20+ FREE PC Programs Every Gamer Should Have

#20 Launchbox

Emulators and ROMs can be a touchy subject. Collectors will oftentimes prefer to play the original hard release of a video game title and of course, there is sometimes the legality side of things. However, if you’re looking to play those classic old video game consoles and titles then chances are you downloaded a few ROMs and emulators but the whole process of managing the games and seamlessly playing a title is a bit cumbersome.

Instead of scrolling through a long list of video game titles on your hard drive, we suggest checking out Launchbox. This is by far the best frontend for an emulator we’ve come across. This program neatly organizes your ROMs and emulators while allowing gamers to also use their controller to browse for a game to play with ease.

Games are oftentimes broken up in a plethora of categories making it even easier to locate a game. The program is free to download though if you wish to toss in a bit of money then we highly recommend going for the paid version which certainly opens up more tools and features that are well worth owning.


#19 F.lux

When it comes to displays, players often seek out the vibrant panels with a slew of features. From colors that pop to a brightness that can assure you’re not missing out on anything of importance during those dark dungeon raids. However, when you begin to start playing a video game towards the evening hours, the bright and beautiful display can start to turn into an eyesore.

Late at night staring into a bright display can be a bit of a pain. Additionally, I’ve been known to hop onto the computer late at night and forget the display is cranked up to deal with the daylight into the room so I’m left with a bright annoying cast of light being sent directly into my eyeballs. Yeah, that’s no fun to deal with and luckily there’s a program to help aid you.

Introducing F.lux. This is a program that can adjust your display depending on the time of day it is. If you’re jumping onto the PC early in the morning with a bright natural light filling the room then your display will have been adjusted thanks to the time schedule settings.

With this program you can have a display that looks great no matter what time of day it is and best of all, there’s no more fiddling with the settings yourself in order to bring down the brightness.


#18 Pin Steam

When Microsoft introduced Windows 8, they introduced a brand new design for the operating system. The design wasn’t the most welcomed change up from Microsoft, but for those who enjoyed the tile view and setup then we have a program you won’t want to pass up on.

Pin Steam is a program that makes use of the tile Start Menu though it integrates Steam. With Steam being the most popular gaming marketplace and software for PC gamers, chances are you have a number of video game titles sitting in your library.

With Pin Steam, gamers can decide to pin whatever game they wish on the Start Menu. Visually, it looks seamless to the Windows 8 operating system design. Additionally, with this software, gamers can also pin their close friends so you can be updated in real time on what video game they are playing.


#17 GameSave Manager

When it comes to computers, it’s not uncommon for users to have an extra storage solution to use as a backup means for their operating system, pictures, videos, and any other files that wish to save. This is also true for gamers as nobody wants to deal with a corrupt hard drive or file.

If you’re a gamer that’s working on a long RPG or if you simply like to keep your game saves in a safe place, then we recommend downloading GameSave Manager. This is a program that easily navigates all the video game saves on your computer so you can back them up on a different drive.

Now if you’re unlucky enough to have a drive go bad or a corrupt save, you don’t have to lose all your progress. This software also serves as a means to restore a game save so you’re in good hands. Now you can game on without fear of losing progress for good or even take a save with you in case the opportunity to enjoy your favorite video game arrives.

Much like most of the programs on this list, gamers can download GameSave Manager completely for free. However, if you enjoy the program and wish to support the developers then you can place a donation through PayPal.


#16 WinDirStat

WinDerStat is another program that deals with storage. However, unlike GameSave Manager which was our previously covered point, this program aids with the help of deciding just what to get rid of on your computer. Video games are only getting more advanced and after a new release hits the market, you’ll likely have to check just how much storage space is required to play the game.

Games are continuously getting bigger so if you’re not interested in picking up a bigger drive to store the video game titles or if the funds won’t allow it then you’ll be left on deciding just what to purge. WinDirStat is a great way to see the content stored on your drives. Not only does this program will showcase the usual graphical statistics of storage availability, but it will also give a more visually appealing way to see how much a program is taking up space.

With an additional panel window open, the program will unveil a series of different colored and sized rectangles. The bigger the size the larger the file is on your hard drive. This is a user-friendly way of showing just how much cushion room a program or file takes up and that can likely greatly help when it comes to clearing out space for a new game install.