Don Bowden

Gaming and Ultrabooks, Getting the Most from Your Touch Screen

With more and more Intel inspired Ultrabooks being offered with touch screen capability, game developers are working hard to implement touch controls for some of the more popular PC games. Nothing against games like Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja but some of us would like to use our UltraBooks to play something a little more sophisticated, something a little more immersive, something to take full advantage of our Ultrabooks awesome graphics and touch capabilities. Well guess what? Those games are starting to show up on retailer’s shelves.

Intel has been working with several game developers to optimize their games for Ultrabook and touch screen, so far we have six titles that have been optimized with more coming in Q1 2013. Civilization 5, Defense Grid, Blackfoot Blade, Top Shot, Wargame and are available today and I must say all are looking good.

If you are into real time strategy games you will want to have a look at Civilization 5, Defense Grid and Wargame while Blackfoot Blade lets you fly the most advance helicopter ever developed using both touch and tilt technology. Top Shot is a target shooting game that challenges your shooting skills in various types of shooting challenges both in single player or multi-player modes, no hardcore skills are required which make this game an ideal choice for casual gamers. And last, but not least, is my personal favorite,, a full-on racing simulation that puts you on-line to race against other sim racers in real time, with 28 race cars (each one accurately modeled after the real thing) racing on 56 different laser scanned race tracks. If you are a motorsports enthusiast you are going to want to get hooked-up.

For those of you attending the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Jan 8-11, be sure to come by the Intel booth (booth #7252) in the Central Hall and check on the latest and greatest in Ultrabooks Inspired by Intel, hope to see you there.

Don Bowden

About Don Bowden

Don is a Sr. Technical Marketing Engineer in Intel’s Corporate Demos Group supporting various Intel events from executive keynotes to trades shows. His latest gig is with the Intel Extreme Masters Gaming Series where he provides general technical support. Don’s an avid gamer, mostly first person shooters, his real passion is on-line racing with which is the closest thing to driving a real race car as you’re going get. Don is also a skier, photographer and avid motorcyclist, making two cross country trips and a trek to the Arctic Circle and back from his home in San Jose, CA.

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