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    19 Things For Gamers Who Share A Living Space

    Get ready to level-up your roommate game.

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    1. A remote organizer to keep your various "channel changers" in check so your roomie doesn't curse your gaming habits under their breath while searching for it in a hurry to change the input setting before the latest episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians begins.


    Get it from Target for $10.69.

    2. A mini tower with 10 outlets that'll act as a battery backup so you don't blow a fuse with your over-the-top gaming desktop computer. Your partner will *not* be pleased if they have to air dry their hair...again.


    Promising review: "On this unit, I'm running a gaming PC and two monitors on the battery side. At idle, my system doesn't use more than 200 watts which gives and estimated battery run time of 30 minutes. While gaming, it hits low 400 watts which est. run time is 10 minutes. It should give you enough time to exit out and save everything. Power in my area is usually pretty stable, but this has saved me once so far. The combination of the occasional power sag/outage is worrying since I just built a new comp. The power panel software is simple and works really well as I've always found it a hassle to adjust it on unit." β€”Justin W.

    Get it from Newegg for $134.95.

    3. A gaming headset, so you can tune out your loving significant other (and so they don't have to hear all of your gaming pals) and focus solely on the task at hand β€” becoming a Fortnite champion.

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    Promising review: "This is my first computer headset. The comfort of these is top-shelf. They're rigid enough to hold their form, but flexible enough to not smash your head. The microphone is great and picks up the sound without issue. The fact that you put the microphone in an up position to mute it makes it so much easier to keep side conversations private. Now the sound is just beautiful. Definitely has quality built in, great for voice chat and/or music. These are definitely my daily drivers. So I definitely recommend to anyone looking for a functional PC headset, without breaking your bank." β€”2poreair

    Get it from Best Buy for $49.99.

    4. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe you can play with your roommate so they won't feel left out or be constantly subjected to watching you play single-player games 24/7.


    Promising review: "This is my favorite game! It is so much fun to play against people online. My husband and I play this all the time. Every time my niece and her boyfriend come over they always want to play this with us. If you have more than two controllers, four people can play at once. It is a lot of fun picking all the different vehicle options, wheels, car, character, etc. All the courses graphics are very well-designed and different for racing. We have had this game for six months or so now and we still like to play." β€”HeathyJ

    Get a digital copy from Nintendo or a physical copy from Target for $59.99.

    5. A microphone that'll provide crystal clear audio if you're a gamer who moonlights as a YouTuber, streaming your gameplay for all to see. This one will pick up your audio easily β€” no need to shout while your partner is *trying* to sleep.

    Best Buy

    Promising review: "Hookup is simple and the audio is great! We use this microphone for YouTube and Twitch (streaming). I would buy this product again in a heartbeat!" β€”Bree

    Get it from Best Buy for $69.99.

    6. A Mortal Kombat arcade machine with a riser you and your roomie can play together *and* brag about to your pals who can only dream about their partner letting them keep this in the house.

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    I have one of these in my apartment and it's been SO fun to play with β€” especially now that we're spending more time at home than ever. My husband and I love challenging each other and feeling like we're in an old school arcade. It's a great size for an at-home arcade machine, not too big or too small.

    Get it from Target for $349.99.

    7. A set of "Palmeez" to help you get a better grip on your Nintendo Switch Joycons so your roomie won't have to cower in fear that you'll accidentally toss one into your shared TV the next time you play a hardcore fitness game.

    InnovationThreeD /Etsy

    These special grips are designed to help gamers' Joycons fit more comfortably in their hands.

    Get it from InnovationThreeD on Etsy for $20.

    8. Sonic the Hedgehog-themed Monopoly that'll give you a reason to step away from your screens for a bit and make your partner happy while you bond over a classic board game.


    As much as you love video games, it's important to still get some one-on-one time in with your roomie or partner! With this version of Monopoly you can get your gaming fix in while also taking a screen break. Win-win.

    Promising review: "My granddaughter is a major Sonic fan! She was the one who told me about the game. Initially, it took a while to really understand all the directions for the game. So the first time we planned, it took a very long time. Once we took the time to truly understand the directions it was much easier and a lot of fun. This was also a fun training tool in showing younger children about purchasing and learning to manage 'funds' or in this case 'rings!' " β€”Sonical

    Get it from Target for $16.89.

    9. A slim gaming desk so you and your partner won't have to fight for time at a shared desk β€” and it'll give you your own space to store all of your PC gaming essentials.


    Promising review: "I've had this desk for a few days now and I love it! There's so much space but also so many useful features and never once do you feel crowded. Monitor stand keeps monitor at perfect height, and again with plenty of space for any need you may have. The assembly directions were also very comprehensive and easy to follow, something many take for granted when having to assemble furniture." β€”Gamer Tag

    Get it from Target for $169.99.

    10. 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 shuteye while you play 'til your heart's content.


    Promising review: "These are just amazing. I have them set up under my desk and connected to my Xbox for dream gaming. 5/5 stars from me" β€”Brent M.

    Get it from KontrolFreek for $24.99.

    11. A quiet, wired gaming keyboard from Corsair so your roomie won't have to listen to your tap, tap, tapping at all hours.

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    Promising review: "I needed a keyboard with backlighting so I can turn off the overhead lights while gaming. You can set the colors of the three zones of the keyboard to different colors, changing colors, or as in my choice, all three zones in medium blue which suits my taste. The detachable wrist support/rest helps lift the back part of my hands to keep my wrists more relaxed and inline. I also don't like noisy keyboards and this one is quite quiet." β€”CapnStevo

    Get it from Best Buy for $49.99.

    12. And a similarly quiet mouse because nothing will irritate your roommate more than your incessant clicking (believe me, I speak from experience).

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    My husband uses a Corsair mouse (thankfully) so if I want to watch TV in our tiny apartment while he plays video games on his PC I'm not subjected to annoying clicking sounds. This Dark Core Pro SE mouse can also be charged on any wireless charger β€” pretty cool!

    Promising review: "Amazing! Amazing! This mouse is so good. I love the feel of it and the texture of the buttons. I love that it's Bluetooth and USB. It has so many options and the additional side pieces. are great The RGB is super cool too and it's USB-C like β€” it's just such a good mouse and for the price. WOW!" β€”MarquiseCx

    Get it from Best Buy for $89.99.

    13. A USB-C cable to charge your Nintendo Switch and prevent you from having to take over the TV when you want to play Animal Crossing but your device is dead.


    For those of you who have a Nintendo Switch, I'm sure you've faced the difficult choice between letting it charge so you can play it anywhere in the house or crossing your fingers that your roommate isn't using the TV so you can play while it charges in the dock. Well, if you invest in a USB-C cable you can plug it into any other USB port and use it to charge your Switch! Problems for all β€” solved.

    Get it from Target for $9.99.

    14. An all-in-one vacuum and mop that'll leave your entire home fresh 'n' clean with you having to hit pause *or* your roomie having to lift a finger β€” a gesture you'll both appreciate.

    Best Buy

    My parents recently bit the bullet and brought a robo-vac into their home. They were hesitant about the new tech, but after giving it a go and seeing how thorough this lil' machine was they were over the moon.

    Promising review: "I want to start by saying, I was one of those people who scoffed at others with their robotic vacuums. I've heard family, friends, and co-workers talk about theirs, all while I thought 'what a waste of money.' Well after having my Ecovac's Deebot for a couple of weeks now I have to say β€” where has this been all my life? The time savings alone is huge. You have the ability to set up schedules, start cleaning remotely or manually, and schedule do-not-disturb times. It's so nice to come home and have the entire house vacuumed and mopped β€” yes mopped!" β€”FlightMedic

    Get it from Best Buy for $599.99.

    15. Noise-cancelling headphones made by Bose you might want to buy two of β€” one for you and one for your roomie that'll help you keep the peace in your home.

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    Whether your roomie needs to tune you out your gaming while they're trying to WFH or you want to focus on your game while they chat on the phone with their mom for hours, you'll both be happy to bring these noise-cancelling headphones into your lives.

    Promising review: "I have been waiting 10 years to buy a pair of Bose noise-cancelling headphones. I finally bought these when there was a discount on the pink ones. The headphones just calm me down and have made such a difference for me while trying to work from home during the pandemic." β€”Exploradora

    Get them from Target for $299.99 (available in three styles).

    16. Video game-inspired coasters, in case one of the constant arguments you and your partner have are typically about the fact you continue to leave your mugs and water glasses directly on the coffee table when you're the middle of an intense game.

    LetsEngraveIt / Etsy

    Get a set of six from LetsEngraveIt on Etsy for $22.

    17. Ultimate Video Game Trivia set to put you and your friend's knowledge of video games to the test and determine once and for all who is a novice and who is a noob.


    There are 300 tricky questions for you and your companions to the test. Reminder: don't hate on your roomie if they're less knowledgable than you!

    Get it from Firebox for $9.99.

    18. A highly rated router that'll ensure your roommate isn't stuck with slow internet while you're streaming your game of Call of Duty on Twitch.


    This lil' gadget has over 8K five-star reviews on Best Buy!

    Promising review: "This router is by far the best I've ever owned. Between my roommate and me, we connect up to five items and one of those is a desktop used for gaming and I'm still getting 85 mbps on a laptop. Definitely recommend this router." β€”Cincotta84

    Get it from Best Buy for $159.99.

    19. And a draft stopper you can shove under the door to somewhat soundproof it to try and ensure your roommate will *finally* have some peace and quiet while you can't help but scream at fellow competitors (or your friend who just gave up a win. Get it together, Sam).

    ScandaloAlSole / Etsy

    It'll also keep the cold out β€” an added bonus.

    Get it from ScandaloAlSole on Etsy for $19.99+ (available in 20 lengths and five styles).

    OK, sorry for bothering you while you're approaching the boss level. Carry on.

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