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!

Guitar Lessons Mag

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  It is a much better alternative to to some of the outdated recording software such as Fraps.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.

D3DGear Game Footage:

 

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
D3DGear Fraps
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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New Video Game Clothing Store

Print Xoom

Print Xoom is a great clothing website that specifically focuses on video games and other nostalgic themes. The t-shirts and other clothing items you can find there are 100% original designs submitted by artists and video game enthusiasts. We highly recommend you check out the site for yourself. 

mario-shirt         fallout-4-girl

There are tons of video game inspired clothing designs.

 

homer  nuka-cola

There are plenty of TV show and video game references only gamers or fans would get.

 

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Your Guide to Tech Gadgets

What Rocks and What Sucks is a trusted tech gadget that ranks gadgets and helps the consumer determine what tech gadget is best for their budget. Most recently they came out with their new guide to buying the best bluetooth soundbar and we highly recommend you take a look at especially if you are in the market for a new entertainment system. Its latest guide provides a list of the top bluetooth soundbar reviews. They spent several hours researching and testing a wide variety of brands and gadgets to determine, which soundbar is truly the king and bet bang for your buck. If you are not familiar with soundbars, it is a sleek stylish amplified speaker that provides very realistic, crisp, and immersive sound with minimal space requirements; audio will fill the entire room and many of the speakers are wireless allowing you to play music via your smartphone app or other tech gadgets. It perfectly complements any HD TV and is a must have for any gamer who cares about quality sound.

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So…which company makes the best bluetooth soundbar system? Is it Bose, Samsung, Sony, VIZIO, or another brand? Well read the What Rocks and What Sucks bluetooth soundbar guide and find out for yourself!

Soundbar

 

New Youtube Channel – Glorious Motherland Gaming

Hello Gamers,

There is a new gaming Youtube channel called “Glorious Motherland Gaming” that you all should check out. Essentially it uses a Let’s Play format for game reviews. The footage is exciting, but more importantly hilarious. We here at Play’N’Swap highly suggest you check it out for yourself. You can visit their youtube channel by going here: Glorious Motherland Gaming. For your enjoyment, below our some of our favorite videos from their channel:

Poor Natasha…definitively not one of the “easiest” games to start a new gamer on. In fact, this game may make even the more experienced gamers rage quit. 

Spoiler alert…aliens aren’t that easy to kill. 

WARNING TO ALL HARDCORE HEARTHSTONE PLAYERS…this video may make your blood boil…with that said…we all found this video to be hilarious. 

It’s all about teamwork and communication…and oh yeah…the occasional Harry Potter reference!

The Play’N’Swap staff highly suggest that the next game you play is Who’s Your Daddy.

New Lifestyle and Tech Blog

hypecrib

HYPECRIB provides a concise, yet targeted view into the lifestyle and stories that reflect the mindset of success-oriented individuals whose interests span across different categories. HYPECRIB readers are highly educated, entrepreneurial, and progressive thinkers that stay up to date with the Hype. There are a variety of posts from tech and innovation articles to pop culture and style features. You can find the latest information regarding business and entertainment as well.

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Check out some of HYPECRIB’s latest posts:

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New Indie game needs your help to get on steam

Are you a fan of psychological thrillers and horror games?

This game needs YOUR votes on steam!!

You play as a female character trapped in an asylum for the criminally insane. Sometimes levels are played in her imagination, sometimes not. As the story progresses the player finds out what happened to this main character and how she ended up there. Now it’s time to escape the asylum and the voices in her head!

  • 7 levels
  • 6 in-game short movies (some of which have interaction)
  • 8 original songs produced specifically for the game
  • Voice actress for the main character who did an awesome job

At a very affordable price (5 dollars) the 1 1/2 – 2 hour campaign will leave you wanting more. You can help this game by voting Yes on the Awakened game’s steam page

So…Are you Awake?