Are you the smartest gamer you could be? You might instinctively want to say yes if you’ve put endless hours into your favorite games and climbed online leaderboards. Still, being a smart gamer goes a little deeper than that. We’re talking about being smart in terms of the way you consume games and the way in which you look after yourself whilst you’re playing games. Your approach to games in themselves comes into this, of course, but you have to remember that there’s a world outside that screen whenever you play a video game, whatever the medium through which you’re playing one.
So, in answer to the title of this article, you might not be the smartest gamer you could be. You might have mastered the skills necessary to boss all your favorite games but you might not have quite mastered looking after your health, saving money, and perhaps even improving your performance by getting better gear and equipment. We’re going to talk about all of these things in this article, and you’ll hopefully be able to become an even better gamer afterwards (or, at the very least, a smarter gamer).
Get Better Gear.
First of all, you need to take a second look at your gear. If you’re a PC gamer then you need to think about whether the keyboard you’re using is optimal for gaming in terms of being supportive for your wrists. You need to think about whether the monitor you’re using has a display that serves the games you’re playing appropriately; is the graphical quality adequate? You also need to ensure that the computer you’re using is designed for gaming; using a PC with a slower processing speed could ruin your gaming performance by making graphics lag and even crashing games at the worst possible moment.
In terms of your physical health, whether you’re playing video games on a PC or a proper games console, you need to think about gear such as ergonomic chairs in order to support your back and neck. This isn’t just smart in the sense that the more comfortable you are, the better your gaming performance will be; this is smart in the sense that you’ll be safeguarding your personal health. Remember your body? That thing you rely on to survive? Don’t neglect it when you’re lost in a virtual world; a smart gamer remembers to look after themselves. Your mind won’t be focused on the game if it’s focusing on how uncomfortable your body feels.
Spend Less On Games.
Money is something that smart gamers think about. Games don’t come free and neither does the equipment you need to play them. If you want to be smart in a real-world sense then you’ll save money on games so that you have more to spend on things such as a better PC or an ergonomic chair, as mentioned in the point above. That doesn’t mean you should avoid spending money, of course. It’s okay to spend in-game money if you’re really keen on the game in question and want an advantage but you should try to save money on the initial purchase. Do a little searching around and don’t just buy the game from a big store or straight from the company who made it; you have the entire internet at your disposal, so look for sites that sell games at better prices.
You might have done research into good places to get games or game keys on the cheap before but are reluctant to buy from sketchy dealers. That’s good; it means you’ve already got your “smart gamer” head screwed on. So, let’s talk about some of the big sites selling game keys. Is G2A legit and safe? Yes. It’s basically the equivalent of eBay but for buyers and sellers who are interested in game keys, so if you want a well-facilitated place to find good deals for game keys without being scammed then G2A is one such site to do so. The point is that gaming is a costly hobby; you should be saving as much money as you can when it comes to buying the games themselves because it’s a digital good; you’re still getting the same software, regardless of how much you pay. Better to save that money and spend it on a more ergonomic gaming chair, for example. That’s what smart gamers do.
Let’s end by talking about your gaming skill in itself. Want to become an even better gamer? Well, on top of lots of practice, the best way to improve your talent is to get out there and enter some gaming tournaments. Competing against other people will really test your skill in a way that AIs cannot. It’ll really push you to be the best gamer possible; even if you lose, you’ll gain valuable skills and experience that you can use next time.
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