PC Gaming can be very daunting for new users, there are a lot of things to consider, so allow us to offer some helpful advice on what to consider when it comes to PC Gaming.

Game Platforms

In years gone by, Computer games were purchased on CD, installed manually and the disc was required for them to run. Nowadays however, the Digital Revolution has reached Computer Gaming too, the vast majority of games are bought online, via electronic stores, downloaded, and ran directly from the computer with no physical media at all.

In place of the physical check of a CD within the disc drive, companies have introduced DRM (Digital Rights Management). This is a series of control technologies such as Serial Keys, that prevents one game or program from being downloaded and installed onto multiple systems. Digital Distributors are part and parcel of this DRM technology, and are a helpful way of grouping together your purchases.

There are a variety of popular systems that are used for downloading games and even software programs, here’s a breakdown of the most popular ones:

Created by Valve, Steam is the most popular PC Platform for playing video games. Valve produce both their own Games, (popular titles such as Half-Life, Portal, Counter-Strike, Team Fortress 2 and others besides), as well as selling many other titles too.

Available on PC, Mac and Linux, Steam boasts a collection of over 4500 games, from Indie Platformers to Blockbust AAA Titles. Registering for an account is a simple process, and even gives you access to free-to-play games such as PlanetSide 2, Team Fortress 2.

Games can be purchased online, either by paying with payment methods such as PayPal, Debit or Credit Cards, or alternatively they offer a feature called Steam Wallet, where pre-paid gift cards can be used to add credit to your account, ready to purchase games. Ideal for Birthdays and Christmas gifts, or for keeping spending to a limit for younger gamers.

For more information on Steam, visit their webpage below:

Steam Homepage

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From games company EA, Origin is their own digital distribution network for all of EA’s Games, including titles such as Battlefield, Mass Effect, Dead Space, Fifa, Madden and many others besides.

Available for PC, Mac, and Mobile devices too, EA set-up Origin as an alternative to Steam for their own products. It couples game distribution with social integration too. Online purchases can be made using a variety of typical options, such as Credit and Debit Cards, and Paypal.

One of the popular features of Origin with it’s users is Origin’s “On the House” – periodically Origin will offer a game for it’s users to download and link to their accounts permanently, completely for free. In the past this has included titles such as Dead Space, Battlefield 3 and Dragon Age: Origins.

For more information on Origin, visit their webpage below:

Origin Homepage

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Uplay is Ubisoft’s Digital Distribution client, creators of the popular Assassins Creed Series, and publishers of many other series, such as Far Cry, Settlers, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six, Ghost Recon and Splinter Cell.

Uplay is available across practically every platform available bar Linux, and is required to play all of the Ubisoft based games. Users can earn rewards from achieving objectives in-game, which can be used to redeem against additional rewards and items for games.

Online purchases can be made using a variety of typical options, such as Credit and Debit Cards, and Paypal.

For more information on Origin, visit their webpage below:

Uplay Homepage

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Xbox Play Anywhere

Microsoft’s Xbox Play Anywhere is a new initiative launching in 2016, which will allow Xbox One owners and Windows 10 owners to purchase a game once, and play it across both platforms using the same purchase.

You’ll be able to pick up where you left off on either platform, sharing saves, downloadable add-ons and those all important achievements with you!

Watch for the Xbox Play Anywhere Logo for participating games.

Xbox Play Anywhere Games

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