Parenting 101: Pleasing A Gamer Teen

Gamers have also had to deal with a bad reputation. Thankfully, countless experts and parenting counsellors have since agreed that gaming is not only a hobby, but it can also become a positive force in the development of essential skills. The idea that video games are responsible for everyday violence is not only an unjustified cliché, but it is also predominantly unproven. More often than not, children who grow up playing games – as long as the games are suitable for their age – are more likely to enhance their problem-solving skills, creativity, coordination, and stress reliance. All-in-one, these are pretty useful skills to have. Therefore, most parents embrace the idea that their teenage child enjoys video games – rather than fight it.

So, what are you to do when you’re trying to please your gaming teen? Here are a few ideas to enhance their game routine.

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Comfort makes a difference

Is a birthday coming and you’re still struggling to find decent ideas? Typically, tapping into their gaming interest can be a real game changer, especially if grandparents have asked you for tips. While you may not be confident in their ability to find a suitable game for your teen, you can certainly trust them with the matter of comfort. Gamers can develop soreness in their wrists, back and neck if they play in an uncomfortable position – which could be the case if the game console is in their bedroom with no ergonomic setting, for instance. It’s worth investing in a gaming chair – and more importantly, gaming chairs are a thing on the market; therefore, they are easy to find even for the most inexperienced gaming gift makers.

Stepping out of your tech comfort zone confidently

It is difficult when you don’t have a robust gaming experience to pick a tech present for your teen. Ultimately, if you want to give them something there will appreciate, such as a device that enhances their perception of the game, you need to understand what gaming headsets is about. Indeed, it can be tricky to pick the best gadget when you know nothing about its connectivity, features and overall comfort. Here’s a tip that will transform your approach: Forget the shop assistant and ask a community of gamers what they think – or check their reviews online.

Keep yourself informed about the latest trends

Last but not least, sometimes the best present you can give is to share their interest. Gaming is not the solitary hobby that the media made it to be. It’s an experience enthusiastic gamers are keen to share, either with other players online or with relatives and friends. Reading about the latest trends and expected games only takes a handful of minutes, but it can significantly transform your relationship. Alternatively, you can sit down with them and share the experience of the game. Even as a spectator, many games are beautifully designed, which makes them enjoyable not only to play but also to watch. Nier: Automata, for instance, is one of those games that come with a complex narrative, guaranteed to keep both of you satisfied.

In conclusion, there is no reason why video games should remain an isolated and misunderstood hobby. As a non-gaming relative, you can still find many ways to connect, either through helping your teen to create a cosy gaming environment or by joining them in their passion.

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

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4 Reasons Why Gaming Isn’t A Wasted Hobby

We are living in a time when gaming no longer has the stigma it used to. Sure, there are still media reports blaming video games for crime and corruption in our country. There will still be parents telling their children to get outside for some fresh air and into a more useful hobby. And you may have people in your life telling you to stop wasting time playing games on your laptop or console. But as a rule, and to the relief of many a gamer, gaming now has a more respectable image than it used to. In short, gaming is not the wasted hobby it was once thought to be.

As a gamer, you will know the value of playing video games. Sure, you may need to put down that gamepad occasionally – there are other ways to spend your time – but we’re not here to nag. We are gamers too, and in this article, we will remind you of some of the some of the reasons why playing video games is okay. Use these reasons to convince any skeptics in your life.

#1: Gaming is wonderfully escapist

Not many of us have the opportunity to drive a high-end racing car. Very few of us have the chance to live out life as an action hero. We are never going to be part of an interstellar space battle. And unless we are really really good at sport, we aren’t going to get to play for an NFL or NBA sports team. It sucks! But this is where games come in. We can lift ourselves from the mundanity of our everyday lives, and engage in all kinds of game experiences. We can get behind the racing wheel playing driving games. We can engage in action heroics playing games such as the latest Spider-man title. And we can pick up the annual sporting release and play for our team of choice. We can do all of these things because gaming allows us too!

#2: Gaming is a fun way to make money

The next time somebody tells you to “go and get a job,” remind them that gaming can make you a sizeable income. From starting your own YouTube channel to taking part in gaming tournaments, there are a number of ways to make an income. This is great news if you are looking to make money from the hobby you love, as you won’t need to spend a lot of time away from your gaming passion if you take up one of the opportunities available to you. And if you commit to gaming, you can make the big bucks. It is predicted those who take part in eSports will soon be earning more money than our top athletes! That’s something to throw in the face of your old gym teacher who berated you on your lack of sporting prowess or motivation!

#3: Gaming can bring people together

A common argument against gaming is that it is anti-social. And this is true to a degree, or at least it used to be. Thanks to the popularity of online gaming, this is no longer a solitary hobby. Whether you play games with people you know or with those from another country entirely, you can engage in conversations, have a laugh, and play games in the company of others. Sure, they may not be sat with you in your living room, but thanks to the power of online games, they don’t need to be. And unlike those friends you have in your ‘real life,’ you don’t have to kick them out of the house when you’re tired of them. You need only say goodbye and unplug from the game. Still, if you prefer the physical company of others, you can play games together in your living room. With games such as Mario Kart on the Switch and Rock Band (across a range of consoles), you can have fun with both friends and family, and bond together as a result.

#4: Gaming offers stress relief

Sure, there are those times when you are tempted to throw your joypad through the television screen, especially when playing mega-difficult games such as Dark Souls (game developers can be so cruel), but according to studies, gaming is a guaranteed way to relieve stress! This flies in the face of the detractors who claim gaming can cause aggression and violence. Of course, you, as the gamer already know the de-stressing power of video games, but have a read of the linked article to help you back up this argument should anybody criticize you for choosing to play games in your downtime. Of course, if you have just been ‘killed’ for the 1000th time playing any of the Dark Souls titles, you might want to calm down first before engaging in a discussion!

Thanks for reading, and happy gaming!

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How Gaming Is Even Bigger Than Ever

As we all know by now, gaming is only growing and expanding as time goes on, from the diversity it brings, to the skill, technique, and overall experience. This is all down to how advanced technology has become. If you go back twenty or thirty years, the only kind of gaming tech was pixelated and jumpy, but back then it was amazingly advanced and people were able to find their own escape after a busy day at work or school. And now you look at what we have today, like features that are so detailed that we feel as though we’re really in the game. The actions are smooth, you have the option of playing in the first person, and with special headsets, you’re given a virtual reality that blends the barrier between what’s really there and what isn’t. – And having said all of that, it is still improving, and will continue to do so forever until one day we’re able to play while on a hoverboard that zooms around the room! (Or something like that!)

One popular game called Minecraft has a slogan that touches a lot of people because there is so much truth behind it. “The only limit is your imagination.”

Here’s why.   

The systems

As mentioned earlier, the systems that are being used and created are only getting better. There is now the option of interactive gaming systems that are in homes like casinos, and these essentially upgrade the player’s experience because it’s breaking the boundaries of the traditional style, and instead building a new foundation of what it really means to play.

The society

A lot of people often bad mouth gaming as being antisocial because they assume that gamers are locked indoors all day every day, addicted to their game – this is mere ignorance and isn’t the case at all. If anything, they’re even more social because they’re engaging with their friends from all around the world while working together or competing each other through a world of fun. They’re sharing time laughing, strategising, and experiencing the true definition of teamwork.

The skill

In order to advance in most games, you will need to train yourself up with a lot of practice so that you know exactly how to win, or get to the next level. There is so much technique to gaming that is picked up, from hand-eye coordination to problem-solving, and forward thinking. You also need to have a lot of patience too as you won’t become a pro straight away. From this, the talent that is out there in the world now is beyond huge.

The stardom

People are so keen on watching someone excel in something, along with riding through their ups and downs, and seeing how they are able to pick themselves back up again. There are gamers out there that have become internet sensations because they share their secrets to the world as people watch them do what they do best. Not only is it fun and even comical, but indulging and a learning experience too.

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Hours Of Fun! Smart Ways Dads Can Keep Themselves Entertained With A Phone

If you’re a dad, you probably know all too well that parenting can involve a lot of waiting around. Whether you’re ferrying the kids from one friend’s house to another or you’re waiting on them to finish after-school clubs or soccer practice, it pays to have a few fallback options to keep yourself entertained. Thanks to smartphones, you can now access all kinds of entertainment options at the touch of a button. If you often find yourself looking for ways to kill time, here are some of the best ways to take full advantage of your time off and your phone’s capabilities.

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Online gaming

You may not consider yourself a gamer, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t delve into the world of online gaming while you’ve got an hour to while away. There’s a vast array of online games available, and you can choose options and titles that appeal to your interests. You can see what all the fuss is about and discover the games your kids are raving about, or you can indulge a passion for sport, music, history or science fiction. Many games are free to play, you don’t have to have an account to join in, and you can pick up and drop games as you please. You can challenge other people, or you can find information about getting involved in live markets, for example, if you enjoy football or racing. Gaming is a fun, accessible, affordable way of filling your time, and it can also enable you to meet new people and gain a better understanding of what your children do in their spare time if they enjoy gaming at home.

Reading and researching

If you’ve got a phone and you’ve got Internet access, you can host a giant pool of informative, insightful resources. Whether you’re keen to keep abreast of current affairs or you’re researching for a new blog post, a journal or work-related tasks, your phone is a portal to all the information you could possibly need. You can access news sites, download apps for your favorite sites or newspapers for easy access and find academic sources. There is a huge amount of information available online, and not all of it is accurate, so bear this in mind when you’re trawling through search engine results. Stick to reputable, respected sites.

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Socializing

Has it been an age since you caught up with old school or college friends? Is a message to your sister or grandmother long overdue? If you’ve got a phone to hand, take advantage of the time you have and be social. Check out the latest news on social media, start a new group chat with your old classmates and get in touch with family members you haven’t seen in a while. It’s never been easier to stay connected. Social platforms, email and video calls enable you to contact others for free, no matter where you are in the world.

If you’re a dad who regularly finds themselves with half an hour to kill while you’re waiting for your children, your phone can keep you entertained in numerous ways. Indulge your interests, get up to speed with what’s going on in the world, play fun games and be sociable.

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