The environment you are gaming in can be just as much of a factor in your gaming success and enjoyment as your skill level and choice of games. Gamers can spend thousands on the best chairs, computers, desks, headsets, and so many other items that can help create a gaming center. If you’re looking to create your own gaming space but don’t want to break the bank to do it, read along to see some ways to change your space with budget-friendly buys and things you may already have around the house.
When it comes to gaming accessories, there are some categories where it really does make a difference to have a high quality item, but a lot of the time, what really matters is that the item you are using is well-suited for you. Personally, I use a yoga ball as a chair because 1) it fits my desk height perfectly, and 2) it reminds me to keep my posture well-situated, while I always find a way to slouch if I am sitting in a gaming chair. The tips in this article, from how to find a good chair, what to look for in a set of headphones, how to maximize your space to game in, and how to give yourself an immersive experience no matter what your gaming system is, are really all about finding what works for you, your budget, and your space.
Starting out, a good chair can really make or break your gaming center. Generally, most gaming sessions last at least two hours, if not much more, and if you aren’t comfortable in your seat, these long sessions will become painful after a short while. Gaming chairs can certainly be the way to go if you find that they work with your body, and there are even some good options for fairly inexpensive gaming chairs (think under $200.) However, don’t be afraid to think outside of the gaming chair bubble and take a look at other chairs that fit your body for extended periods of sitting. You may be like me and be happy with a $15 yoga ball, or you might find that a cheaper desk chair suits you perfectly. Whatever your chair choice ends up as, the most important thing to remember is that the most popular gaming chair might not work well for you, and really, when it comes to your gaming experience, it is all about you and your comfort.
Finding a good pair of headphones can, in some ways, be even trickier than finding a good chair. With headphones it really comes down to two factors: how well they fit your ears and their sound quality. Some of the highest quality headphones might be completely inefficient for you because they don’t fit your ears (take it from someone with small ears, this can be quite a challenge), and sometimes you find headphones that fit you perfectly, but have absolutely terrible sound quality. It can be difficult to find a good balance between these two factors in choosing your headphones (I am still searching for the perfect pair for me,) but the important thing to remember is that you should start out by finding a style of headphones that fit your ears and search for the good sound quality from there, because if they aren’t comfortable, no level of quality in the sound department will make up for it.
When it comes to maximizing your gaming space, it really is all about desk space. You don’t have to spend a ton of money on the best desk out there, as long as you take your time in your desk search and make sure you know how much space you are going to need. It sounds silly, but it can really help to measure out and tape a section (on your wall, the floor, anywhere) to show how much room you want for your desk, and then sit (or stand) in front of the taped-out space and test out moving your arms where they will go as you game to see how much room you need in front of you for any equipment and other items on your desk. I was lucky enough to be able to build my desk from scratch (with help from my Dad,) so it is perfectly measured out to accommodate my computer, my numerous notebooks always scattered on it, my coffee cup, and my elbows. If you can build your own desk as well, amazing, but if not, just make sure that whatever desk you find fits your needs so that you don’t have to situate your needs to the desk that you end up with.
Giving yourself an immersive gaming experience is really the final goal of creating your space. If you aren’t gaming in a space where you feel comfortable, it will be difficult to really enjoy the games. In addition to finding items that fit your needs, it is equally important to make sure the space around you is conducive to your gaming comfort. For me, that means a well-lit room, a pleasing view from my desk (I have my favorite painting up on the wall over my desk), and snacks within easy reach. Whatever this means for you, make sure your gaming area is in a space that you can add all of your favorite touches to so that it really works for you.
With all of those tips in mind, the most important thing to remember is that if your gaming space doesn’t work for you, then it doesn’t matter how much you spent on it. When you are creating your space, remember to take your time, and don’t rush into a purchase just because someone told you it was the best chair, desk, or whatever the item may be. Read the reviews, and make sure that whatever you end up choosing, it works for your body as well as your budget.