10 Tips for Leveling Up Your Gaming Skills

When it comes to the world of video games, there are really only two kinds of people: those who play and those who don’t. But if you’re not part of the former group, you probably think you are because you’ve got your laptop or console hooked up to your TV and it seems like you’re playing whenever commercials come on or when friends call in to beg you to join them in their next multiplayer match. But have you ever stopped to ask yourself how much time you spend actually playing compared to watching others play?

1) Start Small

It’s easy to get into gaming—and even easier to lose interest. Set yourself up for success by starting small. Don’t pick up a multi-hour RPG on your first session, or take on a multiplayer MOBA game without any friends to play with. If you want to level up in games, you need start small, build skills and confidence along the way, and move onto bigger things once you’re ready.

2) Don’t Compare Yourself to Others

Focus on yourself, not your friends. Comparing yourself to other players only leads to unhappiness and frustration, so resist peer pressure and never feel pressured to spend money on a game or level up as quickly as others. It’s okay if you want to play a little slower than your friends. Take comfort in knowing that there is no right way to play a game; it’s what makes gaming fun!

3) Commit To It

If you’re still trying to decide if gaming is something you want to do, then don’t. Dedicating time and energy to a new hobby is one of the most important steps toward success, and if you’re just going to half-ass it anyway, why even bother? If you want to succeed at gaming (or any other endeavor), make a solid commitment and get started as soon as possible.

4) Take Breaks

It’s tempting to dive into a game and play it as much as possible, but you need to take breaks. If you don’t, your eyesight will fail, your hand-eye coordination will decline, and you might start to experience headaches. Save your progress and leave for a few hours before diving back in. Take regular rests if possible. As with gaming itself, taking breaks from gaming is a must if you want to level up!

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5) Set Goals

Don’t start playing a new game without first setting some goals. Write them down, and make sure they’re SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound. For example: I will level up my Pokemon to level 30 by March 1. When you know exactly what you want to accomplish (and when), it’s easier to build habits that help you succeed. Check off those achievements as they happen!

6) Learn New Skills

With games like Overwatch , League of Legends , and Hearthstone building huge audiences and offering hefty prizes to professional gamers, it’s no surprise that there are more and more people looking to break into professional gaming. But just because you’re good at a game doesn’t mean you have what it takes to go pro.

7) Take Good Care of Yourself

If you’re playing games, chances are it’s because you enjoy them. And if you’re not enjoying them, why play? So make sure to take good care of yourself as you progress through your gaming experience. Eat right, exercise, and get plenty of sleep—these things will make all other aspects of your life go more smoothly. The happier and healthier you are, after all, the better a gamer you can be!

8) Have Fun

It’s easy to lose track of what you’re actually playing if you’re not having fun, so choose a game or genre that intrigues you. If it’s not your cup of tea, try another. It won’t be hard to find something that keeps you entertained and engaged; there are tons of titles out there for every interest.

9) Enjoy the Journey!

One of the most important things to remember when you’re gaming is to enjoy yourself and have fun. Playing games can help us relax, lower our stress levels, and enjoy a little downtime. If you’re not having fun, it doesn’t matter how well you play—you probably won’t stick with it long enough to level up!

10) Check Your Ego

Main rule to follow

The first thing you need to do if you want to be a successful gamer is check your ego. You can’t let yourself become an egotistical dickhead who thinks he/she is better than everyone else; that will quickly get you alienated from your fellow gamers and result in you being cut off from vital networking opportunities. A person with a large ego isn’t going to admit when they’re wrong, won’t listen to feedback, and has delusions of grandeur.

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