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16 Awesome Things Every Gaming Nerd Should Contemplate Buying

16 Awesome Things Every Gaming Nerd Should Contemplate Buying

Thanks to ever more impressive technology, video games have become complex, multifaceted worlds all of their own. With increasingly sophisticated environments to explore, it’s no wonder gamers are a more and more present and ever-growing breed. Celebrate this inspiring, exploding world with 16 of the coolest, most unbelievable, gaming-related gift items that every gaming nerd should have.

1. N64 Cartridge Soap

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    This Nintendo 64 cartridge soap is the perfect bathroom accessory for any gaming nerd. Sure to bring back nostalgia for this ’90s classic, even casual gamers will find comfort in this once familiar sight.

    2. ThinkGeek Beach Boy Towel

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      A celebration of the best in ’90s gaming, this beach towel is a great way to enjoy the sun without leaving the essentials behind.

      3. Bluetooth NES Controller

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        Another throwback to ’90s gaming is this incredibly helpful Bluetooth NES controller. Not only will this make you feel like you’re playing your old favorites, it connects with Bluetooth-enabled computers and mobile devices. Such versatility makes this controller highly useful, yet nostalgic in all the right ways.

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        4. TravelBoy Backpack

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          With another nod to a Nintendo favorite, this backpack is sure to drive any gaming nerd wild. Precisely designed, yet spacious enough for all your stuff, this backpack is both useful and classic. Not only that, the buttons on this gigantic Game Boy replicate real ones, making the design much more dynamic than just a printed image.

          5. Retro Duo Portable NES SNES Game System

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            One item that every gamer has been waiting to see is this portable Nintendo game system. Letting gamers bring their retro games with them on the go, this pint-sized screen and controller finally lets you play your original, retro games anywhere.

            6. Donkey Kong Shelves

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              Any fan of early gaming will love these Donkey Kong shelves. Replicating the classic, beloved arcade game, these easy-to-install features bring your favorite arcade style into your home.

              7. Super Mario Brothers Brick Planter Box

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                Another incredible Mario product is this question mark brick planter box. This box allows you to expand your green space at home, without sacrificing style. Great for gaming nerds into classic and contemporary games, these 8-bit question boxes are an incredibly useful throwback.

                8. Street Fighter Converse Shoes

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                  Sure to be another favorite of the arcade gaming nerd, these specially printed Chuck Taylor Converse shoes bring the classic Street Fighter arcade game to your closet. Bringing a classic game to classic fashion, these shoes will delight any gaming nerd.

                  9. iPad Arcade Machine Holder

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                    Here’s a fantastic option for nerds who love arcade gaming, this unique iPad holder transforms any Apple tablet into your very own arcade machine. The buttons and joystick actually work, letting you enjoy home arcade gaming at a reasonable price. Certainly the most effective way to bring arcade gaming home, this holder belongs in any gaming enthusiast’s collection.

                    10. Lightsaber Key Chain Flashlight

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                      Calling fans of the extended Star Wars gaming universe, this sci-fi flashlight is the perfect keepsake for any nerd. Though we can’t guarantee it will be useful in the event of a rogue sand person attack, this keychain lightsaber will at least help you find your way to Mos Eisley.

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                      11. Pac-Man Pencil Toppers

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                        In many ways the grandfather to all modern games, every gaming nerd can appreciate Pac-Man memorabilia. A cute, portable way to show your gaming enthusiasm, these pencil toppers are an essential addition to every gaming nerd’s stationery stash.

                        12. Breaking Bad 8-Bit

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                          An excellent meeting of two classic pop culture icons, this t-shirt merges 8-bit gaming with a whole new world. Fans of the show Breaking Bad will immediately recognize this pixellated hero and it’s the perfect way to incorporate your love of gaming and bad boys.

                          13. Plants vs Zombies

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                            Finally, a gaming answer to flamingos for your lawn! With this Plants vs Zombies lawn ornament set, never have your favorite villains looked better than in the front garden.

                            14. 2-Player Gaming Mug Set

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                              Sure to be another favorite among retro gaming enthusiasts, these mugs mimic a Super Nintendo controller. Just in case you needed another reason to drink even more coffee to get through a night of MMO.

                              15. Portal 2 Test Candidate Hoodie

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                                This graphic hoodie is an impressive addition to any gaming nerd’s closet. A perfectly designed reference to the popular game Portal, you’ll be ready to tune in to GLaDOS and grab your portal gun.

                                16. Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device

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                                  Speaking of which, just in case you don’t have a portal gun to go with your hoodie, we found one for you. Top off your ultimate gaming geek collection with this incredible replica.

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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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                                  Featured photo credit: Joshua Earle via unsplash.com

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