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Everything You Need to Start Gaming: A Beginner's Guide

May 10, 2019

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As of 2015, it was determined that almost half of America's population played video games. That number has continued to grow over the last 4 years and today, gaming is a worldwide phenomenon.

Whether you're interested in games as a means of leisure or want to make a full-blown career out of gaming, there's a pathway for you out there.

In order to start gaming successfully though, no matter what your ambitions are, you're going to need a few things.

Our team has laid out a simple yet exhaustive guide on everything that you're going to want to pick up in order to get the most out of your gaming journey.

Need Number One: A Defined Purpose

Before you hop into gaming, think about what it is that you want to get out of it. The vision you have towards gaming will have a big impact on the sorts of gear, games, and platforms that you're going to interface with, so it's important that you put some thought into this subject sooner than later.

Do you want to be a pro gamer that competitively plays? Do you want to be an entertainment gamer that streams? Do you want to be a gamer that sits alone and enjoys games in the privacy of your home without any added pressure?

The choice is yours!

Need Number Two: A Platform

In order to start gaming, you're going to need a platform to game on. There are a lot of different platforms that you can choose from, all with pros and cons.

Here are a few of your options:

PC

PC gaming is very popular and is considered to be the purest form of gaming. On a PC, you can enjoy the best graphics a game has to offer and will enjoy unparalleled control over the action that you see on screen.

The vast majority of professional gaming is done via PC.

The big downside to PC gaming is cost. There are some ways to game on PC without breaking the bank. For example, you could look up a list of the best games without graphic card to play and then let your low-powered system try its hand at those.

Still, if you'd like to play today's most relevant titles, you're going to want to pump some money into buying a good "rig" (gamer talk for PC).

Mobile

Chances are, you have a mobile phone. If you do and it has access to the Android or iOS stores then there are a number of gaming titles that you can try out.

Mobile gaming is on the rise so getting good at it today could mean a career for you tomorrow.

Console

Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony have their core consoles (Switch, XBOX ONE, PS4). Pick a console depending on what titles you like the best and enjoy!

Consoles are great for casual and non-professional competitive game play.

Need Number Three: The Right Games

Now that you have a console picked out, it's time to spend the rest of your paycheck on the games that you'd like to play.

There are a number of different styles of games out there all catering to different interests.

For example, you have casual games like Animal Crossing, core games like Resident Evil, community-oriented games like World of Warcraft, and stream-friendly games like Fortnite.

Find games that align with your interests and start gaming!

Need Number Four: The Right Gear

You may need some stuff that doesn't come with our gaming platform depending on what you'd like to do with gaming. Here are some frequently overlooked items that you might want to pick up.

A Capture Card

Thinking of getting into streaming? If so, you're going to need a capture card if you're streaming content from consoles or good screen capture software if you want to stream games straight from your PC.

Capture cards that are good at processing HD video can get a little pricey. The cost of screen capture software can be more manageable so if you're on PC, look out for sales on software brands like Camtasia.

A Solid Controller

PC gamers: that 3-button black mouse that came with your PC tower is going to get you killed in the competitive gaming scene.

If you want to get serious about gaming, pick up a high-response, button-loaded mouse so you can boost your in-game productivity.

Console gamers: if you're thinking that you're going to win an online round of Call of Duty using a Madcatz wireless XBOX controller, you're mistaken.

Stick with wired controllers if possible and always buy controllers that come straight from your console's manufacturer.

A Lightning Fast Internet Connection

This is pretty much non-negotiable today. Whether you're downloading digital titles or playing online, you need a great internet connection to stay in the action.

Prices for internet speeds will vary depending on your ISP but shoot for around 50mbs if you live in a household with 4-people or 15mbs if you live alone and your console is jacked right into your router.

Closing Out Our List of Things That You Need to Start Gaming

Gaming is awesome and can add a ton of value to your life. Having to start gaming can be a little troubling though given the amount of noise that's out there.

We hope that our list added some clarity to your gaming vision and we look forward to playing against you online as soon as you're up and running.

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