5 Gaming Web Apps That Will Make Your Life Easier
In my many travels across the interwebs, I have found several really useful web-applications that will make your life easier if you are the owner of an Xbox 360, PS3 or even a PC. These applications are things which I use on a regular basis.
“Playfire is the global community for gamers. Get a killer profile, track news & discussion for your favorite games, and follow your friends’ progress in games.”
Basically, Playfire is a nice way too keep all your different gaming profiles in one central area. Browsing speeds are nice and fast, where the only issues I have is the layout, which can be confusing at times, and your profile updates really slowly. Expect updates on your gaming score every 3-4 days, sometimes even longer. I primarily use Playfire to keep track of my gaming want list and my gaming library. It also has its own badge system, rewarding you when reaching a milestone on your gaming profile.
“Raptr is the best place for gamers to share, interact, and discover personalized content from all over the web. Raptr is also the only platform that integrates all major gaming platforms and IM services. Today, Raptr’s full feature set has expanded to include a host of killer features that gamers love:”
- Personalized news feed
- Community-curated content
- Expanded topics to include all things related to gaming
- Suggestion engine to help you discover new games
- Automatic gameplay and achievements tracker on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3
- Centralized buddy list and friend tracker
- In-game chat and web browsing for PC games
Raptr is the best of the bunch, for me. Raptr allows you to set up your account, where linking it to your Facebook and Twitter is super easy. Following that, Raptr is also an easy way for you to show-off your internet e-penis through bragging about your gaming and achievement scores. The interface is easy to browse as it has no clutter. There’s also user created content and news.
“TrueAchievements is an Xbox achievement-tracking website that uses a novel method of assessment, TrueAchievement score, rather than a simple Gamerscore. The site is a member of the Xbox Community Developer Program. As of September 30th, 2011, TrueAchievements has over 135,000 registered users.”
If you are an achievement-whore who enjoys competing with friends for gaming score, then you will like this site. I primarily use TrueAchievements for tracking and finding out how to get those hard to unlock achievements. All you need to do is a simple search for the game, where you will find user feedback giving you the low-down on how to get past the tricky sections. You’re also welcome to add your own information to help others.
Website: True Achievements
“360voice is an online community for the Xbox 360 with a twist. Using unique technology, the data from your Xbox Live gamercard is transformed from a snapshot into a rich history of your gaming, told in blog format from the perspective of your Xbox. This allows for conversations around specific daily achievements and events like gamer score increases and your most played games. In addition to the blog content, users can interact by leaving comments, compete in gamer score challenges, and gather badges for various site and cross-game accomplishments.”
Using this website is more about fun. Basically, it builds a blog your Xbox 360 which keeps record of your activity online. Thereafter, it will comment on it.
Here’s an example: Watch closely because here comes the recap… if you aren’t paying attention, you might miss it: It is a good one! larch ZA had seven days of gaming! In a row! I know! Crazy! It was productive… Gamerscore went up 225 points so I am happy. Yay for 12 achievements! w00t! Also, according to the records, larch ZA must have been craving RPGs because Skyrim was the weekly favorite. He played it on 7 of the days. And that’s it… short and sweet, just like my power cord.
Website: 360 Voice
Avatar Gadget For Windows 7
This is a nifty little Windows 7 gadget which you can add to your desktop. The gadget shows a full sized image of your Xbox 360 avatar, where if you click on it you are able to view your current gamercard and score. You will be able to use the gadget with more than one account, therefore your whole family can have their own showcase on the desktop. Setting it up is easy, and it works like a dream.
Website 360 Gadget