Are Asus Transformer Pads Good for Gaming?

Any tablet device looking to make a splash needs to offer users something special, as the mobile device market is a very competitive one, and people have got ample amount of choices available. The particular area where manufacturers want their devices to stand out is in gaming, which remains one of the most popular usages of mobile devices, and it can be argued that the Transformer Pad devices produced by Asus do offer plenty to recommend them to gamers.

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Asus Transformer Pad

Keyboard

A frequent complaint amongst those gaming on a tablet – even hugely successful ones like the iPad – is the absence of a physical keyboard. Thus, the option of using a docking keyboard with all Asus Transformer Pad models makes the gaming experience a bit easier. The users have the luxury to get connected through the docking keyboard and enjoy unlimited gaming all day long.

Screen

This varies depending on the model you choose, but the more expensive Transformer Pads – like the Infinity, boast a screen size and image resolution that will have even Apple getting nervous :P. The all new stunning 10.1 inch of screen size is something amazing for the gamers.

Enabling Online Games

Bigger screen size and a powerful processor are the key factors in bringing good quality to the games. Many modern games utilize increasingly sophisticated and immersive graphics; meaning the quality of screen size and resolution very important to the overall experience.

Striking Attraction

The all new TF700 comes with a striking amethyst gray finish color. The metallic back with the silver color embossed on it gives a stunning look to the device. The tablet also comes in Champagne gold color. If you think colors will intrigue and will capture your interests apart from the gaming intentions, then TF700 can be the best pick for you.

Processor

The upgrades to the original Asus Transformer (the Prime and the Infinity) both feature quad core Nvidia processors which provide gamers with virtually unbeatable graphics and processing power, making them ideal for playing 3D games – whether it is online casino ones or any other type. This processor is available with all models of the Transformer Pad now, including the budget price 300 model. Infact, this is the only product to boast a 1.7 GHz CPU and has the capability to support the PS3 and Xbox controllers.

HDMI Port

The Micro HDMI port of TF700 and some of its other Asus versions helps the users to connect the device to monitors or big screens. It helps them to play the games and enjoy a unique experience. You can get them connected through the wired PS3 or Xbox controllers. USB compatible games can also be played. It even supports gaming through dongle devices. So, what more is awaited and it’s time for the gamers to jump into action!!!

Games

This has been a key area where all Android devices have always been lagged behind by Apple, but more of the popular iOS games than ever are now available for Android as well. In addition, really good games are starting to be designed for Android devices like the Infinity in particular, such as Zen Pinball THD.

Google store is stuffed with brand new games that are nascent when compared with the popularity of its Apple counterpart. However, the Android games are all set to give a tough challenge to the Apple games.

The transformer pads come with amazingly sharp and clear images even on big screens when connected. It is the perfect device for the full time gamers and the money you spend on this device is rightly justified.

Do let us know what do you feel about the Transformer Pad tablet range by Asus!

This is a guest post by Raj Kumar.

Cube – Explore Your World With A Game About Google Maps

Here comes another interesting game, once again from Google. This time in the form of a cube, which is a game about Google Maps. Seems like Google is getting quite interested in the gaming segment lately. Yesterday, we wrote about the Zerg Rush Easter Egg from Google which allows you to show your gaming skills within the Google Search Engine window and today, Google revealed a fun and time killing game – Cube.

Gamified Google Maps - Cube

Google released a teaser video about this game back in January which promised that the game is going to be launched in February 2012. Feb passed by and there was no news about Cube being launched. It was launched only yesterday rather silently at www.playmapscube.com.

Cube is basically exactly like a classic game of Labyrinth – instead of guiding a ball through a wooden maze, you guide the blue ball (the blue marker in Google Maps) through a small section of Google maps using your cursor. And, unlike Labyrinth, its surprisingly addictive and you get a chance to roll a marble through the greatest cities on earth.

The game is quite addictive and could be your favourite way to pass time when your boss is not around. I have played it quite a few times today and I must say, it is quite interesting which you can play from anywhere as long as you have got internet connection. Cube game about Google Maps does not need you install anything on your computer.

In total, there are eight levels in Cube, which covers different cities and locations around the world. Each of these levels encourages you to take advantage of Google Map’s features to find the most optimal route.

The Cube Game for Google Maps starts with a basic level and then becomes a bit complex as you proceed. My favourite levels are level 7 and level 8. In Level 7, you can go indoors and need to find your way through the Mall of America and collect all of the Google Offers on each of the four floors.

On Level 8, the difficulty level increases where your knowledge of the previous levels helps to find your fastest route to your objective in the ever changing cubic city. Level 8 mashes the cities together, Rubik’s Cube-style.

Levels for Cube - Game about Google Maps

Your progress is also timed, giving you a totally valid excuse to play it again and again as you challenge your friends. I have played it a couple of times since morning and my best score has been timed at 05:54 minutes whereas the best score for Cube at the time of writing this is 02:45 minutes .

Cube Score - Game about Google Maps

Have you tried the gamified Google maps? If you haven’t point your browsers now to Google Maps Cube and have fun!

[Cube, via Mashable]

OnLive arrives in the UK

The world of cloud gaming is now no longer exclusively available to US consumers as OnLive is hitting the UK this month.

Onlive Logo - Cloud Gaming

OnLive was one of the first firms of its kind to provide consumers with the opportunity to play the latest games without having to have top of the line hardware. Rather than installing games locally on the user`s PC or running them straight from the disc as consoles do, OnLive has server farms which offer all the number-crunching might to play such titles as Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Assassin`s Creed: Brotherhood while the end user just interacts with the game over a broadband connection.

All you need to access online is a PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone which meets the minimum system requirements and an internet connection which is at least running at 2 megabits per second, although a 5Mbps connection is recommended. Because OnLive works regardless of whether your graphics card has vast amounts of RAM or pixel pipelines it means that you can enjoy the same HD visual fidelity whether you are using a four year old laptop or a cutting edge gaming PC.

Of course, there are some obvious drawbacks to the service, with the primary concern being one of lag. Lag is the interval between the gamer pressing a button or moving a mouse and that translating into onscreen action. Even consoles running the game locally have some lag, but since each key stroke registered by OnLive needs to be sent from the user`s location to the server and back over their connection there is a more noticeable dislocation of action from reaction in-game.

What works in favour of OnLive in the UK is the fact that it has worked in partnership with BT to iron out any kinks in the service and test it thoroughly before launching. BT is responsible for a majority of the nation`s broadband infrastructure and so getting its seal of approval and support is vital.

If you do not have a PC or a laptop which you want to use with OnLive then there is the firm`s own Game System which might catch your eye. This unassuming black box comes with its own controller and will sit below your HDTV acting as a streaming hub that gets you straight into the action.

What OnLive really does is level the playing field when it comes to gaming. You need not splash out hundreds of pounds on a new graphics card or the latest games console if you still want to play the best games currently available. You can use your tablet computer or BlackBerry phone to log on, live out your digital fantasises and then log out fulfilled. It does exclude people who do not have decent broadband services, which means you will either have to invest in a faster internet connection or save that cash up to buy a better PC for gaming. However, in the long term cloud gaming can only get better.

This is a guest post written by Erica Muhanji.

7 Best Flash Gaming Sites you are gonna love!

Games are one of the most widely used and loved softwares today. There are many popular games like Counter Strike, Need For Speed, Call Of Duty, etc. but mini online flash games have their own importance in our lives. So, here we introduce to you the top online sites that offer online flash games.

#1. Miniclip

MiniClip.com - Play Flash Online Games

This site is one of my personal favourite. The website was one of the earliest players in this field and thus, this website has a number of titles that has made it highly popular amongst the gaming fraternity. Titles such as “Clone War Adventures” has managed to maintain a loyal army of followers. The Club Penguins, Free Realms, RuneScape, and Webosaurs are some of the titles that are responsible for the success of the company. Miniclip also offers the developer APIs so that they can be utilized by developers to make more interactive and powerful games. Miniclip has also launched games for Android and iPhone platforms.

#2. Kongregate

Kongregate - Free Online Games

Kongregate offers more than 45,000 games. It also offers various badges on achieving good scores in various games. You can share your score on facebook and show your badges to your friends. Zombotron and ‘Learn to fly’ are 2 of the most popular games on the site.

#3. Armor Games

Armor Games - Free Flash Games Online

“Armor Games” was earlier known as Games of Gondor. This flash based website was founded in California by Daniel McNeely. The site has games across a variety of genres like puzzle, shooting, strategy, racing, etc. The company rose to fame due to its Lord of Rings themed games such as “Hob the Hobbit”, “Battle for Gondor” and “Orc Slayer”.

#4. GameGape

GameGape - Free New Games Everyday

GameGape is another premier flash based gaming site that has more than 10,000 flash games to offer. Besides a gaming site, GameGape is a social media network also where people can interact, socialize, relax and make new friends every day. The website has its own gaming studios in addition to its partnerships with reputed gaming companies and publishers. This company has published games for many multinationals like Coca Cola, Sony Ericson and much more. The company has its own distribution channel through which it shares its content with the users.

#5. Bestflashgames

BestFlashGames - Play Free Games Online

BestFlashGames is a directory of free flash games. Site claims to add new flash games each and every day. Games are listed in various categories which make navigation quite simple. Truck Loader and Battlefield are 2 of the most popular games on the site.

#6. NewGrounds

NewGrounds - Free Flash Games Online

Newgrounds is an American based website which was founded by Tom Fulp in 1996. The website is the oldest Flash portal website and has an indigenously built user rating system. This website has a number of games across a variety of genres like action, puzzle, casino, adventure and much more. Besides this, the website has a number of movies and audio that is offered for the visitors.

#7. Games.co.id

Games.co.id - Free Flash Games Online

This is another excellent website that offers good flash based games. There are a variety of games are offered for free and are across a variety of genre like sport, adventure, action, puzzle, multiplayer, etc. The website is offered in the Indonesian language but you can translate it anytime using Google translate.

I hope you liked the above listed flash based gaming websites. If you also know a good gaming website that is a house to flash games, do let us know via the comments section and we would add it to the list above.

Author Bio: Shortly after graduating from Carleton University with a degree in Electrical Engineering, Dan Jaslanek launched a start-up IT business with the purpose of providing reasonably priced IT services to home users and small businesses in the Ottawa area. Dan’s company, EZ Support offers website design options, web hosting plans, remote desktop support, and search engine optimization.

Play Angry Birds Online in Google Chrome or any other Browser

Angry birds, one of the most renowned and addictive smartphone game of all times has been made available on your web browser itself and you can access it from Google Chrome or any other browser absolutely free; No Strings Attached!! [Link]

For those who do not know about Angry Birds, it is a puzzle game developed by Finland-based company Rovio, in which the player uses a slingshot to launch these Angry birds at pigs held on or within various structures, with the intent of destroying all the pigs on the playfield.

Related: Which is your Favourite Angry Bird?

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As per the update on Angry Birds Facebook fan page, it is available in Chrome Web Store and will work in Chrome browser only, but I myself have tried in Mozilla Firefox and IE where it works perfectly well. So, direct your browsers to Chrome web store link and destroy the green enemies.

I am in round 3 of the game and planning to continue after I publish this post, though I love playing it more on my iPhone 4. What about you, have you had a hands-on on this addictive game? If not, check out now.

Play Angry Birds in Chrome Browser

Angry Birds are coming to FaceBook

We recently shared with you the infographic “Likability of Angry Birds” which shows the various characters of the very popular game “Angry Birds”.

With more than 50 million downloads across all platforms, now Angry Birds is moving to the next big level, Facebook. Rovio CEO, Mikael Hed has announced that the immensely popular game Angry Birds is coming to Facebook by the next month with “completely new aspects to it that just haven’t been experienced in any other platform.”

Also Read: How to play Angry Birds in Google Chrome or any other Browser?

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The official Angry Birds page on Facebook promises to update you on the release if you click “like.” Already 1,290,027 people have done that.

For those of you who do not know what Angry Birds is, it is a puzzle game developed by Finland-based company Rovio, in which the player uses a slingshot to launch these Angry birds at pigs held on or within various structures, with the intent of destroying all the pigs on the playfield.

According to All Facebook, Hed has mentioned that there are new aspects to the game in which “the pigs will have a more prominent role.” and also used the word “collaborative” which could have something to do with the translation from Finnish.

Check Out: Which is your Favourite Angry Bird?

It will be worth watching, the envious reactions of the other Game Developers for such a great rise of Angry Birds. First an iPhone app, which then was ported to Android, and Nokia; now it is hitting Facebook. With Facebook’s 600 million active users, it is going to be a big treat for Angry Birds. 🙂

You can Like the Angry Birds Facebook page or Subscribe to our Free Newsletter to stay updated when this addictive game finally makes it to Facebook.

Browser-Based Game Store Launch announced by Microsoft

As announced by Microsoft, the Software giant is all set to launch “Games for Windows Marketplace”, an online store that will let users buy digital copies of games directly from their browsers.

The key features that this store boasts of are “ultra-fast” downloads, search (by titles or by genres), clean navigation, and deals and discounts, including “Deal of the Week” and other recurring and seasonal offers, besides online access from any computer.

Image Credit: Microsoft

It gives its users, the facility to purchase games with their Microsoft Points or a credit card from the ease of their browsers.

The “Games for Windows Marketplace” is a browser-based version of Microsoft’s Windows “Games on Demand” store, which is a part of its Games for Windows Live online service. By placing the store in a browser, Microsoft eliminates a couple of steps needed to purchase a game.

“With Games for Windows Marketplace, we set out to create a digital store built for PC gamers end-to-end. And by integrating with our existing Xbox LIVE and Windows Live services, we’ve made it easier than ever for millions of gamers to see for themselves how easy buying PC games can be”, said Kevin Unangst, senior global director of PC and mobile gaming at Microsoft.

When the Games store gets launched on November 15, 2010, there will be about 100 games available at the store, including Grand Theft Auto III, Dead Rising 2, Lost Planet 2, Max Payne, Deus Ex: Game of the Year Edition, Flight Simulator, Gears of War, Halo, Zoo Tycoon, Fable III, Age of Empires Online and Microsoft Flight. So, it is going to be a treat for the Games Freaks 😀

What are your thoughts about this feature from Microsoft?

via [Mashable]