Alienware Video Cards Repair / Replacement

As we all know that Alienware Gaming Laptops are the best and expensive gaming laptops along with their parts and accessories including Alienware laptop video cards, motherboards etc. As a result, Alienware laptop repair is a costly option and if you are just looking for upgrading few components then it may not cost you as dear.

Alienware laptops come with good configurations but still if you are fed up of the graphics / video card installed in it or just want to replace the troubling graphics card, there are certain points that you need to consider before you go about an Alienware laptop repair job.

Replacing or installing a graphics card in your laptop is not a very cumbersome task, just few steps and you are up with a new found brute force for your Alienware beast.

• First step is to uninstall current graphics card drivers and to do so just right click on My Computer and select Properties. Find your graphics card listed under the hardware tab. Just uninstall it from there.

• Shutdown your laptop now and locate the AGP slot. Get rid of the static charge your body might have before you start touching internal components of the machine as you might end up damaging some electronic parts. Using an antistatic strap could be a good option. To remove the old graphics card, all you need to do is to open the casing first and unscrew attached back plate.

• It would be better if you go through your new graphics card manual before you install it inside. Once you have read it all and sure about its configuration, just slide it into motherboard’s AGP slot. Make sure you have securely placed it into slot before you screw back its back plate and close the laptop casing.

• Now you can turn your laptop “ON” to install drivers for the new graphics card. If Windows does not detect the new hardware installed then just click Settings from the Start Menu, open the Control Panel and click Add Hardware and you can install drivers through easy to follow steps. Once you have installed drivers you are finished with your Alienware laptop repair. Just restart your Alienware laptop and experience the change.

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Parallels Workstation Extreme Launches: World’s First Enterprise Virtualization Solution to Provide Native 3D Graphics

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Renton, WA (Vocus) March 30, 2009

Parallels today announced the launch of Parallels Workstation Extreme, the first high-end workstation virtualization solution to offer users near-native performance for resource-intensive applications that require extremely large memory support, multiple CPU cores, and direct access to graphics cards. The product brings together the latest breakthrough technologies from Intel, NVIDIA and HP – launched today – to deliver the benefits of workstation virtualization without sacrificing performance of critical applications.

Through this unique virtualization solution, a single powerful computer can effectively do the work of several workstations at once. Users can run multiple operating systems on the same physical box, addressing compatibility issues while maintaining workload isolation. This enhances the productivity and cost-efficiency of power users, such as digital content creators, design engineers, software developers and testers, sales and training professionals and those working with data modeling in a range of vertical sectors, including finance, government, science, engineering, manufacturing, and oil and gas.

“Parallels Workstation Extreme is revolutionary for the users of resource-intensive applications, such as those used for oil and gas exploration,” said Serguei Beloussov, CEO of Parallels. “Until now, it has been impossible for them to enjoy the benefits of virtualization, as the impact on graphics performance has been significant. Parallels Workstation Extreme addresses this, offering users powerful support for 3D professional graphics cards via Intel VT-d and the new NVIDIA SLI Multi-OS technology, delivering near-native performance. The solution also offers up to 16 CPU cores and 64GB of RAM for guest OSs, creating a superior customer experience compared to today’s normal computing speed in a virtual machine. In essence, the combination of technologies from Parallels, Intel, NVIDIA and HP, means enterprises will be able to dedicate system resources as needed, allowing greater productivity across multiple operating systems and workloads.”

Previously, the industry approach to running graphics in virtual environments has been emulation, resulting in limited throughput and rendering most graphics-intensive applications unusable in a virtual machine. Parallels Workstation Extreme addresses this issue by employing the Parallels FastLane architecture to take full advantage of the intelligent performance features in the new Intel® Xeon® processor 5500 series and the Intel® X58 Express Chipset. The new processors include Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (Intel® VT-d) enabling us to deliver outstanding performance by dedicating physical devices to virtualized environments. When added with NVIDIA SLI Multi-OS technology, this enables near-native performance of resource-intensive and graphics-intensive applications, as for the first time assignment of professional graphics cards can be made to a virtual machine.

“Parallels’ takes advantage of the intelligent performance features in the new Intel® Xeon® processor 5500 series to change the game in workstations,” said Doug Fisher, Intel Vice President, Software and Services Group, and General Manager, Systems Software Division. “Combining the new Intel Xeon processor and Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O, Parallels Workstation Extreme can create multiple virtual workstations with individual graphics cards that produce displays at near native performance.”

In order for professionals to get the optimized performance and visual quality they expect from GPU-accelerated applications, Parallels Workstation Extreme takes advantage of NVIDIA’s latest SLI capability, NVIDIA SLI Multi-OS. Due to this ground-breaking technology, for the first time, professionals are able to run multiple graphics-intensive applications simultaneously from a single graphics workstation. Built into the NVIDIA® Quadro® FX 3800, Quadro FX 4800, and Quadro FX 5800 professional graphics solutions, SLI Multi-OS, allows users to connect a Quadro GPU to both the host and a guest virtual machine operating system. This enables enterprises to run multiple graphics-intensive workloads on a single graphics workstation.

“The latest NVIDIA Quadro GPU solutions deliver the most advance graphics features and performance available, enabling professionals to move beyond even the toughest visualization challenges,” said Jeff Brown, General Manager, Professional Solutions, NVIDIA. “Combining Parallels Workstation Extreme with our new Quadro SLI Multi-OS technology means that for the first time, professionals can continue to experience the same visual quality and performance provided by Quadro GPUs but in a virtualized environment. This joint effort will drive higher productivity and lower operational costs.”

The user scenarios for Parallels Workstation Extreme include:

    Digital Content Creation: Create and visualize faster and remove dependencies that tie applications to Linux and Windows based OSs on a single workstation
    Oil & Gas: Generate, model and visualize more exploration plans while running applications near native performance in both Windows/ Linux workloads
    Manufacturing: Design, simulate and visualize your inventions faster by running design and simulation software on same workstation at the same time across multiple OS types
    Finance: Model, synthesize and visualize complex data systems at near native speed on a single workstation
    Software Developers: Concurrently develop and debug graphics intensive applications (i.e. game design) on a workstation and a virtual target machine from the same physical hardware
    Sciences: Drive multiple complex and diverse scientific research visualization applications in medical labs, academia, hospitals, and R&D centers
Availability and Pricing

The HP Z800 Workstation is the first certified platform for Parallels Workstation Extreme. The HP Z Series Workstations are based on the new Intel® Xeon® processor 5500 series to deliver superior performance for resource-intensive workloads. Choice of graphics solutions include: the NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800, Quadro FX 4800, and Quadro FX 5800.

“Combining an HP Z800 Workstation with Parallels Workstation Extreme creates a powerful yet simple strategy for multi-OS deployment of key workstation applications,” said Jim Zafarana, Vice President and General Manager of HP Workstations. “Parallels is uniquely addressing virtualized solutions for workstation users, letting us bring to our customers the first certified solution in the industry to run the Parallels Architecture.”

Parallels Workstation Extreme will be available soon through Parallels distribution channel partners. For more information, video demonstrations, boxshots and screenshots of Parallels Workstation Extreme, please visit:

About Parallels – Optimized Computing

Parallels is a worldwide leader in virtualization and automation software that optimizes computing for consumers, businesses, and service providers across all major hardware, operating systems, and virtualization platforms. Founded in 1999, Parallels is a fast-growing company with 700 employees in North America, Europe, and Asia. For more information, please visit


Review of Asus Radeon HD 5850 1GB GDDR5 Graphics Card

As usual when a new generation of graphics cards are is released, the first cards out on the market are the high end cards. In this case the HD 5870 and HD 5850. Later these have been followed by the 5770 and 5750 and we will soon see some lower end versions coming out too.

The release of the HD 5800 series brought a couple of new technology innovations with it. The “ATI Eyefinity” is a technology which enables one single card to support up to 6 monitors. “ATI Stream” enables GPU accelerated calculations, OpenCL gives us parallel GPU-CPU processing. However, the most important update is the support for DirectX 11 which in itself incorporates full support of Windows 7. This time around, Microsoft promises that the update of the DirectX API means a direct increase of the ratio between the graphical quality and the use of system resources.

AMD says their new GPU can achieve 2.7 TFLOPS, which really doesn’t say much about what the GPU performs like in real world (gaming) situations, but it does tell us that it is truly a very powerful data processor. The manufacturing technology is now down to 40nm, which should mean less power consumption and heat development.
Talking about the power consumption, AMD now promises that the max consumption will not exceed 190W in full load and in idle mode the card will not surpass 27W. If this is correct it would be a big improvement compared to their previous generation of cards.

OK, enough rambling about all the new technologies and promises of the new AMD series, here are the hard facts of the Asus HD 5850 card:

ASUS EAH5850 (Radeon HD 5850)
GPU Radeon HD 5850
Manufacturing technology 40nm
Stream processors 1440
Texture units 72
ROPs 32
GPU speed 725MHz
Memory 1GB GDDR5
Memory speed 1000MHz (4Gbps)
Bus 256bits
Memory bandwidth 128GB/s
Cooling system Reference, double slot
Video exits D-Sub (adapter included)
Compatible with HDCP Yes
Compatibility with CrossFireX Yes
External power 2 x 6 pin PCIe
Maximum consumption 170W
Supported technologies DirectX 11, DirectX 10.1, Shader Model 4.1, UVD 2, ATI Stream, ATI PowerPlay, ATI Eyefinity, ASUS Splendid, ASUS Gamer OSD, ASUS Smart Doctor, Voltage Tweak

Asus hasn’t added any physical alternations on this card; it is basically Asus’ version of the generic AMD 5850. However Asus has a series of software tools which help us overclockers to reach the maximum potential of this card; the “Gamer OSD” and “Smart Doctor”. This last application will be most useful since it allows us to play with the voltage of the core.

The card comes in a nice looking card board box with loads of aggressive printing on it. As is customary with graphics cards, ASUS pushes a lot on the overclocking tools. Also, the bundle (EAH5850/2DIS/1GD5) includes the game DIRT 2. When I opened the box, I almost got a little Apple feeling for a moment when I saw the black cover with the Asus logo in gold. Underneath the cover I found two boxes. The bigger box contained the graphics card itself, enfolded by a standard anti static plastic bag and protected by a white foam plastic material. The other box contained the accessories.

Except for the DIRT 2 game (digital download, no DVD), I wasn’t overly impressed by the accessories; CDs with drivers and applications; a printed manual; a power adapter (2 molex to 1 x 6 pin PCIe), a DVI-VGA adapter and a CrossFireX bridge.

My first impression was that it really looks powerful with its red and black finish. The card faithfully follows the AMD reference card in all aspects. This is a big card, the length is 240 mm and it takes up two slots. The fan is a 70mm and I hope it will not bee too noisy, but looking at the rather small air exhaust in the back of card, I don’t feel overly positive.

The front of the card holds two 6 pin PCIe connectors which would theoretically provide 150W to the card. Although I wanted to take the cooler off and have a closer look at the PCB I decided to let go of that intention since I would have to loosen a multitude of screws and it was impossible to remove only the housing without also clearing the cooler itself, which felt a little too risky. A great thing about AMDs new cards is their connectivity. They include two DVI-I, a HDMI and a DisplayPort. With the ATI Eyefinity technology, it is possible to use 3 monitors simultaneously with this card, not bad.

OK, so here comes the list of the hardware components I used for this test:

Test equipment
Processor AMD Phenom II x2 550@3.9GHz
Cooler Zalman CNPS9900A LED
Motherboard ASUS Crosshair III Formulates
Graphics card ASUS EAH5850
Sound card Integrated
Memory Kingston HyperX DDR3 1333 2×2GB (7-7-7-21)
Hard disk Samsung SP2504C (SATA II, 7200rmp, 8MB)
Power supply Zalman ZM660-XT
Box Cooler Master 690 cm PURE

Operating system and software
Operating system Windows 7 64bits
System drivers BIOS 0805
Catalyst 9.10
DirectX August 2009
Benchmarks 3D Mark 06
3D Mark Vantage
Furmark 1.7
Unigine Heaven Benchmark
Games The Last Remnant
Tom Clancy´s Hawx
Street Fighter IV
They reside Evil V
Weak May Cry 4
Stalker Clear Sky
Officers’ Club of Revolutionary Armed Forces Cry 2
Crysis Warhead
Other software CPU-Z 1.52
GPU-Z 0.4.5
OCCT 3.1

And here’s the screenshots of my configuration:
The main changes in my test setup are that I have included the benchmark software “Unigine Heaven” and removed Lightsmark 2008. The main reason for this is that it enables me to compare the difference in performance between DirectX 10 and DirectX 11.

I will not compare these results to the result I have received in previous graphics cards reviews since my test system has been updated. I was very interested in what the performance comparison between DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 would produce. As you can see from the graphs above the results were opposite of what I had expected, the performance was actually lower with DirectX 11 than with DirectX 10.

It is interesting to note that the performance remains high even when adding filters. This is something that AMD has corrected from their previous series which really suffered when filters were added. Otherwise, same here; the performance is very good but I will not make any direct comparisons to previous reviews.

The second batch of games includes more demanding games as usual. This test clearly shows that the EAH5850 has a lot of power under the hood and it was only in two games where the FPS rate didn’t hold steady above 30 FPS with the highest possible settings.

On the packaging, Asus emphasized the “Voltage Tweaking” which is done with the Asus Smart Doctor software which also lets us modify the frequencies of both the core and memories.
It’s a dream to work with Asus’ tool for overclocking the card and it is impressive just how far this card can be clocked.
The cooling system of the card is very effective. The fan is noisy at full power but mostly it didn’t bother me too much.
I measured the total power consumption of my system in idle mode and in full load, here are the results:
Clearly the difference is enormous and it should be since AMD’s PowerPlay technology has drastically diminished the power consumption in 2D.

OK, so here are the results from the overclocking tests:
The increase in the 3D Mark Vantage was truly impressive and this is also confirmed by the increase of 6 FPS in Far Cry 2 and the increase is there with filters enabled as well.

I must first praise AMD for the work they have done with this card. It is both energy efficient and a high performer, very impressive. Asus has taken AMDs reference design and added a lot of value to it with their smart technologies and software tools. The main advantage with this Asus card is of course its overclocking abilities which are nothing short of fantastic. ASUS EAH5850 is already on sale at a price that oscillates between the 0 and 0, which is very competitive given its performance, overclocking abilities and the fact that it includes DIRT 2.


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MonsterGecko Fires Off Price Cut for its Popular PistolMouse FPS Gaming Mouse as the Holiday Shopping Season Begins

Palo Alto, CA (PRWEB) November 22, 2004 -

MonsterGecko, LLC (, designer and manufacturer of high-quality performance gaming accessories for PC and console game systems, today announced that it has cut the price of its popular PistolMouse™ FPS to $ 39.95, down from its introductory price of $ 69.95.

“The PistolMouse FPS continues to gain in popularity and we are seeing strong demand for it. We are thrilled to be able drop the price just in time for the holiday shopping season,” said Ain McKendrick, co-founder and CEO of MonsterGecko. “With increased production weÂ’ve been able to cut costs on our end, and enthusiastically pass those savings onto consumers. Gamers can now take advantage of the new low price and improve their overall gaming experience.”

The PistolMouse FPS is a high-performance mouse for first-person shooter (FPS) games that provides gamers with a more immersive experience combined with faster reaction speed and precision optical tracking. It has realistic pistol styling, dual aluminum triggers, an over-sized selectable scroll wheel, ergonomic hand position, and a high-resolution 800 dpi optical sensor. The unique patent-pending design of the PistolMouse FPS incorporates an offset optical sensor for quick response with simple wrist action, and includes a primary and secondary grip trigger, plus an ambidextrous selectable thumb scroll wheel for both right and left-handed players.

Pricing and Availability

The PistolMouse FPS now has an MSRP of $ 39.95 and is compatible with Windows, Macintosh, and Linux operating systems with a USB port. The PistolMouse FPS is available online from MonsterGeckoÂ’s Web site at, ThinkGeek at, and select MicroCenter stores in the USA. Contact IndiWeb at in Europe, and ASK Corporation at in Japan.

About MonsterGecko

Founded in 2003, MonsterGecko, LLC designs, manufactures and markets high quality performance gaming accessories for PC and console game systems. MonsterGecko is privately held and headquartered in Palo Alto, California. For more information, visit MonsterGeckoÂ’s Web site at

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Alienware Gains Online Gaming Edge with the Killer NIC

Austin, Texas (PRWEB) September 6, 2007

The Killer™ K1 gaming network card, from Bigfoot Networks, Inc., is now a recommended upgrade featured in all Alienware desktop gaming PCs, including the Area-51, Aurora, and ALX systems. A significant advancement in online gaming technology, Killer is the industry’s first network interface card designed specifically for online gaming. Killer is designed to accelerate game data and reduce lag for a smoother, more responsive online gaming experience.

“The Killer NIC ensures Alienware customers stay a step ahead of their fellow online gamers by giving them an invaluable edge in speed and responsiveness during the heat of battle,” said Bryan de Zayas, Director, Product Marketing. “Loaded with the Killer NIC and backed by an arsenal of the most advanced graphics and processor firepower, Alienware systems are fully primed to electrify every aspect of the online gaming experience.”

“Alienware’s selection of the Killer NIC is another example of the market realizing that the Killer NIC is not just for the hardcore elite gamer,” said Harlan Beverly, co-founder and CEO of Bigfoot Networks. “With almost 90% of PC gaming being online gaming, the Killer NIC often represents the number one upgrade for gamers who play exclusively online. With the Killer NIC, Alienware is now poised to offer PC gamers exactly what they want: the best online gaming experience possible.”

Powered by Bigfoot Network’s proprietary LLR™ Technology and a dedicated onboard 333 MHz NPU (network processing unit), the gaming network card is optimized to manage game data faster. The Killer NIC gaming network cards reduce the lag and network latency associated with high action games such as interactive MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Role Play) and FPS (First Person Shooter) games like Battlefield 2 and World of Warcraft.

In addition to improved gaming performance, the Killer NIC also enables users to run gamer utility applications without affecting game performance. Users can run Killer’s Firewall and Torrent clients on the Killer NPU instead of the CPU, all without affecting game play. With a USB drive attached directly to the gaming NIC, gamers can even download while gaming because the files never touch the system.

About Bigfoot Networks

Bigfoot Networks develops technologies designed to fight Lag in online games. The company’s mission is to enhance Internet-based online game experiences in multiplayer action games. The company’s hardware and software solutions are targeted at gamer PCs and game hosting servers. Powered by its highly acclaimed (patent-pending) LLR™ Technology, the flagship Killer™ NIC is the industry’s first network interface card (NIC) designed specifically to improve PC game network performance for a smoother, more responsive online game experience. Bigfoot Networks is headquartered in Austin, TX with international distribution in Australia, Denmark, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden, Portugal and the United Kingdom. To learn more, visit

About Alienware

Alienware offers unique and award-winning technology products that incorporate state-of-the-art components, innovative engineering and design, and unprecedented customer service. Alienware has been recognized by INC 500, won the Shoppers’ Choice Award as the Best Performance Desktop by Computer Shopper’s reader survey, had its Alienware Area-51 ranked among “The 25 Greatest PCs of All Time” by PC World and also received PC Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Award in its 18th Annual Reader Survey. Alienware systems are available direct within the United States, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. For more information, please visit or call 1-800-ALIENWARE (254-3692).


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What Graphic Card is the Best for Me?

Dedicated graphics cards, which we will be discussing in this guide, are needed if you want to do 3D gaming or watch high definition movies (even though it may sometimes suffice with a powerful CPU and lot’s of internal RAM) Important Specifications to Consider When Choosing a Graphics Card


GPU stands for “Graphic Processing Unit” and is the main controlling circuit on every graphics card. The GPU is the most determinant feature of every graphics card when it comes to the overall performance and speed. The two biggest manufacturers of GPUs are NVIDIA and ATI (which is owned by CPU manufacturer AMD). They do the reference designs for each new generation of graphics card. But most graphics cards are sold by other manufacturers who produce their own flavour of the reference cards from NVIDIA and ATI. Examples of those manufacturers are MSI, Asus, ECS Elitegroup, XFX and more. Examples of recent generations of graphic GPUs from NVIDIA are; GeForce 8500/8600/8800/9800 GT/GTX/GX2 and GTX 260/280. ATIs latest generations of graphics cards are: RADEON HD 3850/4850/4870 in different versions.


It is also important to consider the amount and type of the onboard RAM of the graphics card, which is a different thing than the RAM of your computer. The RAM is important for a number of technical reasons we will not go into further here. But in short you should go for a graphics card with at least 256MB of RAM. The type of RAM is less important, but we recommend that you buy a graphics card with the second or later generation of GDDR (GDDR2 or later).

Different Slot Types

There are three different slots available on the PC market. The “slot” is where you connect the graphics card on the mainboard of your computer. You must verify which type of slot your mainboard has before purchasing a graphic card, or you may waste money on something you cannot use. The available slots are PCI (very old), AGP (old) or PCI express (today’s standard). All fairly recent bought computers are outfitted with a PCI Express slot, but be sure to check it. PCI express is the newest technology and allows the largest bandwidth which means better performance for you.

External Connectors

The connecters on the graphics cards are also important. Standard analog VGA connectors have been replaced by DVI (digital) connectors. The DVI connector is a must, some cards even come with two DVI connectors which will allow you to connect an extra display. Additional external connectors to look for are: •HDMI, which will enable you to connect your computer to a plasma or LCD-TV. (This can also be done through a DVI connector with a DVI/HDMI converter) •S-Video outputs are used to connect the PC to an older style VCR or TV and allow outputting the same display as present on your screen. •DB-15/VGS/SVGA connectors are basically utilized for a standard output to an analog monitor. Good if you have an old monitor.

Considering your budget

Of course, you financial possibilities will limit your purchase options too. Let’s take a look of what you can expect depending on how much you want or can afford. Remember that graphics cards are products with short cycles so suggestions below are only guide lines.

Low budget graphic cards

We are talking about spending to , what can you expect? In this lower budget level the most popular and valuable GPUs from ATI and NVIDIA are the ATI Radeon HD 3650 and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 and 8600GT/GTS. These cards typically carry a RAM of 256MB-512MB depending on model and manufacturer. There are no problems to find cards with multiple DVI connectors and some even carry a HDMI connector. These types of cards are suitable for silent HTPCs and media centres since you can get them with silent passive coolers. We cannot recommend the entry level graphics cards for hardcore gaming rigs, even though they will play some older games with no sweat.

Medium priced graphic cards

In this segment, with prices from to 0, you will find graphics cards with good performance even for gaming. You should be aware, because as we said, this is a fast moving market and you can sometimes find real bargains on the current generation of graphics cards when the next generation cards are introduced to the market. Prices drops fast when retailers and e-tailers have to make place in their stock for the new generation of cards. As always we recommend you to read expert reviews of graphics cards to find which the leading expert editors have recommended. Also based on the reviews, try to find out which is the last generation of GPU for the time being. Right now the last generation high end GPU from NVIDIA is the GTX 280. We couldn’t find a 280 GTX card below 0, but we did find one for 0 so the prices are dropping. We recommend you to go with the next to last generation cards like the GeForce 9800GTX or 9800GX2 (dual onboard GPU) and the ATI HD 3850 and 4870. They will offer you a great performance/price ratio.

Advanced graphic cards

Obtaining maximal performance and resolution may lead you to spend 0 and above on a high end graphics cards. This is for real gamers who need that extra FPS rate and resolution to perform optimally. You should look for dual GPU solutions, either onboard dual GPUs or using SLI or Crossfire technology (two physically separated graphics cards working together). The 3870 X2 with 1GB RAM from ATI is a good alternative and is somewhat cheaper than the 4870 X2 which naturally gives some extra percents of performance. From NVIDIA you should take a look at the GTX 280 and 9800GX2.

Start by setting clear points of what you want, need and can afford. Read Expert reviews of graphic cards, it’s the best way to obtain knowledge. Do not hesitate to ask around in hardare forums, people are generally happy to give you advice. Good Luck

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FPS – First Person Shooter Games

Among the biggest sellers in online PC games are FPS, or First Person Shooter, games.

Kids love ‘em. So do most Dads.

Many moms think the level of violence is too high and too graphic, so Dad and the kids play them when she is not looking.

FPS games are centered on you, the player, from your point of view. Armed with various handheld weapons, you might be called on to thwart the invasion of Earth by aliens or to stop a Nazi advance in WWII. As a player, you interact directly with the game environment from your own perspective.

FPS games evolved in the late 1990s as PCs became powerful enough to render the 3D graphics in real time. These are way beyond the arcade shooters from Space Invaders on up.

Several sub-genres of FPS have distinguished themselves:

tactical – most have a military motif

stealth – avoiding detection by opponents is a major element

run and gun – among the most popular with multiple enemies and fast-paced action

real-time strategy (RTS) – able to give commands to other units and control the strategy

first person adventure (FPA) – free roaming adventure which takes one to the edge, like the controversial series Grand Theft Auto

Most FPS games take graphics to a new level of realism while exaggerating the attributes of the player. You now likely have muscles and strength that make Arnold look like a girlie-man.

Kids and adults alike love the frantic blasting of enemies within the context of heroic storylines.

While FPS games are demanding on your reflexes, they are also demanding on your PC. You will definitely have a need for speed, as well as a good graphics card and a decent set of speakers. The demands of gamers have pushed the PC industry to make better desktop computers for all.

The next big shift – with broadband Internet service now in millions of homes worldwide – will be the delivery of the latest FPS game to your PC via streaming download instead of CD. As more gamers accept online streaming delivery of the game itself, costs should come down over time as the game developers turn to online delivery and bypass the CD/DVD publishers and retailers in the supply chain.

For the game developers, online delivery of FPS games represents an opportunity to open up a new market of gamers who would be willing to try FPS online, but who never visit EB Games, the Electronics Boutique, or other game retailers in the mall.

For those who want to try/demo any number of FPS games, I recommend the Triton player. This streaming download allows you to begin play well before the entire download is completed. You can even demo recent releases like Prey from 3D Realms.

You can register free and download the player at:

As long as there are heroes and villains, and kids with vivid imaginations, there will be a place for FPS games when the aliens come calling.

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