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    29 Things To Help Make You More Comfortable While Playing Video Games

    A cozy Twitch sweatshirt, blue light glasses, and thumb grips to make sure *nothing* gets in the way of you rescuing Princess Zelda.

    1. A Twitch hoodie you can cozy up in and represent your favorite place to watch folks like Lando Norris, Tfue, and Ninja. It'll ensure you're nice and comfortable while playing your own games as well!

    a reviewer in the pink hoodie
    another reviewer in the sweatshirt in mustard yellow

    Promising review: "Great and simple design of Twitch logo. A little too snug around my arms (I’m a little more built but even in XL it’s kind of tight from the elbow to wrist). Appealing and stylish color of pastel pink is a great aesthetic to try to incorporate into your style." —Carlo

    Get it from Amazon for $45 (available in unisex sizes XS–3XL and four colors).

    2. A thin bar light that'll brighten your gaming area so you can happily continue to play hours and hours (AND HOURS) of World of Warcraft without your partner constantly telling you you're going to strain your eyes from gaming in the dark for too long.

    a reviewer's monitor with the light above
    another reviewer's monitor set up with the light bar above it

    Promising review: "It's a good option for a streamer that has an overhead camera that shows-off their custom keyboard, gaming mouse, or artisan desk mat. Highly recommended and for the price, it's worth every dollar you spend." —MarkusTechCorner

    Get it from Amazon for $99+ (available in three sizes).

    3. Logitech G PRO Hero gaming mouse, a must-have for any gamer who is sick and tired of their hand cramping on them mid-game. Its lightweight design ensures it'll be super comfortable and durable.

    In addition to being designed for comfort, this mouse features mechanical switches and a spring button tensioning system (for noobs: faster clicking speeds) that'll upgrade your gaming experience. It also has programming RBG lighting so you can match it to your set up's aesthetic.

    Promising review: "I upgraded to this because I was having tracking issues with my old mouse while gaming. I play most games at a medium to low sensitivity so it's crucial I can move the mouse as fast as possible without losing accuracy and this mouse has delivered even better than expected, I can't get it to spin out even if I tried my hardest. I never knew true accuracy until I owned this mouse. As far as size and comfort it feels very good to me, it seems like my hand naturally conforms to the shape and size of the mouse." —Andrew tambio

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

    4. A seat cushion to prevent back pain on the days when you can't help but sit in the same spot for far too long because you’re thisclose to beating the main boss and don't want to risk losing momentum.

    Promising review: "I am a gamer, so I sit on a hard gaming chair most of the day (even when not gaming — it has just become my normal everyday chair). I've tried sitting on pillows and blankets to soften the stress on my low back and bottom, but nothing has given me relief for longer than maybe a few hours. The second I got this cushion in the mail, I put it on my gaming chair and sat down. Instantly, I could tell the difference!" —Abbie Mattson

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

    5. A backlighting kit, perfect for anyone whose gaming screen is in your shared bedroom so your partner can turn off the overhead lights and get some shut-eye while you play 'til your heart's content.

    imagery showing how the backlights are set up behind the screens and showcasing the different color options
    a reviewer's computer with the blue backlighting

    Promising review: "Do you want to add lights to your monitor, television, or just around a display? Then this is the product for you! Multiple sizes, easy to use, and perfect to add that extra something to whatever it is your working on! Purchased mine for behind my computer monitor and the amount of light is perfect when playing games or using my computer at night as the red setting helps keep me from having a bright light going on. Also great to add when watching videos or movies as you can color-match the screen to add a new layer to your experience. For the price and quality, you can't beat it!" —Timothy S. Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in four sizes).

    6. A gooseneck mount you can attach to your headboard (or wherever!) and insert your device in so you kick back, relax, and unwind for a bit while also screaming at your friends/playing Fortnite.

    the long winding mount with a phone in it
    a reviewer's mount set up so they can watch tv in bed

    This lil' gadget is compatible with phones, tablets, and the Nintendo Switch. So, no matter how you choose to relax after a busy day, it'll support you!

    Promising review: "This is exactly what I was looking for. I had been wanting to play my Nintendo Switch in bed without having to hold up the entire console. This mount allows me to have the screen hover above my head while my arms and neck can relax. This is the ultimate in laziness and I love it. :)" —Michael K.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    7. A 24-inch curved monitor that'll make you feel like you've left your boring corner of the house and immersed yourself right into the world of your favorite game — and you won't have to squint to see if your enemies are approaching you.

    the curved monitor

    Promising review: "This 24-inch curved VA panel looks really good after playing with the colors and settings. Buttery smooth 144 Hz is yours on either the DP (cable included) or HDMI 2.0 and it is amazing just like everyone says. The logo on the back glows red and the system menu is OK but not bad. The stand is very sturdy and has a good snug tilting mechanism. The bezels are a tad wider than you're led to believe but still not bad. It does have speakers but they are not great. There is only one screen protector and it peels off very easy. The other layer is the anti-glare layer. Everything but the stand is plastic but if $159 gets you a clean 24-inch curved, 144 Hz, 3ms, edge design, VA panel in a solid package then this is worth plugging into any budget gaming build." —Steven

    Get it from Amazon for $211.06+ (available in two sizes).

    8. Novelty socks that won't actually seem so silly when you're toes are nice 'n' toasty while you're getting reallllllly deep into video game speed runs on YouTube.

    Promising review: "These socks were cute and comfortable for my nephews. They love to play video games and thought the socks were funny." —Jacy

    Get them from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in unisex sizes S–L and four colors).

    9. A pair of Modern Warfare-themed performance thumbsticks you can use to increase the comfort and grip on your PS4 or PS5 controller.

    purple thumb grips
    a reviewer's controller with the purple grips on it

    KontrolFreek sells thumb grips that are compatible with Xbox controllers, the Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite, and PS4/PS5 controllers.

    Promising review: "These are the third pair of KF I have owned, my second pair of the Galaxy. I will not play FPS games without them, they are that good. The increase my precision noticeably and they make long gaming sessions much more comfortable. The Galaxies are the best out of the four to five different models I've tried, the taller stick on the right really makes a difference for precision aiming, I'll never use both the same height again." —RedBird

    Get them from Amazon for $14.99.

    10. A steering wheel accessory for the Nintendo Switch that'll make you feel like a real racer and be a bit more supportive for your hands so you can truly crush all the kiddos in your life who *think* they have what it takes to be a Mario Kart Champion. Psh.

    two black steering wheels with a joycon fitted inside each

    Promising review: "I bought this after watching a review on YouTube. This item allows my wife who has arthritis to play and enjoy Mario Kart. Normal controllers hurt her hands but the motion control and these wheels make the game enjoyable to play for her. The paddle buttons on top of the unit work very well." —Charles C Coogler III

    Get it from Amazon for $11.19.

    11. A set of "Palmeez" to help you get a better grip on and hopefully stop accidentally dropping your Joycons while playing aggressive workout games.

    a tan grip for the nintendo joycons
    InnovationThreeD /Etsy

    These special grips are designed to help gamers' Joycons fit more comfortably in their hands. I've personally incorporated Nintendo Fitness Boxing 2 into my workout routine and constantly live in fear that one day one of these controllers is going to fly right out of my clutches and directly into my TV. Excuse me while I place an order. Additionally, InnovationThreeD is a small business based in Utah that sells Nintendo Switch grip accessories.

    Get it from InnovationThreeD on Etsy for $20.

    12. A splurge-worthy mouse designed for serious esports gaming with special features — it's extremely lightweight, has programmable RGB lights, and is ambidextrous.

    a black mouse with light-up features

    As my husband says, this mouse is "the best you can get for the money." Enough said.

    Promising review: "The model D is everything you could ever want. If you want a lighter mouse to get those easier flicks, this is for you. One thing you need to know is that this mouse is an ergonomic mouse. That means this is for fingertip players. If you play claw while gaming this might not be for you." —Rowan

    Get it from Glorious PC Gaming for $49.99 (available in two styles).