Becoming a master of a computer game

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Becoming a master of a computer game
Becoming a master of a computer game

A master gamer is a player who knows his game exceptionally well, works hard to develop his skills, and studies other players to improve his own game. To become a master at the game of your choice, make sure you have the right gear to make your gaming experience as smooth as possible. Upgrade your controller, keyboard or mouse to make gameplay smooth and enjoyable. Then practice regularly and study professional gamers to learn from the best. Remember, if you're not enjoying the game, put it aside and take a break. There's no need to lose your temper during a game!


Method 1 of 4: Upgrading your gear

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Step 1. Invest in a high-quality controller to replace the standard gamepad

While there's nothing wrong with using the stock gamepad, upgrading your controller can really improve your console experience. Get an ergonomic controller with good weight distribution to keep yourself comfortable while playing. Controller preferences are largely personal, so read reviews and go to a game store to try out a controller if you can.

  • If you really want to compete in games, stick to fixed controllers. Wireless controllers are useful, but prone to lag or 'lagging' – the delay between an action on a controller and the corresponding action in the game.
  • If you're a PC gamer, you can plug a standard Xbox or PS4 controller into your USB port and use it as a gamepad for most of the games published today. However, this is a major drawback in first person shooters as the mouse and keyboard will be more accurate.
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Step 2. Buy a good headset if you like multiplayer games

When playing a multiplayer game, you need a good headset to hear other players clearly. Buy a headset with a high-quality microphone so they can hear you too, making it easier to coordinate play and communicate about enemy movements during matches.

A good headset can really improve single-player games, because it makes it easier to discover where the sounds are coming from

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Step 3. Invest in a good keyboard and mouse to improve your PC experience

While there's nothing wrong with using a standard mouse and keyboard, upgrading your peripherals can really improve your PC gaming experience. Buy a mouse with extra buttons on the side to map important keys to them, and look for a mouse with a wide range of DPI settings for precise movements. Get a keyboard that feels good to use and is rated to remain responsive over long gaming sessions.

  • There is a lot of love in the gaming community for mechanical keyboards, which use physical switches under each key to trigger a command (as opposed to a digital output). They tend to be more responsive according to some game enthusiasts.
  • DPI is an abbreviation for dots per inch. It is a measurement used to indicate how responsive and accurate your mouse is. Look for a mouse with a DPI of 400-1600, to give yourself a lot of options when it comes to your personalization.
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Step 4. Upgrade your CPU, graphics card and RAM to improve your computer

If you're a PC gamer and have a little extra cash to spend on your system, consider upgrading your computer's components. If your computer generally works fine, but struggles with newer games, see if you can get a new graphics card. If it can render great graphics, but is slow, consider getting a newer CPU. Adding more RAM can seriously improve your computer's overall performance.

  • Unlike game consoles, such as the Xbox and PS4, you can upgrade individual parts in your computer. If you're uncomfortable doing this yourself, you can take your PC to a computer repair shop and pay a small fee to have it done for you.
  • Apple computers are rarely used for serious gaming. They don't have as many customizable components as a PC and most game publishers don't make games that are compatible with Apple computers.


If you can only upgrade part of your PC with your current budget, go for a better graphics card. If your graphics card can display images more efficiently, your CPU doesn't have to work as hard to process information.

Method 2 of 4: Exercise regularly

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Step 1. Play your game regularly to get better

Regardless of the game you are trying to master, playing every day will improve your skills, game knowledge and reaction time. Stick to the competitive game modes and track your progress over the course of your gaming sessions. Playing regularly is the best way to master the mechanics and strategies needed to become a champion in your game.

  • Don't get involved in 'smurfing' in competitive games, if you really want to improve yourself. When Smurfing, you open a new account or change your game mode to compete against less experienced players. While it might be fun to wipe out unsuspecting beginners, it's not exactly a great way to get better at the game.
  • If your game has an elo or rank system, track your progress to see if you rank higher over longer periods of time.
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Step 2. Take regular breaks to avoid burning out or damaging your body

Playing more than a few hours a day can lead to burnout. Take a 5-10 minute break once an hour to prevent eye strain, rest your wrists and restore your body.

  • Although it depends a bit on what kind of game you're playing, you shouldn't play more than 3-4 hours a day to keep your eyes and wrist healthy and to make sure you don't spend too long sitting.
  • Calmer games, such as turn-based RPGs and puzzle games, can probably be played a little longer. Physically intensive games, such as first-person shooters and horror games, require slightly longer breaks and shorter game sessions.
  • Video game addiction is a serious problem. If you're having trouble putting down the game, talk to your parents or a close friend and see a therapist to help you deal with your problems.


If you start to get angry and frustrated, put the game aside for the day. It will still be there tomorrow and there is no reason to ruin your day because of a game.

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Step 3. Focus only on your game and avoid distractions

While it's tempting to try multitasking by listening to a podcast or chatting with a friend while playing a game, you're really not going to get better if your focus is elsewhere. Set your phone to vibrate and close email and social media notifications on your computer when using your PC to focus solely on the game.

  • The Xbox One and PS4 both have notification systems. These can be disabled from the home screen under the 'settings' or 'account' tab.
  • You can usually disable the soundtrack in single and multiplayer games to focus more on gameplay.
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Step 4. Play other games in your genre to gain insight and practice essential skills

If you want to become a master of a first-person shooter like Call of Duty, playing other military first-person shooters like Battlefield or Counter-Strike every now and then can help. Playing other titles in the genre of your game will give you insight into which mechanics and strategies make your game unique. You'll also get a different kind of exercise with the same hand-eye coordination your game requires.

  • If you're trying to master fighting games, Mortal Kombat, Tekken, and Soulcalibur are important titles to gain experience with.
  • If your goal is to master real-time strategy games, Age of Empires 2, Warhammer, Starcraft and Company of Heroes are important games to play.
  • If you want to get good at MMOs then Guild Wars, World of Warcraft and Eve Online are useful games to understand the genre.
  • If you're trying to get better at arena shooters, Apex Legends, Overwatch, and Player-Unknown Battlegrounds are essential titles to get familiar with.
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Step 5. Get to know players who are better than you and practice with them

If you're playing multiplayer, keep an eye out for players who dominate a match. When the game is over, ask good players in a message if they want to play with you. When you find a really good player to play with, follow their lead and ask lots of questions to extract as much knowledge from them as possible.

Learning from players who are better than you is a great way to improve yourself. Keep an open mind when they make suggestions and try to apply the skills and tips they teach you

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Step 6. Avoid cheating or using eploits to avoid getting banned

Cheating or using a bug in the game can lead to some funny outcomes or ridiculous benefits, but they don't make you any better at the game. Additionally, in many competitive online games, cheating or using exploits can result in your account being permanently deleted.

In single-player games, cheating or using exploits will make the gameplay much less fun and ruin the intended experience of the game

Method 3 of 4: Doing research to get better

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Step 1. Find online communities for your game and leverage their knowledge

The internet makes it incredibly easy to get to know other players who are working to improve the game you are trying to learn. Look online to find forums and public groups dedicated to the game you want to master for tutorials, tips and tricks.

There are tons of gaming communities that use as a way to pool information and resources. For example, if you want to master Counter-Strike, visit To master Mortal Kombat, visit There is a forum for almost every game on the site

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Step 2. Record your games to review your work and debug

If you are going to play a game, turn on the recording function on your console or PC to record the game. You can use the built-in recording capabilities on the Xbox, PS4 or PC, or buy a capture card and install it in your console or PC and use the accompanying software to record longer sessions. Watch the footage after the game to study your mistakes and find out what you need to practice more on.

  • On an Xbox One, double-tap the Xbox button in the center of the controller to automatically record and save video to your console.
  • If you have a PS4, press the 'Share' button on the PS4 controller. Set the recording time and play your game. You can also start a recording in the middle of a game by pressing the share button twice, as if you were double-clicking a mouse button.
  • If you have a newer version of Windows 10, you can record a video by pressing the Windows key and G at the same time.
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Step 3. Watch professional gamers and full-time streamers playing your game

Go to and find the game you're trying to improve in the search bar at the top. Browse the streamers to watch live videos of professional gamers playing your game. Ask them questions in the chat on the right side of the screen and watch how they play to pick up tips, tricks, and strategies to incorporate into your gameplay.

Look for professional players with a lower viewership to make them more likely to respond to your questions in the chat


You can also search for pre-recorded footage on YouTube, but the community at Twitch is essentially designed around competitive gaming and live entertainment, making it a great resource for players looking to get better at playing their favorite games.

Method 4 of 4: Getting a head start in competitions

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Step 1. Link secondary keys to your mouse buttons if you are a PC gamer

While you don't want the keys your fingers naturally rest on (in most games, these are the W, A, S, D, and space keys), assigning secondary key functions to the buttons on the side of your game mouse improve your reaction speed. Secondary actions such as reloading, spelling casting, or resetting the camera can be moved to the mouse to enable them instantly.

You may need to download a driver or secondary program for your mouse to customize its controls


This is a particularly good idea for MMOs or RPGs with a lot of spells or attacks on the 1-9 buttons, as these buttons can be a bit fiddly to use.

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Step 2. Turn down the graphics quality to improve your game performance

Go to your game settings and turn all the graphics sliders all the way down. Running your game on the lowest graphics settings will improve game performance, leading to more frames per second (FPS) and lower ping for online games. Turn shadows off completely to really make your console or PC perform better.

  • Ping refers to the time it takes your computer to interpret information from an online game server. A high ping means a longer delay between pressing a button and something happening in the game.
  • V-sync (short for vertical sync) is required for many first-person shooters to make sense, but isn't usually necessary for side-scrolling or isometric games.
  • Motion blur can almost always be turned off to improve performance without ruining gameplay.
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Step 3. Don't blame the game if you make a mistake

Serious gamers often tend to direct their anger at the game itself when they are having a hard time. This is a major obstacle to improvement, as blaming the game takes away any critical analysis of your own behavior, making it harder to understand what's going wrong. If you get frustrated, take a deep breath, take your hands off the controller or keyboard for 4-5 seconds and relax. Then you ask yourself: 'What am I doing wrong and how can I improve?'

  • A positive attitude can go a long way towards getting better at the game. If you focus on things you can control, as opposed to things you can't control, you are more likely to find a way to improve yourself.
  • If you're not having fun, stop playing. It's not worth wasting your time on something you don't really enjoy when there are plenty of other games out there.

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