Setting Up A Gaming Shop – What You Must Do

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Have you ever thought about setting up a private gaming shop that interlinks gamers in your area? Dream about creating a hangout where all gamers can socialise and do what they love to do the best – play games? Well, stop dreaming, pull up your sleeves and get to work.

Find A Place
First things first, you need to get the place up and ready. Find a suitable place preferably in the outskirts of the city or somewhere you are confident that you will attract a lot of gamers. Rent a place that is visible for one and all. Ensure that it has the space to fit in a reasonable number of gamers while not burning a hole in your pocket.

Affordable Gaming Computers
Once you have the place ready, you will need the latest gaming computers that you can get your hands-on for giving your little social group the best gaming experience ever. You can easily get your hands on some renowned names such as DinoPC.com, Mesh Computers, etc. You will be able to purchase customised PCs that perfectly meet with your requirements.

Most of us believe that we need to spend a lot of money if we need to get our hands on the latest models that are available in the market. However, only a few of us are aware that you can also get cheap gaming computers if you can put in the required amount of effort and spend the time needed.

These days there are many innovative graphics and high-speed video games that require you to have a very suitable computer that can accommodate the latest gaming requirements. If you can take the time and effort to build your system, you can surely make it affordable. Here are your options:

Cheapest Option – For an extremely tight budget, a mere £200 can get you a gaming computer. Only drawback to building this type of system will be that you will have to be stuck with integrated graphics on the processor. Playing modern games will be a difficult task as the speed may not be up to the standards.

Moderate Option – If you want a decent system, then this is the best option for you and you will be spending £260 to £330. You can get a 1920 x 1080 monitor to go with your system. With a 4 GB RAM and a 250 GB hard drive, this will surely be better than the one discussed above, but not as effective as the one discussed below.

Expensive Option – If you are willing to spend anywhere between £450 and £500, then you can get a try high-quality option that will be able to support most of the high-end games of today. You will be able to get an Intel 5 edition, an 8 GB RAM and a 1 TB hard disk drive. You can get all these components from reliable sources and then assemble them to get the most powerful gaming computer for you.

Establishing Your System Network
The job is only half done once you are through building the systems as per your requirement. For connecting them with each other for a mind blowing gaming experience you will need to establish a system network. It is recommended that you hire any one of the renowned IT services in or near the city in which you intend to start shop. For instance, if your place is located in or nearby London, its best that you take the help of a renowned company like Prosyn, Evanet, Urban Network, etc. that offer network services in London. The logic behind is that they can be approached quickly and if need be they can conduct a personal investigation if any issues arise.

Advertise & Promote
You can advertise in local dailies and also on the social media where gamers gather in large numbers. Offering special promotional packages and memberships can also draw the attention of gamers.

4 upcoming PC games that will most likely crush your current system

Instead of touting what your state-of-the-art computer can do, we, here at Grand Theft PC, love playing the devil’s advocate so much that we will be celebrating what your computer cannot do. Indeed, one would start to think that the writer of this blog has gone mad and is writing complete jargon, however, that is not true, for it is imperative that my fellow PC gamers receive a healthy dose of a reality check. Thus, we will be listing the 4 upcoming games that will most likely crush your state-of-the-art system.

Project Offset

“Majestic”

How?

Project Offset differs from other games in that it has no “official title” yet, and in the insignificant fact that it will run on a never before seen “next-generation” game engine called the Offset Engine. Wait a minute. Did we just say “next generation” as in the generation after this generation? You bet, and it has been in development for over five years, but we like to think the developers are just polishing up the game while waiting for the hardware market to catch up, so by the time it is released you better hope that you will already own something that can run this game decently.

still not convinced?:

S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2

“Get that rig out of here, Stalker…”

How?

Unlike Clear Sky and Call of Pripyat, STALKER 2 will be a fully fledged sequel to the original stalker game, Shadow of Chernobyl. We predict that it will most likely use the X-Ray 2.0 Engine, an updated version of the X-ray 1.6 Engine Call of Pripyat is using. Considering the fact that the ATI 5870 runs Call of Pripyat with direct x 11 at a reasonable 30-40 FPS, we can safely assume that the next installment of Stalker will crush your current computer. Well, there is always the chance of better optimization, but we, as always, doubt that.(UPDATE: It seems that the developers of the Stalker series have licensed the CryEngine 3, nonetheless, we still hope that it will crush your system.)

Battlefield 3

“Not really Battlefield 3”

How?

Although absolutely nothing has been announced about Battlefield 3 other than the rumor of being in development, we hope that the game will push video game graphics to next level with its use of Direct x 11 features, such as hardware tessellation. We also hope that it is PC exclusive as well, as that will undoubtedly increase the chances of it having better graphics and better features.

Crysis 2

“It’s like 2007 again, but in New York!”

How? 

Unless you’ve been trying to survive the jungles of Cambodia, you have most likely heard of Crysis 2 and the CryEngine 3. Although I have no doubt that the game will require expensive computing power to fully experience this graphical wonder, I must voice my concern of its “consolization”. As most of you are aware, the game will take place in New York City, so that may mean more indoor game-play and less vegetation which in turn means less of a performance impact. Did Crytek decide to abandon the island theme in favor of supporting the console version? Interesting….What do you think?

4 more PC games that gave the middle finger to PC gamers.

Whether or not the developers of these games voluntarily intended to enrage PC gamers, we might never know, but one thing is for sure, they sure piss us off.
4. Duke Nukem Forever.

“His name is Duke, and he has the best second name on the planet.”

What is it?

Sequel to Duke Nukem 3D, Duke Nukem Forever is a First-Person-Shooter that has been in development since 1997 by 3D Realms.

How?

By being the greatest vaporware of all time.

At Grand Theft PC, we are all into determination and perseverance, but, of course, we’d tell you to stop trying once you start looking like an idiot, and if you had anything to do with the development of Duke Nukem Forever, we should inform you that you are way past that mark. On a more serious note, the game has been in development for over 13 years and has undergone more than 2 engine changes. Winner of many Vaporware awards, with countless release dates overdue and no release date in sight, Duke Nukem Forever still remains in development. After all that, we can only assume that 3D Realms has being with us since 1997.

How could it have been better?

We’d tell them to release the unfinished product already, but since the game has been in development for over 13 years, an unfinished product would look pretty ironic.

3. Command and Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight.

” He is terribly vexed”

What is it?

Sequel to the highly acclaimed Command and Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars and another entry in the Command and Conquer universe.

How?

By being a really crappy installment of a really great series.

When Westwood studios released Command and Conquer in 1995, they pretty much started the RTS craze, so, when you release a game in the name of Command and Conquer, people will have some expectations. Well, Command and Conquer 4 completely shattered those expectations, and in a negative way.  The game was stripped from what made the other games in the series great. Base building and harvesting were replaced by a “capture the node” system, and, in turn, negative critical reception rolled in.

How could it have been better?

We think that EA games should have shipped the game with apology letters.

2. Grand Theft Auto IV.

“It still runs like crap though”

What is it?

Grand Theft Auto IV lets you play as Niko bellic in Liberty City. It’s another entry in the GTA series.

How?

By being a really unoptimized game.

PC gamers with anything better than an 8800 and a dual core processor would get really sensitive when one tells them that a high-profile game, such as this, plays better on the console because the developers are too lazy to optimize the game for the PC platform.  Of course, when you bother getting the necessary hardware to max this game (think a GTX 280 with an I7 CPU), the visuals are still unimpressive, which further exacerbates our hatred for this game.

How could it have been better?

Although the game did release 6 months after the console version, it would have been better if they delayed the game further to work on the game’s optimization.

1.Spore.

What is it?

Developed by Will Wright, the man responsible for the Sims, Spore was released on September 7th 2008.

How?

By failing completely to live up to the hype, and by having a terrible DRM protection.

Now, I am not saying that Spore is a bad game in any way. It was just not good enough to live up to the hype set by Will Wright’s fans.  The fact is that the game is basically 5 minigames in one box, and each minigame feels severely limited somehow up until you reach the space stage where things really start to take off. The game also has terrible DRM protection, which netted it many horrible user reviews on sites such as Amazon.

How could it have been better?

The DRM protection was a big slap in the face from EA; the limited number of installations made us wonder, what the hell were they thinking? Considering the fact a game such as spore was destined to sell extremely well anyway, the presence of such a draconian DRM protection seriously pisses us off.

4 Reasons to reconsider upgrading your PC

With the release of Nvidia’s latest flagship cards, I, and many other PC gamers, have been bombarded with the same old enticing phrases, such as “The World’s fastest graphics card”, that have come to play with our desires, but with advent of unoptimized games lately and the fact that the last major release of a graphic milestone was in 2007, are these top-of-the-line hardware really necessary? Nope. Why?

An 8800gtx can still max out games today.


                                                                    

” Your best purchase ever!”
It is surprising and baffling at the same time that a three year old piece of hardware has lasted for so long and yet remained so strong. Indeed, you’d be hard-pressed to count the games that this beast of a bygone generation cannot max out, unless you are counting unoptimized trash, but really who bothers counting unoptimized trash anyway?                                                                 “unoptimized trash”

Things may not be what they seem.

Remember three years ago when your gaming buddies told you not to bother with a Q6600 because pretty much no game benefits from having a quad core, but you bought one anyway because you figured out that four is better than two then, a week later, your buddies dropped by your house to find you weeping alone in the dark because the e8400,which was in the same price range, just came out and outperformed your quad in about 95% of the games? Yeah, you do.

There is no such thing as “Future-Proofing.”

Ask any PC enthusiast, who has been upgrading his PC since Quake, if he considers upgrading his PC with the intent of “Future-Proofing”. The short answer will be No. In fact, he will proceed to tell you that you should upgrade with the intent of playing games that have been released or games that will be released in the near future, but not the ones in three years time. Sadly, this is true because we have no idea what may happen in three years time, perhaps a new version of direct x will be released or the hardware you intend on buying may become obsolete, so buying hardware with the intent of “Future-Proofing” may, one day, leave you disappointed.

The price/performance ratio decreases significantly after a GTX 260 with a high end dual core processor, such as an E8400. (MARCH 2010)

I believe that any piece of hardware more expensive than any of those two is superfluous and totally unnecessary, unless you are playing on a resolution higher than 1680×1050 or like playing games with 16x AA.  They are enough for maxing out most games except, well, unoptimized trash, but really who bothers buying unoptimized trash anyway?