My Thoughts on using Epal for Finding New Gaming Friends

 

Epal.gg is a website that allows you to hire gamers for various online games.

From League of Legends to Call of Duty, this site covers almost all the popular games you can think of.

But why is it so popular?

Why does it stand out as the best site to hire experienced players?

 

 

 

Epal’s seen in this video interview:

HadessDaughter ~ https://www.epal.gg/epal/137408

LilMilkyy ~ https://www.epal.gg/epal/336680

Misha.aa ~ https://www.epal.gg/epal/295222

 

Your First Order is Free?

To qualify for your FREE first order, simply follow these steps:

  1. Go to epal.gg and click “Sign Up”
  2. You’ll be prompted for a verification code that will be emailed to you
  3. Next you should see a screen asking for details including an “Invitation Code”
  4. Use the invitation code: 3nDX0NWZ
  5. Enjoy your first game for free!

There are a number of separate promotions on offer from various epal’s too. Free first game, discounts, etc.

 

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User Experience

I like the new Epal.gg interface on both the website and the mobile app. The interface allows you to take a glance at all the available epals. When I visited the website, I easily found an epal based on their review rating and the game I wanted to play. It shows their skills and experience in each game. You can quickly visit each epals bio, read reviews, see the games they play and, often, listen to a recording of the introducing themselves.

Another reason why I found the user interface good is it has all its games listed on the left-hand side. If you want to check the availability of players for a specific game, then go to your top-left corner to open the games section. It will consist of “Hot” and “Games.” Hot games mean the ones that are currently  in high demand. You will find various multiplayer games like Overwatch, League of Legends, Phasmophobia, Minecraft, and many more under that section. Alternatively, you can check out the “Games” section. It consists of games categorized alphabetically.

The site also offers you four filters that allow you to choose a player according to age, skill level, price, and gender.

There is a “Match” feature available which I don’t really use or like. This makes the site feel too much like Tinder and is a cheap gimmick, in my opinion. You simply swipe left or right based upon the epal photo which feels like it’s promoting the wrong message.

Android App – their Android app has improved a lot over the past 6 months and the UI is pretty good. It’s fairly straight forward to find epals for specific games and the payment system is easy to use with Paypal and Google Pay.

iPhone App – I can’t comment on this as I haven’t used it yet. I will update this part shortly.

 

 

Bad Reputation & Simps…

I first heard about epal last year and was put off by the idea due to a lot of negativity on Youtube about these types of sites. However, in January 2021 – during the height of lockdown in the UK – I needed some social interactions (since, legally, I couldn’t visit other people, etc) so I decided to “bite the bullet” and give epal a go.

I ended up playing with about 5 different epals over the course of 2-3 months and had very good experiences. There were a couple where we didn’t really connect very well but they weren’t bad at all. The rest I really enjoyed spending time gaming and chatting with. It actually really helped me through the worst parts of lockdown.

Through my chats with various epals I did discover that the one problem they have on there are a few people who expect them to be “webcam girls” and to offer NSFW content. That isn’t what the site is for regardless of what some Youtubers try to claim.

They are simply people wanting to game and make an income because, most, have lost jobs or haven’t been able to find work during the pandemic.  

If the epals are treated with respect then I really believe you will have a good experience on there.

Does using epal make you a Simp? No, unless you’re there stalking epals for NSFW services – go to other sites for that stuff.

 

 

Variety

This is another area that impressed me. My idea was to play with someone who has some experience with Rocket League, Counter Strike or . To my surprise, I found there are tons of other games also. I personally like Minecraft, League of Legends, Call of Duty, Fortnite and Grand Theft Auto V.

But I wasn’t expecting to find players from all these games under one roof.

 

 

My Final Verdict

I think Epal.gg is an good site for gamers just looking for someone to spend some time with to chill out.

Yes, a few people argue “why would you pay to spend time with someone when you have friends to play with for free!” – not everyone has gaming friends or we don’t have friends who play specific games.  Many of us just play online with randoms we meet through in-game Match Making systems which, in my experience, is often toxic and demoralising.

My experience with epal, so far, has been good. I recommend giving it a chance with the free order shown at the start of this review.

Best Console Gaming Monitors in 2021

Whether you’re looking for a new console gaming monitor for Elder Scrolls Online, or for any other PS4 or Xbox One game, then we, ESO FAQ’s, have complied a list of the best console gaming monitors in 2021 currently available on the market .

You will also find a buyer’s guide to help decipher the “tech talk” and help you make an informed buying decision.

 
 
 
MAKE & MODEL: SIZE: RESOLUTION: FREQUENCY:
#1 - ASUS VP28UQG FreeSync28"3840 x 216060hz
#2 - Samsung C32HG70 HDR QLED Curved 32"2560 x 1440225hz
#3 - LG 32UD59-B 4K UHD Monitor with FreeSync32"3840 x 2160135hz
#4 - Dell UltraSharp U2718Q UHD Monitor27"3840 x 216060hz
#5 - Samsung U28E590D UHD LED Monitor28"4K UHD 1600p Ultra Wide60hz

When you buy something from this website, I may receive an affiliate commission. These are my own opinions and are not representative of the companies that create the products. My reviews are based on my personal experience and research. I never recommend poor quality products or create false reviews to make sales. It is my intention to explain products so you can make an informed decisions on which ones suit your needs best.

Resolution3840 x 2460
Connectivity2 HDMI Ports
AdjustmentTilt only
Luminance350cd/m²
HDR SupportNo

 

I figured I’d start this review with a console gaming monitor that’s a little easier on the budget, but still outshines last year’s models by a long shot.

Its resolution of 3840 x 2160 and 157 PPI are impressive enough, but even more than a crisp picture, this monitor’s great features separate it from the competition. Here are just a few of the wild things this monitor can do:

  • ASUS Eyecare – Reduces blue light emission and screen flicker so your eyes aren’t strained even by hours and hours of gaming.
  • GamePlus – Added features like timers and crosshairs to help you improve your gaming, as well as an FPS counter for the graphics-obsessed and pro game reviewers.
  • 1 MS response time

This monitor, with its 2 HDMI ports, works great with both the Xbox One S and the PS4. There are a few drawbacks, namely its stand only offering tilt adjustment, but all in all these screen packs in value.

Last but not least, the ASUS VP28UQG FreeSync has a maximum luminance of 350 cd/m2—meaning you can view a clear picture under virtually any conditions.

 
 
 
Resolution2560 x 1440 QHD
Connectivity2 HDMI 2.0 ports; 2 USB; 3.0 ports (1 charging)
AdjustmentOmnidirectional
LuminanceHDR: 600 350 cd/m²;
HDR Support?Yes

 

This offering from tech giant Samsung doesn’t just want to be a good console gaming monitor, but the Cadillac of console gaming monitors.

From its larger overall size to its inclusion of HDR features, which are still new to the market and haven’t appeared in even other high-end monitors yet, it wows console gamers the world over.

Even before you turn this monitor on, it looks like a work of art. From its aesthetically pleasing finish to the beautiful curvature of the screen, everything about it looks thoughtfully crafted.

Of course, once the screen comes to life, that sense of craftsmanship goes through the roof.

While the HDR support, which allows you to see a truly unprecedented level of detail and kicks the maximum brightness up to a peak of 600, is the device’s main feature, it does some other things well, too:

  • Dual Hinge Stand – allowing any directional adjustment you can think of: tilt, pivot, and height
  • Support for AMD FreeSync 2
  • 144Hz refresh rate – so you don’t miss a second of the action
  • Connectivity – 2 HDMI 2.0 ports and 2 USB 3.0 ports (one of which even offers charging!) in addition to the DisplayPort.

While researching and testing this product for review, I found it hard to notice any real flaws.

The high price tag, though, might be prohibitive for a lot of gamers out there.

That being said, as HDR technology becomes more common throughout the year, the price may drop—and you never know when you’ll be able to find a deep discount!

 
 
 
Resolution3840 x 2160
Connectivity2 HDMI 2.0 ports; 1 DP 1.2 port
AdjustmentHeight only
Luminance350 cd/m²
HDR Support?No

 

Whether you prefer sports video-games or first-person shooters with incredibly lifelike graphics or fantastical games with a more stylized graphical tone, the colour display makes a huge difference.

There’s a reason we don’t play console games in black and white, after all.

While the 32UD59-B 32” monitor from LG had already earned its place among the best console gaming monitors of 2018 with its sharp display and wide array of connectivity options, its colour palate sets it apart from even the highest-end competition.

Just like the standards required by the biggest film directors and studios, this monitor covers 95% of the colour space of DCI P3—meaning that your console games look just as lifelike as the movies!

Think about this in comparison to sRBG. With over 25% more colour, you may as well play in black and white if you’re sticking with sRBG.

The monitor also boasts an amazing black stabilizer effect which makes it easier to see in the dark in game worlds by increasing contrast and revealing a deeper and wider variety of extremely dark colours on the screen.

The response time of this console gaming monitor is also worth mentioning. While I tested it for this review, I didn’t experience lag once—and yes, I was playing the latest games on the highest settings.

One drawback I will note is that the stand included with this monitor only has height adjustment, and lacks pivot or tilt support.

However, it’s easy to get around this problem, because the monitor is extremely easy to mount.

All in all, this is a great monitor for virtually any PS4 Pro or Xbox One S gamer.

 
 
 
Resolution3840 x 2160
Connectivity1x HDMI 2.0 port; 1x DP; 1x mDP; 3x USB 3.0
AdjustmentOmnidirectional
Luminance350 cd/m²
HDR Support?Yes

 

This entry into Dell’s well-respected UltraSharp series of monitors perfect for console gaming comes with some surprising features to make gaming even easier and more fun.

Its biggest feature, though, is its astonishing HDR10 feature.

The HDR10 works with the other fantastic display specs of this monitor to make gaming more beautiful and fluid than on any of last year’s models and even most of the UltraSharp’s toughest competition.

On top of that, this is one of the lowest priced monitors with HDR support.

While it’s still certainly not a budget option, its mid-range pricing makes true HDR much more accessible to the average gamer than it has ever been before—and all of this with no compromise in quality.

One of the other key features of this console gaming monitor is its anti-glare coating.

This is great not just for when the morning sun comes spilling through your window and lets you know you’ve been up to gaming all night again, but also for the long-term health of your eyes!

The only thing I worry about with this monitor is the long-term durability of its stand, which seems quite thin.

However, I didn’t run into any problems during my extensive testing process, and it’s also important to note that the stand is fully adjustable regarding height, pivot, and tilt.

Of course, the monitor is also mountable!

With its high clarity, HDR support, and comfortably mid-range price point, this monitor is a great choice for PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One S console gamers from the casual to the professional.

 

 
 
 
Resolution3840 x 2160
Connectivity1x HDMI 1.4; 1x HDMI 2.0; 1x DP 1.2
AdjustmentTilt only
Luminance370 cd/m²
HDR Support?No

 

While this console gaming monitor from Samsung has many of the same key specs and features that put other monitors in the top class, it seeks to differentiate itself with a few features other monitors are currently lacking:

  • Eco Mode is consuming only 19 watts – making your gaming easier on the environment and your wallet.
  • Great grayscale display power – that makes shadows and highlights sharper, especially when combined with the screen’s brightness.
  • 1 MS response time – to avoid picture lag and stutter, along with FreeSync support.

On top of all that, the screen is housed in a minimal but aesthetically pleasing characteristic Samsung design, with a beautiful bevel to accent the screen and the classic Samsung single button approach to adjustments.

While the system is packed with features, it is also easy to operate.

Additionally, the monitor gives you a bit more control than many similar console gaming monitors do, such as the ability to automatically optimise settings based on players’ angle of view—or tweak those same settings to your heart’s content, to create the exact picture you want.

The monitor also has full tilt adjustment and boasts 2 HDMI ports, although it has to be said that only one of them is HDMI 2.0—which may be annoying for those of you who game on both a PS4 Pro and an Xbox One S.

Although it’s certainly not a budget choice, this monitor can be had for a significantly lower price than similar models from other brands and some other Samsung models in general.

That being said, it also doesn’t offer HDR support.

 
 
 

What Makes a Great Monitor for Console Gamers?

Two big trends are happening right now in console gaming. One has to do with the console gamers, and one has to do with technological advancement.

Both are coming together to create some of the best console gaming monitors.

However, all the new specs and tech advances can make picking the best possible console gaming monitor harder, too.

That’s why I’ve written up this buying guide—to help you find the best console gaming monitor that fits your budget, your console, and your needs and wants.

Before we dive into specific console monitors, let’s look at what’s driving change in the gaming world right now.

First, monitors, as opposed to televisions, have finally caught on with console gamers because of their supremely crisp displays and wider arrays of displayable colours.

Better contrast and more colours mean that a gamer’s experience playing on a monitor will be much more lifelike.

As monitors for console gaming have become more and more popular, the world’s biggest tech companies have taken notice—and started developing some truly next level products and technologies.

The increasing popularity and capability of these monitors have come together to make 2018 the year of the console gaming monitor—a change that will definitely be as big as, and might even be bigger than, the jump from the difficult and lower-quality component, composite, and s-video to HDMI back in the 2000s.

If you have or want an Xbox One S or PS4 Pro, the simple fact is that you’re not getting all you can out of your system. Here are some of the amazing features these systems support or will support in the first quarter of 2018:

  • 4K resolution – you’ve known it looks great for a while now, and it’ll look even better on a console gaming monitor.
  • 1440p – an option that’s a lot easier on the budget than 4K, but still blows last decade’s 1080p out of the water.
  • HDMI 2.0 – and even higher!

Now let’s look at some of the monitors that are set to shake up the whole gaming world in 2018—and might just change the way you game forever.

Wrapping Thing Up…

I hope these reviews have helped you find the perfect monitor for your needs and budget.

Any of these monitors would make a fine choice for any online gaming (or even offline co-op gaming) enthusiasts, but I hope there’s one on this list that stands out to you because it has all the features you want.

While every device has pros and cons, it’s easy to see that monitors overall are improving drastically already, and are set to continue improving.

Even in the rest of the first half of the year, there are several monitors slated for release that I’m excited about.

best-gaming-keyboard

 

What is the Best Keyboard for Gaming?

A gaming keyboard is a keyboard that was designed with the task of gaming in mind. A majority of keyboards are designed to provide an optimal typing experience.

A keyboard that was designed for gaming will typically have specific enhancements and changes to make it more suitable for gaming on.

In this article, we will be going over some of the differences that you might notice with a gaming keyboard and why you should invest in one as a PC gamer.

 

Differences In Gaming Keyboards

1. Different Switches

One of the main differences that you will notice with a keyboard that is built for typing and one that is built for gaming is the switch type.

With gaming keyboards, you are generally going to find a variety of switch options available to choose from. With a mechanical keyboard, each individual key has a switch and a spring.

Thus, they are capable of providing much more tactile feedback and they feature their own unique actuation point where the key is registered.

A regular keyboard meant for typing that is not mechanical will feature a membrane design which is not nearly as tactile or accurate. A gaming keyboard almost always features a mechanical keyboard design which means you don’t have to press down fully on each key in order to get the key to register.

This can lead to extremely fast reaction times when playing fast twitch games. The fastest switches are Cherry MX switches which are going to be great for those that play fast twitch shooters and games that require fast reactions, but they are typically very poor for traditional typing because you will likely make many more mistakes with it.

 

 

2. Macro Key Features

Another big difference that you will find with a gaming keyboard is the addition of macro features which allow you to bind and combine specific key presses to create an action. This is something that can be very beneficial for those that play games that require a lot of combination button presses.

 

3. Software

Another big thing gaming keyboards offer is the ability to customize the keyboard entirely.

A traditional typing keyboard is not going to come with its own software. Whereas, a gaming keyboard will come with its own customizable software that will allow you to change what each button is intended to do, control RGB lighting, and more.

 

Reasons To Get a Keyboard for Gaming

1. More Features

The main reason you are likely going to want to make the investment in a gaming keyboard would be to take full advantage of the features that you will be able to get along with it.

With a gaming keyboard, you will be able to effectively create macros that will allow you to perform in-game actions that you would normally have to press multiple buttons to accomplish.

Along with this, a lot of gaming keyboards feature their own media buttons which will allow you to control the volume of your game.

 

2. Better Reaction Time

Another reason to invest in a gaming keyboard would be to experience better performance. With a gaming keyboard, you will be able to get the specific switch type that you feel most comfortable with.

This alone will help you get more out of your gaming experience and get the best performance from your gaming sessions.

 

3. Customization

You will be able to customize the RGB lighting to improve the aesthetics of your PC setup and you will be able to customize the actions of each key in order to improve your gaming experience.

Overall, a gaming keyboard is one of the best tools that you can invest in when you are looking to get into PC gaming or take your PC gaming experience to the next level.

 

 

 

=== My Recommendations ===

 

#1 – Razer Blackwidow Chroma v2 Gaming Keyboard Review

 

Best-Mechanical-Keyboard-for-Gaming

 

The Razer Blackwidow Chroma V2 is a stylish mechanical keyboard aimed at gamers.

It features Razer mechanical switches for the perfect combination of ‘clickiness’ and responsiveness, with travel time and resistance perfectly designed for gaming.

 

Choice of Switches

Choose from Green, Orange or Yellow switches to suit your preferences in terms of responsiveness. These switches are designed to last as long as possible, with an expected lifespan of 80 million keystrokes.

 

Essential Gaming Features

The Blackwidow Chroma V2 is designed to offer everything a gamer needs, including:

  • An ergonomic wrist rest for comfort during marathon sessions
  • Audio and USB pass-through ports for added convenience when using gadgets with short cables
  • Chroma Backlighting
  • Numeric keypad

 

Customize to Suit Your Tastes

The Chroma backlighting is perfect for case-modders, with millions of color options that you can set via the Razer software.

It’s both aesthetically pleasing, and comforting for typing in the dark.

This is a durable and robust keyboard that is perfect not just for gaming use but also for people who are looking to do some more serious work on their computers too. It combines easy to type on keys with a nice gaming aesthetic.

The Razer Blackwidow Chroma V2 does carry a price premium, but it is something that is well worth the cost when compared to membrane keyboards or lower-end mechanical models.

It is easy to develop RSI when typing or spending a lot of time playing games where a high APM is required, and having a good keyboard is something that can help to prolong your career in front of the computer.

Those who do not want a fancy backlight may find a less expensive model more appealing, but there is a lot to love about the form and function of this more premium gaming keyboard.

gaming-on-a-chromebook

If you are thinking about getting yourself a Google Chromebook as a replacement option for your Windows or Mac laptop, you might want to consider it’s limitations.

While a Chromebook is certainly a viable option for most, if you are someone that regularly plays games on your laptop, you might be unwilling to deal with its deficiencies.

Below, we will be going over some of the reasons you can’t play video games natively on a Chromebook.

 

Reasons You Can’t Play Video Games Natively on a Chromebook

 

1. Lack of Compatibility

For one, there is a lack of compatibility with a lot of the games that you would want to play.

A majority of the games that are released and that have been released in the past are purely designed to run on Windows operating systems. Because of this, you will be unable to play these games.

In fact, a lot of the games that you will find won’t even play on Mac’s operating system either.

While more and more games are beginning to release compatible with Linux, you are generally confined to the Windows platform if you are looking to play games natively on your laptop.

 

2. Lack of Power

Another reason a Chromebook is incapable of playing video games directly on it would have to do with the lack of power associated with it.

The fact is, a Chromebook is made to be an affordable device. Also, it is made to run a light operating system designed around Google Chrome.

Because of this, the Chromebooks that you will find on the marketplace are not packed with a bunch of different high-end components which limits the amount of power that you will find in them.

As a result, you get an under-powered laptop in terms of gaming. Thus, you cannot run the games natively on the Chromebooks even if you were able to put Windows on them.

 

3. Steam Support

Another reason you are not going to be running any non-browser based video games on a Chromebook would be due to the lack of Steam client support.

While Steam is now supporting Linux and you could potentially run a Linux Distro on your Chromebook to get the Steam client, you won’t be doing it with ChromeOS.

 

But wait, there is hope…with Google Stadia

However, there is good news for those that are looking to get a Chromebook but who might not want to give up gaming on their laptops.

Google is releasing Google Stadia which is a cloud-based video game streaming service which promises to deliver up to 4K resolution gaming at 60 FPS with full HDR support with only a 35 Mbps connection and it can work with connections as low as 10Mbps at a limited resolution.

Because it is a cloud-based service, you will not need to run the games natively on your laptops in order to play them which means the best Chromebooks for Education and Gaming will become viable products to use to play games on in the near future.

While it is certainly not the same as playing them natively without the potential for input lag from the servers, it is better than nothing.

 

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