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Nov 2014

5 Reasons why PC Gaming is better than consoles.

I’ve been playing video games since my parents bought me a computer in the early 1980’s and I’ve had almost every console that Sony, Nintendo or anyone else has ever made. However for me, nothing beats gaming on a PC. Here are some of my reasons why:
  • Cost
A half-way decent PC that’s comparable in quality to the latest consoles will set you back about £500. OK, so that’s about £150 more than the latest PlayStation but hear me out. Most PC games are about £20 - £30 cheaper to buy on release than PlayStation or Xbox games. You can also get big savings throughout the year in sales from Steam, EA or G2A. In addition, the online site “humble bundle” regularly offers great deals on PC games. There’s also a myriad of free-to-play games, from first person shooters such as Team Fortress 2, Flight Simulators like War Thunder and the biggest ones such as League of Legends.
  • Backward Compatibility
PCs are completely backwards compatible with older games, and with sites like GOG you can always have another crack at an old game, something that the latest generation of consoles from Sony & Microsoft can’t offer.
  • Upgradability
PCs are infinitely upgradable meaning that games can look amazing graphically. The latest generation of consoles struggles with displaying a full HD picture in lots of games, something PC’s have been doing for years. A relatively standard desktop from the Windows 7 era can play most games with the addition of a graphics card for about £100.
  • Social Gaming
Compared to console sales, there are 27 million daily players of League of Legends and about 7.5 million playing at any given moment, and best of all, it’s free to play! Another big boy in PC gaming is World of Warcraft, which has been running for 10 years now and boasts 10.3 million subscribers.
  • The Oculus Rift
The next big thing in video gaming is coming next year - the Oculus Rift. This is a totally immersive virtual reality headset with full high-definition graphics and 3D head tracking. If you ever wanted to escape into a fantasy world, this will be the way to do it. It’s coming to PC and Mac next year (not consoles funnily enough).
Oh, and one more thing? You can do your homework on them!

Top internet shopping security tips

As the festive season is fast approaching and many of you will be buying Christmas gifts on-line, I’d like to give you some tips on trying to keep safe when internet shopping.
  • If you don’t know the website, stay clear. This may sound a little obvious, but if you don’t know who the retailer is, are you sure you can trust them? Make sure you’ve either heard of them or that they’ve been recommended to you as safe. Don’t trust website reviews from people you don’t know but in the event that a particular online retailer is the only place to get what you want, make sure you check that you’ve got plenty of contact details such as a name, phone number and postal address.
  • Returns Policy. Make sure the retailer you buy from has got one and that you know what it is.
  • Make sure the retailer has a secure website. When you are at the checkout and before you type in your credit card details, do check the security of the website. There are 2 ways of doing this: firstly look for a padlock in the web browser’s address bar; secondly check that the address in the address bar starts with https:// (the ‘s’ stands for secure).
  • Use a credit card. Avoid using a debit card online as you will have significantly less protection than using a credit card. In addition, some credit cards will give you free extended warranties.
  • Split your email addresses. You’ve quite possibly got 2 email addresses already, one for work and one for home. You should consider at least 2 email addresses for home use, one for all the social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter and another for shopping and banking. That way if your social media address gets hacked, it won’t be as much of a security issue as the shopping/banking one. We’ve always recommended free email addresses which are available from Microsoft but Google, Yahoo and Apple offer similar services.
  • Set a serious password. Coming up with a good password that is easy to remember and yet strong can be quite hard. The best passwords are made up of phrases, upper and lower case characters and punctuation. So for example “iloveShopping4shoes!” or “iwantaCheesesandwich4lunch!” would work really well (although obviously not now as I’ve just told 10,000 readers!).