It is estimated that there are over half a billion gamers worldwide and counting. When you start doing the math and incorporate the fact that the average gamer is spending about 12 hours a week playing games, you quickly start to understand why this industry is generating so much buzz. Gaming has become one of the most popular pastimes of our day, and it’s highly unlikely that will change anytime soon.
With so many gamers around the world, it’s increasingly alarming that most don’t know that their gaming pastime could actually slowly become a health issue. To be more blunt, if you are a gamer you could be killing much more than zombies on the screen.
If you’re playing for long periods, you need an ergonomic chair or it’s your health that’s under fire. The UK Health & Safety Executive claims unsupportive or uncomfortable chairs can lead to an increased risk of fatigue, aches and pains – perhaps even damage to your wrists, shoulders and back, and that’s just the beginning of it. It’s becoming ever more important to listen to your body and make sure you sit comfortably, perhaps in a gaming chair, when sitting in front of a computer for long periods of time.
3 Billion Reasons To Find An Ergonomic Chair
Four years ago, award-winning game designer and author Jane McGonigal Ph.D. estimated there were over half a billion gamers worldwide, playing over 3 billion hours a week. By now they’re probably playing even more. That’s a lot of time and a lot of sitting.
In 2014, according to research, the average UK gamer is 35 years old, just as likely to be a man or woman, and typically plays for over 12 and a half hours a week. That’s almost two working days. Some serious gamers would probably call that warming up – and if you’re in your mid-thirties, you don’t want to be inviting any extra creaks or twinges. As you can see, you should prioritize comfortable sitting and to find a good gaming chair could not only up your comfort but also your gaming experience.
The Four Cs Of Finding Your Perfect Gaming Chair
So how exactly do you go about finding the perfect gaming chair? It doesn’t have to be that complicated and there are plenty of information on the Internet that can point you in the right direction. Whatever you do, when it comes to sitting comfortably we should spare no expense, it is after all our health we’re “playing” with.
As we here at Bit Rebels want the best for our readers and we constantly want to present content that can help you live a better, healthier and more optimized (not to mention that we want all of our gamer readers to be at the top of their game), we wanted to do something extra for you. So, anxious that our own agonized cries won’t eventually drown out our console, we decided to take a look at what makes the ideal gaming chair and how to find the best one for you.
Is It Comfortable?
This is key. You want a comfortable, ergonomic chair that’s right for you, so you might have to try a few out. Does it support your back, your neck, and your shoulders? Is it adjustable for height so you won’t put undue pressure on the back of your legs and restrict your blood flow? Is it the right height for your screen? Will it be easy to reach your controls, handsets, snacks and drinks?
Is It Compatible?
What could be worse than getting your gaming chair home, only to find it won’t work with your console? Fortunately, most are compatible with X-Box, Xbox 360, PlayStation, Wii, PSP, GameCube, PC and Macs, Nintendo DS, iPods, iPads, MP3 players, DVD and Blu-Ray players, TVs, mobile phones, tablets and more. More advanced gaming chairs also offer wireless Bluetooth connectivity.
Is It Co-ordinated?
Where do you play? Whatever the location, you’ll want a stylish gaming chair that fits in with its surroundings. Luckily you can choose from a wide range of leather chairs, vinyl chairs, fabric chairs, recliner chairs and rocker chairs in a variety of colours. If you’re planning to use your chair for work as well, you may decide that the comfort of a quality office chair is more what you’re looking for.
Is It Cinematic?
If you’re looking for a truly immersive gaming experience, you might want a surround sound gaming chair. With speakers built into the backrest either side of your head and a rumbling sub-woofer in the seat, you can feel every blast, crash or explosion. And they’re perfect for listening to music as well. Some even offer vibration settings – it’s the next best thing to being in the game!
Gaming Chairs Will Only Increase Your Gaming Experience