Turn Your Basement Into a Virtual Shooting Gallery

An indoor shooting simulator is easy to add on to most projection based home theater systems, and in most cases is an inexpensive way to add hours of entertainment for the whole family. People of all ages enjoy playing the wide range of games that are available for the system, everything from “Baseball Challenge” to “Elephant Hunter” will keep your family and friends entertained. Utilizing a shooting simulator is not only a great way to add excitement to your home theater room; it is also a get way to keep your shooting skills sharp.

System Basics:
There are a few basic requirements for adding a shooting simulator to an existing home theater. The simulator runs on a normal Windows based computer, software is compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. The image is broadcast through a projector to a screen, which most projectors and home theater screens will be suitable for use with this simulator. Now all you need to add is a basic simulator package, which includes a rifle, case, camera and five games. Installation of the simulator will only take about thirty minutes to setup and install the new software and hardware. Now you are ready to start enjoying the very best of simulated shooting. To recap the items you need: computer, projector, screen and a simulator package.

Benefits of Indoor Shooting:
There are many advantages to adding an indoor shooting simulator to you home theater room, these are just a few.
Convenience- having the ability to practice your shooting skills from within your own house, cuts down on drive time to the range and you can fire up your system anytime you want.
Cost Savings- ammunition is expensive! You will save a lot of money practicing your skills using a true to life replica laser firearm verses using live ammo.
Safety- using a laser firearm is a much safer weapon to practice will and it’s a lot better for your hearing.
Shooting Variety- with a shooting simulator you have the ability to practice your skills on a wide range of software titles. You can practice shooting skeet and with just a touch of a button you can switch over to another game and practice your marksmanship on simulated popup targets.
Entertainment- Gather you friends and family, challenge them for the highest score or for bragging rights.

Packages and Software:
With this system, there are many packages of both hardware and software available. Looking for a portable package or maybe a complete package if you don’t have a projector, computer and screen? Those packages and more are available. There are over 35 software titles currently available, which can be purchased separately or in 15 game packages. Software titles are being added, so you will always have the option to buy the latest games on the market. Do you have the best Halloween party on your block? There is a Halloween software package that will insure your party is unforgettable. Do you have a young hunter or marksman that could benefit from “Hunter’s Education” software? It is an option on this simulator. Teach them everything from ethical shooting to animal anatomy, with the hunter’s Ed package. Looking to hone your archery skills? This simulator has packages available for you bow enthusiasts. There are several optional firearms which can be added to the system, to maximize the skill development and enjoyment of the simulator.

Adding a shooting simulator to your theater room is easy and a cost effective way of increasing the entertainment value of your room as well as improve shooting skills. If you would like some more information on the shooting simulators or have any questions please contact me through the website.

Top Ten PC Games In The World

What elements push a game beyond mere goodness and into greatness? To this author, PC games are best when they deliver a transcendent gaming experience that is possible only with the aid of a personal computer: They don’t simulate board or card games, reproduce real-world sports, or try to approximate movies. They are an art form unto themselves. To be considered, a game must have achieved most of its prominence on a PC platform. (This explains why Tetris, for example, didn’t make the cut: It was clearly the Nintendo Game Boy’s killer app). I defined a “PC” as any consumer computer that has a keyboard the user can program with arbitrary code–not just a PC of the IBM variety. If you’re into PC games, check out “15 Reasons PC Gaming Beats All,” too. And if you want to stay current with the latest games, tune into PC World’s ace gaming blog, Game On! Without further ado, here is the Top Tens List for the Greatest PC Games in the world…

#10: Homefront

The 10th ranking game in our top tens list, Homefront, is a first-person shooter video game developed by now defunct “Kaos Studios” and published by THQ, in which players play as members of a resistance movement fighting against a near-future Korean military occupation of the United States.

Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PS 3 Genre: First-person shooter Mode(s): Single-player, Multi-player Ratings: BBFC = 15, ESRB = M

#9: Fable III

At number 9 in our top tens list is, Fable III, the Third video game in Fable series of ‘action role-playing games (RPG) developed by Liohead Studios and published by Microsoft Game Studios for Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360. It focuses on the player’s struggle to overthrow the King of Alboin by forming alliances and building support for revolution.

Series: Fable Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 Genre: Action RPG, sandbox, file simulation Mode(s): Single-player, Cooperative Ratings: ACB = MA15+, BBFC = 12+, ESRB = M, PEGI = 16+

#8: F.E.A.R. 3

The 8th ranking game in our top tens list is F.E.A.R. 3, a first person-shooter developed by Dan 1 Studios for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and the OnLive cloud gaming service as a sequel to the game F.E.A.R: Project Origin and the third installment of the F.E.A.R series. It includes features such as “co-op, an evolved cover system, and more scares”. In the game, the players control either Point Man or Paxton Fettel, the protagonist and antagonist, from the first game, F.E.A.R. and the control system is the same as the previous two games.

Series: F.E.A.R Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PS 3 Genre: First-person shooter, horror Mode(s): Single-player, Multi-player Ratings: ACB = MA15+, BBFC = 18, ESRB = M, PEGI = 18

#7: Dragon Age II

Ranking at number 7 in our top tens list is Dragon Age II, a role playing video game developed by Bioware’s Edmonton Studios, and published by Electronic Arts. It is the second major game in BioWare’s “Dragon Age” franchise. It is set in the same mythical world introduced in Dragon Age: Origins, the player assumes the role of Hawke, a human mage, warrior, or rogue who arrives in the city of Kirkwall as a lowly refugee but becomes its legendary champion over a turbulent decade of political and social conflict.

Series: Dragon Age Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PS 3, Mac OS X Genre: Role-playing Mode(s): Single-player Ratings: ESRB = M, PEGI = 18

#6: Dead Space 2

The 6th ranking game in our top tens list is Dead Space 2, a survival horror third-person shooter video game developed by Visceral Games and published by Electronic Arts. It is the sequel to “Dead Space”. Unlike its predecessor, Dead Space 2 has a multi-player mode.

Series: Dead Space Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PS 3 Genre: Third-person shooter, Survival horror Mode(s): Single-player, Multi-player Ratings: ACB = MA15+, BBFC = 18, ESRB = M, PEGI = 18

#5: Terraria

Ranking 5th in our top tens list is Terraria, an action-adventure/RPG indie game released by independent game studio “Re-Logic”. The game features exploration, crafting, building structures and combat with a variety of creatures. The game’s slogan is “Shut Up and Dig Gaiden”.

Platforms: Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 Genre: Indie side scroller action adventure/RPG Mode(s): Single-player, Multi-player Ratings: ESRB = E10+, PEGI = 12

#4: Portal 2

The 4th ranking game in our top tens list is Portal 2, a first-person puzzle-platform video game developed and published by Valve Corporation. It is the sequel to the 2007 video game ‘Portal’. Like Portal, Portal 2 primarily comprises a series of puzzle that must be solved by teleporting the player’s character and simple objects using the “portal gun”, a device that can create inter-spatial portals between two flat panes. The game’s unique physics allow momentum to be retained through these portals and requires the creative use of portals to maneuver through the game’s challenges.

Series: Portal Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PS 3, Mac OS X Genre: Puzzle-platform game Mode(s): Single-player, Co-operative Ratings: ESRB = E10+, PEGI = 12

#3: The Sims 3

The 3rd ranking game in our top tens list is The Sims 3, a strategic life simulation computer game developed by The Sims Studio and published by Electronic Arts. It is the sequel to the best-selling computer game, ‘The Sims 2’.

Series: The Sims Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, webOS, Android, Symbian^3, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, N-Gage, Xbox 360, PS 3 Genre: Life Simulation, Social simulation Mode(s): Single-player Ratings: ACB = M, ESRB = T, PEGI = 12

#2: Counter Strike Source

Counter Strike Source ranks 2nd in our top tens list. It is a first-person shooting video game developed by Valve Corporation. It is a complete remake of “Counter-Strike” using the “Source” game engine. As in the original, Counter Strike: Source pits a team of counter-terrorists against a team of terrorists in a series of rounds. Each round is won either by completing an objective (such as detonating a bomb or rescuing hostages) or by eliminating all members of the opposing team.

Series: Counter Strike Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X Genre: First-person shooter Mode(s): Multi-player Ratings: ESRB = M, PEGI = 16+

#1: Assassin’s Creed: Brother Hood

Finally…the best of our top tens list of video games is Assassin’s Creed: Brother Hood; a historical third-person, stealth action-adventure video game developed by Ubisoft. It is the third major installment in the Assassin’s Creed series and the second chapter in the ‘Ezio Trilogy’. The game is a direct sequel to Assassin’s Creed II, with Ezio Auditore da Firenze and Desmond Miles returning as the main protagonists.

Series: Assassin’s Creed Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PS 3, Mac OS X Genre: Third-person action-adventure, Sandbox Mode(s): Single-player, Multi-player Ratings: ACB = MA15+, BBFC = 15, ESRB = M, PEGI = 18

Clay Pigeon Shooting

The sport of shooting clay pigeons has been popular for centuries. The technology in weaponry has improved drastically in recent years, but the sport itself has remained relatively unchanged for centuries. Clay shooting allows a shooter to practice and train their skills at shooting birds out of the sky. The sport was originally conceived as a way for hunters to hone their skills at shooting and to simulate a real world situation where they might have to quickly draw, aim, and fire to shoot a bird that was flying away from them. The skill can be used in duck hunting, quail, hunting, pheasant hunting, or any other type of fast flying bird hunting.

Clay pigeon shooting can be done individually or it can be done as a social activity. Depending on the type of thrower that is being used, clay shooting is normally done in groups of three or more. Clay targets are simple clay discs that are ejected from a clay pigeon thrower. The thrower will project the clay disc high into the air, or straight out away from the shooter in a simulation of how a real live bird would fly away from a shooter who is hunting.

When clay shooting, the shooter will begin by standing behind the thrower. When the shooter is ready for the clay to be thrown, he will yell “pull”. This command will notify the thrower operator to release the clay. Once the clay target has been released the shooter will track the clay and try to shoot it out of the air. Shooting a clay pigeon can be very difficult and can only be mastered after a lot of practice. In fact, many people practice the sport for their entire lives to be good enough to shoot a clay pigeon on every shot.

Many people shoot clay targets to practice their skills to hunt real bird, while many other people simply decide to shoot clay targets for the sport itself. Clays are shot using a shotgun. The shotgun shoots out a combination of pellets that will spread out in an arcing pattern to hit their target. Different shooters prefer to use different variations of a shotgun and different shot loads, but they all serve the same purpose of hitting the clay pigeons. The sport of shooting clay pigeons can be fun and addicting for anyone who is willing to put the time in to learn.