More people are gaming today than ever before. In fact, what it means to be a ‘gamer’ is incredibly fluid. Thirty years ago, to be a gamer meant spending a lot of time glued to a television screen, playing with the first generation of at-home consoles. Today, gaming has become casual and mainstream, just like social media.
There are casual mobile games for people who enjoy passing the time with puzzles and connecting with others. There are sports simulations for those who want to play like their favorite star—or manage their own championship-winning team. There are even educational games that make learning a new language or skill easy.
There’s a game out there that touches on each interest, and there’s a gamer on the lookout for each exact title. But, regardless of what types of games you enjoy, if you’re new to the industry, you may not be familiar with some of the most well-known tips. Want to take your gaming to the next level in terms of setup, equipment, technology, and more? Keep reading to find out how.
Dive into Live Streaming
Live streaming is an intrinsic part of the gaming experience for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, the Twitch gaming platform runs on live streaming technology. If you’re new to a game and want to explore more, then dive into a Twitch channel and start connecting with like-minded gamers—it’s a great way to build an online community.
But live streaming isn’t just relevant on Twitch. For example, casino gamers are now on the lookout for live-streaming features. If you’re a roulette player, you probably stick to online formats because they’re accessible and convenient. Many people choose online gaming platforms because they offer handy guides that explain the rules of roulette and how numbers work in the game. This makes it easy to play casually, even if you need a quick refresher on the game’s rules. But you may also be looking for live streaming features which enable live dealer games.
This feature allows remote players to play games like roulette with the help of real-life dealers, who live-stream the game straight to their device. Players are able to interact with the dealer, closely emulating the real atmosphere of a brick-and-mortar casino.
Align Your Peripherals
Let’s cover a software tip next. Depending on how you prefer to game, you may not use peripherals. Peripherals are pieces of equipment or hardware used for gaming, like a console’s controller or a PC’s keyboard. Typically, mobile and casino gamers don’t use these.
But if you do, then try to align your peripherals by brand. Most gamers believe that this helps things run smoothly, as all hardware is optimized and streamlined because it was manufactured and designed by the same company.
Create a Gaming Setup
Similarly to buying peripherals from the same brand, you may want to consider crafting a purposeful ‘gaming setup’ if you spend hours playing PC or console games. Because many casino gamers stick to their web browsers, they should also consider building a setup.
A setup is a space designed specifically for gaming. It’s often a place where hardware is stored, too, which helps maintain pricey equipment. However, it’s mostly about physical posture. If you’re going to spend hours in a stationary position, then prioritize a chair and desk that support your spinal health. The goal is to minimize neck movements, keep the back straight, and try to keep your feet flat on the floor.
Don’t Forget About Indie Games
One of the last tips for gamers is to continue expanding your repertoire of titles. One of the most rewarding ways to do this is by exploring indie games. While this isn’t exactly an option for casino gamers, as they’ll want to stick with established brands, PC, console, and mobile gamers can find dozens of quality titles from indie developers.
In fact, the margin between big-name developers and indie projects has been thinning lately. For example, Minecraft is the world’s top-selling video game of all time… and it’s also an indie release from Markus Persson, who went on to found Mojang Studios. In other words, gaming is a surprisingly indie-friendly industry—and gamers are cutting themselves short by failing to explore all their options.