Keeping track of all games that you play can be quite the burden. It is not if you only use a single platform to play games on, say Steam or Origin, but if you use several, install games on their own, play Flash games and maybe also emulates games, then you may be forced to use multiple means to manage them.
While you can add third-party games to some clients, Steam supports this for instance, it is not possible to add Flash games for example as you can only add executable files to these clients usually.
Game Assistant 2 aims to help you manage and monitor games regardless of how they are launched. The program, currently available as a beta version, ships with a set of features that may be interesting to some Windows users.
First thing you will notice after starting it up is that it lists the temperature of the processor, motherboard and video card on the right.
You can configure it to display the temperature in games as well, and the core reason for doing so is to provide users with information that help them protect the computer from overheating.
Besides options to display the temperature in full screen games, it is configured by default to alarm you if the temperature of a monitored component reaches a set threshold -- 80 degrees Celsius by default -- so that you can react in time and return to less taxing activities to avoid crashes and other issues.
Temperature thresholds can be modified in the settings, as can be the unit of measurement as you can pick Fahrenheit as well.
Game Assistant 2 keeps track of temperatures as well and you can check out a chart highlighting the trend over time. Last but not least, it displays the amount of RAM that is in use in its interface as well.
As far as game management capabilities are concerned, you can add local games, say a game on Steam or a game running in an emulator, but also games on the web. The latter option asks for a url and name only. Unlike local games which are displayed with their icon, Flash games and online games are only displayed with a placeholder icon.
Once you have added games here, you can launch them from the Game Assistant 2 window. The program boosts the system automatically when you do so which will clear some RAM before the game starts. It is possible to clear RAM manually as well at any time with a click of the mouse button.
The last option that Game Assistant 2 makes available is screenshot taking. Screenshots can be taken with a click on the icon in the interface or with the shortcut Alt-A. You can change the screenshot on the other hand at any time.
Game Assistant 2 can be a useful program for some users. While it does not add anything new to the table, it combines several interesting features into a single interface.
The key feature that sets it part is the ability to add Web games to its interface to start them from there. Then again, you can easily add games as bookmarks in modern browsers to do the same, but that again means that you use at least two locations to launch games on your system.
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