If you’re like me, then one of your favourite things to do on a quiet evening/weekend is a nice long gaming session.
We have all heard the negative associations with playing video games; they make you lazy, overweight, tired (staying up ‘til 3am because you just want to play ‘one more round’ of Team Deathmatch) and can give you back/neck/eye strain. Apart from taking regular breaks from play (which everyone should be doing anyway), have you ever thought about playing video games standing up?
Yes, this may sound absurd to some, but if you think about it, some games require you to stand up anyway, and these games are often praised for their convention breaking attitude to gaming; encouraging gamers to be more active. That is all very well, but what if you’re a hardcore gamer? What if you like to session GTAV or Call of Duty, and not Wii Fit and Dance Dance Revolution? Surely these games require you to sit still and motionless, right?
WRONG! It has never been easier to start getting more active with your gaming; thanks the sit-stand desk. By using one of these desks, you can easily adjust your monitor screen to a height that makes it comfortable to use in both a sitting and a standing position.
So, apart from the health benefits, why should you consider using a standing desk for gaming? What if I told you using a standing desk can actually improve your level of immersion? While standing, you are filled with a sense of urgency, which encourages you to really engage with your games, perfect for adrenaline fuelled FPS sessions. If you think about it, your character is standing, so why shouldn’t you?
Another important point to make is that you will be much more aware of the amount of time you have spent gaming, because, as we all know, games have a way of making us lose track of time. It is important to remember that standing for long periods of time (especially without an anti-fatigue mat) is not great for your health either, so best thing to do is to switch it up regularly. Through doing this, you will naturally become aware of how much time you have been standing or sitting, and thus how much time you have been gaming. This will encourage you to economise your gaming time, and really make the most of your sessions, rather than wasting time on pointless quests or sub-standard games.
Convinced? Here are some things you should consider before making a purchase:
- Desktop surface: Make sure you have a surface big enough to comfortably game on. You could even use your old tabletop, and attach a height adjustable frame to it.
- Product recommendations: For gaming, my top recommendations would be the Deskpro and Hushdesk ranges, both have a fantastic amount of space, and can even be used with a recycled tabletop. On a budget? Our new desk riser, the YO-YO Desk™(launching in June)starts from £199 Inc. VAT, and has an extra-large keyboard tray, perfect for gaming (see image below).
- Anti-Fatigue Mats: I have already mentioned this, but if you are going to game standing up, these are a requirement, not a supplement! Your knees (and feet) will thank you for it. You can find some great quality mats here.
Wireless peripherals: If you are going to be gaming standing up, you may want to consider a wireless headset/controller. Nothing worse than jumping up after celebrating that glorious victory, only to bring your PC crashing to the floor, nobody wants that!