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How To Survive The Summer Gaming Drought

Posted on Wednesday, June 20 @ 16:30:00 Eastern by

Don't forget to bring a handheld!

OK, he's playing a console, whatever.

If you're headed to the beach or some other wilderness retreat, it's probably not a good idea to bring your shiny new PlayStation Vita or 3DS with you. At least throw it in the backseat, so you have something to do on the car ride.

Summer presents a wealth of opportunities for portable gaming. They say the handheld is dead, but those assholes are wrong! LONG LIVE THE GAME BOY!

I know many of us are lapsed handheld gamers without the funds for the shiny new toys, but what about your old Game Boy, Advance, SP, or DS? Or be one of those hipster kids with a Sega Game Gear. I don't care what you have, just make sure to bring it with you. Handhelds are invariably valuable when you don't think you would need one but find yourself with a little time waiting in line at the theme park or in the backseat of someone's car.

Fans.

The newer consoles are extremely susceptible to heat. If you've got a fat PS3 or an original Xbox 360, you can kiss your baby goodbye as it melts and has a heart attack in a summer heat wave. The same goes for high-end gaming PCs. These things suck a ton of power and generate a ton of heat.

Make sure your vents and fans are clear and there's nothing obstructing the flow of air. Pull that 360 out of the entertainment console and set it out on top.

Have fans pointed everywhere. Get the air circulating around you and your gaming hardware. God knows you're not playing Kinect, so make sure that as you sit still on the couch, you at least have some fresh air rotating around you. Gaming is no fun if you're sweating out your body weight or if your console dies.

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