the most popular game machine almost needs no introduction. As of latest count, there are 500 plus titles for the PS2. The Playstation has the most number of games made exclusively for it. The Playstation is online capable and supports several cutting-edge accessories like a headset and hard drive. It plays DVDs out of the box and has the most ardent third party support. And also, you will notice an improvement in the picture quality of the games, it really improves a lot. Before you buy, be sure to shop and compare in several stores before you really decide to buy. Apart from the extras, also consider the warranty.

The PC
computerThe most powerful game system leaves every console in the dust in terms of sheer graphic power. Plus your mom can do her grocery list on it. PCs have been used for desktop publishing, video editing, sound recording, word processing, presentations, surfing and just about everything. The mid to high end computers are also useful for-surprise-gaming! By mid to high end, I mean PCs that are equipped with at least a 64 MB NVIDIA GeForce or ATI Radeon based video card, Pentium 4 or Athlon XP 2200+ and 256 MB of memory. It also helps immensely to have at least a 17” monitor or much better an LCD, optical mouse, sound card, and a decent speaker system. If you want to play games be sure first that it meets the minimum requirements that I’ve mentioned. PCs can feature the latest in hardware developments so it has the best graphics and audio. The operating system of choice for PCs is windows XP, although some uses Windows Vista. PC Games are the best looking of all the platforms provided that the hardware components i.e. video cards, RAM, processor, etc. are kept up to date. The only big factor to the PCs is that, not everyone knows how to tweak and configure a PC.

The Xbox
XboxMicrosoft joins the console war and comes in second place. Find out what the number two machine is all about. The biggest and the most powerful of the current batch of consoles, Microsoft’s Xbox is the second most popular game machine. Essentially a PC in the body of a console, the Xbox boasts of a Pentium processor, an Nvidia graphics chip, a DVD drive, and a hard drive for storing game data, save games and music. It is one hefty piece of hardware, weighing in as much as a VHS player. Because of its PC components, the Xbox is the most powerful console to date. It trounces the rest in terms of graphical and CPU horsepower. It can pipe out 5.1 digital audio. All out support from the world’s biggest software company and Microsoft has pulled all of its muscle in churning out support for its console. The only big factor to the Xbox, it’s quite hard to find peripherals locally though there is nothing much you really need apart from extra controller. Let’s face it, it’s quite a hefty piece of equipment in this era of sleek thinking. Your little brother won’t be taking it anywhere anytime soon. And some Microsoft antagonists simply won’t even touch it. It’s not as famous as a PS2.

The GameCube
Game CubeNintendo’s ‘games only’ machine is very very good at what it does. Only if the kids will let you play with it. The smallest and cutest console from Nintendo of Japan, the GameCibe’s dimunitive cube shape provides sweet gaming power. Developed in conjunction with IBM and ATI, Nintendo’s game machine has shed its ‘just for kids’ image by releasing graphically disturbing games like Resident Evil and Eternal Darkness. The games come in mini disc format and requires a memory card to save games. You can choose from four GameCube colors such as indigo, orange-yellow, black and silver. There are several accessories available locally such as Wavebird wireless controller. An interesting add-on is the Game Boy player which docks at the bottom of the machine. The only big factor is that developers for the GameCube aren’t as prolific as those who make games for the Playstation. So if you are a grown man, what the hell are you doing with a kid’s toy? Tell them you are playing Resident Evil.

The Game Boy Advance
Game Boy AdvanceThe unchallenged portable game system has a very distinguished history. It is a constant best seller since it came out in the late ‘80s. The current generation Game Boy Advance is said to be more than or as powerful as the SNES game console. The graphics and sound are spectacular for a handheld. The Game Boy Advance come in two variants: the standard GBA and the GBA SP. The standard GBA is powered by 2 AA batteries and has a reflective screen that needs external lighting in low light condition. The GBA SP is more compact in size with its folding front lit screen. It has an internal rechargeable battery which is good for 10 hours of playing. The GBA is designed to be downward compatible with all existing Game Boy cartridges although there may be a handful that may not play on the GBA. Be sure the games you are getting are for the Game Boy Advance to get out of your machine in terms of gameplay, graphics, and sound. The only big factor for this machine is that games are all in SNES type graphics. And it can’t do true 3D. the sound can sometimes get a bit scratchy.

Now you decide what is the ultimate game machine. Why do you think it's the best? please do leave comments regarding your own idea about this article.