Gaming for beginners

It had recently occurred to me that I’m not as much of a girlie girl as others may perceive me as. Yeah I have a squeaky voice and a lot of stuff I own coincidentally happens to be pink (which is true) but there is one thing I have never learned to do so I can become the fully fledge girlie girl I know I can be. I need to learn how to apply makeup. Over the past few years, I have purchased the odd item but have never figured out exactly how to use it. So as not to embarrass myself by asking my mates, I have been trawling the mighty YouTube for much needed guidance. It then occurred to me, why not do a blog which explains the basics of the magical world of gaming?

This week I thought it would be best to start with an easy one and look into consoles.  Consoles are probably the first thing most people would refer to when they think of gaming. Currently there are three main companies, and their latest consoles are divided into the following: Microsoft (Xbox 360), Sony (Playstation 3) and Nintendo (Wii).

Each console appeals to a particular niche market and can offer something different for all ages and gaming experience. Many do think that these consoles are nothing alike, but if you look a little closely, you can find what you want from each of these consoles.

Okay, so let’s start with the Nintendo Wii. The Wii is probably best known for the dual control of the Wii remote and nunchuck and its mascot Mario and the Super Mario series. The Wii is seen as the more family friendly and party console with their games literally getting you to move in such titles as Wii Sports, Wii Fit and Wii Resort.  Now the Wii may not have the best graphics but don’t think that the Wii can’t be a kick ass console for it has titles such as Red Steel 2, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and the very dark Manhunt 2.

The Nintendo Wii with the Wii remote.

Xbox 360 has the capability of running games through a HDTV so they look shiny. Recently the newest version of the Xbox 360, which has a 250GB hard drive has been released with an extra spare port to connect up Xbox’s new addition, Kinect. Kinect basically is a lot like the Wii dual remote but instead your body is the control pad, and is due for release soon. Xbox 360 is known for the Halo series with Halo Reach that came out not too long ago, and the Gears of War series.

The recent Xbox 360 with 250GB hard drive

Playstation 3 biggest selling point is that it doubles up as a Blu-ray player. This is super handy because you can get your gaming on and also save yourself a fortune by not buying a Blu-ray player separately. Recently Playstation has released the Playstation Move, which is again similar to the Wii dual remote. Playstation 3 has an array of games to suit all players, from the Tomb Raider series to the ever popular Little Big Planet.

This is the slim version of the Playstation 3

With every purchase of a console, be it new or pre-owned, you always get all the necessary wires and, more importantly, one control pad. So if this is your first console purchase you will have all that you need to get started.  Additional items such as another control pad, headset and other such peripherals, you don’t necessarily need to get when you get your console. Make sure you get to grips with what you have first and which games are out there, then it will be easier to see which items you need next.

Hopefully this information will give you a good basis so you can start your gaming voyage. Next time I’ll be looking into console peripherals, exploring the fascination of playing online and the essential games you need to play on each console.







3 responses to “Gaming for beginners”

  1. Ninja avatar

    Nice blog 🙂 I kinda find the whole “lifestyle” angle of each console interesting. Looking forward to the next one ya write! 😀

    I do think that version of the 360 looks like someone has taken a baseball bat or something and hit it pretty much dead centre.

  2. Sarah-Lou avatar

    Thanks for the compliment Ninja. I wish I could say I took the pics of the consoles but unfortunately it would be a lie *sigh*. But yep keep a look out for my next Gaming for beginners blog!

  3. Darach avatar

    But now I want them all! >:(

    *grumps at lack of time/money/sense*

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