As part of an event at Richie Knucklez Arcade Games in Flemington, NJ this week, both of these veteran gamers will be aiming for multi-day sessions on classic arcade games Q*bert and Frenzy as they aim for world record scores.
Where will the computer games of the future be played, will they be played within the computer, will they be played in the real world, or will your living room become an augmented or VR headset C.A.V.E. or an all encompassing living room computer game platform? Can we at that point legitimately call them computer games? Will we call them VR games, augmented reality play, or mind games? Will you live two separate lives, one of fantasy and one of reality? Will those two lives intersect, or combine for a third? Will it all become a blur?
The humans are kept in an unconscious state in podlike containers in a vast holding field, plugged in to a central computer. In this nightmarish scenario, everything in the world--cars, buildings, cities and countries--are part of a complex computer-generated virtual reality called the Matrix, within which the humans interact. Everything they see, smell and hear is part of this virtual construct and doesn't really exist. A computer program merely stimulates their brains and deceives them into believing that they are all living normal 20th-century lives--eating, sleeping, working and interacting together. They are all blinded to the truth about how and why they exist.
The graphics card/GPU is an integral part of a gaming laptop. If you are not an avid gamer, then you don't have to buy a laptop with a discrete GPU. But remember that having a GPU will be helpful while running photo and video editing applications and playing HD video. If you tend to play a lot of games, you should buy a laptop with a discrete ATI or NVIDIA graphics. Intel processors usually come with an integrated graphics solution such as the GMA950 or 4500MHD, but these are practically useless for playing graphics rich modern games.
Now that the ice is broken, take it to the next level. And I don't mean sex just yet. Ask him to teach you about computers. It doesn't matter what you happen to ask about, nerds can teach you about anything. Keep asking questions and to explain what they're talking about. You'll see genuine excitement when they talk Virtual reality headset about anything techy.
He looked at me kind of funny, but then he gave me a grin, and I think I got him, and so I smiled back. I think he understood what I was saying. You see, it's always time to win, and you should live your life as a winner.
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