New Educational Wii U Game

Here at Play’N’Swap, we are a big believer in using video games as educational tools. There is a new Wii U game out for kids that helps them learn their ABC’s while also improves their handwriting skills called Now I Know My ABC’s. It is a fun way to learn the alphabet and provides positive reinforcement for kids.

Here is a brief description of the game from the manufacturer’s website:

“Now I Know My ABC’s is a fun and interactive way to learn the alphabet. Using the Touch Screen on the Wii U™ GamePad your goal is to write every letter in both lowercase and uppercase. Each letter is associated with a color. You can press the letter’s icon at anytime to hear how the letter is pronounced. After you complete writing a letter the crowd cheers for you, giving positive reinforcement to help encourage the learning of even more letters!”

The game’s primary goal is to teach young kids the alphabet and have fun while doing so. The game is digital and can be downloaded on any Wii U platform. We highly recommend this educational game for toddlers as it is a great teaching tool for both parents and teachers.

You can download the this Alphabet video game from the Nintendo store.

Games Like Zone

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Ever played a game you liked so much, that you wanted to find other games similar to it? If so, then we have the perfect website for you. Games Like Zone analyzes individual games and gives you 10 recommendations of other video games that have similar features. They provide descriptions of each game and even provide a video of the game play. It is a great way to find new games in a genre or category you already love.

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Other Games Like Lists:

More sandbox building games like Minecraft

Classic RTS games like Age of Empires

 

Video games for only 1 dollar!

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If you are anything like the staff here at Play’N’Swap, you love going to dollar stores. I mean there isn’t a whole lot of things you can buy for a dollar these days so who doesn’t like getting a good deal. The only thing that could make them better if they had video games for only a dollar too…but that doesn’t exist right? Wrong. It does exist and you can find it at Dollarmisfit.com. We were amazed at some of the deals listed on the website. You can get all kinds of things for a dollar: video games, dvds, cds, books, tech gadgets, and much more. They have both old school games and current gen consoles. This is by far one of the better deal sites available and that is saying something given we are constantly on the lookout for video game deals. We highly recommend you check it out.

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Virtual Reality is already here

With the Occulus rift scheduled to be released in retail stores later this year and other VR headsets manufactures also working on their own products (PlayStation VR, HTC Vive, etc.), the Virtual Reality race has officially started. What is really cool is how many 3rd party developers have joined in on the fun. Products are being released to go along with VR headsets such as Manus VR gloves, LeapVision (to track movement in front of you), and various multi-directional treadmills. We have selected a few videos below to give you an idea of what the future of VR may have in store for you.

 

Build your own high quality website

Ever had a great idea for a online website or business? Did you ever take steps to make that dream a reality; besides buying the domain of course. Well there are tons of things involved in the process that often cause would be website creators to cancel or delay their project. Rather than deal with all the hassle of hiring logo creators, web masters, web designers, and marketers…why not buy it all in one package where you can have an entire company custom build a website exactly to your own specifications?

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Well that is what Niteskape is all about; they are a one stop shop for all things web design. Niteskape is a web design agency that provides an amazing start up package for small businesses. Their package includes everything you would need to get your online business or website going. We highly suggest that you check them out as their quality and graphic designs are top notch. Not to mention they have an estimated turn around time of 7 days and offer a variety of different services to meet any client’s need.

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CS GO – Step up your game

Do you play CS GO? Ever wished you were good enough to play competitively? Well, there are some stiff competition out there. The CS GO community has its fair share of pro-gamers. It is tough competition for any new player starting out or even an experienced player trying to make his or her way up the CS GO rankings. In fact, many new players of CS GO end up quitting due to the level of skill other players have; getting one-shotted over and over again during the first 30 seconds of a match is no fun for the player getting shot.

What you might not know is a lot of competitive players use CS GO coaching and tools to optimize their skill and computer. There are a lot of companies that claim they can make you a better CS Go player, but only a few are legitimate. We highly recommend imbababoost.com, as it is one of the most legitimate CS Go coaching and rank boosting systems available.

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Imbaboost provides legitimate Counter-Strike: Global Offensive rank boosting and coaching. They offer different variations in boosting such as SoloQ or DuoQ, also known as CS GO boosting lobby or Self-Play. They operate worldwide and are a highly respected company in the CS GO training community. Registered in Europe and providing coaching to players for over the past two years, you can see many of their reviews and successes by visiting their facebook page.

Below is one competitive gamer talking about their services:

So whether your looking for cs go rank boosting or just need help improving your game, we suggest that you check out Imbaboost.

Additional Resources:
What to look for in CS GO training and boosting services
Changes to CS GO Rank Up System

 

Guitar and Music Gear Guides

Ever heard a great tune in a video game, and wish you could learn how to play that?

Well now you can!

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GuitarLessonsMag.com is a great resource for guitar players. It provides a vast amount of information for guitar players. The website has tons of guitar reviews, gadget reviews, lessons, and tools for music lovers. It has resources such as helping you find the best acoustic guitar pickup to tutorials and tools to help you to tune your guitar…so whether you have never played a guitar or yours is sitting in the corner of your room gathering dust, it is time you picked up that guitar and start learning to play today.

Here are some useful articles to help you get started:

The Best Acoustic Guitar Pickups Reviews and Guide

Top 5 Infographics for Learning Acoustic Guitar Quickly 

Recording Software for PC Gamers

For all you Twitch streamers and YouTube gamers out there is a game recording software for PC you all need to check out. D3DGear is a very fast game recording software that allows users to record video game footage without slowing down your PC’s performance.  It is a much better alternative to to some of the outdated recording software such as Fraps. In Fact D3DGear’s game recording performance is superior to all other game recording software. It is also extremely easy to use acting as a universal video game plugin/add-on software; It will automatically attach to a game when it starts and uses hotkeys for recording and broadcasting. It works extremely well with twitch.tv providing high quality video with minimal lag. The D3DGear twitch streaming performance and quality are superior compared to other similar software.

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For recording video games, D3DGear is actually a much better and faster software than Fraps. D3DGear can do a lot of things that Fraps software simply cannot. Below a comparison table that outlines some key features between D3DGear and Fraps.

Features
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Video Recording Technologies

D3DGear video recording technologies is far better than Fraps’ softare.

D3DGear implements a very sophisticated movie capture and compress engine for video game recording. With this engine, D3DGear is able to record video game to movie with little system performance impact, the recorded movie is highly compressed with HD quality, and it is ready to upload to Youtube.

Fraps software uses a simple loss-less Codec that not only produces huge size movie file, but also significantly affects system performance. The loss-less movie is unusable because of its huge file size; users have to use movie editor software to compress movie further. Fraps software movie recording technology is obsolete with current software and hardware technologies.
Audio Recording Technologies
D3DGear audio recording technologies is far better than Fraps.

D3DGear compresses audio data while recording audio source. D3DGear supports two audio recording Codec: MP3 or Windows Media Audio Codec, depending on which movie file format is being used. Audio data is compressed with high bitrate so that the original audio quality is well preserved.

Fraps software does not compress audio data while recording audio source. This results larger movie file size.
Video Encoding Technologies
D3DGear supports more variety video Codecs than Fraps.

D3DGear supports follwoing video encoding Codecs: MPEG-4 Ver 2 Codec, Motion JPEG Codec, Windows Media Video 9 and Huffyuv Loss-less Codec.

Fraps software supports only “Fraps” proprietary Codec.
Movie Format
D3DGear supports more variety movie file formats than Fraps.

D3DGear supports three movie recording file format: AVI1, AVI2 (OpenDML) and WMV.

Fraps only supports AVI movie format.
Overlays
D3DGear supports overlay function that is not available in Fraps.

D3DGear supports face cam overlay function. User can add face cam or webcam overlay on top of movie video, where user can capture their facial motion. This is unique feature not available in other recording software.

Fraps software does not support this feature.
Video Game Broadcasting Technologies
D3DGear supports video game streaming and broadcasting function, which is not available in Fraps. Fraps does not support this feature.
AMD Mantle API
D3DGear supports AMD Mantle API based video games, and is full compatible with AMD Mantle API. Fraps does not support AMD Mantle API based video games.
Measure Game Frame Rate
D3DGear supports measuring video game frame rate and displaying it on the screen as overlay. D3DGear supports to display frame rate at predefined 9 locations, or user can choose to display it at anywhere on the screen. Fraps only supports to display frame rate on pre-defined 5 locations.

Click here to read more about how D3DGear performs better than Fraps.

So what are you waiting for? Download D3DGear and start recording your epic gaming footage now. 

Car Racing Games

If your anything like the tech staff here at Play’N’Swap, you’re obsessed with car and dirt bike games. We can easily play these games for hours and have a blast while doing it. Playing around with bike physics and watching our rider do a seemingly impossible 1080 degree loop with minimum speed is very satisfying.

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If you haven’t tried these games you really should. We were able to find a site, http://www.funcarracinggames.com, that has hundreds of them in one place. The site includes both car games and bike games so if you get a chance take a break and check them out.

Some of our favorites are listed below:

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