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Noobs guide to gaming

Updated on February 8, 2015

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First off, welcome to gaming newbie or, Noob for short. You like that word? Get used to being called that as you will until you get better at playing games. If you decided to buy a games console, then this guide will help you become better using your hand eye co-ordination and seeing things play out before they happen.

Now in the days of the old Nintendo entertainment System, the Super Mario series of games is where i will start. In these games you have a hand controller with two buttons and a directional pad Commonly referred to as The D-Pad.

It is with this pad that you will control the characters on screen and using the two buttons do various actions like run and jump. Being a newbie at games you will look down at your controller to find the buttons to use and this is what we do not want to happen.

The Directional pad A.K.A the D-pad

The famicon Hand controller was the first to use the directional pad (the D-pad)
The famicon Hand controller was the first to use the directional pad (the D-pad) | Source

Hand Eye Coordination

This is key to success in gaming, to hone these skills so you don't have to keep taking your eyes of the screen. It seems hard to start off with for some people, but with time and patience you will succeed and be able to complete that dreaded level that wants you to run and jump at the same time.

My own mother and sister couldn't do this because of the coordination when it comes to where things are on the control pad. Distractions are another annoying pest that you need to keep out of your mind.

Hone those skills

Always set yourself a task to become better every time you play and use it to get ahead of the competition. Try that level again but do it faster to hone those skills, what a gamer calls a speed run.

After that you can move on to even better games, but most of all you need to have fun otherwise you wont be able to embrace the skills and show your friends how far you come.

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Step by step guide

Here is the Step by step I use in order to see those pesky hidden pros when I am playing Call of duty.

Step one

Keep your eyes moving across the screen. Never take your eyes off the prize. You will get hit if you don't see that opponent laying on the ground shooting at you. so KEEP YOUR EYES MOVING.

Step two

Keep moving - Keep your character moving around because you don't want to be a sitting duck, you want to be a predator and make it near impossible to hit you.

Step three

Use burst instead - Using burst weapons or settings on your guns to no only conserve ammo but it also increases accuracy by allowing your recoil to be controlled. Heck you can also do my favorite thing and go out with a sniper rifle and attach an acog scope to it to really split the men from the boys.

Step four

Teamwork - Putting it point blank, you wont get anywhere in a team deathmatch without your team working with you. If you try to go solo and steal all the kills then sooner or later your team will start to resent and even kill you. Even before you have chance to do anything which would also make a noob rage-quit.

Step five

Have fun - you can't play to win and not even have fun. If you are not having fun playing then maybe that game isn't for you. I would suggest play Pokémon or something to that manner because you may as well be a casual gamer or just prefer to play games with an open world and do it all in your own time, I know i love them games.

Gaming Knowledge

True and scary to think how much you can learn from it.
True and scary to think how much you can learn from it.

Casual Gaming Vs Competitive Gaming

In the past a casual games such as Pokémon used to be played like a past time, just for fun and to try to to catch them all. But now people have found out about the IV's and EV's with egg moves its became a whole new world.

Who wants just to catch them all when they can win the battles against the world and become the greatest. The evolution of gaming is just that. With the advances of technology and even more content being poured into the games, this is just the step we need.

For more in depth about Pokémon and my personal setup for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire click here.

A brief history of gaming

From Noob to Pro

So here we are, going from being a noob wont be easy. But if you keep your hands and eyes where they are meant to be and keep practicing against bots or mates then, you have a sure fire way to become a pro gamer. here are a few tips to get you started:

1. Study

Like finding success in any field, it’s important to study those who have excelled before you. Watching pro replays over and over until you start to absorb their own strategies and tactics is a must.

These players have been perfecting their art for years, and for someone just starting out, it’s of the utmost importance to learn high level tactic first by watching, then by practicing.

2. Play

Play the game for hours is good practice yes, but sometimes you might need to work on one particular aspect of your play in order to get the edge on your opponents. Just like basketball players practice their 3 pointers and baseball players practice home-runs.

3. Control your Rage

Understand that you’re going to lose. Even the best players on earth lose anywhere from thirty to fifty percent of their games. Losing is a part of the path to becoming a better player and raging and trash talk does nothing to help you improve.

When I started to play, I was very disappointed and very sad after each loss. If you want to make one goal to win, you must lose. You can’t win all games. We are people, we make mistakes. We are not a computer.

If you understand your mistakes, you can make an analysis of the game. Then continue to play, try and fix it.

4. Practice makes perfect

In case I haven’t made it clear so far. For those of you aspiring to be the next Champion of COD or Pokémon Master, I wish you the best.

Keep each of these steps in mind as you play, and remember that above all else, games are supposed to be fun, even when played professionally.

Are you ready to become one?

Game master everyone is one
Game master everyone is one | Source

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      steven fry 3 years ago from England

      Mine was Maniac Mansion on the very old Commodore 64 lol. It was amazing, the first glimpse of gaming and from then on i was hooked.

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      Nicu 3 years ago from Oradea, Romania

      I remember when I played my first game 15 years ago at school. It was Mario for MS Dos.

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