Gaming is a lot of fun, but if there’s one thing to know about gaming — and in fact, about everything — it’s that things can always be improved upon! Unless you’ve already taken the time to perfect your gaming experience, then there’ll likely be many things you can do that’ll nudge it in the right direction. In this blog, we’re going to look at some useful tips for doing just that. If you take all of our tips, then it won’t be long before you’re having an awesome night of gaming!
Create A New Space
If it’s been a while since you set up your gaming spot, then it’s likely that it’s become a little too lived in. it’ll have begun to feel a little jaded and unpleasant. You would redecorate your living room every so often, so why not give your gaming area a bit of a refresh? If you’ve just been gaming in any old place, then you could look at setting up a new space. This will allow you to create an area that has been designed specifically with your gaming experience in mind.
Invest in a New Chair
Many gamers spend a whole bunch of time making sure that they have the latest games and so forth, but there’s something to be said for investing time and money into your comfort, too. You’ll find that you have fewer issues if you’re always feeling comfortable! A good chair can seem expensive, but it’s a worthy investment. After all, you’re going to spend a lot of time sitting on it — indeed, often, you’ll be there for hours at a time. It’s a good idea to read as many reviews as possible and even try out a few different options so that you can be sure that you’ll end up with the right one.
If you take a look at most people’s gaming area, you’ll find that it’s usually a bit dark and dingy. Well, that’s the cliche anyway. You might want it to be dark so you can see the screen better, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be aesthetically pleasing. There are plenty of dark interior decor choices that you could incorporate, for instance. There are other ways to up the aesthetic qualities of the space, too. For example, think about your hardware. You’ll need a PS5 controller charger — why not select one that not only functions well but which looks good? You could also set up your consoles in a specially created cabinet too.
Feed the Senses
You’ll be locked into your gaming adventure. But while your mind is focused on the game, your body — and other parts of your mind — will be taking in your surroundings. So why not make sure that you’re giving it what it wants? There are incense candles that’ll put the body into a relaxed and comfortable state, for instance. You could also look at upgrading the lighting so that it’s calm and atmospheric. Your senses are interesting because they’re not something that you think about all that often. However, you’ll most definitely notice the difference if they’re “activated.”
Keep Things Tidy
We all know how easy it is to get lost in a few hours of gaming. When you’re done, you’ll be tempted to stand up and head elsewhere, probably outside, just to give yourself a bit of a break from the screen. However, it’ll be better if you spend some time tidying things up and getting everything into shape again. It’s a bit like when you go away on a trip. It’s always much nicer to return home to a tidy space! And that’ll be the case when you go back to gaming. A little five minute tidy up and sweep will make the space much more enjoyable to be in.
Upgrade Your Hardware
The better your hardware is, the more enjoyable it’ll be to spend several hours gaming. This is probably more relevant if you’re a PC gamer; at that stage, you’ll likely need to make a few upgrades on what’s included as standard. A better graphics card, for instance, can make a huge difference. Of course, it could also apply if you have a regular console. If you’re still playing PS4, then why not make the shift to PS5? Also, remember that hardware won’t work well forever. The upgrades you made to your PC might have been great several years ago, but they may be outdated now. It’s always worthwhile reviewing performance from time to time and making any necessary changes.
Improve the Sound
We tend to think of gaming as something that we mostly look at. And that’s true. But it’s not the whole story. These days, gaming can be like a movie experience. But if you’re going to enjoy the experience to the max, then it’ll be important for you to have a sound system that’s highly capable! You could look at investing in new headphones or a soundbar. It won’t be a game-changer for every game that you play, but it will for the ones that really have a cinematic quality to them.
If you’re playing online, then there’s no getting around it — you’ll need to have a good internet connection. There’s nothing worse than waiting for games to load or experiencing lag when you’re in the middle of playing. If you haven’t updated your internet in a while, then it’s likely that you don’t have as fast a connection as you could do. It’s one of those that improves all the time. It’ll be a good idea to call your internet company and see if it’s possible to get a faster connection. You should also look if there are any other providers in your area — you’ll want to have the fastest internet possible, but you’ll also want to get a good price.
When people sit down to game, they usually mean business. They’re not sitting down for ten minutes — they’re going to dive deep into the game that they’re playing. That’s not always the case, but it is broadly true! But if you’re going to pay for hours on end, then you’ll need to have some snacks to keep you going. It’s not something that many of us think about, but the type of snack that you have can influence your overall enjoyment. You might like eating unhealthy snacks at the time, but they’ll make you feel a little sluggish and uninspired after you’ve finished. On the other hand, if you’re just eating healthy foods, then you’ll be much more likely to feel great once you’re finished!
Make it Social
Everything’s better with friends! While it can be fun to game all by yourself, the fun and excitement is taken to a whole new level when you’ve got your friends by your side, either in the same room or online. So the next time you want to have a really fun night of gaming, look at getting your pals involved. This could mean asking them to come round or just agreeing to meet online at the same time.
Your console and the game aren’t going anywhere! Every hour or so, get up and take a break.
Move Your Body
By and large, you’ll be sitting pretty still when you’re gaming. It is not an active hobby! But while that’s mostly harmless, it can make us feel a little sluggish, and our body a little stiff. As such, it’s a good idea to stretch your body every now and again. You could take ten minutes to do an online yoga class, for instance. When you’re sitting there for hours on end, that little bit of movement can have a really positive impact.
Mix it Up
We all have our favorite games. But it’s important to remember that they won’t go anywhere just because we’re playing a different game for a little while. So why not look at mixing things up? You might just discover a new game that you love. In any case, you’ll likely find that you just get better at gaming by switching things up slightly.
Or why not try something completely different? For example, if you game on a PC, why not use your PC to learn some new skills such as creating immersive videos, music, or even your games? You still get to indulge in your hobby but do something different simultaneously. Using specialist equipment alongside your gaming setup, such as a Loop Pedal, can help you mix it up even more.
Improve Your Skills
Everything’s more fun when you have a good sense of what you’re doing. So why not look at improving your gaming skills? This is recommended for all games, but especially those more difficult games that always prove to be a challenge. You could look up some tutorials online, read some tactics, or watch other people playing the game live on Twitch. It doesn’t matter what game you’re playing — it’ll be more fun when you feel confident in your abilities.
And there we have it. Gaming isn’t just gaming. There are different levels — sometimes, you’ll just have an OK time; at others, you’ll have an absolute ball. And very often, you’ll be in a position where you can influence how much of a good time you have. Take our tips above, and you’ll find that you have a great time each and every time you play.