These Gaming Hacks Are Basically Cheat Codes IRL

Diply 27 Sep 2018

You can't keep a gamer from their games. That's just life. If gamers encounter problems that get in the way, you'd better believe they'll find a workaround. They do have plenty of in-game experience solving problems, after all.

And although gaming tends to be an expensive hobby, setting up your gaming space doesn't have to be terribly costly. You just need a few friendly hacks and some inspiration to get started.

1. Because it's all too easy to get focused on your game and not the world around you, you can add a rearview mirror to your monitor using only a spoon.

Reddit | Reddit

Doesn't get much easier than that!

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2. When the wifi goes out, gaming doesn't have to end, as long as you still have power and a friend to play with.

Reddit | Palexrice

It's not that hard to set up a game of Battleship if you each have a spreadsheet to work with.

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3. Cats love to get in the way, especially when you're in the middle of a big raid, so give them exactly what they want and they'll leave you alone. 

Reddit | thenshesays

Decoy mousepad FTW!

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4. You don't need a fancy and expensive steering wheel rig to enjoy driving games if you have a stool, a mouse, and a way of stabilizing it.


It's not the most attractive setup, but it works.

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5. Two monitors could spread your game across a nice, wide, highly visible area — or they could help you multitask.

Reddit | _I_D_G_A_F_

And let's face it, keeping a page of happy puppies open while you're playing a dark horror game isn't the worst idea.

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6. On the other hand, split-screen gaming can benefit from the addition of a simple piece of cardboard.

Reddit | Parisauce

Wish I had thought of this as a kid playing GoldenEye on the N64.

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7. Have a problem with your laptop overheating? Help that heat sink with a cooling rack from the kitchen.

Reddit | bellevis

You know, the same thing that cookies cool off on and that you set hot pans down on.

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8. If you can't find a decent cooling rack in the kitchen, try something even lower tech, like an egg carton.

Reddit | Mehavesuperpowers

It's all about creating room for the heat to escape.

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9. This gym hacked together a system where using the treadmill is synced up with the roads in Skyrim.

Reddit | mkronberg

That's definitely a new way to experience Skyrim and get a feel for how big the map is!

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10. To help keep clutter from piling up on your desk, hang your headphones on the edge with a binder clip.

Reddit | M0J4NG

Don't we all have random binder clips sitting around? Put them to work!

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11. For those annoying cut scenes that need some kind of input but you just want to rush through and get to the action, elastics are your best friend.

Reddit | gaz_powered_stick

Metal Gear Solid V, you know what I'm talking about.

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12. Okay, customizing your keyboard layout like this isn't for everyone, even if you know the layout from memory, but it's definitely personalized.

Reddit | Raj7k

You have to admit, it's a cool looking keyboard, and some creativity went into it.

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13. You don't have to settle for standard, out-of-the-box hardware if you think, well, out-of-the-box.

Reddit | Ch8s3

Check out this cool custom-built XBox controller. Not saying we all have the skills to make something so fancy, but it's good inspiration.

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14. Another unique look for a computer: a clear case, showing off what's going on inside as it runs.

Reddit | stacky7

Sure, you could just take the cover off your computer, but dust and lint would gather inside. Also, while we're at it, insert your Windows pun here.

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15. For some cheap and easy ergonomic wrist-savers, get yourself some free mattress samples.

Reddit | BecauseItAmusesMe

Because "W-A-S-D" does not spell comfort, and getting carpal tunnel syndrome isn't going to help you at all.

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16. This guy is one serious, dedicated Pokémon Go player with a six phone setup on his bike's handlebars.

Reddit | readball

If anybody is ever going to catch 'em all, it's this guy.

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17. At the other end of the spectrum, not having a fancy setup doesn't have to impede gaming as long as you have the right phone.

Reddit | kevinyu64

It's minimal, but it gets you in the game!

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18. Want to indulge in a lazy day in bed but still want to get some gaming time in?

Reddit | tiltedcerebellum

Prop your tablet up on an easel and get in the game!

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19. Never mind bed, you can still game on your console from the tub!

Reddit | Isai76

Set up a FaceTime connection between your screen and a tablet and you're good to go. Just be careful that your tablet doesn't go for a dip, too!

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20. The ultimate in lazy gaming setups, however, is this Nintendo Switch holder. 

Reddit | [deleted]

Now, this is a store-bought holder, but you could probably rig something similar up with command hooks and coat hanger wire.

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21. Gaming wouldn't be a complete experience without snacking as well, but it doesn't have to be a messy affair.

Reddit | Voodoobones

Keep the grease and cheese dust to a minimum with a pair of chopsticks.

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22. In-game, dial down the drama and ramp up the chill with a unique name.

Reddit | pray_for_kekistan

I know this works in Zelda, but now I want to try it in so many other games.

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23. Okay, I only played Super Mario Bros. 3for about one gazillion hours when I was a kid, and I never knew this.


The Tanooki suit's statue form can take out fire! Who knew?

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24. And here's a classic space-saving hack for LAN parties we can't seriously recommend but still love all the same.

Reddit | SeattleMana

Duct tape: is there anything at all that it can't do?

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