Post submitted by Jayde Lynch
Gaming has been an immensely popular pastime in the USA for quite some time and continues to increase in popularity every year. If you are one of the more than 42% of Americans who play video games on a regular basis, chances are you have dreamt of having your very own gaming den. Thankfully, dreams do come true, and by following just a few basic guidelines you can easily set up your very own gaming den at home.
Find a suitable space and decide on a layout
The first thing you need to do once you have decided to make your dream a reality is finding a suitable space for your gaming den. Any unused space such as a spare room, basement, or even a garden shed will be more than adequate. If your space needs a new lick of paint or additional wall sockets mounted, get it done before you start adding your furniture, gaming accessories, and decorations. Make a list of everything you would like to put in your den and sketch a basic layout. A comfortable gaming chair or two should be near the top of your list, especially if you are planning to spend a lot of time playing games. Remember that adequate, ambient lighting and a good sound system are all key components of a quality gaming den and should never just be added to a room as an afterthought.
Once you have finalized the layout of your gaming den you can start connecting the room up in such a way that it supports all your gaming tech. If you are after an interactive and varied gaming experience you should invest in the latest tech right from the get-go if your budget allows for it. Apple TV and Chromecast, for example, will enable you to access a variety of devices through completely wireless hardware. If you are worried about your privacy being compromised, don’t despair as smart devices are confidential as far as using your data is concerned. A bigger concern, however, is your internet connection speed as the last thing you want is a game that lags when you play. Although a standard router may suffice for low-grade gaming, a Wi-Fi router is recommended for a better gaming experience. Although download speeds of at least 3mbps required by most games although you can expect speeds of as much as 1gbps when using a fiber network.
Size does matter
If you are a serious gamer, playing games on a standard PC screen will just not suffice. Investing in a big screen with all the latest tech is an absolute must when setting up your dream gaming den. Whether you opt for a monitor or television screen will ultimately depend on the type of games you play (PC VS console) although the two are, for practical reasons at least, pretty much interchangeable. There are a number of things you need to consider when selecting a screen including your budget, response time, size, and connectors. If you are planning a super-connected, smart setup, a smart TV with integrated Internet and interactive web features may be one of your best choices.
Add a few personal touches
Once you have taken care of all the basic it is time to add a few personal touches to truly make the den ‘your own’. You can consider mounting wall posters depicting your favorite games, install a cool display case filled with gaming memorabilia, or even bring in a retro arcade game as a focal point. A mini-fridge and bar counter is a nice touch if you plan to entertain guests in your den although a coffee table with a couple of nice coasters will suffice if your gaming will be a solo endeavor.
Remember that, although you can find countless suggestions on the internet, your gaming den is ultimately your pride and joy and should reflect your personality. With a bit of planning and a hint of creativity, you will be able to create a gaming den that will be the envy of your family and game-loving friends alike.