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Maintaining Your Mental and Physical Health While Gaming

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It doesn’t matter if you’re a full-blown developer or simply a passionately devoted fan, there’s more to healthy gaming than staying safe and having fun.

Here are a few simple recommendations to help you maintain both your mental and physical health as you invest in your gaming career.

Remember the Basics

It’s important to start with the basics. Ask yourself if you’ve taken the time to address three of the most instinctive requirements on Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs:

  • Exercise: Are you consistently exercising? Exercise is an excellent way to both preserve physical health and beat the stress that may have built up after that last round of Fortnite ended in utter failure.
  • Sleep: It’s so easy to let the small hours of the night slip by when you’re engrossed in a good game. However, getting poor quality sleep can be detrimental to your health. Try to create a sleeping schedule so that you can make sure you’re getting enough rest.
  • Food: Junk food is a gamer’s best friend. Not. Snacking on junk all night long is the best way to trash your body and exhaust your mind. Make sure to seriously consider what you’re feeding your body each day.

Simply tending to these three basic needs is half of the battle for maintaining your health.

Stretch Often

It’s easy to sit for hours at a time when you’re playing a game. If you don’t do something to shake things up, it can wreak havoc on your back. 

That said, look for ways to move from time to time. Get up and stretch. Do yoga at your desk. Look up a good deskercise routine. Try a 7-minute workout. Whatever it takes, find something to keep you moving throughout the day.

Protect Your Eyes

Gaming naturally involves a lot of screens. From phones and tablets to that 110-inch Ultra HDTV you’ve got spanning the entire length of your living room, if you like to game, you likely spend a lot of time in front of screens. 

One of the easiest ways to counter the effect of so much screen time is to purchase a set of blue light glasses. Most manufacturers have an option to include a blue light filter with your prescription, too. Filtering out the blue light makes a huge difference in how tired your eyes get over time. If you wear contacts, take them out during marathon gaming sessions — wearing them too long is almost like wearing them overnight, which is not a good idea. Leave them in too long, and they could get a bit sticky.

Unplug Once in a While

Finally, you may not love the idea at first, but it really is wise to fully unplug from your electronics once in a while. This isn’t just referencing powering down the game console or shutting down your computer, either. Try to avoid everything from push notifications to social media.

Ditching the electronics for a good book or, even better, time spent with other people is a great way to combat loneliness, isolation, and depression.

Staying Healthy While Gaming

Gaming is fun, but it can also be destructive to your mind and body if you’re not careful. Fortunately, there are plenty of simple ways to care for yourself while you’re competing, building, and generally playing. 

From caring for your basic needs to regularly stretching, protecting your eyes, and occasionally unplugging, don’t be afraid to make an effort to preserve your health while you’re having fun. You’ll appreciate it in the long run.

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Evaluating Fallout 76’s Value in 2024

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If you’ve been keeping up with the new Fallout show on Amazon Prime, chances are you’ve been relying on PS Plus Extra and PS Plus Premium to access and enjoy one of Bethesda’s legendary RPGs. We decided to bypass the highly acclaimed Fallout New Vegas and Fallout 3, opting instead to explore the vast landscapes of West Virginia in Fallout 76. Infamous for its initial reception, Todd Howard’s “Fallout with Friends” has evolved significantly over the past six years. However, does that imply the game is of high quality? Is it worth playing in 2024?

As we ventured out of Vault 76 for the very first time, we were determined to find the answers to those burning questions. Recalling our escapades on the Push Square YouTube channel, we encountered quest-giving NPCs—a feature that was surprisingly absent upon release—awe-inspiring bases built by fellow players—and an abundance of loot that could easily burden us 76 times over.

In the midst of the vast array of open-world online experiences, we found ourselves quite enthralled by the combination of 50s classics playing in the background as we obliterated the heads of ghouls. And to top it off, we were able to enjoy all of this with our friends. Exploring the wasteland in the company of a ragtag band of survivors adds a unique element to Fallout 76, setting it apart from other games in the series. However, does it manage to prevent us from uninstalling and transitioning to one of the mainline entries in the series? To discover more, be sure to watch the complete video!

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The cast of the Sonic the Hedgehog 3 film has added an exciting new addition with the inclusion of Shadow, who will be voiced by the talented Keanu Reeves

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After a long wait, it appears that the search for a capable Hollywood actor to bring the brooding Shadow the Hedgehog to life has come to an end. Keanu Reeves, a renowned actor known for his iconic roles in film franchises such as The Matrix and John Wick, as well as his involvement in the highly anticipated game Cyberpunk 2077, has officially been cast for the role.

Speculation has been running wild lately, but The Hollywood Reporter has officially confirmed the casting, citing reliable sources in the know. News of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 being showcased at Cinemacon has quickly spread. Reeves is sure to bring his own special touch to the role, but it’s uncertain how well he will mesh with the mustachioed Dr. Robotnik, as Jim Carrey is set to reprise the character.

What are your thoughts on Keanu Reeves being cast as Shadow the Hedgehog in Sonic the Hedgehog 3? Please avoid sharing fan art in the comments section below.

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Get ready for a metaphorical rollercoaster ride with ReFantazio Livestreams!

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ATLUS has just announced their latest event, the “ATLUS Exclusive: Metaphor: ReFantazio” broadcast. Fans can look forward to an exciting 30-minute showcase of never-before-seen gameplay from the publisher/developer. How exciting is that to anticipate?

According to Gematsu, director Katsura Hashino will serve as the host of the broadcast, which will debut on YouTube on April 22. The English version will include dubbed audio and English subtitles, and we have also expanded the list of timezones available.

  • North America: 3 pm PDT, 4 pm MDT, 5 pm CDT, and 6 pm EDT.
  • UK/Ire: 11pm BST
  • Europe: 12am CEST / 1am EEST
  • Asia/Oceania: 7am JST, 6am AWST, 8am AEST.

Additionally, there is a scheduled stream for the next day, April 23rd, with the specific times listed below. Get ready for the “ATLUS Exclusive Debut Commemoration Special—Metaphor: Stalkers Club Final,” where fans can indulge in the captivating presence of hosts Mafia Kajita and Tomomi Isomura. They will thoroughly analyze and delve into all the information disclosed during the initial broadcast. Sayawaka, a visitor who is the author of the associated manga’s story, will be with them.

  • North America: 7 am PDT, 8 am MDT, 9 am CDT, and 10 am EDT.
  • UK/Ire: 3pm BST
  • Europe: 4pm CEST / 5pm EEST
  • Asia/Oceania: 11pm JST, 10pm AWST, 1am AEDT

What are your thoughts on the influx of information about Metaphor: ReFantazio? Are you planning to watch any of the upcoming broadcasts? Share your authentic thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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