Video Game Tutors

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday, everyone!

Everyone knows that practice is the best way to get good at something, be it playing the piano, writing, drawing, or even playing video games. Recently, I realized that there are some folks who are taking an extra step when it comes to developing the skills needed to play well at certain games.

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So, this is a thing.

Apparently there are parents out there who are paying for Fortnite tutors for their children to help said children get better at the game. Some of these tutors are getting paid up to $35 bucks an hour, which is awesome for them.

But I never thought I would see the day where I would find an article detailing that some parents pay tutors to teach their kids video games. Back in my day, tutors were paid to help with math or give singing lessons. Video games back then were merely a hobby and we should figure out what we want to do with our lives because it wasn’t going to involve playing video games all day.

Apparently, my life’s career could have involved playing video games all day. With the rapid growth of technology in my lifetime, it has become more apparent how viable the video game industry is on the world, and if I had just stuck to playing Super Smash Bros. Melee during my free time, I could now be a competitive player on the eSports scene.

In fact, eSports is one of the main reasons as to why parents are willing to shell out the cash for tutors, with parents hoping that perhaps their child will one day go pro on the Fortnite scene. College scholarships are another reason, while other parents are just hoping that they can get a piece of Fortnite’s $100 million prize pool. Yet another parent just wanted to help ease the pressure of being good at the game for her child.

Don’t get me wrong, video games have been proven to help improve reflexes, hand-eye coordination, one’s ability to focus and multitask, and has become one of the more social activities — despite past allegations of playing alone in a basement — of today’s day and age. If you’re awesome at the games and can make money helping others learn and enjoy video games as well, why not?

What do you think of video game tutors? Would you be a willing tutor, or would you have been interested in getting a tutor when you were younger?

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Of Gaming Laptops

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday and new year, everyone! Here’s hoping that everyone is planning great things for 2017, both for personal and gaming goals!

 

A while ago, Rachel and I bought a barely used gaming laptop from a good friend for a very decent price. We’ve dabbled with it, mainly trying out Minecraft and downloading Steam, and we definitely have plans to use it more in the coming year.

Recently, I found an article describing a new concept laptop from the PC gaming company Razer: a 3-screen gaming laptop, and it looks gorgeous.

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Can you imagine setting this giant on your desk?

With each screen being 17 inches, you’re looking at 51 inches of 4K resolution screen to fully immerse yourself into World of Warcraft or the latest Marvel superhero movie (or, I dunno, have all the necessary programs up without needing to switch tabs to do your taxes, but that doesn’t sound as fun). According to Razer, it will also be able to handle virtual reality headsets, such as the HTC Vive.

At the moment, it’s still a concept laptop, so it’s a guess as to whether it will ever hit the markets. If and when it does, I’m sure this pretty laptop will cost a pretty penny, and probably won’t be too lightweight, either. Nevertheless, it’s fun to imagine how well the laptop will handle video games!

Of course, if you’re looking for a new gaming laptop right now, there’s the Acer Predator 21 X coming out in February. It’s the first gaming laptop with a 21-inch curved screen, but it’s a bit big to keep on your lap, considering it weighs about 20 pounds. Start saving your change now, though… This amazing piece of work costs about $9000! Still, it should pay for itself in spades with all of the specs crammed into it.

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Holiday Cheer

Double Jump Kris MiiChristmas is less than a week! Are you all ready for it?

Whether you are or not, be sure to spread goodwill and cheer to everyone! Keep the spirit alive and have a wonderful week!

With the holidays just around the corner, I thought I would spread a little cheer. Recently I read an article about a Best Buy store in New York spreading their own good karma with video games.

The store had a regular customer, a young teen who often stopped by after school to play video games on their display screens, most notably Super Smash Bros. Wii U. After seeing how often the teenager came into the store to play the demo, the Best Buy employees pooled their own money together to give the teen his own video game console, an “early Christmas present,” as one of the employees told the teen.

Not only did they gift the teen with a Wii U — a $300 value at their store — but they also got him his own copy of Super Smash Bros. Wii U, seeing as it was his favorite to play whenever he visited the store.

Considering the time of year and the less-than-ideal happenings around the world, I thought it would be nice to share this feel-good story of people doing something for others just because they can. Please feel free share your own feel-good stories!