Anyone with half a foot in the gaming world these days is likely to be overwhelmed by the sheer number of seriously amazing titles to flood the market recently. From Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2 to the upcoming release of the highly-anticipated Fallout 76, it seems there aren’t enough hours in the day to keep up with the latest smash hits.
If you’re a truly dedicated gaming geek then you’ve probably already attempted an all-night gaming marathon, but chances are you got too tired or developed a case of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome before things could really get going. The key to success is preparation. Whether you’re looking to catch up or aiming to become an online gaming expert, here’s how to prepare for the ultimate gaming marathon to get you there.
Get the right software
You’ll need to fine-tune your gaming PC or console to ensure the best experience possible. If you’re playing on a PC, security should be your first concern. Make sure to shop around to find the best VPN for gaming if you want to avoid lagging and interruptions when you’re about to break your kill-streak record. A quality antimalware program is also essential for everything, including gaming Remember to also look out for software that will maximize processing and internet speed as well, like Razer Cortex.
Maximize your comfort
If there’s one truism that will get you through your gaming marathon, it’s that comfort is king. Comfortable seating is a must. If you’re not privileged enough to own a top-of-the-line gaming chair, then you’ll need to make sure to cultivate the most comfortable seating as possible. Think pillows, blankets, snoods, and all the rest. Arrange your game space so that everything you could possibly need (controllers, remote, snacks, etc.) are within easy reach. You could even kick things up a notch by investing in a grab claw, guaranteeing total efficiency.
The last thing you want when you’re about to square off to the final boss on Smash Bros. Ultimate is to be interrupted by the phone going off or your Whatsapp group chat blowing up. The gaming marathon is a sacred time, so keep it private by switching to airplane mode and clearing your schedule in advance. If you’re truly committed to the cause, you should also switch off the lights and close the blinds, deterring any potential visitors who might want to drop by when you’re one mission away from victory.
Stock up on supplies
Last but not least: Before you can settle into your gaming chair, a trip to the store is in order. You’ll need the appropriate sustenance to see you through the many team deathmatches and side quests ahead. For food, thing quick, tasty, and easily disposable. Hotpockets, instant ramen, fun-size potato chips, and the occasional piece of fruit should do the trick. For hydration, the only real option is that quintessential gamer beverage – Mountain Dew. Also, consider wet wipes and hand lotion for maximum comfort.
A gaming marathon is a whole lot of fun, but the preparation should always be taken with deadly seriousness. If not, your marathon could end up being little more than a 100-yard sprint.