If you like to play Videogames, then today I am going to take you on a basic course of PC gaming. I’m not talking about Farmville or Solitaire. I’m talking about real video games.
The first step to playing PC games is knowing your limitations on what hardware you have. Many people have laptops as their primary PC’s and while laptops are great, they are not really designed for graphically intense gaming.
This does not mean that you cannot play high end PC games on your laptop. In fact many laptops will run most games. But your game might be running on the lowest possible settings and may not look as beautiful as it was meant to look.
So how can you tell what your laptop has under the hood? Without getting into numbers and getting too technical, the easiest way is to look up the model number of your laptop on the internet and look at the specifications of your PC.
You’re going to see one of two keywords listed. It will either say “Integrated Graphics” or “Discrete Graphics”. If your PC has integrated graphics, then you’re going to have to keep your games set at very low settings. What this means is your PC’s CPU is working double-time. It has to process information as well as process graphics. If your PC is listed as having discrete graphics, then your PC has a separate graphics card from your CPU. This means you can turn up the graphics settings and your games will look better and run faster.
The second step of PC gaming is getting the games. The majority of PC games are sold digitally now through online gaming platforms. The most popular and most highly recommended is Steam. If you have ever played on an Xbox 360, then think of this as your Xbox Live for PC gaming. Steam has friend lists with chat, community forums, achievements, and loads of games. The best part of Steam and PC gaming are the deals. Steam has frequent “Steam Sales” where many popular games can be purchased for $15 or less.
Your purchases are always available on steam and can be installed on multiple PC’s. You can join Steam for free