15 Ways To Take Your 'Call Of Duty' Gaming To The Next Level

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Ways To Take Your 'Call Of Duty' Gaming To The Next Level

15 Ways To Take Your 'Call Of Duty' Game To The Next Level
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You can just sit on the couch and go "pew pew" or you can get all crazy about it. Be smart and take your gaming to new levels with these tricks.

Sandbag Your Gamertag

15. Sandbag Your Gamertag
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Sandbag Your Gamertag

15. Sandbag Your Gamertag
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This actually works for almost any game out there. While it's a serious pain in the neck to change your tag, it's worth it. When your gamertag is "xXPsYcHO_KiLLeR_Xx" you look like a 14-year-old with acne and ADD. People are going to come into a match looking to paint the walls with your brain just to prove a point. But when your gamertag is "BowieRules" or "IDriveACamry" -- nobody will see you coming, and guards will be let down.

Start Learning About Actual Guns Just To Psych Everyone Out

10. Start Learning About Actual Guns Just To Psych Everyone Out
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Start Learning About Actual Guns Just To Psych Everyone Out

10. Start Learning About Actual Guns Just To Psych Everyone Out
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'Call Of Duty' uses real-life guns, but they're still video game guns and the developers make them do whatever they want. If you can learn a bunch of cool firearm terminology, you can make your friends second-guess their choices. If you can talk him out of using the ICR-1 because you told a story about a Sayeret Matkal commando that took a whole unit down with just a Jericho 941 and a half-empty Uzi -- he's yours.

Use A Stupid Weapon For A Round Or Two

7. Start Using A Stupid Weapon For A Round Or Two
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Use A Stupid Weapon For A Round Or Two

7. Start Using A Stupid Weapon For A Round Or Two
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Run around unloading on everyone with a pistol, or try to snipe with a submachine gun -- just for a round or two. Think of it like hustling someone in pool. You look like a noob, and you give that round up. They think you don't know what you're doing and they either ignore you or seek you out. It sets you up for the next round when they run up on the noob with a pistol -- and face the business end of your Dredge machine gun.

Have The Right Snacks Readily Available

12. Decorate With The Slim Jim Bouquet

Have The Right Snacks Readily Available

12. Decorate With The Slim Jim Bouquet

Throw a handful of your favorite snack in a mug or a glass and just stick it on the coffee table. Your game starts to slip, snap into a Slim Jim and you're all set to go for another round or nine. It's better than getting that Man Card pulled for having the flowers out you use when your girlfriend stops by.

Strategically Use An Air Horn

9. They're Doing Amazing Things With Air Horns These Days...
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Strategically Use An Air Horn

9. They're Doing Amazing Things With Air Horns These Days...
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Think of this as a nuclear option. If you blow this into the headset, you need to first make sure your opponents aren't a bunch of snitches and can take a joke. Getting reported bites, but it's a great way to get a sniper to give away his position. Or draw out an entire team hunting for you so your snipers can take them out. If your buddy is on the couch, blast this in his face. Just remember he might blast you. In the face.

Breathe Like An Actual Sniper

8. Breathe Like An Actual Sniper
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Breathe Like An Actual Sniper

8. Breathe Like An Actual Sniper
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Snipers have a specific way they breathe. They talk about breathing between heartbeats, and being in complete control of how and when you breathe. This actually works for CoD. Slow down and breathe a little more deliberately, you'll be more in control of yourself. Snipers use this technique to ensure their rifle is perfectly still, but you can use it to remain calm and in control. Breathe easy and mindfully, and watch the tags pile up.

Spring For Legit Surround Sound

14. Spring For Some Legit Surround Sound
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Spring For Legit Surround Sound

14. Spring For Some Legit Surround Sound
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This is not just a nice sound bar you got on Black Friday. You need an actual, speakers-behind-you, real-deal surround sound rig and ditch the headphones. Most newer games are being produced with 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound, making an immersive soundscape you're only getting the half of. With speakers and tweeters behind you, you can actually hear what's going on, and Chad can't sneak up on you anymore.

Go Into The Third Dimension

4. Go Into The Third Dimension
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Go Into The Third Dimension

4. Go Into The Third Dimension
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There's a number of ways to go 3D with your gaming, whether you use one of the mods out there, the special glasses, or even a 3D television. As hard as you try to immerse yourself in the game, there's nothing better than feeling like you're actually there. If you're serious about living the game, this is the best way.

Play Against The Bratty Kids From Next Door

11. Play Against The Bratty Kids From Next Door
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Play Against The Bratty Kids From Next Door

11. Play Against The Bratty Kids From Next Door
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You can play against your buddies all you want, but let's be honest ... you're not beating Hunter and Logan. They have no job, no responsibilities, require no sleep, and mom brings them all their meals to the TV. All these kids do is play CoD and they live to destroy adult noobs. If you can hang in there against two 11-year-olds on a five-day sugar binge during summer vacation, you can absolutely own any of your friends. Literally any of them.

Play At Really Weird Hours

2. Play At Really Weird Hours
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Play At Really Weird Hours

2. Play At Really Weird Hours
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Time zones are a thing -- did you forget? When it's the middle of the night for you, it's daytime in another part of the world. 6:00 a.m. for you is mid-evening elsewhere. Why is this a big deal? You get to train against people from all over the world, or people who play well into the night. You're used to your regular pals who play at the same time, but this will throw you off and help you learn new strategy.

Turn Your Mini Fridge Into Furniture

13. Make Your Mini Fridge Into Furniture
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Turn Your Mini Fridge Into Furniture

13. Make Your Mini Fridge Into Furniture
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There's no point in getting up and walking around just to get something to drink. Making a mini fridge into an end table takes less than an afternoon and under $20 in scrap wood and stain. A real man could do it for less, though. This way, during that 30-second break between rounds or before you switch sides. .. boom, you've got a fresh, cold drink.

Make The Room's Lighting Match The Game

5. Make The Room's Lighting Match The Game
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Make The Room's Lighting Match The Game

5. Make The Room's Lighting Match The Game
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If it's nighttime in the game, cut the lights out. Put up some green glow sticks for the night-vision look. Crack the blinds just a bit for the dark warehouse look. When your surroundings match the game, that's when you're inside the game and you're that much more lethal. It's all about getting that edge together.

One Word: Subwoofers

6. One Word: Subwoofers
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One Word: Subwoofers

6. One Word: Subwoofers
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How do you not have serious subwoofers in your setup? Come on, snap in. Some big, powerful, heavy-duty subwoofers will bring the low-end into your game and make you feel every single grenade and every round that goes off. You won't be able to get any more realistic without signing a commitment of service.

Give Yourself A Soundtrack

3. Give Yourself A Soundtrack
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Give Yourself A Soundtrack

3. Give Yourself A Soundtrack
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You have to set the scene, and music is important. If you want to throw on some metal, drum and bass or hardcore ... that's how you're going to snap in the killer instinct. Just make sure you balance out the in-game sounds with your living room music. If you're really slick, you can pipe them both through your home theater sound system.

Become A Marathon Man

1. Become A Marathon Man
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Become A Marathon Man

1. Become A Marathon Man
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Why do boxers run seven miles a day? To get their wind up. Snap into a six-hour marathon once or twice a week, and you'll be able to stay sharp for any game situation. When everyone else is tapping out, you're still bright-eyed and ready to go. You've gotta play for the long game, and this is how you keep that stamina up.