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Flight simulator games and their hardware have come a long way. The updates and the changes made in the graphic and detailing levels have always improved significantly along with the vast number of controls and hardware. Flight simulator hardware is costly without a doubt. The software is a onetime investment but the hardware is forever changing and can prove quite costly.

After accomplishing almost everything on the software level they focused on the hardware levels which mainly comprised of the joysticks and other controllers that brought about the game to a whole new level. The flight simulator hardware costs a huge sum of money but not as much as the actual units. But these simulators with its extensive hardware are more closer to the real thing and if you are born rich with a lot of money at your disposal these lovely pieces of hardware is out there for you to enjoy the flight realism.

Today different controllers are made for each plane that you plan on using and thus it could lead to you spending more. Each flight simulator hardware package is distinct as it comprises of ejector seats. Wind effects, screens, lighting, flashes and the list can go on and on. The full fledged controls do cost a huge amount though.

Flight simulator hardware is actually very entertaining and provides one with a learning process. The game is surely a big hit amongst the fans and pilot enthusiasts. These pieces of hardware can add to the complete part of boosting up the plane and putting in a lot of effects. The experience is near fantastic when the game is played with sufficient hardware and tools. The controls and its hardware too have helped a lot in getting the simulator its fame and demand.

Old Games and Older Gamers

Some who read this will remember the start of online gaming, not with World of War Craft, not with Wii, not with PlayStation and not with X-Box. They will remember some strange sounding words to today’s gamers. Words like Quake, Quake III, possibly UnReal Tournament. What are those?

The older gamers will remember it all. These gamers will also remember 2 Forts and the epic CTF (Capture the Flag) battles that ensued between a red and blue team. The somewhat limited coding of the earlier games did lend itself to hacks. Occasionally an opponent could walk through a wall when that should not happen, maybe fly across a water barrier. Part of the challenge was to take the medics axe and whack those folks infecting them as much due to cheating then being on the other team.

My favorite Quake character was the out of control medic, wielding an axe causing imminent but lingering death to an opponent or just as effectively healing a teammate. One whack to the enemy resulted in a frag. The favorite attacks usually involved clutching a grenade close to yourself until it exploded throwing you into the air, over the moat or up to the sniper’s nest. Snipers usually found squinting down their gun sight so when you hit them with the infecting axe they had no idea it was coming.

Clan battles also took on an epic saga. The clan ladder finally came along so all clans could challenge each other to find out who was the “best.” The “icd” of icdfreelance started as part of a clan many years ago. Originally, this name started as Clan Icing Death Freelance before becoming the current “I can do freelance.” Roots and heritage are still there.

The gaming world has changed by hardware and software. The old world of games ran on computers that today would barely handle email and text file in today’s world. If you can find one of these old games, it usually will run even if you have to coax things along with a config file but to see the blocky textures, block faced characters of Quake. Moving to Quake III, we find a world of improvements in how the game looks.

Compared to today’s games of mega graphics, player tools, and demands on hardware all necessary, the old games seem from another time. They are. The new, improved games are as much fun for today’s players as the old games were for the older gamer.

As with all technology, gaming will, cannot go back as we must go forward into a new world. What a gaming world it is becoming; intense reality, major hardware improvements with matching scenes that challenges choosing between a real world and a cyber world.

This is today. What will the gaming world of tomorrow bring? An unanswered question, at least for now but the anticipation is undeniable.

Intense Mobile Gaming on the Samsung Galaxy S2

Games are not new to handheld mobile devices. In the past, we played simple forms of amusement such as Snake to kill time. Although this game is a classic, modern mobile phone gamers will find this age-old game too simple to play. They might even find this game boring. These day’s games are more intense. They come with 3D graphics. They are more interactive. They offer the same game play experience similar to console gaming and PC games. However, with hardcore games, system requirements have significantly gone up. These mobile games require more from the phone’s hardware. Some handsets will not be able to cope with these requirements. If you are looking for a handset that can easily meet these requirements, you will find it in the most powerful handset in the market the Samsung Galaxy S2.

This new flagship smartphone by the Korea-based phone manufacturer is not called the most powerful handset in the market for no reason. Sure, there are other handsets that come packed with a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor like HTC Sensation. However, it comes with 1GB or RAM to add more to performance. Aside from the dual-core processor, it comes with an integrated graphics processing unit that allows you to enjoy more from intense graphics from games.

True, single-core-powered handsets such as the iPhone 4 can handle graphically intensive mobile games. However, if ever other applications are used, performance will become an issue. With two cores, the Samsung Galaxy S2 will never experience this problem. This powerhouse of a smartphone will be able to handle a multitude of tasks no matter how requirement-intensive these apps may be. This simply means that you can enjoy games with intense graphics and game play.

Sure, the most popular one is Rovio’s Angry Birds. However, hardcore mobile phone gamers are looking for more action other than flinging flightless birds towards annoying green pigs. This is why game developers have created games that cater to more discriminating tastes. Examples of these games are Gameloft’s Assassin’s Creed and Backstab HD. These forms of entertainment offer heart-stopping action and more hours of game play not found in ordinary games. They also require more from hardware. The S2 is more than capable of handling this.

There is another one that pushes the envelope in mobile gaming development. This is Madfinger Games’ SHADOWGUN. This shooter incorporates third-person-shooter elements, dynamic lighting, and an interactive game environment. Not many smartphones will be able to handle the game’s requirements. With the Samsung Galaxy S2, you are sure to enjoy this intense mobile game.