Sunday, 7 December 2008

Gifts For Geeks – Christmas 2008 – Part Five


Computer Games

Geeks love computer games - well, most of us do!

Geeks who like to game like having lots of games, but be careful, just as music has many genre’s, which people either like or don’t, games fall under many genre’s too.

The key genre’s in PC gaming though FPS, RPG and RTS.

Diesel-Tekk far cry 2 FPS, or First Person Shooter is the kind of game that puts the player behind the crosshairs of a weapon, with the aim to annihilate the enemy, either in a mission based manner, or in a classic ‘Deathmatch’, which pits the player against others in arena style combat.

Games that are currently popular in this genre include Call Of Duty 4 and Call Of Duty: World At War, Far Cry 2, Left 4 Dead and Unreal Tournament III.

Diesel-Tekk WoW RPG, or Role Play Game is a generally an adventure game played from a third person perspective (camera behind the in-game character). RPG’s are often fantasy based, involving mythical characters and creatures such as orc’s and ogres, dragon’s and wizards and feature turn based combat.

Popular RPG titles include World Of Warcraft (WoW), Warhammer: Age Of Reckoning and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

Diesel-Tekk red alert 3 RTS, or Real Time Strategy games are usually viewed in a top-down manner (the camera is in the sky, looking down on the game-field, and involve controlling units and vehicles with objectives to complete, such as mining ores, collecting food and taking out the enemy encampments.

Red Alert 3, Company Of Hero’s and World In Conflict are popular titles in this genre.

Multiplayer, an important aspect of gaming on the PC is featured in the majority of titles from these three key genre’s, and in all of the titles mentioned. Multiplayer components of the games require an active internet connection, and in almost all cases this means a broadband connection, not dial-up. Make sure you get this right, because if the games requires broadband, and for some strange reason the Geek doesn’t have one, he will be disappointed!

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