Non-gamers: What you need to know about the biggest trend sweeping households

Non-gamers: What you need to know about the biggest trend sweeping households
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(BPT) – Today’s gamer is no longer the stereotypical teen loner playing in his parents’ basement. In fact, today’s gamer is probably more like you than you think. She’s a co-worker with two kids, the guy next to you at the gym, a fellow volunteer – and most commonly, a spouse, sibling or friend. Gaming has changed a lot over the years and so have the players who play them.

Gaming isn’t kids play; today, gaming is a hobby that is being enjoyed by more than 2.6 billion fans – yes, that’s billion with a “B.” According to the recent gtx_ads_conf.ads["ad-manager-75851-3"]= {"custom_css":[],"ad_details":[{"min_width":"","max_width":"","dfp_ad_sizes":[{"dfp_ad_width":"300","dfp_ad_height":"250"}]}],"ad_id":75851,"ad_container":"div-ad-manager-75851-3","ad_placement":"in-article","ad_name":"ad-manager-75851-3","position":"in_article","article_position":1,"out_of_page_ad":null,"lazyload":"global"};

Talk the talk

Social interaction is an integral aspect of gaming, and playing online with fellow gamers around the world will probably result in new terminology. Beginner slang includes:

* n00b: Short for a newbie, or new player.

* Pwn: Dominating the competition.

* Twitch: YouTube alternative and a great resource for watching live gaming.

* Lag: Slow or stuttering gameplay due to a poor internet connection.

* FTW: For the win.

Tips for gearing up

One term not discussed above that you’ll frequently hear in gaming sessions is “rig.” This is slang for the computer you use to play your games. Gaming PCs are built to be far more powerful than your average computer because today’s games require massive power to play. To really get the most out of today’s PC games you need a computer built with lots of CPU power and a quality graphic card, which helps the game perform faster and in more detail, creating an immersive play experience. Today there are a range of options to get in the game, from Dell’s G-Series lineup, which is a great entry-price option, to Alienware laptops or desktops, which are considered the Ferrari of gaming.

Getting your game on

All right, you’ve learned the important terminology and you’ve got the rig you need to enjoy the world of gaming. Now it’s time to pick a game by reading game reviews, viewing trailers or asking friends what they enjoy playing. Pick a game with a theme that interests you and be mindful of the game’s Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rating if younger players will play it or be in the room while it’s played.

Once you choose the right game for you, set the game to an easy difficulty setting so you can nail the fundamentals and work your way up. Don’t worry, no one will judge you! After that, all you need is practice. Great gamers aren’t born overnight, but the path to gamer status is an exciting and incredibly enjoyable ride.

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