Gaming has changed so much since I was a kid. My parents always told me I would amount to nothing by just playing games, but these days there’s a lot of money to be had as a professional gamer. And while I didn’t get the chance to reach those peaks as a gamer, gaming really defined my career. Having the right gear might even help you get there. Being a professional gamer takes a lot of talent. But remember, you need the right tools for the right games.
The Price of Admission
No matter which sport you want to compete in there are costs involved in getting started. While you can play with any PC, in order to really have a chance at winning you will need a decent setup to get started. So be prepared to spend some money and pay attention to what people are using around you so you can be at the top.
Picking the Right Mouse
The first step is to decide on what types of games you plan on playing. For example, if you’re looking to become a pro MMO player you might want a mouse with more configurable buttons like the Razer Epic Chroma. If you prefer FPS games, a customizable mouse where you can adjust weights and size like the Logitech G502 would be best. Also remember wired mice are generally better for speed as well as not having your batteries die mid match.
Picking a Keyboard
Keyboards make a big difference in gaming. Using a stock keyboard for gaming can put you at a disadvantage and even hurt your wrists. So it’s important to find a good fit to your hands and offers the features you need for the games you love. Today’s modern keyboards feature LED lights and mechanical keys for a crisp accurate feeling. If you’re looking for an MMO keyboard you might want to check out the Logitech G910 Orion Spark or the corsair Vengeance K70 LEDS. They are great for gaming in the dark.
Having a powerful video card means your system is less likely to freeze during critical moments of game-play. You don’t want to come out of an alley into a large area only to freeze in front of the enemy. Big rooms and lots of special effects slow down your system and your gaming performance with it. You might want to start with a good video card like a GTX 970 or better. It never hurts to ask around in your particular game what everyone is using and get an idea of what exactly you need.
Monitors can make a big difference on how much you can see in the game. Whether it’s resolution or simply physical monitor size, a good monitor can help you identify players farther out across the map. Newer monitors with G-sync or FreeSync can help combat screen tearing and prevent players from being distracted during action.
Not all tournaments are held in person. While on your way up the ranks, you’ll probably start with more online competition. So ping is critical. In some cases internet speed is more important than your hardware itself. If you’re lagging then your opponent might be getting a few seconds advantage. Come around the corner and your system freezes, so now you’re a sitting duck for the enemy sniper. Try to get a fast internet connection and focus on local servers and competitions for the best performance.
Practice the Game
No gamer can just walk into any game and instantly be the best. There is a strategy for every game out there, whether it’s a special place on the map to defend, timing when power-ups will reappear or simply using the right weapon for the right level. You should also learn how to use each weapon and the amount of damage they do, and when they are most effective. Being good at games means understanding hitboxes, damage, and how the game works. So take time here to understand every detail.
Play with the Pros to Become One of the Pros
The best way to become great is to play against people who are better then you. If you limit yourself to easy challenges, you’ll never get better. You need to always push to be better whether it means playing against better players or simply joining the losing side to challenge yourself. Take time to note who is contributing the most to the game and see if you can learn from there style.
Be a Good Sportsman
The road to victory is filled with many defeats. It’s important to be humble and not rage against your fellow players. Get to know people in the industry and always be the better player. Don’t cheat because it only makes you a lesser player and it will hurt your reputation. Remember, to perform your best you need to have an even mind and body. Don’t fill up on junk foods. Try to eat healthy; your body will thank you later. When you’re famous your looks will be just as important as your skills.
Listen to Other Players
What tips do you have for the future pros out there? What have you learned along the way? Let us know in the comments below.