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8 Best Resources for Video Gamers

8 Best Resources for Video Gamers

If you are a truly serious gamer, you want all of the latest news and reviews on games, gaming equipment, and basically anything else to do with gaming. Where do you find all of this information? There are loads of websites offering up reviews and articles, but if you want the best resources, check out this list.

1. The Gamespot

    This is one of the leading gaming sites that offers quality, exclusive content. You will find in-depth features, articles that really make you think, and columns about gaming by some of the leading authorities in video games. There are video shorts, forums, and social media elements that all involve gaming, as well as the most viewed video game review series on the Internet.

    2. PC Gamer

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      This is the site that goes along with the PC Gamer magazine, which was founded in 1993 in the UK. Here you will find all of the latest news on everything to do with video games, including game reviews, previews of new games, the latest gaming developments, articles about classic games, and a whole lot more.

      3. Gamasutra

        This website was founded in 1997 and focuses on every aspect of the development of new video games. They also want to hear from you. You can share your thoughts, ideas, etc. with the gaming community. If the powers that be at Gamasutra like what you have to say, they will promote the post on their home page.

        4. IGN

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          More than 68 million people use this site monthly because it is the leading Internet media company that is solely focused on video games and entertainment. This site is the authority on all things gaming and entertainment, and you will get unbiased reviews with very sharp opinions. They don’t hold anything back, and you get reviews that really offer a lot of good information that you can use. The visual content is nothing to sneeze at either.

          5. Mini Gaming PCs

            It is a great place to go if you want to get the latest news about gaming computers, the latest in gaming technology, other devices, etc. If you want to get the most up-to-date information about gaming technology, simply visit the Ava Direct website, scroll down to the bottom of the home page, and click on “Press/News”. You will find articles about the latest in computer technology, including gaming technology.

            6. Kokatu

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              This is a site for serious gamers. Whatever you want to know about the newest games, gaming technology, etc., you can always count on getting the information here. This is an inclusive site for gamers of all races, genders, and sexual orientation and articles are written in a way that seems like the writers are speaking with you in person, and not just spilling information out. You can also be part of the team. If you have gaming news, they want to know about it. Submit your news tips to [email protected].

              7. 1UP

                When you want to find out about the latest game releases, gaming guides, gaming events, and basically anything to do with gaming, this is definitely a site you need to visit. Learn about the best new games, the best free games, find links to all of your favorite online games, and articles about every possible aspect of gaming.

                8. VG 247

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                  This blog is published in the UK and has been a popular resource for gamers since 2008. If it is about gaming, you are going to find it here. In fact, this site received a nomination for the Best Online Blog award at the 2010 Games Media Awards and was nominated again in 2011. If you want an authority on everything gaming, this is it.

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                  Last Updated on March 13, 2019

                  How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                  How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                  Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                  You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                  Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                  1. Work on the small tasks.

                  When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                  Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                  2. Take a break from your work desk.

                  Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                  Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                  3. Upgrade yourself

                  Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                  The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                  4. Talk to a friend.

                  Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                  Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                  5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                  If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                  Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                  Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                  6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                  If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                  Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                  Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                  7. Read a book (or blog).

                  The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                  Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                  Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                  8. Have a quick nap.

                  If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                  9. Remember why you are doing this.

                  Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                  What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                  10. Find some competition.

                  Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                  Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                  11. Go exercise.

                  Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                  Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                  As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                  Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                  12. Take a good break.

                  Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                  Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                  Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                  Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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