Since the early 1980’s, playing video games has gradually become an integral part of most young people’s lives, and thanks to the constantly morphing tech of the twenty-first century, we can game in a variety of ways: old-school consoles, portable devices, and even smartphones. Despite being viewed as pure entertainment and just a way to kill time, video gaming requires dedication, especially if you plan to become a master gamer. To achieve such an ambitious goal, you need to realize that just because it is a video game, does not mean it doesn’t take practice to master. As with anything in life at which you may want to perform at the highest level, becoming a great gamer can take as much practice as, let’s say, becoming a good football or tennis player, even though it will take a lot less physical activity. However, to achieve your goal, you have to be as mentally strong; you must face challenges; you must be willing to lose; and you must be willing to examine your failures to spot your weaknesses. By fixing your mistakes and learning from your failures, you will eventually improve your gaming skills. Here follow 25 Easy Tips to Help You Improve Your Gaming Skills that won’t let you down.
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Turn down the music
It’s very possible that you probably don’t realize the damage loud music is doing to your game play, but it’s been scientifically proven that when you listen to music while doing something else (like playing a game or even worse, studying), a small percentage of your brain is actually listening to the music instead of concentrating on what you’re doing. So next time you feel like something’s distracting you, you’d better turn down the music.
However, if you happen to be one of those folks who needs noise to function, then you will definitely want to wear headphones since they will help you concentrate on your game even more. This way you will remove a lot of the noise inside your home (and won’t drive your parents or siblings crazy) and increase your focus.
Know your controls
This is a very basic thing every gamer should do, but most don’t. If it’s a computer game, and you are using a keyboard and mouse, know which keys perform which functions. Usually the game manual or Help screen will give you this information. If it’s a console game or you are using a control pad or joystick, know all the buttons and what movements they enact.
Adapt your skills
Don’t get frustrated if you do poorly at first. Figure out what you’re doing wrong and fix it. When you reach the highest level, return to the lowest and move up again just to make sure you got it.
Improve your ability to do certain “special” movements
If you’re into fighting games such as Street Fighter, for example, you will definitely need to find out how to hurt your opponents with special kicks or punches that can take away more than half their energy.