Car Racing Games – Great for Entertainment

Car games do occupy an important place in the world of video games. These games can be found in abundance in a lot of websites. There are various types of car racing games, like drag racing games, Chevy racing games, Formula 1 racing games or simply road racing games. Whatever the type, these car games are surely very entertaining and exciting.Thanks to the technological advancements, many improvements have been brought about to online games such as car games. Generally speaking the car racing games is 2D (two dimensional) and 3D (three dimensional) in nature and this allows the player to view every part of the car while the race is in progress. Even the routes where the race is being performed are mostly well-designed and very prominent. Because of the 3D technology, the player is able to see the headlights of approaching cars, red lights, street lights or even find his way through blockages.It is not uncommon to find children indulging in these online games such as car games, etc at their own homes or in cyber cafes as the popularity of online games have soared tremendously and it is becoming more and more popular with each passing day. Some sites are exclusively dedicated to these online games and new games are launched almost everyday, and one also finds a lot of takers for these games because people show enough interest in playing them.The main motive of playing these car games is to secure the coveted first position and to win the race and even if the prize may not be that attractive, it may be in the form of points or declared money. So although the prize is not that appealing, yet people are fascinated by online games and they put in a lot of effort to win it, by dashing against other cars on the route or even flipping them over, all just to cross the finish line first. It is the thrill that counts or maybe the satisfaction that one gets when winning the race while competing with the others.Some of these websites offering online games also offer car games which are more sophisticated, in the sense that the players have many more options, such as choosing the mode of game play or even the make of the cars, be it a Toyota or a Mercedes. These are more sophisticated and interactive in comparison to the basic flash games where the only objective is to win the race and there are little options or controls available.Online games such as car games may be free or one has to pay for it. Some of the more ‘high-end’ games require payment but mostly they are free of cost. Some even offer thrilling features like real time racing tournament, where one can invite his or her friends and race together in the same course in real time. This type of online games make for a great entertainment option when one is bored as playing these games may transport the player into another world altogether.

New Trends in Gaming Laptops

Gaming laptops and gaming technology are constantly changing and offering us some great new features to consider if you’re in the market for a gaming laptop. Perhaps, the biggest trend has been the movement towards even smaller, sleeker gaming laptops in recent months. The introduction of the Alienware M11x is a perfect example of this trend towards smaller gaming devices.While both Dell and Alienware are said to dislike calling the new 11 inch device a gaming “netbook”; their official marketing ads calls the M11x a “sub-15 inch” gaming laptop. Regardless of what Dell/Alienware wants, this 4 pound laptop with a T335M GPU and a HD 11″ display with 1336 x 768 max resolution, fits into the extremely hot netbook market. Why they would object is a little puzzling, but they probably want to put the emphasis on the M11x’s gaming performance and power, rather than concentrating on its small size.However, the M11x fits perfectly into the netbook market, and there are probably countless number of gamers who want a powerful gaming laptop which is truly portable and can be easily carried around. Especially, when you consider the overall trend or movement to portable devices, such as the recent introduction of the Apple iPad Tablet, which also has a gaming element to it.The M11x will fit nicely in today’s ever-increasing mobile world, especially when you factor in the youth market, which these portable devices are obviously targeting, one can plainly see the trend to more mobile gaming devices is on the horizon. Young people who have been raised on cell phones, Nintendo DS, iPods… will expect the next logical step up to small gaming laptops, call them “gaming netbooks”, “sub-15 inch laptops” or whatever; these machines won’t be wasted on the young.No doubt, if the Alienware M11x proves popular with the buying public, other laptop manufacturers will follow suit and produce miniature versions of their own gaming rigs. If this happens, then a movement towards smaller, more portable gaming laptops will become a solid trend in the gaming marketplace.Another major trend with gaming laptops is the growing importance of 3D technologies and displays. This was probably inevitable with the recent popularity and the enormous commercial success of the 3D movie Avatar, which has placed 3D back on everyone’s mind. Emphasis here is on commercial success, once something has proven profitable, you can bet manufacturers are taking note. We will probably see many more 3D movies and content coming available to the viewing public, much more than what we had in the past.Once this 3D content becomes more abundant, we will want/demand ways to view and enjoy it, so expect more 3D Television Sets and Displays to flood the home entertainment marketplace. Along with that will come an even greater interest in 3D gaming and machines to utilize all this new 3D technology. Of course, 3D gaming has been around for awhile, but only now have gaming laptops been catching up in performance and power, to fully take advantage of 3D gaming.Expect a lot more 3D gaming laptops to hit the market in coming months, Dell and HP are both rumored to have rigs in the works. One could also expect more 3D games and gaming peripherals to enhance your 3D enjoyment and pleasure. When you really consider it, 3D plays perfectly into the gaming mind-set, which is wired for fun and spectacular visuals. It is perfectly suited for computer gaming and role playing, bringing CGI characters to life in a more realistic fantasy world. What more could you ask for?In the coming months, these two new trends will play an ever-increasing role in gaming laptops. Expect to see more portable devices which takes gaming out into the real world, making your gaming much more portable. Also, look for a trend towards 3D in many more devices, bringing this technology more into the mainstream and not just a silly gimmick to get your attention. 3D will become more integrated into content not only for computer games, but also for movies and television programs. Once more content is produced, everyone can expect more 3D Television sets and 3D gaming laptops.

Guide For Selecting an Arcade Video Classics Multi Game Multicade

Hi! Ready to get lots more bang for your video game buck? Then, start thinking about the latest trend — multiple arcade video games in one cabinet, generically known as a multicade.That is right. Now, you can have several, not just one, classic games in a video game cabinet.Instead of only, for example, Ms Pac-Man in a Ms Pac-Man game cabinet – now, you can have Ms Pac-Man, plus Galaga, Frogger, Donkey Kong, and dozens more classics all in one cabinet.There are lots of possibilities for multiple game play available in the marketplace. Here is a brief description of a few common ones:1. Multicade. The original Multicade system consists of a computer and game discs. However, the manufacturer is no longer in business. But, the system is still around, and there may be a new company that has taken over the brand.The name multicade is now commonly used to describe almost all multi game setups.2. Ultracade. Ultracade is another multi-game platform featuring multiple classic arcade games emulated on PC hardware running proprietary operating system and emulation code. The company is no longer in business. And, the name Ultracade is also sometimes used generically.3. Arcade Classics 60-in-1. This is a JAMMA printed circuit board (PCB) offering 60 classic arcade video games.4. Capcom 18-in-1. Are you a Head-to-Head fighting fan? Then check out the Capcom multicade.5. PlayChoice 10. The Nintendo PlayChoice 10 system can be upgraded to play dozens of classic games.6. NeoGeo. SNK’s multi video system (MVS) NeoGeo is a widely available cartridge based multi-game system. They are celebrating their 20th anniversary.7. Games Family 1940-in-1 Multigame JAMMA System. Yep, that is right – 1,940 games, and many of the best ones, too. It is a monster.8. MAME. The MAME (multiple arcade machine emulator) is a computer system with the capability to emulate practically every arcade video game. This multicade setup is typically undertaken only by the very dedicated hobbyists.9. Williams Classics. Several of the classic Williams games (Joust, Defender, Stargate) are available in one dedicated cabinet.10. Ms Pac-Man Galaga Reunion. This is a great dedicated game featuring two great classics. The game’s PCB (printed circuit board) could be installed into any cabinet, including a Ms Pac-Man cabinet, or a Galaga.11. Multiple JAMMA PCBs. It is possible to install multiple JAMMA game pcbs into one cabinet, and switch between them.12. Modified Ms Pac-Man. It is possible to modify a Ms Pac-Man PCB to be able to also play Pac-Man, and in either the fast or slow version of both.13. Galaga Ms Pac-Man Switcher. It is possible to add either game PCB to the other game cabinet, and be able to switch between the two.These are some of the more common solutions for multi game play, but there are many others.An important distinction between cabinets:There is an important distinction to understand about arcade game cabinets.The classic games like Ms Pac-Man and Galaga are played using a vertically mounted monitor. While there are some classics like Joust, almost all the modern fighting games like Street Fighter use a horizontally mounted monitor.Most importantly, the game types are not immediately interchangeable between the cabinet types. It is possible, for example, to modify a horizontal cabinet to accept a vertical mount monitor, but the reverse is usually not possible. This is because the cabinets for the two monitor types are built differently. The horizontal cabinet will be a few inches wider than the vertical cabinet.The point is that the style (horizontal or vertical) of a cabinet matters – some will work for a classics multicade upgrade, and some will not.My Favorite Multi Game Solution – The 60-in-1 Classics Multicade:Today, the most nostalgic multicade experience is obtained with the 60-in-1 JAMMA PCB.It is possible to take any vertical mount monitor cabinet (Ms Pac-Man, Galaga, etc.), and install the hardware that will allow the play of 60 great classic games in one cabinet (see exceptions noted below).And, since the game would be a JAMMA standard installation, the hardware is easily serviceable and will be around for a long time. Furthermore, a JAMMA cabinet is versatile in that it can accept many of the other of 100’s of JAMMA game PCBs.Here are the 60-in-1 classic arcade video games:Ms Pac-Man
Galaga
Frogger
Donkey Kong
Donkey Kong Junior
Donkey Kong 3
Galaxian
Dig Dug
Crush
Mr. Do
Space Invaders
Pac-Man
Galaga 3
Gyruss
Tank Battalion
Ladybug
Millipede**
Burger Time
JR Pacman
Mappy
Pengo
1942***
Centipede**
Phoenix***
Time Pilot
Super Cobra***
Hustler
Space Panic***
Super Breakout**
New Rally X
Arkanoid**
Qix
Juno First
Xevious***
Mr. Do’s Castle
Moon Cresta
Pinball Action
Scramble***
Super Pac-Man
Bomb Jack
Shao-Lin’s Road***
King & Balloon
1943****
Van-Van Car
Pac-Man Plus
Dig Dug 2
Amidar
Zaxxon
Pooyan
Pleiads
Gun Smoke***3-buttons
The End
1943 Kai****
Congo Bongo
Jumping Jack
Ms. Pac-Man (Fast Mode)
Pac-Man (Fast Mode)
Galaga (Fast Fire Mode)
Jr. Pac-Man (Fast Mode)
Pac-Man Plus (Fast Mode)Exceptions:**Indicates a game that requires a trackball to play (#’s 17, 23, 29, and 31). Installation, or not, of a trackball would be determined by the size and configuration of the control panel.So, the 4 games that require a trackball might not be feasible for some cabinet types with smaller control panels.However, the 4 games can still be played with the joystick. Although, the play is not the same as with a trackball, many people learned to play Centipede, for example, with a joystick.If the control panel will permit, a trackball can be installed.***Indicates a game that requires 2 (or more) buttons to play – for example, both a fire and jump button. Most of the classic games, however, only require 1 button – such as, a Galaga with only a fire button.So, the approximate 8 games that require installation of additional buttons (7 require 2 buttons, and 1 requires 3 buttons) will also be determined by the size of the control panel.When the control panel size permits (and it usually does), installation of up to 2 buttons (fire and jump) is often standard.****Indicates a game (there are 2) that requires 2 sets of player controls to allow two-player simultaneous play. There is usually not room on a classic game’s control panel for comfortable play with two sets of controls (2 joysticks with two buttons each).One set of controls is usually standard, since most of the classics are played with two players taking turns. If two sets of controls were desired and possible, they could be added. But, that would likely preclude the addition of a trackball.Any of the 60 games can be individually turned off, so that they would not appear on screen in the menu selection. Meaning, for example, that you could feature only the three games with left-right controller action – Galaga, Galaxian, and Space Invaders.Use the information in this article to help evaluate the many styles of available multicades. Multicades may seem complicated, but they are well worth any extra effort. Simply because, they are economical to own, save space, and offer a great variety of arcade video game play.