But just when you thought you’d learned emoji, now you’ve got a whole new symbolic meme language to master. On Twitch.tv, the internet’s primary hub for video game streaming and esports videos, there’s a parallel set of icons and a very specific vocabulary that goes with them. If you’re new to Twitch, you probably have no idea what a “PogChamp” or a “Kappa” are, or whose faces represent them, but they’re such an ingrained part of the culture. that popular broadcasters often say them out loud while livestreaming. And even though Twitter doesn’t support Twitch emotes, people steeped in the culture will spell them out in tweets, too.

It slightly undercuts the gritty realism of a Call of Duty session if you can hear the neighborhood kids playing hide and seek outside. Lose yourself in the experience with the aid of gaming headphones. They deliver rich soundscapes in up to 7.1-channel surround sound, letting you sense when the enemy’s sneaking up behind you, and many models serve to block out outside noise. They also come with built-in mics so that you can discuss strategy with teammates online.
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Wired gaming gear has been a must in the past when playing reaction based games. Especially those fast-paced, action games that require quick, zero-lag responsiveness. However, the cable-less, clutter-free appeal of wireless has always been there, waiting for the technology to improve. With the Arctis 7 from steelseries, there is no longer the need for …

*Based on testing using the Mobile Mark 2012 battery life benchmark test. For more information about this benchmark test, visit www.bapco.com. Test results should be used only to compare one product with another and are not a guarantee you will experience the same battery life. Battery life may be significantly less than the test results and varies depending on your product’s configuration, software, usage, operating conditions, power management settings and other factors. Maximum battery life will decrease with time and use.
Advances in battery tech and Bluetooth mean wireless headphones don't always carry a hefty price tag anymore. Among the best of the bunch are these lightweight stereo headphones from Jabra, which give up to eight hours of audio on their rechargeable batteries. They also come with a cord so they can be used when the batteries run out, or on airplane flights.
Razer makes a number of impressive gaming laptops, but the aptly named Stealth is the unsung hero of the family (yet one of its most popular). The Razer Stealth doesn’t show off with any over-the-top branding or styling like you see on many other gaming computers. The Stealth is simply a sleek, solid laptop, and it’s great for anyone who wants a lightweight laptop for work and play that doesn’t scream “gaming PC!” at everyone in the room.

BTTV is available from the developer’s site for a number of different browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. If you like the BTTV emotes but prefer FFZ for its enhancement options, there’s BetterTTV Emotes for FrankerFaceZ, an extension that will add all of BTTV’s global emotes as well as the channel-specific emotes, so that you can use them all!


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It's been a while since I reviewed an LG smartphone and the new LG V40 ThinQ is a good one to break that dry streak. This phone features 5 built-in cameras if you can believe that! Why does anyone need 5 cameras on their phone? Stay tuned for my review coming soon. Please follow The Gadgeteer or subscribe to our newsletter so you won't miss my review. (11/21)
*Rewards are issued to your online Dell Advantage Loyalty Rewards Account (available via your Dell.com My Account) typically within 30 business days after your order’s ship date; Rewards expire in 90 days (except where prohibited by law). “Current rewards balance” amount may not reflect the most recent transactions occurring within the past 30 business days. Up to 6% rewards only on Dell Preferred Account purchases. Up to 3% reward on all other purchases. Bose products only eligible for up to 3% rewards. Total rewards earned may not exceed $2,000 within a 3 month period. Outlet purchases do not qualify for rewards. Expedited Delivery not available on certain TVs, monitors, batteries and adapters, and is available in Continental (except Alaska) U.S. only. Other exceptions apply. Not valid for resellers and/or online auctions. See Dell.com/rewardsfaq.​
A console, a controller and some games are a good start for video game players. Gamers who want to take their play to the next level, however, may want to buy gaming accessories to enhance both their performance and overall experience. For these reasons, gaming accessories are a perfect gift for the gamer in your life. Best Buy stores and BestBuy.com have an excellent selection of gaming accessories.
Extend gaming sessions on your PC with this wireless headset that lasts up to 30 hours. With a comfortable and durable closed cup design, Cloud Flight gives you an immersive in-game audio experience. The detachable noise-canceling mic allows you to strategize with your team before your opponents strike. Bring the competition over to your Xbox with the included 3.5mm audio cable.
Wutface is the scared, confused face of esports broadcaster and Twitch employee Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez, and it signifies terror or confusion at whatever’s going on in the stream. There’s some overlap with the “wtf” implications of DansGame, but Wutface has a monopoly on the “bewildered” part of the surprise spectrum. You can use it whenever something just doesn’t make sense.
FeelsBadMan and FeelsGoodMan are two of the most popular Pepe the Frog variations, alongside EZ and PepeHands that we’ll get into below. The emote is based on artist Matt Furie’s Pepe the Frog, a longstanding comic character that became co-opted and weaponized by the alt-right during the 2016 election cycle. It’s one of the most recognizable memes on the internet, but Know Your Meme’s Caldwell said its use as an emote on Twitch is particularly interesting. The rest of the world associates Pepe the Frog with political ties, but Caldwell suggests that Twitch’s Pepe use remains largely unpolitical.
Based on our research, pro gamers generally favor two headsets. The most popular model, by far, is the Kingston HyperX Cloud II. This is a feature-rich headset, with 7.1 channel surround sound audio and a microphone that sports both noise-canceling and echo-canceling tech. Odds are good it’ll work on your gaming platform of choice, too, since it supports PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. The HyperX Cloud II is available through Walmart in two colors: Red and Gun Metal.
Similar to the G900 Chaos Spectrum, the G402 Hyperion Fury is another high-speed mouse and one of our favorite picks as the best gaming gear out there. This mouse contains optical sensor technology and combines it with Logitech’s custom built Fusion Engine hybrid sensor that will track speeds up to 500 IPS. Though this high-tech mouse is great for gaming, it is often highly regarded as a multi-use product. The Hyperion Fury is getting high praise for its built-in accelerometer and gyro which augments the capabilities of the optical sensor. If the optical sensor fails to produce due to the mouse’s high speed, this feature allows the mouse to make up time just in case.
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