So you consider yourself a real PC gamer, huh? You already have a decent keyboard, a top-notch mouse-monitor-chair-headphones? Well, that’s all fine and dandy, but what if I told you there’s a way to one-up your experience even more – program-wise? Sometimes all it takes is a few easy tweaks here and there to drastically improve your PC’s performance or neatly organize your content. Let’s dig into some common solutions for Windows-based machines!
It doesn’t matter whether you’re using a modern hi-end PC or a slightly outdated one – you could always use a little boost. This class of tweaking software provides just that by shutting or slowing down background processes to prioritize your game. Programs like Razer Game Booster or Superb Game Boost analyze your system to give more CPU and GPU powers to the application of your choice. Don’t expect miracles however! These programs might slightly improve the frame rate and the level of detail, but they won’t help you run, say, Mass Effect: Andromeda, on an older slower PC. You’ll have to upgrade your hardware for that. But, hey, it’s better than nothing! Plus, each come bundled with unique little features, like monitoring your hardware temperature or formatting your game files for faster loading.
There is a large and free library of old DOS and early Windows games online. ‘Old’ doesn’t necessary mean ‘bad’. People are craving for those classic story-driven games – just look at the modern resurgence of vintage-stylized indie titles! However, trying to boot those classics can be problematic at times. You see, sometimes modern systems can be just ‘too fast’ for those classics. Try loading Warcraft II – you’ll get the idea. This problem can be solved in two different ways. First – search eBay and your local thrift stores for vintage 90-s era PCs – they are extremely cheap these days. Second – try running those titles through a Win 95/98 emulator and something like Speed Gear. The program will slow down the game and your characters won’t behave like Speedy Gonzales. Sure, it may not ‘feel authentic’, but at least you’ll be able play the game!
This class of software is designed for old-school gamers and collectors. Sure, Steam-like services have huge advantages – you buy, keep and play games in one place. But what if playing online is not an option, or you already own a huge CD collection that you’re not ready to abandon yet? Well, why not try a game manager then? Programs like GameTracker Lite and Game Launcher will help you organize and keep track of all your preinstalled games. You can create your own neatly designed catalogues, complete with covers, stats and all the additional info in just a few clicks. It’s as simple as that!
Don’t be afraid to experiment and try something new! Sometimes even a few minor tweaks can lead to a much better and fuller gaming experience. As for now - have a good game!