Best gadgets and accessories for online gaming
Taking your video games online to face off (or cooperate) with other players can be a highly rewarding, super-fun experience for gamers. It can also be expensive – there are often a lot of add-ons and additional costs necessary to getting your multiplayer frag-fest in Gears of War: Judgment or to keep you up to speed with your friends’ urban development now that SimCity has gotten over its server issues. Whether you’re gaming on a console or a PC, however, a willingness to look around for good deals can save you some serious money.
Going wireless and vocal
Wi-Fi isn’t usually the ideal way to connect to the Internet for online gaming – sending the signal over the air can sometimes reduce connectivity speeds – but there are many gamers for whom the slowdown is a decent trade-off for convenience. Wireless adapters for consoles such as the Xbox 360 or for your PC are easy enough to come by, are USB-powered, and can be found for decent prices.
Another key piece of equipment: the voice-capable headset. Online gaming pales when you can’t communicate with teammates or talk trash to the opposition. Among the most popular brands of headsets are Turtle Beach (which offers free shipping on orders over $49) and Skullcandy (which offers as much as 5 percent cash back), both of which make kits that are compatible with PC and consoles, and which sound great to boot.
Hit up RadioShack (3 percent cash back) and Best Buy (2 percent cash back) for your adapters for a start; and if you want extra-long Ethernet cables for a faster (wired) experience, both can provide them. You might also try Newegg and GameStop (2.5 percent cash back) for your gaming needs, as well.
Putting in your PC time
If you’re doing your gaming on a PC, you might want to invest in anti-virus software such as BitDefender that can protect you from malicious programs masquerading as free-to-play or browser-based titles. Meanwhile, if it’s massively multiplayer online games and the like that you’re interested in, you may need to purchase time to play. GameStop offers a number of time cards that you can get at a discount with cash back, as does Amazon. You might also check out Target and Walmart (2 percent cash back from each) for time cards for subscription titles such as World of Warcraft.
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