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Health Consequences of Gaming

Posted by on Jul 12, 2014 in Healthy Gaming Habits | 0 comments

You’ve been searching all day. You’ve traveled hundreds of miles, sometimes backtracking to make sure you haven’t missed anything. Some areas are so infested with hostile creatures that you’ve been prevented from continuing on your journey until the creatures were destroyed. After all that, you’ve finally … finally, found what you’ve been looking for – the secret passage that transports you to another place. You’ve moved up to the next level! You’re so excited that you barely notice how much your back hurts, nor do you notice that you’re on the verge of getting a migraine headache … again. Believe me, I’ve been there.

It may sound like a strange story to any non-gamers here, but it’s all too familiar for us gamers. Whether we play on an Xbox or online, we enter worlds filled with witches, elves, dragons, and more, by traveling to mysterious and sometimes secret locations. We can spend so much time in this other world, we begin to do some serious damage to our bodies.

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My Trip to Japan and The Tokyo Game Show!

Posted by on Jul 12, 2014 in Industry Events | 0 comments

Last year, I had the amazing opportunity to go to the Tokyo Game Show. It was a great trip, apart from the game show, and the city of Tokyo is like nothing I’ve ever seen. Japanese culture is amazing and I wouldn’t change the experience for the world.

I booked my flight and my hotel with Last Minute Travel, and they took care of everything. It all went down without a hitch and I didn’t have to worry about anything more than if my favorite cosplay costume could still fit me (It did by the way, haha). I’m really happy I booked with them because they saved me a lot of headaches.

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Insuring Your Game Collection

Posted by on Jul 12, 2014 in Gaming Budget | 0 comments

If you have an impressive video game collection with thousands of dollars’ worth of titles and consoles, you may want to consider insuring your collection. It would be a damn shame to lose everything you’ve collected in an unfortunate fire or flood. While you may choose to have your collection insured by your renter’s or home-owner’s insurance, there are certain things you will have to take into consideration so you don’t get bitten in the ass by your insurance company.

If you choose to go the home-owner’s or renter’s insurance route, you will have to ensure that your collection is valued both collectively and individually. For example, if your house was broken into, but the burglar only stole one console, then the individual value of the item would have to be assessed. The other scenario would be if something unfortunate happened and your entire collection got destroyed, then the collective value would have to be assessed.

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Setting up your own gaming room

Posted by on Sep 10, 2014 in News | 0 comments

This is it. This guy has been taunting you the entire game, but now is your moment.

You have him in your sights, you’re about to take this guy out for good. You wait for the perfect moment, and then, in that very millisecond, your back goes out of alignment because you’ve been sitting in the world’s most awful computer chair for the last 4 hours, and you miss, and he’s killed you yet again.

If this scenario rings even remotely true then you need to seriously consider upgrading your gaming set up. Gone are the days of horrible connections and bad ergonomics, now is the time of incredible gaming design.

First things first. Mark your territory. Pick a room or defined location in your house and let everyone know it is yours.

Much like a man-cave this area is not to be bothered. It belongs to you and you alone.

Serious business takes place here and you need solitude for all the killing about to take place. Unless you invite all your friends. I’ll leave that choice to you.

Second. Nothing less than dual monitors is a must. This is one of those rare times in life when more is definitely better.

While most of us don’t have the ability to do a surround-monitor set up, the least we can do is two.

Keep in mind, the more monitors, the more heat. Make sure your space has proper ventilation and cooling or you’ll be sweating like it’s the middle of summer year round.

Also keep you system cool by blowing out the dust from the fans – this is one tip to stop them from overheating.

Third. As has already been mentioned. No one needs serious back problems.

Decent ergonomic comfortable chairs are expensive, I’m not going to lie to you, but so are chiropractors and back surgery. Take your pick.

Ok, so you went with the chair, wise decision. As a gamer, I know the outside world scares you and you don’t want to visit it too often, but unfortunately, it’s necessary with this item. Yes, you could buy a chair online and have it shipped to your home but that really isn’t advised.

Go to the store, take time to sit in a bunch of chairs. Buying the cheapest is not always best, pick the one that is truly the most comfortable. Your back will thank you even if your wallet doesn’t.

Lastly, but most importantly. Make sure you have a decent computer and connection. I’m not going to go over all of the details because as a gamer you probably already understand their importance.

There is nothing worse than being on some horrible dial up connection while trying to take out some baddies. Welcome to the new world, get better internet if you are still in the dark ages of dial up. Even the boondocks can get satellite so there is no excuse.

Additionally, purchase a decent mouse and headphones. Chances are the other members of the household probably don’t enjoy hearing every single curse word being yelled ferociously by your online friends or every pew pew pew of your assault rifle.

It’s enough enjoyment just to hear you rage quitting when you’ve missed yet another easy headshot.

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