With calendars filling up with Christmas parties, end of year drinks, and family reunions, it can only mean one thing: the holiday season is quickly approaching.
After rattling off your annual conversations with extended family nothing compares to having a space to call your own and a personal gaming den truly can’t be beaten. To get the lowdown on exactly what you need to level-up your gaming den this festive season, we've turned to the Australia's self-titled “Greatest Call Of Duty: Warzone player", Angus O’Loughlin.
When he's not entertaining the nation on his Hit Weekend Breakfast radio show, you'll find this keen gamer unwinding with a solid session in front of his new monitor. However, his girlfriend is less enthused.
"My girlfriend made me promise when I first started streaming video games that I wouldn't turn our study into one of those cliched, tricked out streaming rooms!” says the gaming guru.
"Of course for xmas I've surprising her with the most over the top neon transformation and seriously top of the range gadgets!
"After all, it's Christmas, and Emily wasn’t going to get it for me so this space will be the gift I've always dreamt of receiving! Thanks Em”
Whether you're looking to build your own place to retreat to this holiday season, or you want to give a special gift to an avid gamer in your life, here’s our step-by-step guide to building the ultimate gaming den.
STEP ONE: PUT YOUR COMFORT FIRST
First off, it's important to take care of yourself with an ultra-comfortable chair – especially after sitting through more than your fair share of long Christmas lunches. A good quality, gaming-specific chair can mean the difference between a chill session, and a pain in the butt and back.
A great all-rounder is the Alfordson Mesh Office Chair. Ergonomic, sturdy and seriously comfy, this chair features an angled and adjustable headrest with built-in lumbar support and a flexible tilt adjustment. The chrome base means you’ll look as good as you feel, while the premium mesh fabric will help you stay cool in the summer heat too.
While sitting in comfort is a top priority, you’ll also want to relish your own space – without being distracted by the raucous Christmas party happening outside your door. A pair of good quality noise cancelling headphones will do the trick.
The Sennheiser Momentum Over Ear Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones feature advanced active noise cancellation controls, fast access to voice assistants, and intuitive customisation via the Sennheiser Smart App, which means you’ll be completely immersed in the game.
STEP TWO: FOCUS ON WHAT MATTERS
When you!re picking a screen, remember that bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better.
First and foremost are graphics — for the best gaming experience, be pixel density savvy. If a monitor has too low a pixel density, the image quality will be pixelated, screen space will be limited, and you may be missing key details. The TEAC A4 Series 32-inch monitor delivers jaw-dropping definition, so you’ll be sure to have amazing detail.
And if you’re travelling for the festive season and relying on a mobile screen for your gam- ing fix, you can’t beat the VEZORT Adjustable Cell Phone Stand.
Whether you’re playing on a smartphone, tablet or Nintendo switch, you can use this adjustable stand to set the viewing angle of your choice and then keep enjoying your ses- sion – hands-free. It’s foldable, anti-scratch, anti-slippery and stable, perfect for a mid- game snack, or a session from bed.
“I use the stand to hold my new Samsung A7 tablet which highlights my community conversation while I stream. Instead of reaching for my phone to see what the streams up to a quick glance across brings me right back to speed” - Angus O’Loughlin
STEP THREE: SET THE TONE
After you’ve got your set-up, it!s time to add the ambience and smart LED Light Strips are a great way to do this. Compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant, they come with a timer and memory function. Plus, there’s a built-in microphone to make the lights dance along with the music of your game.
During the busiest time of the year, you’ll want to enjoy every second you have to relax in your gaming den. BXI Sound Absorber panels mean you can completely immerse yourself in the action, and forget about anything happening outside your four walls – even if it’s just for a few hours. Super-easy to install, the panels absorb sound and reduce echo.
Between family lunches and reunions with long-lost relatives, we wouldn’t blame you for wanting to get away from it all every now and then. Now, you can relax and retreat. Merry Christmas to you!
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