Win at Video Games

Do you ever get an urge to just throw your game console or computer out the window? Many games can seem hard, or even impossible to complete, but there's always a way to win.


  1. Work at your skills. Learn to move, shoot, aim, duck, etc. (check the manual). Practice frequently.
  2. Change the controls of the game to your liking. Most games give you the option to modify some or all of the controls. More intuitive controls may help you perform better.
  3. Relax if you get stuck. Walk away if you need to. Then think about your character's skills and abilities. Consult an instruction booklet if you need to.
  4. Try every option you can think of. A lot of games require a lot of trial and error. If your first few options don't work, keep trying.
  5. Get help. If you're truly stuck, you've tried all your options, and you need help, check a walkthrough or ask other users. A number of sites on the internet have walkthroughs for nearly every game in existence, and you can also find forums full of helpful people.
  6. Stick with it. Every game is beatable, and you will eventually get good enough to get past the point you're stuck.
  7. Combo everything you know. This may help destroy objects and progress through the game.


  • Save and reload when possible.
  • In first-person shooters, save (if possible) before picking up a key object or entering a new room. Some level designers like to make those things trigger nasty traps.
  • If you want to get games for cheap, try EB Games, Funcoland, or Gamestop. They sell new and used games, and will buy your games for cash or store credit.
  • Use your knowledge about each level's design to figure out how you can use in-game power-ups to your advantage. This is helpful in making a good strategy.
  • When playing a game, try to study the enemies. After all, they are just a bunch of 3D models that follow codes so will have a common behavioral pattern. Most gamers do that without realizing it.
  • Some games are really challenging for a lot of people. Ninja Gaiden for the Xbox is a good example of this. Consult reviews, since most reviews mention how hard the game is.
  • Practice games outside your normal genre! It may seem like you can't gain useful skills from games you're uninterested in or poor at, but you can learn something from any game. There are underlying skills, such as hand-eye coordination, that can be improved in all games.
  • Ask friends or family for tips.
  • Try having some caffeine. You'll be happier and will be focused and alert which will make the game easier for you. Caffeine will sometimes make our concentration limit go off as well so be careful.
  • If nothing works, save the game, if you can, and turn it off. Wait a few hours then turn it back on, it may have just overheated. You may be able to see something you didn't before, or just win easier.
  • At all times, have faith in yourself. If you think you can't do it, you won't be able to! Always maintain a positive outlook, and tell yourself, "I can do this. I can win."
  • If you are playing online in a shooter game, reload constantly, you never know when someone might come out from behind a corner


  • If you have a history of seizures, consult a doctor before playing.
  • Avoid cheats and codes. It's not very satisfying to use these, and you don't get any better -- unless of course they actually make the game harder, like in Guitar Hero III.
  • Don't play video games for too long. If you find yourself holed up in your room all day, get outside and take a break. If you get "addicted" to gaming you may eventually have to give it up altogether.

Things You'll Need

  • Video game console
  • Video game
  • Game guide (optional)
  • Internet (optional)
  • Timer (optional)

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