The future of gaming, the Xbox

Computer gaming has really come a long way in recent years. We are light years away from the old game consoles like the predecessors of handheld consoles with the early versions of Donkey Kong and the Super Mario brothers. Gone are the days of the pixelated, two-dimensional versions of Duke Nukem and Doom. They have now been replaced by updated versions on various game consoles such as the PlayStation and Xbox 360, or Xbox Live, with smooth and flawless graphics, great sound, and solid gameplay.

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The gaming industry has become one of the fastest-growing sectors in the economy, with annual profits not falling below 10 billion and increasing every year. This also gave rise to professional gaming, with young players who have lucrative jobs where they can play and earn, all at the same time. Game and game console manufacturers also took advantage of the advances made over the Internet, devising ways to allow players around the world to connect and play with each other. In today’s gaming scene, one of the leading game console manufacturers is Microsoft, with its flagship console, the Xbox, and its upgraded successor, the Xbox 360, both complete with online capabilities through the free Xbox Live service that you get when you buy your own Xbox.

Known simply as the Xbox 360, this latest version of Microsoft’s gaming console features a brand-new look and an A-list motherboard called the Valhalla that offers 25 to 30 percent more space for other hardware, combined with the XCGPU, a premium microprocessor that combines the Xenon Central Processing Unit and Xenos Graphics Processing Unit, all in one chip, to create the most compact and efficient model of the game console to date. Other new features include five standard USB ports plus a dedicated port for the Xbox Kinect, power buttons activated by the touch sensor, 2.4GHz Wi-Fi for browsing the web, the free Xbox Live service, and a built-in TOSLINK S/PDIF optical audio connection.

A feature of the Xbox 360 that sets it apart from other consoles and previous models is the ability to take advantage of a high-speed Wi-Fi connection and connect to the free Xbox Live service that gives users access to online entertainment such as watching the latest movies via Netflix, following live sporting events and TV shows on-demand via ESPN for free on Xbox Live, and listening to the top hits on the charts via Zune or Last.FM. The free Xbox Live membership from the owners of the consoles also allows them to use their Xbox 360 just like a normal PC with an internet connection. The free Xbox Live service includes Facebook, Twitter, and video Kinect, a new way to chat and video call with friends and family using the TV monitor and Kinect sensors that can recognise hand gestures.

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Of course, the most important feature of the Xbox Live free membership service for any gamer is the ability to enter the Xbox Live game server, where a huge number of downloadable games, game upgrades, add-ons, and demos are available, more than enough to satisfy the hunger of any hardcore gamer. Friends and family can play cooperatively or compete with each other in a plethora of action-packed, hard-hitting games that require tactics, teamwork, and a steady hand as you race to reach the top spot. For the more subdued gamer, there is also a wide variety of other games to choose from, such as puzzle games, sports, and music-themed games.

These are some of the best Xbox 360 games as rated by the International Gaming Community.

Halo is a sci-fi inspired first-person shooter game series set in the futuristic 26th century in which the player assumes the identity of a super soldier with cybernetic enhancements who must battle hordes of alien lifeforms and robotic enemies on an artificial planet called Halo.

Starwars: Knights of the Old Republic is a role-playing game based on the highly successful Star Wars franchise by George Lucas, in which the player takes on the role of a former Sith lord who was betrayed by his apprentice and rescued by a Jedi Knight. The storey follows the main character’s journey from his dark past to becoming a Jedi Knight and choosing to end the Sith once and for all or taking advantage of its dark and powerful potential to rule the galaxy.

An action-packed third-person adventure game about a fallen ninja named Ryu Hayabusa, who was revived by his clan’s raven spirit to avenge his clan’s death and recover a legendary sword stolen by the assassins. The storey is set in Japan in the fictional Vigoor Empire.

For the more “committed” gamer, whose insatiable appetite for gaming can’t be satisfied by the free Xbox Live version, he can choose to take advantage of the Xbox Live Gold membership and access benefits such as playing the full version of online games and connecting with friends, instantly watching the latest live TV shows and HD movies, listening to and downloading personalised playlists on Zune, and unlimited connection to Video Kinect, Facebook, and Twitter. In short, the gold membership gives the holder more freedom to fully enjoy all that Xbox Live has to offer.

For those looking for a cheaper way to get the benefits of a gold member, some sites offer Xbox Live points that you can use to buy games on the Xbox Live website in exchange for participating in surveys. You just need to register with a valid email address and take these surveys.

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