So you’re a gamer and you’re going off to college. Contrary to what everybody has told you, college isn’t just about school, nor is it just about partying. Instead, the right college lifestyle has a perfect blend of studying, socializing, and downtime for yourself.
During that downtime, you’ll have plenty of times to satisfy your gaming habit. And just because you’re in a dorm room the size of a walk-in closet doesn’t mean that you can’t game. Here are some of the best gaming accessories to buy for your college dorm room:
Gaming laptops are expensive. Products like the Razer Blade – which is a specialized gaming laptop that comes with all sorts of bells and whistles – cost around $2,000. However, you’re going to need a laptop for school anyways. And since people regularly spend over $2,000 on Mac laptops, spending a good chunk of change on a powerful gaming laptop isn’t as ridiculous as you might think. If you want to play the latest and greatest PC games at medium to high settings, you can expect to spend anywhere from $1,500 to $3,000 on a gaming laptop. But that gaming laptop should last you for a while.
Obviously, hauling around a full-sized gaming PC isn’t always ideal for college life. You’re living in an already-cramped dorm room and trust me – your little room will heat up a lot when playing the latest video games on full settings on your big desktop PC.
Most people don’t get to live in a house when going to college. Most people live in a dorm room, condo, or small apartment. That means you can’t blast Call of Duty early in the morning or pump up the music when you get back from a night out on the town at 3am. For that reason, I highly recommend investing in a good set of headphones with an attached microphone. You can Skype your parents or friends with the microphone and enjoy high-quality music at any time of the day. Plus, headphones are absolutely priceless for blocking out surrounding noise when you’re trying to study.
An HDTV is an important tool in any gamer’s arsenal. An HDTV lets you watch movies in your dorm room and hook up your PC, Xbox 360, and whatever else you need. You can find a good, 30 to 40 inch HDTV for a few hundred bucks, and if you look at the entertainment value you can get out of that thing over the course of a year, it’s easy to see why it’s worth the price – especially if you can split the cost among 3 or 4 roommates.
A 40 inch TV is also a great way to make friends on your floor. You’ll be ‘that guy’ (or girl) with a good TV.
Once the year’s over, you and your roommate can just have a beer pong tournament to decide who gets the TV. Or, if you’re smarter than that, get one roommate to buy the other’s share of the TV for slightly less than half the cost.
Some people will be spending hardly any time in their dorm rooms. Some people have to take the bus to school or spend long hours on campus between classes. If you’re one of these people, then maybe it’s time to invest in a handheld gaming device that isn’t your phone. Playing mobile games on your phone can get old after a while. With your Nintendo 3DS or PSP Go/3000, you’ll be able to enjoy some fantastic games no matter where you are on the campus.
These accessories, along with all of the other usual suspects (a mouse, keyboard, webcam, etc.) will help you survive through college and enjoy every minute of downtime you get. Remember: when socializing and studying has worn you down, there’s nothing like a good hour or two (or ten) of gaming to cheer you up.