“Neurons that wire together, fire together”; “Practice makes permanent.” These are quotes that neuroscientists and life coaches reckon with. Practice cannot be overemphasized. In this case, your practice routines have everything to do with optimizing your gaming performance.
According to neuroscience, when you do (or even think about) something, certain neurons in your brain act in unison to make that action happen. Doing that ‘thing’ again activates the same set of neurons.
This repetition causes the neurons involved to communicate faster, hence, making you better and more efficient at that activity. This is, essentially, how we get better at doing things with practice (at least on the brain side of things).
Since we’re all gamers, I believe that we have our ways of optimizing our gaming performance. Nobody wants to be the weakest player among friends, right? And you certainly don’t want your game AI calling you “loser”.
For that reason, I will be presenting you with some clever routines I hope you will find interesting enough to try out. They are ideal for multiplayer games as well as a single player.
Ways to Improve Your Gaming Performance
We already talked about the importance of practice. However, in the very competitive world of gaming today, it takes more than just practice.
For instance, it is one thing to instinctively know what button to tap to in a particular in-game situation. It is another to transfer that knowledge into action and tap it. In other words, gaming performance is a thing of both mind and body.
As you train your mind to think fast, so should you train your body to respond as fast. Now, let’s check out some of the activities you need to do routinely to keep raising your gaming performance.
’ll split these into the three main categories that affect gameplay and gaming performance — the environment, mind, and body.
Customize the controls in your favor
In case you don’t know, we are capable of moving some of our fingers faster than others. So, it becomes important to be able to move your fingers as fast as you need to be a good player
A lot of games allow you to fiddle with the controls. Use that to your advantage. Set it in different ways that are comfortable for you and test them out in-game. You’d be surprised how this little detail can improve your gaming performance.
Brighten the screen
Perhaps out of excitement, a lot of gamers don’t notice that most games are dark. It is so to provide some contrast and make colors apparent. In games like FPS where who sees who first is often a matter of life and death, it is important to be able to see things in detail.
Brightening the screen is the best way to achieve that. A bright screen will help you see the multitude of objects on display in better detail. However, it will be counter-productive if the screen is too bright, so be sure to get a brightness level that works best for you.
Use the right accessories
Discomfort is a huge distracter and can heavily affect your gaming performance. From the chair to the keyboard, mouse, headphones, etc. Accessories designed for gaming are often ergonomically different from ordinary ones. So, be sure to play with what you’re comfy with.
The mind for gaming performance
Zone in (Flow)
Have you ever noticed that there are times when you’re just invisible during gameplay and times you couldn’t get anything right? Those are times you’ve zoned in and slumped, respectively.
The mentality is fundamental when it comes to professional gaming. You have to be at the top of your game at all times to stand a good chance.
A positive psychologist, Mihály Csíkszentmihályi (you don’t need to pronounce that, just keep reading), describes the concept of “flow” in his book called Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience.
He said the flow is a mental state of “being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away — time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you’re using your skills to the utmost.”
Zoning in this way is how you can get to the peak of your gaming performance. When Mihály was asked how to achieve “Flow”, he says that the mental state can often occur when one is confronted with a challenge that requires specific responses. Does that not sound like CS:GO or Overwatch?
You probably have gotten into flow yourself a few times by accident. If you want to be able to do it willingly, you will have to be aware of what’s going on in your mind before, during, and after the state so you can better replicate it.
Learn from better players
In life, the easiest way to get somewhere is to follow the footsteps of someone who has been there. In this context, you should learn from way better players.
One way is to compete against them. You will surely get thrashed, but if you practice gaming mindfulness, you will learn what you’re not doing well and why you’re getting beaten so bad. Eventually, if you inculcate what you’ve learned, you will surely improve your gaming performance.
Secondly, you can seek out some of the best players in the esports game you want to get better at and watch their streaming videos. Some of them even upload tutorials of things they found difficult when they started.
Practicing for eSports professional-level gaming is no walk in the park. These guys often train for 6 to 8 hours straight. You don’t want your fingers aching like hell after just 2 hours.
This is why you have to put some practice into your body too. Exercising your entire body is what will keep you physically ready to improve your gaming performance. Here are some of the exercises you can do.
The Ball Squeeze
Hold a tennis ball in your hand and squeeze as hard as you can. Be sure you’re not enduring any pain from the squeeze. Hold the ball there for about 5 seconds before you release.
Repeat this routine ten times for each set and complete three sets in total. You’re required to do this three times a day. You can squeeze anything that will fit in your hands and offer some resistance. The main aim is to exercise your wrists and fingers.
Get a massage to improve gaming performance
A massage can help release the tension held in your body. If you’ve had one recently, you can tell how relaxing and refreshing it is. A calm and energized body can go a long way, improving your gaming performance through fluid body movement.
If you remain steadfast with these routines, you will definitely improve your gaming performance. Also, hopefully, you will be able to save some money from not breaking pads anymore. You might want to read our post on gaming mindfulness to learn how to manage your emotions.
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