10 strange products for the discerning gamer

As gamers, we have a lot of products tailored to us and our chosen hobby. Some of these are really practical while others can be pretty… odd. Here are just some of the strange gamer products you can find on the internet – and who knows, maybe you’ll pick up something new.

Razer Phone Cooler Chroma

Starting off strong here with none other than Razer! Razer, being a gamers-first company, has decided to release a cooling fan for your phone. This is meant to help cool your phone down during those intense mobile gaming sessions. Now, in theory, this is good if you’re a mobile gamer – but that doesn’t mean it isn’t at least a little weird. This thing is like a mini turbine that you’re supposed to attach to the back of your phone. Don’t worry guys, they didn’t forget either – there is in fact, RGB. Will you be able to see it? No, but it’s about the principle of the thing.

If that doesn’t do it for you, then there are always phone water coolers – unwieldy, impractical, and way more trouble than they’re worth. Unless you really, really need your phone to keep cool. It’s uh… kind of dangerous, but I guess you really can’t deny its effectiveness.

Opera GX

Opera GX is a browser made specifically for gamers. How does it help gamers you may ask? Well, not only does it sport a gamer as fuck color scheme (which is customizable), but it also boasts having Discord and Twitch integration. The main draw though is its limiters for CPU, RAM, and even network usage. Many of us like to have a video, music, or more on in the background. With Opera GX, you can control how much of an impact it has on your gaming experience. If you don’t have a lot of system resources to work with, but need to have a browser open while gaming – Opera GX may just be for you. Still pretty funny to hear “gaming browser,” though.

Opera GX browser
Image by Opera

Tobii Eye Tracker

Eye trackers can actually be pretty useful when it comes to research – but what about for gaming? The Tobii eye-tracker allows you an extra form of control by integrating with games and letting you use your eyes for that extra level of immersion. It seems like the ideal use case is in flight or racing simulators – but it even boasts support for games like Far Cry 6, Dying Light, and even Final Fantasy XV. They’ve even partnered with Lenovo to make eye-tracking-enabled gaming laptops. Is it going to completely overhaul your gaming experience? No, but it may just give you that extra little level of immersion and enjoyment you’re looking for.

Gamer Goo and gloves

No, it’s not what you’re thinking. Gamer Goo is actually an antiperspirant for your sweaty gamer hands. There’s a good chance that you’ve wished you had something to keep your hands dry at least once while playing games. Palms get sweaty – it happens, you don’t need to be ashamed of it. It even comes in multiple scents like teakwood, vanilla, and even cherry blossom – whatever that smells like. If you want to keep your tactical advantage – and not feel gross – Gamer Goo is likely something you’ll want to pick up. Use your goo my dude.  Maybe don’t say it out loud, though.

Alternatively, there are gamer gloves – which are weird, and really give off a golf vibe. They’re supposed to help keep your hands dry and improve performance though. The gloves themselves have keyboard-hand wrist padding and a ceramic slider on the mouse hand to help your movement. The best part though? They’re fingerless. That’s right – ultimate gamer mode activated.

Gaming hand warmers

Did you know that Zippo – the lighter company – makes gaming products? Yeah, me neither, but they have a whole gaming collection. If your frigid digits are affecting your gaming though, then maybe their rechargeable hand warmers are for you. They even have (more expensive) branded ones from NRG, Assassin’s Creed, Rainbow Six Siege, and – well, just a bunch of Ubisoft titles, actually. Now you can warm your hands and rep your favorite Ubisoft game… if you wanted to do that.

Gaming hand warmer
You can’t game with cold hands, can you? Image by Zippo

Gaming sleeves(?)

So apparently gaming compression sleeves exist. It’s basically like Under Armour sleeves for gamers. They’re meant to help you keep your arms light, tight and slippery. If you’re looking for an extra advantage then maybe the sleeve will come in handy. The materials used are meant to help you glide your arm across your desk – with some even having PTFE strips on them to aid the glide.

For those who don’t know – PTFE is used in gaming as mouse skates to lessen drag between your desk/desk mat/mousepad and your mouse. This usually helps with FPS games when you’re using low DPI – or just in general if you want your mouse to feel like it’s permanently on a slip n’ slide. There are also sleeves specifically for your fingers if you’re more of a mobile gamer. I don’t know who told companies we needed gamer clothing, but please stop doing it. Pair these with the gamer gloves and you’re literally unbeatable.

Gamer drinks

You may have heard about these “gamer drinks”  at one point or another from any of your favorite content creators. These gamer drinks are powders you can add to water basically like you’re making gamer Gatorade. The twist with these is that they’re meant to enhance your gaming performance – letting you dial in when you need to. That said, some do include things like L-Theanine which are meant to aid in focus and help with your nerves. Do they work? I can’t say – but if you’re looking for a mental boost, maybe that’s the way for you to go.

We don’t need WASD anymore, apparently

This one’s a bit of a double feature. We’ll start with the WRAEK Tactonic Pro – a keyboard whose claim to fame is a palm pad integrated into the wrist rest to enhance your gaming experience. It’s meant to allow you an extra degree of control by applying pressure with your palm. Apparently, it’s predominantly meant to replace the WASD keys which, 1. Is bold, and 2. Is wholly unnecessary. That being said, being able to reassign the function is a good choice – and honestly, I’d be willing to try it.

Wraek tactonic wrist pad
It even has RGB! Image by WRAEK

I don’t know what’s up with people trying to replace WASD, but the Hex Evo aims to do just that, and more. By giving you a joystick and four buttons the Evo is meant to give you the best parts of console and PC gaming. You have a joystick for movement and the ability to still use your mouse for aiming. It also boasts having 20 mappable inputs, which in theory allows you to play most games without a keyboard at all. This sounds like a dream for console players because now you can get the best of both worlds. Does it remove your ability to say weird shit like “I have a big dumpy” in all-chat? Yes. But maybe that’s for the best.

That’s all folks

Those are all the strange gamer products I’ve got for you right now. Who knows, maybe in a couple of years’ time there’ll be even more weird stuff for us to put in a list. Or maybe this stuff will actually just be part of the normal gaming experience. Anything is possible.

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Kevin Dewan

SQUAD Editor in Chief. Runs after things a lot, won't BM you to your face, okay with losing as long as it's funny. Send questions/complaints/rants to kevin@northernarena.ca
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