Get Started Gaming

Gaming is not just for teenage boys! Anyone can get into gaming. Really! Sure there are a few computer terms you may not know yet. This shouldn't stop you from trying out simulation games.

Get a Computer

Chances are good if you're reading this you have a computer. Think about replacing a computer older than 3 years. Anything older and you will have to check the game's system requirements closely. Many games do not need the latest and greatest hardware. The fancier the graphics and gameplay generally means higher requirements.

Meeting System Requirements

System requirements are found on game boxes. The label tells you all you need to know about running the game inside. You should focus on making sure your computer meets or exceeds the processor, RAM, hard drive space available, and video card requirements. Windows users can click on Start, then Run, and type in dxdiag for detailed information on their computers specs.

  • Windows Game Advisor - A tool for helping you find games your computer can run.

Buy a Game

Don't head into a store without doing your homework first. Computer games cannot be returned after they are opened. The least you should do is a read a game review or two and download the demo if available. Ask friends who game for their thoughts on what to play.

Installing Games

Pop your new game into your DVD or CD drive. A screen asking if you wish to install the game will appear. Just follow the screens by clicking next and entering your information and serial number when required. Make sure to backup your game's files when installing an expansion pack. You never know what may go wrong. Don't worry - the majority of the time everything goes smoothly.

Backup Files

Please, please, please remember to backup your data files. Start a regular routine to backup not only your game files, but your documents and photos. You can copy files to CD, DVD, or an online backup service. I have my files set to automatically be backed up using Apple's Time Capsule.