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Game Lag: Five Steps to Reducing Lag in Online Video Games

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314w ago - Tired of pulling a trigger in Call of Duty: World at War, then watching your gun fire five seconds later? Sick of adrenaline-fueled Halo 3 matches playing out like slide-shows?

Well, the GamePro editors have five secret tips to help you reduce or eliminate lag, and make online gaming more stable and enjoyable.

Without further ado, here are five proven ways to fix a laggy game experience!

1. Shut down all PC downloads and sharing apps.
File-sharing programs such as BitTorrent are infamous for eating up bandwidth, and will guarantee you a choppy online gaming experience on your game system.

Big downloads, such as Apple Store TV shows or movies, will also slow down your online game. If you're playing online, try to limit any PC Internet use beyond simple web browsing or e-mail.

2. Cable internet beats DSL every single time.
There's a reason a DSL connection costs less than cable internet: it's slower and less stable. In fact, some industry groups have recommended stripping DSL of its "broadband" label because it can only handle a fraction of the speed of a cable connection.

DSL is fine for speedy web browsing, but cable reigns supreme for online gaming. Cable internet is also relatively inexpensive if you're already a cable TV...
 

Video: Star Wars Battlefront 3 Gameplay Footage Leaked!

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314w ago - Today a video was released of some apparently leaked Star Wars Battlefront 3 gameplay footage.

It comes courtesy of naughtydude1999 via YouTube, and the video's caption states the following:

For the first time ever, Star Wars Battlefront 3 footage that is NOT a Rick Roll.

This video was taken in an internal show and tell Alpha meeting back in November.

ENJOY!




 

IGN: Ten Trends That Are Destroying Videogames

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314w ago - IGN (linked above) believes that there are ten clear trends that are 'destroying' videogames as follows:

1) A Great Cast with a Dud Script

2) Unreal Engine 3 Overdose

3) Sequelitis

4) Too Human Syndrome

5) Production Values vs. Wii Production "Values"

6) Sonic and Mario Visit the Rainbow Dentist (Overuse of Gaming Icons)

7) Motion "Control"

8) Promises, Promises, Promises (DLC, Patches, etc)

9) Strong Female Lead Character = Edgy, Clever and Desirable

10) Casual Gaming (Trendy Clone Games)

As always, feel free to share your comments below!
 

YouTube TV for PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii Game Consoles!

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314w ago - Have you ever wanted to just sit on your couch and watch YouTube on your TV? Well, now that's possible via YouTube for Television, initially available through the Sony PS3 and Nintendo Wii game consoles at [Register or Login to view links].

Currently in beta, the TV Website offers a dynamic, lean-back, 10-foot television viewing experience through a streamlined interface that enables you to discover, watch and share YouTube videos on any TV screen with just a few quick clicks of your remote control.

With enlarged text and simplified navigation, it makes watching YouTube on your TV as easy and intuitive as possible. Optional auto-play capability enables users to view related videos sequentially, emulating a traditional television experience.

The TV Website is available internationally across 22 geographies and in over 12 languages.

As [Register or Login to view links], YouTube has partnered directly with major TV and set-top box manufacturers to bring YouTube into the living room. Still, very few such devices today contain a Web browser or provide access to YouTube.

Our hope is that this site may help to accelerate an industry evolution towards open television access to Web video. Over time, we plan...
 

Microsoft Launches Get Game Smart Campaign for Families

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315w ago - Microsoft has launched a safety education campaign to help parents their children's digital media use. Below is the press release with the announcement:

Press Release: Microsoft Encourages Families to Get Game Smart

Safety education campaign helps families manage video gaming and media use; company starts nationwide search for parents and teens to serve as gaming safety ambassadors.

REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- With 65 percent of American households playing computer or video games,(1) it is more important than ever for parents and caregivers to be aware of - and have access to - resources and tools to manage their children's digital media use.

This is why Microsoft Corp., along with the nation's most prominent children's media advocates and consumer electronics retailer Best Buy(R), is encouraging families to Get Game Smart with a first-of-its-kind approach to educating and engaging American families.

Get Game Smart is a new public service campaign designed to help parents and kids maintain a dialogue about balanced and age-appropriate media use and, more specifically, video gaming on the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system and Windows-based PC in their homes.

Get Game Smart gives families resources and incentives to...
 
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