Being a gamer is a pretty awesome hobby, but whenever something is popular you can bet an army of profit-hungry marketing people are thinking of ways to exploit the wallets of fans. Gaming is certainly no different and there’s a ton of garbage out there with a “gamer” label stuck on it, with the insulting assumption that gamers are so stupid they’ll buy anything you tell them to.

Spending money on stuff that does nothing to make your life as a gamer better isn’t a great idea, so here we discuss some awful gamer products out there that you’d be better off avoiding.

Gamer Glasses

Every gamer is looking for that edge, but chances are a new set of clip-on glasses isn’t going to make much of a difference. There have been a number of “gamer glasses” marketed at eSports players that make all sorts of claims about eye health and eye strain. The truth is that products from big names like Gunnar do hold some benefits, but you should speak to an optometrist or eye specialist if you are having issues. If you have symptoms but are worried about things like exposure to blue light, there are other strategies that don’t necessarily involve forking out money for tinted glasses, such as software that reduces the blue light emission from your screen in the first place. Either way, think twice about buying “gamer glasses” and do your homework to understand what you are getting for your money.

Gamer Gloves

Gloves make all sorts of activities better. Driving gloves, golfing gloves – there seems to be a glove for every occasion. So it should be no surprise that something like “gamer gloves” exist. It makes a certain amount of intuitive sense, but when you think about it, what are the gloves meant to achieve? Wrist support is one legitimate positive. However, if the glove doesn’t have an explicit wrist support built in, then it won’t do anything like that for you. What about other claims? Some gloves purport to wick away sweat, but of course it might be more comfortable to use a gamepad skin that also does this. You can even get gamepads with built-in fans to cool your hands. Reportedly, these work pretty well. When it comes to ergonomics, it’s probably better just to buy peripherals that have good ergonomics. I’d rather have a decent wrist rest on my gaming keyboard than wear some janky gloves.

To be honest, I think the main appeal of gamer gloves is that they might look cool to gamers and have a psychological effect. If you like that, more power to you. But, personally, I think your money is better spent elsewhere.

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Gamer Food and Drinks

The stereotypical food of the gamer has always been something like Mountain Dew and Cheetos. These days people are more conscious about what they eat, but that hasn’t stopped snack makers from pushing eats and drinks with questionable links to gaming.

I can’t be too mad about snacks that have promotional links to specific video games; we’ve had this for as long as anyone can remember. I’ve eaten plenty of things as a kid just because it featured a picture of my favorite cartoons. Where I draw the line, however, is when these food products claim to enhance your gaming performance. More specifically, there have been some energy drinks that are being marketed specifically to gamers. On the scale of dumb gamer products, this is near the top. First of all, all energy drinks are pretty much the same toxic concoction and none of them are good for you. Secondly, getting hopped up on insane amounts of caffeine and alternative healing herbs is unlikely to help you perform better. Sure, you might be unable to fall asleep, but whether you’re actually playing better (or even well) is a different issue.

RGB on Things that Shouldn’t Have RGB

RGB lighting is a special LED technology that can be programmed to project just about any color you can imagine. The technology has plenty of applications, but the gaming industry wasted no time in slathering everything from motherboards to mice in the stuff. Now, I’m not someone who hates RGB just for the sake of it. When done right it can look absolutely amazing. What I do hate is that some companies take RGB and just slap it on stuff even where it doesn’t make any sense.

Do you really need RGB on every internal component of your computer? Do you need it on your headset where you’ll never even see it? It’s especially egregious when RGB is used as a way to dress up cheap quality or poor performance. The cheaper a piece of gamer gear is, the more likely it is to have RGB lighting slapped all over it. Yuck.

Don’t Fall for the Hype

Gamers represent a nice fat market for every opportunistic company to exploit. When you have that much money and hype coupled with a constant stream of trends, it’s a recipe for fleecing people. If something makes you happy, buy it; don’t let anyone else get in the way of that. But take a minute to ask yourself if you are really getting what you paid for.