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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 August 12, 2019

                                  12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

                                  12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

                                  Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

                                  But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

                                  I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

                                  Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory and brain power:

                                  1. Nuts

                                  The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

                                  Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

                                  Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

                                  Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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                                  2. Blueberries

                                  Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

                                  When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

                                  3. Tomatoes

                                  Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

                                  4. Broccoli

                                  While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

                                  Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

                                  Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

                                  5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

                                  Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

                                  The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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                                  Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

                                  6. Soy

                                  Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

                                  Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

                                  Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

                                  7. Dark Chocolate

                                  When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

                                  Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate: 15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

                                  8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

                                  Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

                                  B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

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                                  Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

                                  Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

                                  To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

                                  9. Foods Rich in Zinc

                                  Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

                                  Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

                                  Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

                                  10. Gingko Biloba

                                  This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

                                  It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

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                                  However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

                                  11. Green and Black Tea

                                  Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

                                  Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

                                  Find out more about green tea here: 11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

                                  12. Sage and Rosemary

                                  Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

                                  Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

                                  When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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