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So, you’ve noticed the new gaming vertical on DRIVETRIBE. You then clicked on it to see what all of the fuss is about and accidentally fell into a deep hole of great content and ended up watching video after video of expensive cars being drifted, redesigned and raced all over the world. Of course none if is actually real, welcome to the mad world of Gaming.

In order to fully explain how you too can get fully involved in this, I need to ask you a few questions.

1. You need to choose your weapon?

2. Decide on your flavour?

3. How far are you willing to go with this?

Choose your weapon.

First you need to decide what you’re going to use. Most of the pros tend to use a PC however this very much depends on how quickly you can learn and how big your wallet is. Some fully equipped computers with gaming capabilities can cost around £3000! And that isn’t even classed as an ‘expensive’ gaming PC.

If that doesn’t appeal you could go for a console, arguably the more common choice. At this stage you would have two main options. Either a PlayStation or an Xbox. Both of these consoles are now producing models with 4K gaming quality which basically means everything looks a lot more realistic. Take a look at the cars below, have a guess at which one is from a game…

If you go for a console you’re also going to be saving your bank account from a complete meltdown with the cheaper of the two options coming in at just over £200 which for what you get isn’t really a lot of money.

However, maybe you’ve decided you don’t want any of these and that you’d much rather go for the Nintendo Switch. If I’m being honest with you, I wouldn’t go for a Nintendo myself but I can understand those who do. Really, the Nintendo consoles of today aren’t for the gamer. They are more something you’d buy a younger child or something that might come out around Christmas time to give the kids something to talk about other than Chocolate and presents!

So to recap, I’ve listed your possible weapons below:

The Xbox

The PlayStation 4

A Gaming PC or Laptop - There are so many options so, follow the link to see but a few!

The Nintendo Switch

All of these are good in their own way! Really it depends on what you want to play, for example the Forza games are only available on Xbox. For the adventurers among you, the Unchartered series are only playable on PlayStation. This brings me nicely onto the next question.

What's your flavour?

So you’ve chosen what you’re going to use and now before you start spending all kinds of crazy amounts of money on games, you would be better off deciding what floats your Boat.

Are you into the idea of lots of people with guns in a small space hell bent on killing you… (In the game of course). Perhaps you prefer the idea of sticking to the classics and playing something like Mario Kart, or maybe, just maybe you love the idea of driving any car you fancy on any track you like?

Well, I have that covered too. In the gaming world there are a few different types of games to wet your whistle. The ones that you’ve already probably heard about like the Forza and Gran Turismo games, the Call of Duty series and of course the Mario Kart games. However there are literally thousands of games that you probably haven’t heard of but would definitely love.

One of the beauties of being a gamer is you that have the freedom to do or be whatever you want! So selecting the first type of game that you’re going to fully immerse yourself into is completely your choice and no one can judge you for it. Below is a small but meaty list of the types of games that I would recommend to someone starting out.

Project Cars two!

Forza Horizon 3!

Unchartered: The Nathan Drake Collection - for the adventurers!

Call of Duty WWII!

Don't just take my word for it though, have a look at this list put together by IGN. They put together a shortlist of best games out at the moment and also what we have to look forward to.

Hopefully by now you’re already well on your way to graduating James’s school of Gaming. At this point I would hope that you have a small idea on what you’d like to have a go at, but, maybe you’re not quite ready to part ways with your hard earned cash! Enter YouTube!

YouTube and other streaming sights such as Twitch are perfect ways of seeing a game in action before you buy it. You might also find that you quite enjoy watching other people play the games that you are into, mainly because the people that stream their content are generally very good! Let’s not forget either; another side to gaming in general are the different communities. I can guarantee you that no matter the size of the game or how popular it is there will be a group of people just like you or me that all chatter online to one another.

This makes things so much better! If you’re having trouble online, speak to the community… can’t get past a specific level, speak to the community… maybe you’re just bored and want to talk to someone about a common interest, SPEAK TO THE COMMUNITY!

You may be sat now thinking “Well, who should I subscribe to on YouTube…Who’s any good?” and I wouldn’t blame you for thinking that, YouTube has literally millions of channels! So below is a great article by Xavier Blackburn-Campbell which contains a list of the best racers YouTube has to offer. Before you go clicking on that though, make sure you subscribe to the channel below first!!

How far are you willing to go?

In my opinion, there are two types of gamers in this world. The first are those who buy consoles and games to play every now and then as a little stress relief on a Friday night when everyone is busy and you have nothing to do.

The second are the ones who are in constant pursuit of a better quality more realistic experience. As someone either already well into gaming or as someone just peering in through the window, you will undoubtedly become one or the other.

There are signs to look out for if you want to know which one you are.

For example the first will buy a game like Project Cars 2 because they know a friend has it. They’ll put the disc in (If they’re using a console) and immediately moan about how long games take to install these days. Finally the game will load, they’ll pick up their controller and head straight online… (Why wouldn’t they right?) They’ll play one race and end up screaming in annoyance because the controller is too difficult to use. With that, Call of Duty will be put back on, the headset will be put back on and screaming at random people will commence.

The second types of gamers are completely different animals. They will have read the paragraph above and been utterly bamboozled by the fact that anyone would even try and play Project Cars with a controller! Because surely the only way to play a racing game is to do so behind a steering wheel? For these guys and girls it’s all about how the game can be made as realistic as possible, especially in racing games. At the end of the day not all of us are going to become racing drivers, that’s just a fact; but what we CAN do is pretend. A steering wheel, a decent rig, some pedals and a massive TV screen and all of a sudden you’re basically Lewis Hamilton.

So below is a list of some of the equipment that you may want to have a little look at. Be warned however, some of this stuff can be very pricey!.

Steering Wheel & Pedals

Gear shifter


Driving rig

Hopefully by now you have somewhat of a better idea in what and where you want to start in the gaming world…or you don’t and this has been an utter waste of time! Whatever your reasons for gaming it doesn’t really matter as long you enjoy doing it.


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Comments (30)

  • Interesting read. I think you've covered a grain of sand in the desert of gaming! We could discuss 'gaming' for hours. Personally I'm an ex-hardcore gamer. But never a hardcore sim-racer. I used to dedicate whole weekends to playing online MMORPGs or epic RPG's like Baldur's Gate and Icewind Dale. I was also a pretty decent Unreal Tournament player back in the day! These days, I like a bit of Forza, I played GT on the PS1 and 2 and loved it. But Forza is fine. I don't have a wheel, because I game on the XBOX One in the living room and there's nowhere to build a good setup. I had a Logitech wheel with pedals for my 360, but it never felt right. I use a controller, because I honestly think to get a decent wheel you have to spend too much and a good setup takes up too much space. I beat Cuphead on expert a while ago, and I've got some of the rarest achievements on it. If I'm honest though my favourite games are lengthy RPGs with a decent story. I spent pretty much all of 2017 working through 'The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt' and I'd rate it as possibly the best game I've ever played. I haven't started New Game+ mode yet, but I'm more or less ready to. I started Kingdom Come Deliverance and I really admire what they've tried to achieve with it in terms of realism. It just isn't as slick and polished as 'The Witcher 3' though. It's tough being a gamer with a family. A lot of the best games are cert 18 and I have two young kids. I had to get up at 5AM on Saturday and Sunday to get my game in. :(

      3 years ago
    • I don't have a wheel, because I game on the XBOX One in the living room and there's nowhere to build a good setup. I had a Logitech wheel with pedals for my 360, but it never felt right. I use a controller, because I honestly think to get a decent...

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        2 years ago
  • I’m not a gamer by any means but you’re slowly convincing me to start, great article! If you don’t hear from me again though it’s only because I’m addicted to GTA...😉

      3 years ago
    • Haha thank you Aimee 😄 you should definitely give it a whirl!! Ahaha GTA is a good place to start😂

        3 years ago
    • Personally I'd skip GTA. It's supposed to be very good, technically. But it's a game where you play a character who is fundamentally amoral and that isn't to everyone's taste. Having said that GTA3: San Andreas is one of my favourite games of...

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        3 years ago
  • I'm afraid I've always looked down on gamers. You see them walk into the gaming stores, in trackpants and all unshaven, and you think - no, it's no way to live.

      3 years ago
    • Ahahaha a fair observation, some gamers are so engrossed they forget to actually leave their bedrooms for an extended period of time! But...if you see them walking around gaming stores, does that mean you're in there too or just hanging...

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        3 years ago
    • McDonalds is across from it. It is with Big Mac iceberg lettuce tumbling out of my mouth do I form such trenchant observations.

        3 years ago
  • Hi congratulations - your post has been selected by DriveTribe Gaming Ambassador for promotion on the DriveTribe homepage.

      3 years ago
  • Great article, gives all the information a new gamer would need! Thanks for including the link to my channel!

      3 years ago