Make Your Gaming Life Work Better For You

Are you someone who loves to game? If the answer is yes then you’re already going to know a lot about it more than likely. Having said that though, you wouldn’t have come to this article if you were completely happy with the way things were going in your gaming life. We’re here to help you with this, ensuring that you are getting the most out of your gaming life, making sure that you are doing everything that you can to have the best experience.

The last thing that you want is for something that you love to be ruined for you simply because you weren’t keeping your eye on things when you should have been. It’s going to take a little bit of effort to ensure that you are doing everything right, but we promise that it’s worth it when you can have a healthy and happy gaming experience. So, are you interested in how you can achieve this? If so, keep reading for some great tips on healthier gaming.

Limit Your Gaming Time

First up on the list we’re going to suggest that you limit the amount of time in which you game. We know that this might sound boring, like you’re trying to put a limit on your fun or whatever, but it’s necessary. There is absolutely no need to be playing games from the minute you get home until the minute you go to sleep with your only break being to eat. This is completely ridiculous as there are other things in your life that are going to need your attention as well. Of course, if you want to do this every now and then to blow off some steam when you’ve had a bad day then we can understand this, but it can’t be something that is happening regularly.

When it comes to setting your limit, you’ve got to think about something that you can work with. Think about how long you can play for and feel like you have actually played enough or gotten to play a decent amount. We recommend that the maximum amount of time you allow yourself to game per day is two hours, but even sometimes this is a little bit excessive. You do not need to go right up to the minute every single day, so keep that in mind.

Try To Mix Up What You Play

In order to get the most out of your gaming experience, it’s a good idea to try and mix up what you play from time to time. If you are constantly playing one game, it’s going to get boring in the end and that will be super sad when you have to say goodbye to a game that you love. So, instead of doing this, why not try to mix things up a little bit. For example, if you have been playing Fortnite for the last couple of days, why not have a go at a game that is not a shooting game? It gives you a break, and you won’t overplay a game you like until you are bored of it.

We know that there are some people who like to stick with one game until they are finished, if it has an end, and we do understand this. When there are quests, when there are different things to do and you know that there is an ending to the game, you might find yourself constantly wanting to reach it. That’s okay because there is an ending to your time playing the game, but games such as Fortnite like we mentioned aren’t like this. Just try to mix it up a bit, maybe throw some pool in there every now and then, maybe try a couple of racing games or whatever you can think of.


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Try Not To Play Multiple Devices

It might not seem like a big deal, but ideally you want to limit your gaming to one device. To be completely honest with you there is absolutely no reason for you to be gaming on your Xbox, then coming off of your Xbox and playing some kind of game on your phone. This does count past your limit whether you realize that or not, so it’s something that you are going to need to avoid doing. Try to keep your gaming to one place so that it’s all neat and tidy, unless you have a PC and a console in which you have different games for. As long as you are sticking to your limit, then there’s nothing wrong with this.

It’s really your phone that you’ve got to be careful of. We just want to make sure that you are not becoming addicted to the point where you’re gaming without even realizing that this is what you’re doing.

Set A Budget For Your Gaming Spending

There are a lot of games that have purchases that you can make. In fact, pretty much every game has in-game purchases that you can buy for a variety of reasons. Some have something to do with your character and their outfits, others have upgrades and so on. If you are playing games and you are spending money on them, you need to ensure that you are setting a budget for your spending. The last thing that you want to do is look in your bank account and see that you are massively behind on your finances because you got caught up spending money on gaming. 

Work out what you can comfortably afford and then go from there. There are going to be times that having a budget will frustrate you, but we promise that it’s all going to be worth it. This will help stop you going down a dangerous path that many before you have followed, and ensure that your gaming experience remains a positive one for as long as possible. If you’ve gone over your budget, you just need to be strict with yourself and say no.

Stop If You’re Not Having Fun

If you are not having fun, then there is absolutely no point in gaming at that point. We don’t mean forever, but we do mean that you should take a break from gaming, maybe try doing something else for a little while. If you constantly find yourself getting frustrated with the game to the point that you are shouting at your TV, this is not healthy. If you are getting angry, if you are feeling frustrated, and if you are only playing to prove a point, then it’s time to stop. If the fun is no longer there, then it’s time to pack up and try again another day when the fun has returned.

Make sure that you are doing this even if you are playing a team game. The whole point of this is to ensure that your gaming life is working better for you, so you’ve got to put your needs first above the other peoples.

Conclusion

The whole point of gaming is that you are supposed to enjoy yourself right? So, with these things on the list being met, and you feeling happiness when you’re gaming, we’d say that is going to get achieved. Everyone has to put a little bit of work into their hobbies, so don’t sit there thinking that you’re special because you’re not, everything in this life that is worth having is going to be hard work at some point sooner or later. In the end, you’ve just gotta decide what is worth it to you and what is not.

Ajay Patel

LitRPG Author Ajay Patel

A lifelong fan of narrative (in games or books), Ajay Patel has always been an avid reader. Growing up, he was a big fan of the Harry Potter series and always looked forward to the next book release. He still enjoys the Legend of Zelda series to this day with his children. A native of Portland, Indiana but living somewhere out in the country (the wilds of Jay County, Indiana), Ajay is married and has four children. His family loves to travel and loves to read. Ajay brings to the team a sense of humor, a deep knowledge of books, and some great writing skills. Ajay is a big fan of tabletop RPG systems beyond D&D and has been known to host board game night on more than one occasion. He enjoys D&D board games, but he knows there's a lot of other great games on the market these days for strategic thinkers.

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