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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Could Be One of the Biggest Games of 2018

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2018 will be a great year for fans of the Harry Potter universe. There will be at least two games related to Harry Potter coming in 2018, as well as a full feature movie. Out of these all, I believe that one in particular is set to shine and has the potential to be a massive hit.

I am talking about Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. This will be a free to play mobile game created by Pokemon Go developers Niantic in collaboration with Portkey Games, a new gaming development studio set up by Warner Bros themselves. The latter are also working on other games set in the Harry Potter universe, so their involvement might be minimal.

But even so, Niantic definitely know what has to be done and have the experience of developing one of the most successful games ever – Pokemon Go.

Why am I so confident that Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will be a hit and not a bust as many people fear it will be?

Wizards Unite will be a game that will borrow a lot from Pokemon Go and Niantic’s other game, Ingress. It can’t be otherwise, because we’ll get a wizardry-themed mobile game that goes the augmented reality route and sees us casting spells, capturing important landmarks around us and much more.

As the game’s fansite Augmented Wizards notes, the game has the potential to become bigger than even Pokemon Go just because Harry Potter is a much more popular franchise. And even though everybody and their mother played Pokemon Go because everybody else did, with Wizards Unite there’s an even bigger fan base to kickstart things.

The only thing that Niantic and Portkey games have to do is to make sure that they’re not sending our way a Pokemon Go clone. Which is the biggest challenge in my opinion, because it’s very different to come up with something completely different.

But mixing Pokemon Go concepts with Ingress mechanics and updating them, introducing at least a few new features can result in a completely unique and different experience, something mindblowing and original, despite the fact that it borrows bits and pieces from other games.

But it’s better to take things that work well and mix them together than go wrong with a lot of new things. We do need innovation, but similar mechanics to other games won’t result in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite becoming a bust.

We have little in terms of details right now about the upcoming game and the developers probably went this route just to see the initial reaction and check out the expectations of players.

And so far, they have both been really good: the initial reaction was positive, while good suggestions popped up everywhere, from reasons why Voldemort shouldn’t be in the game, to more complex beasts recommendations, gameplay mechanics recommendations and so on. Reddit is a good place to check these out, just like the aforementioned fansite is.

And if the fans themselves have so many ideas about what the game should do and how it should look like, I am sure that Niantic and Portkey Games have the resources and skill to make that happen. And this is why I believe that Harry Potter: Wizards Unite has all the required ingredients to become one of the biggest games to be launched in 2018. I am sure that there’s an army of fans that has similar hopes to mine.

We’re also going to receive at least two more Harry Potter-related games: an RPG mobile game with a rich story is also under development at Portkey Games, in collaboration with Jam City. The game will be called Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, but unfortunately it doesn’t make me feel a lot for it. Jam City isn’t known for developing extremely complex titles and I am sure in this case that we’re going to get your regular RPG that tries to milk some extra money off the franchise.

And finally, everything will be rounded up in November 2018, when a new Fantastic Beasts movie is set to hit the cinemas worldwide. That’s surely going to be a massive hit – at least in terms of box office earnings – but I still trust Harry Potter: Wizards Unite and its potential to be the biggest surprise of the year.

What do you feel about the game, though? Do you think it will manage to become more than a Pokemon Go clone and deliver a unique, interesting experience? Let the world know by sharing your thoughts below!

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Best Time Management Games of 2017 (PC / Mac)

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If you love time management games as much as we do, you will be really happy to hear that we’ve selected the best of the best on the list below. These are, in our opinion, the best time management games of 2017!

It is true that the time management genre didn’t evolve much in the past year, but all the games we’re recommending below are top quality and doing everything right. Some even have some nice mechanics you don’t see in every game out there, plus a great story and awesome characters. You’ll love playing these games as much as we did – that’s a fact!

So let’s not waste any time and let’s check out below the best time management games of 2017, listed in no particular order.

Heart’s Medicine: Hospital Heat Collector’s Edition

When Allison receives a phone call from her mother, she doesn’t know what to think. She hasn’t seen her mom in over 20 years! Why would she contact Allison after all this time?

There’s only one way to find out – and that’s by downloading and playing this game right away. You will not regret it!

Mary le Chef: Cooking Passion Collector’s Edition

Working at a huge law firm was exactly what her parents had planned for her – however, it doesn’t make Mary happy at all… Instead, she spends her days dreaming about becoming a chef! Will she have the courage to chase her dreams and follow her heart?

I’m sure you already know the answer to the question, and you’ll be part of the adventure too! So click here to check out this game right away.

Happy Clinic Collector’s Edition

Pursue an exciting medical career in this fun time-management game with an inspiring story. Help Holly move from an internship to a prestigious hospital, with a diploma to ensure her bright future. Assist doctors to treat various diseases and illnesses, prepare medicine and tools, assign patients to treatment or diagnostics, research samples at laboratories, and engage in other exciting activities.

One of the greatest medical-themed time management games that we’ve ever played. Highly recommended! So head over to Big Fish Games and get it now.

Weather Lord: Graduation Collector’s Edition

The legacy of the Weather Lord continues as King Victor and Queen Victoria prepare to pass the royal torch to their daughter, Jenny. But before Jenny can rule, she must learn the ropes!

Amazing characters and a great story await in this great game. Download it today and enjoy it!

Fabulous: Angela’s High School Reunion

After designing the new season of prom dresses, Angela decides to organize a class reunion of her own, but things don’t turn out quite how she expected… However, you can help her save the day.

This is a Collector’s Edition version of the game, meaning that you get premium content too. Check it out here.

Delicious: Emily’s Miracle of Life Collector’s Edition

Join Emily for a very special chapter of her life! One thing is for sure, her family will never be the same again after this. Right after Emily starts her very own cooking video blog, she receives some heart-warming news… She’s expecting a new bundle of joy!

How will Emily deal with this? It’s up for you to find out by playing this game. So download it now on Big Fish Games.

Katy and Bob: Safari Cafe

Katy and Bob have arrived home after their last adventure, made up with their dad and finally started making themselves useful. One wonderful morning a letter arrived to the family mansion from their friends on the island. In it contained an offer to open a chain of cafes in the local Safari Park. After a little deliberation, the whole family set off at once to the island to strike it rich.

Will they manage to do it? Make sure you help them bring their dream to life. Click here to get the game now.

Alicia Quatermain: Secrets Of The Lost Treasures

Alicia Quatermain is the granddaughter of famous world traveler Allan Quatermain. She sets out on a long and dangerous journey to find out why her father had disappeared under mysterious circumstances. But before she can figure this out, she needs to find Allan Quatermain’s lost treasure first.

A true heroine’s quest, this will be the most adventurous, risky and important trip this brave girl has ever attempted. But will she be able to unravel her family’s mysterious past and find the treasure?

Play this Collector’s Edition today and find out!

Dr. Cares Pet Rescue 911 Collector’s Edition

Born to take care of pets and other animals, vet graduate Amy Cares decides to leave her grandfather’s vet clinic behind to take a job at a prestigious clinic in New York. It seems like a great place to help animals and really make a difference, but can she stay true to what she believes and resist the many distractions the big city has to offer?

A great time management game for pet lovers – click here to download it today.

Maggie’s Movies: Camera, Action! Collector’s Edition

Maggie has always loved the movies and longs to be a film director. But when she gets her big break as the assistant director on Waves of Love, a new film from Sure Shot Pictures, the producer keeps getting in the way of her dream.

Maggie has always been hard-working, honest and humble, but this environment is making it difficult for her to stay true to herself. Can she keep the show running, stay out of the Hollywood drama and follow her dream all the way to the director’s chair?

There are a ton of levels for you to play through this movie-themed drama. So waste no second and download the game today to get started!

These are our recommendations. I am sure that you will enjoy all the games on our list. 2017 was a good game for time management game fans and hopefully 2018 will be the same.

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Best Match-3 Games of 2017 (PC / Mac)

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Now that 2017 is almost all the way behind us, it’s time to look back at the best games released during the year. Today we’re focusing on the  best match 3 games of 2017. And we have a ton of great titles to choose from!

Even though match-three games are more popular on mobiles thanks to free to play mechanics, you sometimes feel the need to play a premium product. No in-app purchases, no headaches. Just plain old match three fun, and that’s exactly what our carefully selected games offer.

Check them out below, in no particular order: the best match-3 games of 2017, to play in 2018:

Rescue Quest Gold Collector’s Edition

Play through 260+ levels of uninterrupted fun as you follow the road to Turnspell Academy and study to become a full-fledged wizard! Join Boom and Zap on their fantasy adventure in Rescue Quest Gold – the remastered version with more levels, better graphics and, overall, more character.

Click here to get the game

Winter Magic Factory

Sit back, relax and enjoy your stay in Santa’s village in this match-3 adventure. Visit its landmark Toy Factory, Christmas Market in the square, Wood Cottage and Candy Workshop. Grow magical trees of funny shapes, help decorate and choose the toys Santa will deliver to the children.

Although Christmas-themed, this game is a high quality title that you will enjoy playing throughout the year. Really fun!

Click here to get the game

Mystery Loss

The little canary Twiggy is lost! Did the cat eat it? Nope, but it does appear to be a kidnapping! In Mystery Loss, a grandmother and her funny cat Leonardo have to find out who kidnapped little Twiggy. Join them on their journey in this adorable match 3 and hidden object mashup.

Click here to get the game

The Trials of Olympus III: King of the World

Enraged over the death of his father, King Xerxes of Persia assembles a mighty force to conquer Greece and get revenge. Meanwhile, humanity’s arrogance has angered the god Poseidon, who now expresses his displeasure through natural disasters.

Play as Angelo and try to defeat Xerxes, while also doing your best to win the love of Amara. All in top quality match-three gameplay.

Click here to get the game

PrettySnails

Finally, its vacation time for a family of snails living in the garden. They’re going to their favorite spot in the southern part of the garden, but before they can leave, Brian finds that his luggage has been stolen! It’s time to embark on an adventure to find the lost luggage and the thief.

Combining your favorite genres, Match 3 and Hidden Object, PrettySnails is a great game the entire family will enjoy playing.

Click here to get it now

Medieval Mystery Match

Play in a variety of environments and travel this fantasy world as you match your way through 100 levels. Earn gold along the way that can earn you bonuses and special powers to help you progress through the harder levels.

A really interesting approach to the genre, with all the Medieval settings and items. Really enjoyed it, so you will definitely enjoy it too.

Click here to get the game

Crime Stories: Days of Vengeance

A Mafia boss named Costello went after John’s family, and his life changed forever. Now, on the brink of despair and hungry for revenge, John sets out to stop Costello once and for all. To do that, he’ll take down Costello’s associates one by one. And you will help!

Click here to get the game

5 Star Rio Resort

Help Lucy in this colourful Match 3 game to get her 5 stars and enjoy the pure summertime feeling. On the beach and beneath the palm trees many engaging tasks and exciting challenges await you. Earn extra cash in Match 3 levels and Solitaire mini games to make the holiday resort of your dreams come true.

Click here to get the game

Spellarium 2

The wizard Eric has been instructed by the Gods to create a 7th element and he’ll need your help to do it. Fire, Air, Earth, Water, Light and Darkness are the six elements our universe relies on, but the Gods have asked for another. Complete a fun varety of puzzles as you follow Eric on his journey to create the 7th element.

Click here to get the game

The Enthralling Realms: Curse of Darkness

Halfling Village was once a peaceful place, but tragedy struck when a halfling named Ebbo found a magical artifact and unintentionally brought a terrible war on the village. Ebbo became hated and despised by his friends and neighbors.

Fortunately, Ebbo finds a few allies and he partners with a witch named Alice to restore the village and make it a better place. And it’s your mission to help (hint: you’ll have a ton of fun doing it!)

Click here to get the game

These are our top picks: 10 amazing match three games that I am sure you will enjoy, some of them also mixed with other puzzles and hidden object features. Get them all and don’t hesitate to come back and let us know which one was your favorite.

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Why Minecraft Isn’t Going Anywhere Soon

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Minecraft is here to stay. Its simplistic art style works in its favor to create a timeless feel. The decision to refrain from implementing top of the line graphics that would become outdated has allowed Minecraft to retain its charm. The continued support and free updates for the game have allowed it to outlive many of its contemporaries.

The fact that the property was recently acquired by Microsoft at a significant price means that support is not likely to end anytime soon. Microsoft is determined to keep the game alive and progressing for as long as possible.

The most recent batch of updates is emblematic of this. The aquatic update will flesh out the long-neglected oceans of the game. That the game is being updated more than six years after its release is a testament to its staying power and presence in the public consciousness. The game has become a global cultural phenomenon that is now ingrained in the public consciousness. Years of updates have led to steady growth and have resulted in a massive and dedicated group of players.

The introduction of new blocks and creatures to the vast, as of yet largely unused, oceans of the game constitutes a significant expansion to the play of the game. The inclusion of new items to acquire and new monsters to fight expounds upon the possibilities available to the player in the vast sandbox that is presented to them. It is the dedication of the developers who continue to release these free updates years after the initial release of the game that continues to reinvigorate the game and prevent it from becoming static anytime soon.

This dedication is what makes the game such an enduring title and its purchase considered such good value. The constant additions made by the development team mean that in terms of hours of entertainment gained from it, there are few rivals in terms of value.
The forthcoming introduction of cross-platform play is a move that is likely to reinvigorate the game and its player base. People who were once unable to join one another’s multiplayer games will be picking the game back up again to play with friends who have the game on different platforms.

The expansion of the social aspect of the game is significant and has the potential to draw in a far greater audience than ever before due to its ability to connect across the previously strongly divided platforms. This unification of game clients looks to be only the first step in the continued development of the game now that it is a Microsoft property.

The unification of the game clients not only consolidates developer resources but also the communities of each of the platforms, into one that is centered around the game, one that transcends the frequent factionalism of the console wars. From this solid foundation, the game will continue to be supported and updated, to expand and grow and maintain its well-earned place in the sun.

Minecraft has carved out a niche for itself and filled it perfectly. Its simplistic art style and easy to learn mechanics make it timeless and accessible to children. It is because of these characteristics that it will not, unlike other games, be surpassed by more recent competition.

It is the core game-play that makes the game’s position so difficult to usurp. The game-play is its strength, not its graphics or engine. A newer game cannot supplant it simply by being shinier or made with newer technology. As a sandbox game that is simple enough to be played by children and with enough depth to entertain an adult, it fulfills its purpose completely.

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South Park Phone Destroyer Plagued by Connection Issues in PvP

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South Park Phone Destroyer is a beautiful game for mobile, but right now its servers seem to be unable to handle the huge number of players. PvP modes are the ones that are plagued with connection issues right now, preventing tens of thousands of players to enjoy the game.

“Poor network connection detected. Please Wait.”

This is the message that you’re seeing – brought to you by Kenny who really deserves to die for this. All while the enemy player sends units and destroys you. This is enraging.

Of course, just like it is in my case, I am sure that in your case it’s not really your network that has problems. It’s their own servers that can’t handle the heavy load and unfortunately it’s you who drew the short stick.

I mean, with numbers like these, I am sure it’s not really my problem now, is it, South Park Phone Destroyer?

How to fix the connection problems in South Park Phone Destroyer?

As I said, this is an error that is most likely caused by the overcrowded servers of the game and there’s not much that you can do. However, if you do think that the problem comes from your side, here is what you should do to increase your chances of getting a better experience in-game and reduce the number of poor network connection errors you receive:

1. If you’re using your mobile internet, switch to WiFi as it is usually faster and more reliable.

2. Make sure that you’re close to your WiFi router and your signal is strong. If not, get closer to it in order to try to fix the connection problems.

3. Turn off all apps that might be using internet (stuff like weather apps, social networking apps or anything else that consumes a bit or more of your bandwidth).

4. Restart your device. This things does wonders always and it’s worth trying.

However, most likely we will all have to wait for a bit for the game’s developers to upgrade their servers and give all players an equal fighting chance.

Until this happens, you can easily switch to playing the single player mode, as poor network connection problems don’t seem to affect it at all. Get better by practicing those moves there and go into battle when the problems are fixed with extra experience and a greater will to win.

You can also get some extra help in battle if you have just started playing South Park Phone Destroyer by checking out some tips and tricks like those shared by Touch, Tap, Play.

But what about you? Are you experiencing connection error problems when trying to go into PvP or not? Did you manage to find a way to fix them or you’re just like us, just waiting for the servers to get more juice and power to handle us all?

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What You Need to Know When Choosing the Best Gaming Microphone

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It can be argued that the player’s skill, not his gear, determines how good he can really be at any kind of game. However, it could also be said the best equipment can spell the difference between a good game and frustratingly bad one. And when it comes to multiplayer games, a good gaming microphone can instantly up your performance. Livestreamers who share their games to their followers will also benefit immensely from a high-quality gaming mic.

With that being said, a good gaming mic doesn’t necessarily mean picking up a studio-level unit that will set you back $500 or more. There are gamers, in fact, who care more about what they’re hearing in-game and choose to invest instead in a gaming headset with a decent enough gaming microphone.

Still, a dedicated gaming mic will undoubtedly have much better output than a built-in one. Pair it with top-caliber standalone headphones, and you’ve got a superb audio rig for your gaming console or computer.

The question now is: what do you need to know when choosing a gaming microphone?

Good Mic, Good Game
A good gaming mic can help enhance your overall playing experience, not to mention add another point to your win column. Whether you’re coordinating a battle plan for a big boss fight or perhaps trash talking the other team (because who doesn’t love to gloat every now and then?), clear, high-quality audio just makes everything smoother and better.

Just imagine a scenario in a team-based first-person shooter: you’re asking your teammates to meet you at a certain spot on the map. You go to the designated area and — lo and behold — your teammates aren’t there. You get ambushed by the other team. You die. You lose. After the game, you rag on your teammates for not coming to help you, only for them to say that they couldn’t hear or understand what you were saying. They could hear the rest of the team clearly — just not you. Sound familiar?

Or, say, you’re an online content creator who streams video games to review them, and share secrets, tips, and tricks to thousands of followers. Everything’s going smoothly until one of the viewers asks: What’s the weird buzzing sound in the background? But you’re already working in a soundproof gaming room so you wonder, what are they talking about? It later turns out that your mic was a little too sensitive that it was able to pick up the low hum of your air-conditioning unit.

A good gaming mic eliminates problems with audio clarity, picking up and isolating your voice even as it cancels out unnecessary noise. With a good gaming mic, you ensure that whoever’s listening — whether it’s your teammates or your adoring fans — can hang on to every word clearly.

What Makes a Good Mic
A gaming microphone is an input device, so you have no control over the final output that will be released to your speakers or earphones (or of those listening to you). However, audio quality also depends on the source of the sounds, so a high-quality gaming microphone will definitely sound better than a poorly structured one. This is apart from other factors that you have to think about, like the setup of your rig.

To help you decide, here are some things to consider when choosing a good gaming microphone.

1. Plug-and-Play Compatibility

A good gaming microphone should be a breeze to set-up, without the need for extra hardware or software to make it work the way you want it. If your microphone comes with proprietary software and technology (like recording, mic patterns, and audio mixing), it should be easy to use and customize.

Another thing to consider is console compatibility. The “PC Master Race” sub-culture may exist on the Internet, but if we’re going to be honest, most gamers play on multiple consoles and platforms anyway. A good gaming microphone is ideally compatible with both PC and Mac, PlayStation, and Xbox One.

2. Sound Pick-Up, Filtering, and Latency

While you want your mic to be sensitive enough to pick up even a lower or softer voice, you don’t want it to be able to pick up every single background noise, especially if you don’t have a dedicated place to play and stream your games. Ideally, the mic should be able to pick up a well-modulated voice from six to eight inches away, without picking up static from breathing and the excess feedback from your S’s and TH’s.

If you’re buying a desktop model, check if it picks up too many desk vibrations and keyboard clicks. This issue can be easily remedied by placing foam padding on the base of the stand. However, if you can find a unit that picks up the least amount of desk vibration or that can be attached to a suspended mic stand, go for it.

Another factor you want to consider is latency, so you can keep track of the game’s audio levels while still being able to hear yourself speak. You want to be at the top of your game, not shouting at the top of your lungs.

3. Set-Up

What you’re looking for is a gaming mic that sounds great whether it’s close to your mouth or a bit farther away. You should also ensure that your mic doesn’t get in the way of the usual operation of your gaming computer or console. If you have a big enough space, you don’t have to worry about where to place your mic without losing fidelity. However, if you have a minimal real estate on your desk, a desk microphone is likely to block some part of your screen.

You can try suspended or clip-on gaming microphones in these cases, though you may end up sacrificing either some level of fidelity or experiencing too much static or feedback. The trick is in finding a place to hang or attach your mic in the correct distance so that the audio quality doesn’t suffer, while still being able to play comfortably.

4. Looks

Admittedly, aesthetics aren’t truly a huge factor in gaming microphones. It isn’t a fashion show, after all. But some gamers take extra care in customizing their gaming rigs, and having a good-looking gaming microphone with great audio quality that matches the rest of their gear is a big plus. If you’re a streamer, the appearance of your gaming mic will also contribute to a more visually pleasing set-up when you broadcast your games and interviews.

Choosing a Good Mic
Apart from your personal preferences and gaming requirements, the budget is another factor that you need to look into. There are many options that cost around $50 to $60 that already give reasonable audio quality. If you have a bit more to spare, there are $150 to $250 gaming microphones that are targeted toward more serious gamers, podcasters, and streamers with high-quality audio and customizable options like mic patterns, equalizers, and voice presets.

If you’re really looking for good gaming microphones that are built to last, you may want to consider studio-level microphones. However, you will most definitely end up spending more, as you will most likely be buying extra components like a phantom power supply, preamplifiers, extra cables, and more to maximize the experience and microphone’s features. Not to mention the time you will have to spend setting it up and adjusting the various levels to get the output you want. However, once you get it to the setup you prefer, your investment will be worth every cent and second.

If you can test the gaming mic in person, do so. Better still if you can test in different environments to ensure that the quality of sound remains the same — the sensitivity and output, in particular, may greatly vary when used in a small, closed room compared to a bigger, wide-open space. Ratings and reviews are one thing, but experiencing the audio quality in person will make sure that you’re really getting the gaming mic that you want. Remember: a good gaming mic makes you sound good, and you’ll only get to know that if you’ve already heard yourself through it.

Your choice of gaming microphone is highly dependent on the kinds of games you play and how often you play. If you’re more of an RTS or adventure gamer who mostly plays alone, then a headset or headphones would be a cheaper, more suitable option. But if you decide that you need a gaming microphone, remember that not everyone needs a studio-quality mic that costs hundreds of dollars. However, if you’re still using an analog mic that originally came with a decades-old computer, then you may want to upgrade to a decent gaming mic if you want your teammates to understand what you’re saying.

The bottom line is that no amount of premium gaming equipment can make an amateur gamer play like a pro overnight. However, great gear most definitely makes for a great game, and that includes a top-notch audio experience with a good gaming microphone.

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Ergonomics, Hygiene and More: 5 Handy Lifehacks for Gamers

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Whether playing on a PC or a console, there’s not much better than a game that really draws you in. To make sure that you enjoy the game to its fullest there are some things to consider to make sure that nothing gets in the way of your playing of the game.

1. Pay attention to Security

More and more games are available on the internet and/or played online such as the time-honoured World of Warcraft (soon to have a movie included in the franchise) and Elder Scrolls Online that both have a huge following and online community. There is also a huge community of iGamers playing casino and betting games online as well. For any type of game that involves going online it is important to make sure that only reliable and trusted sources are used to prevent inadvertently downloading viruses and malware. According to America’s Federal Office for Security in Information Technology, iGamers should pay special attention to their own security especially if attending a LAN party and only take a PC that has no sensitive or personal data on it. Any PC or internet-enabled device needs to have some form of protection from online threats such as an antivirus/antimalware program and that needs to be kept up-to-date with the latest virus definitions after all it cannot protect against new threats if it is not aware of them.

2. Ergonomics for Gamers

Gamers tend to spend long hours either in front of the PC or games console when playing so it is important to pay attention to the local environment to minimise any potential health risks. An ergonomic chair is a first sensible step because it also supports the body during hours of sitting and prevents muscle cramps. The optimal sitting position on the PC is made up of several factors:

– The back is upright and straight
– The legs are bent at right angles
– The feet stand firmly on the floor
– The elbows also lie at right angles on the table surface

Occasionally standing up and small breaks are also useful from an ergonomic point of view. If you want to keep yourself fit, you can plan a small office exercise as well. Ergonomics, however, affect not only the larger extremities, but also the fingers as they get the most use whilst playing. A normal mouse may not be suitable if spending long hours in front of the PC and it can be better to use a specially designed ergonomic mouse such as ones which support the hand optimally when playing. There are even ergonomic keyboards that are specially designed with the gamer in mind which can greatly reduce the stresses that gamers place on their hands.

3. The optimal food

The type of foods that are stereotypically linked with gaming enthusiasts typically have a high sugar and caffeine content which could be considered necessary for maintaining an edge over other players but can be more harmful in both the long and short term. Gamers should consider water and fresh fruit as an alternative to help boost performance and endurance.

4. Hygiene on PC and console

Keyboards, Mice and game controllers are in constant contact with the gamers hands so it is important to keep both hands and the peripherals clean. Not only does this keep the gamer healthy but by cleaning off the oils and sweat from them can help keep a more consistent grip on the device. Keyboards especially should be cleaned regularly and for mice and game controllers, disinfectant wipes are easily and readily available.

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5. Eliminate everything that is time-consuming

Long waiting times can be very annoying more so when playing so it is important to make sure that you are well prepared to either eliminate or reduce any potential waiting that can cut into your gaming time. Some simple ways that you can prevent wait times include making sure that any wireless peripherals are either already charged or have fresh batteries (maybe even have spare batteries to hand so they can be changed quickly if need be. Making sure that you regularly check for and install updates can also reduce the time you spend waiting and if need be check an hour or two before you plan to play to make sure that when it comes to play time that you are ready to go without any further disruption.

However you prepare to play and whatever you play, always remember to have fun and be safe.

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