Whether you are a dedicated solo gamer or someone who likes to share the gaming experience, you need the right den to immerse yourself in a fantasy world. It doesn’t matter if it is a football game, a shoot-‘em-up or an MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game), you need to get your surroundings and your kit right or you will not get the immersive escapade that you want.
It is important to be comfortable, but you also need the right technology so you can play a casual game or take on a longer session and still be satisfied. Areas of the house that are set aside for gaming often tend to be unplanned, thrown together, and do not always offer the optimal gaming setting.
Here are a few ways you can create your perfect gamers den.
It may seem obvious, but your TV, aside from the games console and games themselves, is probably the most crucial piece of equipment to get the best out of your gaming forays. Look for high quality in the screen and resolution and, if gaming is a big thing for you, be prepared to spend some extra money to get it right.
Depending on the space you have available, you could wall-mount it if that works for the viewing level, or get a stand with storage units that will let you display your game boxes, consoles and any other paraphernalia related to your gaming.
Organise your cables
Stray wires can not only look unsightly but could also provide a danger of tripping, potentially injuring you or a fellow gamer or pulling an important piece of equipment over. Tidy things up by using a cable box or other method to bring everything together and eliminate those possible problems.
If you are going to be spending a fair amount of time in your gaming den, think about your comfort, as well as the comfort of others who may join you as you play. Comfortable chairs, specifically those aimed at gamers, will help you concentrate on the screen and help take away some of the inevitable tension that comes with playing.
Think about providing something like a coffee table on which you can put drinks and snacks within arm’s reach. If you have one with drawers, you can use them to house peripherals and accessories.
Get the lighting right
The right light is another essential aspect to enhance your gaming pleasure. Screen glare can be a problem, but you can reduce it by controlling the light using shutters. These allow you to let in as little or as much light as you want to reduce that screen glare and make the experience much better.
Design as you want
In the end you should do what suits you. Consider the sound system that will be best for the games you like to play and that will work with your screen, think about the colour scheme for your walls and furniture and, when you have that perfect environment: get gaming and have fun!