The video game world allows you to be just about anything you can imagine. You can go places you would never be able to see in reality, and you can do things that you never dreamed possible. To do all of this effectively, though, you need some good tips and tricks to help you navigate the world of video games. Turn on the subtitle function. Is it the cast that the dialogue of the game is hard to understand because of all the gunfire and music? Check in the menu for a subtitles option. Look at the options menu of your video games to find the audio section. Here, you will be prompted to turn the subtitles on or off upon playing. Understand each game rating. Some games are not meant for children, so consider this fact when shopping for games. Game rating range from EC, which means Early Childhood, up to AO, which stands for Adults Only. If you are gifting a video game, be sure that it is age-appropriate. You should try to take a stretch every ten or fifteen minutes when playing video games. If you do not take breaks, your body will remain stuck in the same position. You need to counteract the effects of this, which could include muscle cramps and clotting of the blood. Doing this will maintain your health. Make sure the screen is bright enough. Games set in dark caverns and abandoned warehouses may have great ambiance, but your game play can severely suffer. The bad guys can sneak up on you more easily if the picture is dark and the colors are muted. If you are concerned about performance, reduce the brightness of your game. By making the colors brighter, you will see all the enemies who are trying to get you before you can get them. For young children, it is best to disable the chat feature on games. Children under the age of ten don’t really need to chat. If the game won’t let you disable chat, don’t buy it. Verify this by asking the salesperson or by searching online. A lot of online games these days offer players the option to earn new content or rewards by slowly working hard at it or by purchasing it. Weigh the costs and benefits of buying from a cash shop before taking the plunge. On one note, they may not enhance your gaming experience too much. Otherwise they can offer you lots of valuable time to save. You shouldn’t play video games all day long; keep it down to a couple of hours at most. Gaming is something that some find to be addictive, and people that do get addicted are out there, so be careful of that. Limit the time you spend playing to just a couple or three hours each day. If you have sessions longer than that, make sure you are taking breaks often. Want to play a game now? We play video games to experience worlds we couldn’t in real life. Game on!