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10 Ways To Become An Elite Gamer

10 Ways To Become An Elite Gamer

Gaming is now big business and there are plenty of prizes and cash available for those at the top of the profession, as this rundown of the 10 biggest gaming tournaments in the world will attest. Whether you want to make big money on the circuits or just know that you are the best amongst your own network of peers, here are 10 ways to become an elite gamer.

It’s All about Speed

Over time, any PC can slow down due to a wide range of reasons including problems with malware, insufficient RAM, or because the hard drive needs to be defragmented or cleaned up. The simplest way to tackle the problem is to work through the possible issues raised and see which ones have the biggest impact on your system’s speed.

If you are playing online the other aspect you need to consider is your internet connection. If you are living in a compatible area, it might be time to upgrade to fibre broadband.

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High Spec PC

You will need a high spec PC if you want to play games at the maximum level of detail and resolution your GPU allows, and with all the graphical effects added. The good news is that you can upgrade your PC over time with more memory, a solid state drive, and a faster CPU as your budget allows.

Graphics Card

Your graphics card will be doing most of the hard work so make this a priority as you upgrade. If you want to fit a new one check there is an available PCI slot, enough room in the case for the model of card you want to buy, and make sure your existing power supply is up to the job as it will be drawing much more power. You can find a walkthrough of the process over at PC Advisor.

Peripherals

You will use them for many hours a week so ensure your mouse, keyboard and gaming wheel are the best you can afford. Specially designed mice for gamers will give you a much faster response time and make you more accurate, particularly if you are an FPS player. The design of the mouse is also important and it should be ergonomic if you don’t want to end up with wrist strain.

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Monitor

Your monitor is also going to get a lot of use and needs to be high resolution, so your eyes don’t get tired after lengthy periods online. Your accuracy will depend on the quality of the image so again choose the best model you can afford.

Pick Your Focus

If you want to be amongst the best you need to focus on one genre of gaming, at least initially. So whether you love playing racing games, first-person shooters or MMORPGs choose the one you enjoy the most and dedicate time to becoming the best you can be at it.

Attitude Is Everything

There will be times in your gaming career when you experience setbacks and when you don’t perform as well as you hoped you would. However, the calmer you can remain under pressure, the better you will do. If you are part of a team try to retain good relationships with colleagues. A team which is riven by drama tends not to perform well in competition.

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Learn From Others

You can learn from your peers and by watching other gamers at the top of the profession. YouTube makes it easy to find great examples of those who have won tournaments. Watch them play live and tap into interviews where they talk about their craft.

Practice Makes Perfect

The bottom line is that you are going to need to invest a lot of time practicing until the game becomes second nature, and then from there you can expand your skill-set. While you will need to spend a great many hours in front of your monitor, don’t let success come at the expense of your health. Ensure you eat healthily, take regular breaks, exercise and sleep well as this will give you a better chance of longevity as an elite gamer.

Have Fun

Finally, don’t forget to have fun! Playing games is meant to be enjoyable and just like any other sport, if you can have fun while you are practicing and competing, you can guarantee a better level of success.

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Featured photo credit: Thomas Leuthard via flickr.com

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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