Gaming Products

Written by Adam Blau
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Video game fans today have many media at their disposal when it comes to gaming interfaces. Aside from going to the arcade and playing the games there, there are numerous methods of playing games right from the comfort of your own home. Between personal video game consoles, home computers and novelty classic gaming devices, the gamer has several options for satisfaction, depending on his or her financial and genre preferences.

Types of Home Gaming Products

There are a few common designated gaming systems available for attachment directly to the television set. These are re-released and updated every couple of years and often have a string of major games that are constantly developed for them. While these designated gaming consoles are cutting-edge and powerful, they tend to be expensive, particularly when one factors in the additional cost of individual game purchases or rental.

For fans of classic arcade games, some individual game developers are releasing their old video games in small game console bundles. You can, for example, purchase collections of eight to 10 video games for the Atari 2600 gaming console that are embedded in an old Atari-style joystick. This console hooks directly up to the television's audio and video ports. While these games are enjoyable and nostalgic novelties, their usage is limited in terms of variety (they are not expandable) and game play (the lone joystick makes head-to-head play impossible).

There are many varieties of games developed for use on the home computer. Many of the cutting-edge releases for the TV game consoles are also available for the personal computer, as well. Fans of arcade games can also download free Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator (MAME) software for their computer, which will enable them to import and play ROM codes taken directly from the chips in actual video games.


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