Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned gamer, what’s not to like about a spot of self-improvement? Is there an aspect of your gaming skills that needs brushing up on? Do your friends beat you in racing games but you rule the roost in RPGs? Whatever the case, here are some tips for gamers of all levels.
Learn from the Pros
If you want to improve, you need to practice often but you also need to learn from those better than you. You can play hundreds of games against people of the same ability but you’ll learn so much more from challenging yourself against better opponents. Watch videos of the best gamers on YouTube to get tips and interesting tricks that you might have missed. When it comes to other forms of gaming, such as poker or any card game, it can help to watch tournament footage and to read strategy guides from former players. Many types of game can be practised for free first: Casino games at Betsson for example have real money modes and free modes, and sites like Miniclip have hundreds of flash games for you hone various techniques. The main lesson to learn is: don’t be afraid to play with people who are better than you.
Get in the Zone
Getting in the zone is hard state of mind to describe. Once you’re in it, everything seems to run seamlessly and you can deploy all that technique you’ve learnt without even thinking about it. For this to happen, you have to practice as much as possible so that controls become second nature, but you also have to listen to your body’s signals and control your mood. Avoid playing when you’re stressed or depressed and don’t let being beaten affect your mood. Remind yourself that it’s just a game and that you’re not validated by how well you do at it – you will improve with time.
Play Specific Games
If you’re looking at being an all-round great gamer, it pays to play a variety of games that test different skillsets. How are you ever going to be able to excel at COD if all you do is play Tetris and vice-versa? Get the balance right by playing a First-Person Shooter for a while (there are many to choose from, but Call of Duty: Ghosts will be high on most gamers’ lists), then opt for a game based on lateral thinking like Legend of Zelda or Limbo on the iPad. Finally go for a strategy game like anything from the Football Manager, Command & Conquer, or Sims series. Look for games that will tune up your reactions and timing, like Tetris or VVVVVV.
If you intend to take gaming seriously, then you need to ensure as distraction-free an environment as possible. Try not to listen to music while gaming since your brain will divide its attention between the two, resulting in a loss of concentration. Turn down in-game music and increase the volume of sound effects to sharpen your focus, especially in FPSs. If you’re planning on gaming for a long time, make sure to keep yourself hydrated and don’t put off the toilet and snack breaks. Being hungry or needing to relieve yourself can have a very negative impact on your gaming abilities.