Back to School: How To Balance Gaming with School

High school and college are often said to be the best years of your life – the golden age of youth. But when students are struggling with juggling assignments, clubs, honor societies, athletics and more, they may feel a need to just escape.

And that’s where gaming comes in.

Video games allow you to immerse yourself in an entirely new world, one where you can choose who you want to be and what exciting new adventures you want to explore. Before you know it, reality melts away and leaves you lost in a place, unlike anything you’ve ever known.

The real world will still be there once you turn your game console off, so it’s essential that you learn to manage your time wisely. We want to make it easy for you – the team at GameTruck Atlanta is here to show you three ways to balance video games and schoolwork!

Get Homework done first!

Procrastination is a bad habit. Sure, it may feel good to relax a bit and put homework off until later – but the added stress you’ll feel once you realize you don’t have time to finish everything you need to do isn’t worth it.

Luckily, overcoming procrastination can be as easy as intentionally choosing to do your homework first and saving the fun, as in gaming, for after you’re finished.

It’s like dessert. Parents always say to eat vegetables first to get them over with and enjoy dessert later so you don’t spoil your dinner. Getting rid of homework first frees up more time to enjoy fun activities without deadlines looming over you while you play.

Set aside specific times for gaming

Even if you don’t keep a planner, it’s a good idea to schedule a specific time for gaming. That way, you get that essential ‘me’ time without cutting into the time you’ve set aside for other tasks.

If your homework varies in amount or type every day, try to be flexible with your start time. Your end-time should be the same every day, however. Setting an alarm is one way to remind yourself that you shouldn’t keep playing into the night. Make sure it’s a noise you’ll be able to hear over the sounds of your game.

Finish at least 1 hour before going to sleep

With all of the homework and after-school activities students have, you might find that the only time you have available for gaming is late at night. That’s fine! You need to find time to do things you enjoy – but remember to switch off the console or PC at least 1 hour before going to bed to have a good night’s sleep.

Scientists have found that interacting with electronics, and video games in particular, so close to bedtime can harm your vision and prevent successful REM sleep. This can lead to a slew of consequences, including waking up in the middle of the night, nightmares, and being lethargic and exhausted upon waking up.

Staying awake during classes is hard enough – why set yourself back even more?

GameTruck has a solution

Getting tired of the playing the same games every day? Switch things up with GameTruck’s personalized parties! The Atlanta team has 60+ games and all the latest consoles, including XBox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch, so you can finally have time to defeat that Bloodborne boss you’ve been fighting for weeks. You can reach GameTruck here or call them at (866) 253-3191.

3 Classic Outdoor Games for Kids This Summer

Summer is the ideal season for kids to get outside, get active and have fun. It is, no doubt, a difficult task to get your kids excited to go outside with so many other indoor options. Peeling your kids away from their favorite video game can be difficult, but not impossible with the right outdoor games! Simple, engaging and safe, these parent-approved and kid-friendly games are the ultimate summer solution. The team at Game Truck Atlanta has found three summer games that are perfect for your kids to play all summer long.

1. Freeze Tag

Running – even if it’s away from trouble – is something all kids love to do. Freeze tag is a classic summer game for kids of all ages. Depending upon group size, one or two kids are the “taggers”, and the rest of the group’s mission is not to get tagged. In a safe and enclosed area the kids will run around, and if they are tagged, they must freeze in place. These kids can only unfreeze if another player tags them. The last one or two kids tagged are “it” in the following game. This game is great for hours and hours worth of fun.

2. SPUD

To play this game, the only equipment needed is a ball and a large space. With one child in the middle, the other kids must stand around in a circle nearby. The thrower will then throw the ball in the air, and when caught they’ll call out “SPUD”. The other players must stop where they are. The thrower will then try to tag another player with the ball, and if they hit them, the hit player will receive an “S” and is now the next thrower. You can veer away from the ball but cannot move your feet. If the original thrower misses they receive an “S”. When you’ve been hit or miss a throw, you will continue to gain letters, and once you have all four letters, you are out. The last person remaining will be deemed the champion.

3. Four Square

Four square is quick, engaging and only requires four or more players. Only four players can play this game at a time; four square is a simple game using only chalk, a ball and a flat surface. First, you must draw a square and split it into four equal squares and label them one to four clockwise. One is King, two is Queen, three is Jack, and four is Ace. The king takes the ball and bounces it into another square and that player must bounce it into another square allowing the ball to hit their square only once. If the ball bounces twice or they miss it, they are out, and the square rotates. The person who stays in the king spot the longest is the overall winner.

Get your kids outside this summer with the help of Game Truck Atlanta

Outdoor games this summer are essential for a healthy and active lifestyle for any kid. Getting a group of friends together can be fun and easy with the team at GameTruck Atlanta. Adding GameTruck to your next summertime party gives you the flexibility of having both outdoor games and convenient video game sessions at your disposal. Check out our website here or call us at (866) 253-3191.

3 Best Video Game Systems For Kids

If you’re in the market for a new video gaming system, you have an impressive number of options. It can be overwhelming, especially if you’re looking for a video game system that’s suitable for children. You want something that’s affordable, versatile, and will keep your kids entertained –– not to mention the need for a range of age-appropriate games. The expert team at GameTruck Atlanta plans mobile gaming parties for people of all ages, and these are our favorite video game systems that are kid-friendly.

1. Nintendo Switch

Not only does the Nintendo Switch have a range of titles for children, but the system also allows parents to set parental control restrictions. Kids may be tempted to stay up all night playing games like Mario Kart 8, but adults can set a shut-off time for the Switch.

2. Xbox One

The Xbox One is famous for its mature game offerings like Call of Duty and Overwatch, but those aren’t the only games available. Whether you want to teach useful skills with a problem-solving game like LEGO Marvel Super Heroes or allow your children to get musical with Rock Band 4, the system has plenty of kid-friendly games that are even enjoyable for adults.

3. Sony PlayStation 4

The PlayStation system is one of Sony’s most established product lines, so it’s no surprise that the PlayStation 4 truly has something for everyone. PlayStation allows parents to set limits on which games can be played, whether a child has access to the Internet and whether the child can contact other player on the PlayStation network. And of course, the system also has a wide range of games for children of all ages.

If you’re planning a party for kids, teenagers or adults, GameTruck Atlanta is here to help you make your event unforgettable. Our one-of-a-kind video game parties give you a way to entertain your guests without the stress of party planning. Contact us today at 866-253-3191 or click here for a pricing quote.