Gaming at home has come a long way since the days of Pong, Pac-Man, and Donkey Kong. Today, there are computers optimized for gaming and high-speed internet connects competitors from around the world. High-resolution TVs deliver crisp, clear images measured in feet, not inches.
When pandemic lockdowns occurred, gaming enthusiasts enjoyed the perfect escape. According to a 2020 report from NPD Group, the number of gamers in the United States has increased by 32 million since 2018. They spend an average of 14 hours a week with their devices, up from 12 hours in 2018. Nielsen Research found that 82 percent of global consumers either played video games or watched video game content during the lockdown.
COVID-19 either shut down live sports events, or promoters did not allow spectators, so e-sports emerged to fill the void. Online events actually attracted new people to the sport. Nielsen viewership data revealed that, of the 1.6 million unique viewers, more than a quarter-million had not watched a 2020 NASCAR Cup race. Interest in virtual events may continue even as live events return.
Perhaps you are among those whose interest in gaming grew during the pandemic. Even as the country begins to reopen after months of sheltering-in-place, gaming remains a popular pastime. Consider these tips when creating an ideal gamer space in your apartment.
Video gaming depends on reliable, high-speed internet connections. This is true on any device, including PCs, laptops, smartphones, and tablets. Property managers understand that a quality internet connection is an important amenity. It is very much valued by renters who are gaming enthusiasts.
Space may be at a premium in an apartment. Therefore, you’ll want to find ways to maximize the use of what’s available. Recliners, couches, and bean bag chairs offer comfortable seating. When possible, choose materials that breathe in a way to keep you cool.
The right desk and chair are essential for PC gaming. Look for a sleek, modern desk that won’t take up too much space. Consider a professional gaming chair with high-quality padding for the head and arms. An ergonomic backrest is a must. Good posture provides comfort during prolonged sessions.
Carry out a theme in your dedicated gaming space. For example, add Call of Duty or Battlefield posters and memorabilia.
3. Image Quality
TVs and monitors tailored for gaming offer high-resolution images, great color, and rapid refresh rates. Some gaming enthusiasts favor projection TVs. Gaming projectors often support split-screen gaming for multiplayer experiences like Mario Kart 8. Look for a projector with a low response time and great resolution. If you’re able to really darken the room, a 1500 lumen projector will suffice. For brighter rooms, a 3000 or 3500 lumen device is better.
Flexibility is also key with gaming setups. For example, consider a high-resolution LED or OLED TV on a swivel. If you are often gaming with friends, look at TVs that work well at more extreme viewing angles.
Avid gamers often enhance their experience with great sound. Consider the addition of a soundbar with your TV. Wireless Bluetooth speakers are another option. A liberal use of sound-absorbing rugs, curtains and drapes is a good idea. Free-standing acoustic panels are another option for renters. Premium wireless headphones deliver sound right where you want it. Good sound management is appreciated by neighbors and roommates alike.
With remote-controlled lights, it is easy to go dark when you want. If you are using a TV in a room with ambient light, avoid the glare of bright lights aimed toward the users. Harness the capabilities of smart light bulbs to enhance your gaming experience. Programmable LED lights that change color contribute to a dynamic gaming atmosphere. You might even consider lights that harmonize with the sounds of your game. Turn your gaming space into a living visualizer.
A good surge protector can prevent damage in the event of spikes in electricity. Some come with USB ports built-in. Avoid cords that get tangled or tripped over. Use cord clips for a cleaner setup around your computer or TV.
7. Go Wireless
You can also reduce clutter and increase convenience with wireless tech. For PC gaming, consider a wireless gaming mouse with advanced optical laser sensors. Make on-the-fly adjustments for speed and sensitivity. Other wireless options include controllers and no-lag gaming keyboards.
For Those Who Love Board Games
Gaming isn’t all about tech and screens. Tabletop board games have grown increasingly popular during the pandemic as well. Game nights are great fun because friends, family, and roommates can relax together as they play their favorite games like Monopoly or Catan.
Flexibility is key when planning for board games and other party games. Make everything adjustable and movable. Allow for varying numbers of players. A sectional sofa that partially wraps around an extra-large coffee table is one option. Look for a table with pull-outs where you can store boards, gaming pieces, dice, and more.
Or, consider a gaming table with adjustable or replaceable legs. If you choose a temporary setup, consider a sturdy card table and padded chairs for hours of comfort. Enthusiasts might also add DIY shelving or drawers for game storage. These are great for storing interactive party games as well.
Finally, good lighting is a must, especially when games can last hours. Choose soft, diffused light over hard, direct light from pinpoint sources.
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