Monday, August 26, 2013

How to play video games on a smart Television

Abiding its strategy of integrating basically everything into itself, the Smart TV also has a restricted choice of games, available as downloadable apps, for our playing delight.

Now, the times of downloading ‘Tekken Vs. Street Fighter’ or the modern ‘Resident Evil’ directly to your Smart tv are a long way away certainly, so you’ll yet need your PS3, Xbox or Wii for the time being. In addition, none of the games available (with the likely exemption of the massively addictive ‘Angry Birds’) will equal the gaming experience already available in your consoles, but that doesn’t signify that the selection of games available in your Smart TV are in any way limited. There are simulation games, puzzle games, card games and plenty more besides. Once again, Smart TV is making huge improvements to the tried and true area of TV (as anyone who ever enjoyed the old ‘Teletext’ games will attest).

Another much-maligned type of entertainment frequently patrolled by the ‘fun police’ is console games (see our first article for particulars). Which began with a simple mistake, one stating that video games were exclusively for kids.

Now, this was not initially accurate but it is not true nowadays, but there is a period where consoles and peripherals were principally geared towards children and young teenagers. Then obviously, the cultural watchdogs backlashed against gaming in much a similar way they did against movies in the 70’s, music by the 60’s and comic books by the 50’s.

For our General gamer knows implicitly that a number of games are created with adults at heart (these tend to be the ones that possess the title spelled out in blood, or the choices to disembowel hookers for extra points) whilst some are made for kids (its a hint if no one really tries to kill you over the sequence of the game and you may finish it in a matter of hours) just like movies, books and everything else you can imagine, most are catered for. The games you will find in your Smart TV are mostly pretty simple plus the great thing about downloadable apps is, if you have any difficulty whatsoever with lurid game content on offer, then simply do not download it.

Right then, let’s have a look at some of the games you can download on your Smart TV (NOTE: Please do be aware that not all games are similar with all models, therefore the games mentioned below are just a selection that I find fascinating. In case you’re after a specific game for your Smart TV, be sure you buy a TV that will be able to play it).

‘Texas Holdem’ is the poker sim that lets you play games of virtual poker, either alongside the computer or your friends. As far as I know, no actual money changes hands in TH, but you might want to double ensure before you bet your mortgage (even if you have a straight flush). One more game that is great fun to play with mates is ‘Dynamic Bowling’. DB is another simulation that allows you to, yep, you guessed it, go bowling. This game could be played alone or with friends. My advice would be to practice in the home and dazzle your pals by bowling an ideal game. ‘Bejewelled 2’ is a sequel to the trendy ‘Bejewelled’ a game title which has enthralled and addicted my own father for about 3 years now. Bejewelled (which I will not break down to initials for obvious reasons!) is addictive, stimulating, challenging and, above all, fun.

So here you go. I’m sure that, when the months and years go on, an incredible many other gaming apps will be added to the Smart TV’s options. Watch this space!

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