7 Things Every Gamer Needs to Become a Gaming Pro

Posted on December 18, 2020 by Nikhil P Naik

Are you thinking about joining the gamer community? If you are, you’re not alone. According to the Entertainment Software Industry, 164 million American adults enjoy gaming, and that number continues to grow with each year.

However, as any gamer will tell you, the right setup can make or break your gaming experience, regardless of what type of games you enjoy playing. That means that you’ll need the right things to stay comfortable while also maximizing your abilities.

So what should you get? Keep reading to learn about the seven things that every gamer needs to take their skills to the next level.

Before You Get Started

Before discussing the actual objects you’ll need for your gaming setup, you should first decide on the space you’re going to use. If your home or apartment has a spare bedroom or office, this can be a good place for a gaming setup.

You want the room to have enough space to fit your desk and chair without feeling cramped. You also want enough natural light to keep you from straining your eyes, but not so much that it causes glares to appear on the screen.

After deciding on the space that will house your gaming setup, it’s a good idea to take measurements. This ensures that you’ll know exactly what you can and cannot fit. It can also help you figure out which setup works best with the room.

Once you start gaming, you’ll quickly realize that the right gaming accessories and setup can make or break your experience. Make sure you take your time choosing a spot that’s well-suited for gaming, one that you won’t mind sitting in for hours as you game away.

1. A Comfortable Chair

If you spend your days working in an office, then you should be well aware of how important having a comfortable chair is. It’s hard to focus on the task at hand when your back and other muscles are aching.

As you don’t want to worry about your comfort levels while gaming, make sure that the chair you decide on provides you with maximum support. Look for ergonomic options, but if you don’t feel like spending a lot of money, you can also just put a cushion behind your back.

If money isn’t an object, then you’ll be able to enjoy the huge number of features that modern chairs provide. From vibrating massage chairs to chairs that allow you to recline back, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Stick to your needs, and avoid getting one that has features you won’t use.

2. The Right Desk

Just as important as the chair you’ll be sitting in as the desk you’ll be playing at. The desk options you have to choose from depend on the size of your gaming room, meaning that what works for your friend might not work for you.

Regardless, you’ll want to choose a desk that gives you enough space to put all of the gaming accessories mentioned below. You’ll also want to make sure that you have room to put snacks or drinks away from your keyboard and monitor.

Some modern desks even allow you to raise and lower their height. While it might not be practical to game standing up for extended periods of time, opting to get a desk that promotes standing for periods of time can help get your blood circulating.

Too many gamers spend hours sitting down, so make a point to get up and get moving from time to time.

3. Extra Storage Space

If you have a lot of clutter in your room, it will not only look messy but can also impact your gaming abilities. You’ll have a hard time focusing on what you’re doing when you’re surrounded by a mountain of clutter, no matter how messy of a person you think you are.

Adding some storage space to your gaming room is therefore a good idea. Don’t feel that you have to spend money on a thousand dollar glass cabinet; a few bins or a cupboard can be more than enough to keep the clutter at bay and out of sight.

Many people also like displaying their games next to their desk. Adding some shelves will not only give you a place to store your collection of 72 games, but it will also help tie the entire space together.

4. Enough Lights

Lighting is a tricky subject that many gamers have a love-hate relationship with. Most people like gaming in dark rooms, but that puts a serious strain on your eyes. It also furthers the stereotype of gamers existing in spaces that resemble caves.

On the other hand, a room that is too bright will make it challenging to see what you’re doing. This can be disastrous in just about every game, especially multiplayer ones where you play as a team.

Most people find a compromise between their health and their gaming desires by adding LED lights around the room. Aside from providing you with the light you need, these can also be a great way to add ambiance to your room.

You can also choose colored lights, which are another great way to tie a space together and create a specific mood.

5. Big Screens

You can have the comfiest chair and the most spacious desk in the world, but if you can’t see the actual games you’re playing, it will be a waste of money.

Get a monitor that provides you with at least a 1920x1080p resolution. Anything smaller and you’ll find that the games you play look unnaturally small and condensed. You’ll also want a higher refresh rate to make images smoother.

If you have the space and the money, consider getting two monitors. Many gamers use a dual-monitor setup to live stream on one screen while gaming on the other. It’s also a great way to further extend your view of the games you play.

If you decide that you want to find a laptop for gaming, consider getting one with a screen size of 17 or 18-inches. While this will make the computer heavier, it will also have a screen that won’t disappoint. You’ll also get high specs, letting you run your games without a problem.

6. A Headset

A gaming headset is one of the accessories that many people don’t realize they want, but once they get one, they can’t imagine their life without one.

Aside from providing you with clear and crisp audio, headsets also make it easy to communicate with other players in multiplayer gamers. Instead of having to type out your messages in the chatbox, you can hold down a key and say what you need to.

This makes headsets especially useful for first-person shooters, which often require coordinated teamwork and planning. If you’re interested in playing games like Fortnite, Overwatch, or Call of Duty, a headset can be an excellent investment.

If you’re not looking to play multiplayer games, getting a headset is still an excellent way to take your auditory experience to the next level.

7. A Gaming Keyboard and Mouse

The last things you’ll have to worry about getting are the tools that you’ll use to play your games. For most people, that means deciding on the perfect gaming keyboard and mouse.

Although most keyboards may seem similar to one another, subtle features can make a big difference. Try to get one that doesn’t feel too condensed or small. You don’t want your hands and wrists to cramp up while you play.

For the mouse, there isn’t a huge variety of options. Some computer mice come with special buttons on the side. Just make sure that whichever one you decide on feels natural in your hand and does what you need it to.

Getting an ergonomic mouse and keyboard can also be a good idea. These sorts of devices work to maximize your productivity, or in this case, gaming abilities. They also keep you comfortable, helping minimize the risk of injury as you game.

Fulfill Your Gamer Needs With the Perfect Setup

Whether you’re new to gaming or have been doing it for years, it’s never too late to put together the perfect gaming setup. Make sure that you invest in the right products that every gamer needs to take their skills to the next level.

Do you now have a better understanding of what gaming accessories you’ll need to be a pro? If you do, take a moment to check out some of our other articles for more tech-related guides and tips.

About Nikhil P Naik

Nikhil Naik has a Master's Degree in Information Systems, and is currently working as a Senior Software Engineer at Discover. He also loves playing cricket, listening to music and travelling. Twitter Handle - @buzz_nikhil.

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