As if gaming wasn’t popular enough across the globe, during the pandemic it has completely exploded and reached new heights. This is no surprise, of course, as there’s only so much we can do in lockdown, so if you weren’t a big gamer before, nowadays you’re probably getting stuck into your favorite games. It doesn’t really matter how you got into gaming, because the gist of it is that gaming is fun and engaging, it’s very stimulating and reading, and it’s a great way to preserve a healthy mind.
So, the real question is, how can we enhance our gaming experience? The truth is, ladies, that there are many ways you can enjoy your favorite games, but we have compiled the tips and tricks that work the best. Here are the top five best ways you can ramp up your gaming experience and enjoy your downtime even more.
Gaming is nowadays about the immersion. It’s about stimulating your senses just right to get that immersive experience like you’re actually there, slaying the monsters, capturing the objectives, or jumping on the little turtles. To get that immersive experience, you need to enhance the sound quality and fidelity, and you need to elevate the visual experience of your gaming session.
Of course, it’s not just about the immersion, it’s also about winning. Having the right gaming headset will reveal the lightest footsteps of your opponents, and that 4k monitor will ensure that not a single pixel passes by unnoticed. Whether you’re playing casual story-driven games or if you’re playing those challenging competitive games online, the right sound and visual equipment will make all the difference.
Whether you’re playing an adventure game and trying to immerse yourself in the storyline and the exploration, or if you’re the last one standing on your team trying desperately to hold the objective, you have to be comfortable. The way you sit and the way your whole body is positioned can make a massive difference in immersion and performance, because nobody wants to be thinking about an aching lower back during their gaming session.
Much like you would set up a practical and comfortable home office, you should do the same for your gaming setup. If you’re gaming on a PC, then make sure to invest in an ergonomic chair and make sure that your hands are perpendicular to the floor. If you’re gaming on a console, then make sure that you’re seated on a comfy sofa or armchair with a support pillow for your lower back.
The problem with trying to fully enjoy and focus on your gaming sessions nowadays is that we’re all just too busy and tired. We lead hectic lives and when the time finally comes for us to relax and unwind, we’re all stressed out, drained, and irritated from a whole day of all work and zero play. Sure, gaming is supposed to help you relax, but it can also add to the stress if you just don’t feel good.
That’s why energizing your body and mind is so important. You should eat healthy and consider adding a gaming energy drink to your sessions that won’t get you all jittery like coffee does. The key is to keep your focus and zeal, and not just block the feeling of tiredness. Choose healthy snacks and opt for an energy drink with vitamins and minerals and a healthy blend of plants to enhance your cognitive functions during gaming and just help you enjoy your sessions more.
You can’t hope to enjoy your gaming experience, no matter how energized you are, if the game is laggy, takes forever to load, and constantly suffers from stuttering and other problems that just make you want to quit the game altogether.
That’s no way to enjoy a relaxing gaming session, so if you’ve been saving up during lockdown, now’s the time to finally invest in new hardware. To make your games load faster, replace your old HDD drive with an SSD. To stabilize the framerate, choose a better GPU, and to boost overall performance, perhaps it’s time to upgrade to a new-gen CPU as well.
There’s nothing more annoying than a game that keeps crashing, or those unexpected freezes that force your PC or console to suddenly restart without so much as a warning. This can make you rage-quit your gaming session and fear that a crash is imminent every time you play your games, so it’s important to ensure stability and reliability.
First, make sure that all of your drivers are up to date. Check the drivers for your audio equipment, your graphics card, and all other connected hardware, and update if necessary. Make sure that all hardware is fixed firmly in your PC, and clean out the inside regularly to improve airflow and cooling. Update your operating system whenever available as well, to fix any persistent issues and improve stability while gaming.
Gaming is one of the best ways to spend our free time indoors, particularly now when staying indoors is the best thing we can do for our health and the health of our loved ones. Make sure to use these tips to ramp up your gaming experience and enjoy your sessions like never before.