The Ideal Gaming Chair

February 5, 2010

When gaming, it is important to make sure that you have a powerful gaming rig. A nice big TV or monitor is a must-have, also you have to have your powerful PC or console of choice, headsets are also important for online play. When you are gaming, one of the most important things is comfort. Your gaming space shouldn’t be too hot or too cold, and you need something to keep your game-playing ass comfortable, so let’s talk about chairs and what are the imperatives to keeping your bum warm and comfortable (keep in mind this is my ideal chair).

First and foremost, let’s deal with the material. We have our choice of cloth or leather. Personally, I prefer cloth since leather sucks when it is cold and when it’s hot. The next thing is armrests, do we get a chair with armrests or without. I think that armrests are nice if you need more relaxation to help you through those long cut scenes in a game like Metal Gear Solid, but they aren’t imperative. As someone who uses their gaming chair as their guitar practicing chair as well, I do not like armrests. Let’s talk about the specifics of the chair.

A gaming chair has to be something that will put you on eye level with your monitor you want to make sure that you have the best viewing experience when playing. Not being able to see your whole screen well could become the difference between life and death in some games. I remember when I worked at Target and Best Buy years ago, there were gaming chairs that were glorified rockers that would just lay on your ground and you could lay on them, some had speakers built in. These chairs were pure 100% garbage. Who wants to lay down when they game? The one way I CANNOT game is laying down, whether it be in bed or on my floor. If you lay down when gaming (console gaming, not handhelds), then you have some sort of issue, because that is not the way that you will play your best.

Wheels or no wheels? Most computer desk type chairs will have wheels, although I never roll around when I’m on my computer. I think wheels are unnecessary, especially if this chair is going to be your dedicated gaming chair.

The inspiration for thinking about my dream gaming chair came from when my brother had knee surgery this week. When he came home from the hospital he had a walker, crutches, and something that caught my eye. He came home with a chair that made me realize, there were ways that I could be an even lazier bastard. If anyone remembers the World of Warcraft episode of South Park, there is a scene where Eric Cartman intercoms his mom screaming bathroom and she brings a bedpan and Cartman commences taking a projectile shit. Well, the chair my brother brought home has a toilet built in. Pair that with the fact that I have the maturity level of a 10 year old, and that is how my dreams are born.

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So let’s review here, my ideal gaming chair would cloth with no armrests or wheels and I would be able to take a shit while gaming (Don’t judge me!). In the comments section let me know what your ideal gaming chair would be, or you can just talk shit about how I am lazy and fat because I want to be able to take a dump and not stop gaming.

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Evan is not only a contributing editor but also the official west coast liaison for the site. He is a Sony fanboy without regard but has also spent countless hours grinding away in Azeroth. A true video game music enthusiast and a well versed video game historian. You do not want to argue with the man, you will probably lose.

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