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Understanding Player Profiles

Once upon a time, gaming was aimed solely at younger audiences. Now, there are games for every person—no matter their age or preferences.

And every type of gamer wants accessories that make their gaming experience even better.

We’ve highlighted a few playing styles that you’ll want to keep in mind when bringing in your gaming inventory.

The Soldier

Now Playing: Call of Duty: WWII
Looking Ahead: Battlefront II and Crackdown 3
Key Accessory: Controller Grips & Headset

First-person shooters see players battling on the frontlines for hours and hours. These sorts of games usually cater to players who prefer multiplayer sessions, and long hours with a controller in their hand. Plus, the titles they look forward to most are generally cross-platform—with a few exceptions, such as Crackdown 3.

Analog Caps and Controller Grips reinforce a player’s grip. A powerful headset, such as the universal Thrustmaster Y-300CPX, is ideal for battlefield communication.

FPS games tend to attract casual gamers and diehards alike, so stocking smaller add-ons that benefit their multiplayer sessions gives you a bigger bonus at the POS.

The Driver

Now Playing: Forza Motorsport 7
Looking Ahead: The Crew 2
Key Accessory: Driving Wheel and Pedal Set

Drivers are looking for total immersion. Accessories like driving wheels and pedal sets allow users to feel like they are in the game. The Ferrari 458 Spider Racing Wheel for Xbox One from Thrustmaster replicates the driving experience from the comfort of the player’s home.

Drivers are going to want quality over quantity. They’re looking for heavy-duty, realistic replicas to get them in the winner’s circle—Thrustmaster’s products can help get you there as well.

The Fighter

Now Playing: Injustice 2
Looking Ahead: DRAGON BALL FighterZ
Key Accessory: Joystick Control Pad

Fighting games tend to attract casual gamers, but there are a few that rely on a built-in story that keeps players coming back—Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter and Tekken all have zealous fanbases. And a traditional DUALSHOCK 4 Controller can be difficult for hitting powerful hit combos.

Qanba has developed SKUs like the Crystal Joystick to bring the fluidity of the arcade joystick home. Not only do these cater to fighters, but they can also attract the nostalgic crowd—allowing them to bring the arcade playstyle home with them.

The Adventurer

Now Playing: Super Mario Odyssey
Looking Ahead: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for Switch
Key Accessory: Travel Kits and Protective Gear

Adventurers like to be on the go—and they’re likely to be more attracted to games that will take hours to beat and weeks to fully explore and finish. The Nintendo Switch is one of the more interesting developments in console gaming. Allowing users to bridge the gap between portable- and home-gaming, Nintendo has found big success with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey.

The Travel Essentials Bundle for Nintendo Switch offers protection and convenience for Switch players—allowing them to safely guard their high-level gear.

But, don’t forget about the Nintendo 3DS faithful. Many of the more popular games for Nintendo 3DS also target Adventurers, and the Legend of Zelda Adventurer’s Pouch will appeal to their sensibilities.

The Takeaway

Carrying a variety of gaming accessories allows you to cater to the needs and styles of different gaming-types.

Visit the Video Games, Controllers and Accessories section of our site to see our complete inventory of gaming gear to level up your customers.

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