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Do long gaming sessions need special chairs?

Do long gaming sessions need special chairs?

  • Yes, gaming-grade chairs improve ergonomics

    Votes: 2,040 22.1%
  • No, a good office chair does the job

    Votes: 6,033 65.4%
  • No, a static home chair or couch is fine

    Votes: 1,036 11.2%
  • I am a mobile gamer and don't game long sessions

    Votes: 121 1.3%

  • Total voters
  • Poll closed .
Jan 29, 2012
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Chairs are very important. I need to get a fancy chair soon. I have a severe tailbone injury with back issues and sciatica on both legs. I still manage lol
Apr 24, 2017
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The funny thing is ( and a problem also ) i can't sit for more than 1h on normal chair now.
Jun 4, 2013
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I'd argue that gaming chairs just add bucket seat aesthetics to the mix, whether that is actually a good thing is, imo, debatable, since I don't need to be fixed in a chair when there is no lateral acceleration (such as when driving a car). Personally, I think that a good office chair in which you can move around and change seating position a lot is the best option. I've read somewhere that frequently changing seating position is the healthiest seating habit, but what do I know, I just like to sit differently all the time :)
Dec 6, 2016
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I use a recliner chair + footrest for gaming and work. I did add 5 wheels to the base of the chair tough, mostly to raise it a bit since most recliners sit too low to comfortably use at a desk. Simple operation -just drilled some holes in the wooden base and bolted the wheels to it. The chair is very similar to this: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00BQUWKHO/?tag=tec053-21

Gaming chairs and most office chairs cushions are pretty hard and my butt starts to go numb and my tailbone aches after a couple of hours of sitting in them. They may be modeled after car seats, but they are nowhere near as comfortable. This is not a problem for short and skinny guys / girls, but I'm pretty tall and heavy so soft cushions are a must.


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Jan 12, 2016
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Actual ergonomic chairs and standing/adjustable desks are the way to go, though they do command a considerable premium. If you spend long hours using a PC and you can afford them then they are a worthwhile investment since, from what I've read, they can last for many, many years (we're talking a decade or so). A good chair will properly support you. For example, I have a Steelcase Gesture that basically forces you to recline correctly and not slouch. To begin with it is kinda odd and slightly uncomfortable for me because I always slouched incorrectly but when I got used to it I noticed that my back pains that I had when I used a GT Omega "gaming" chair were almost entirely alleviated.

The good ones are hover around $800 to $1200 but over 10 years it will pay for itself and your body with thank you when you're much older!
Apr 16, 2015
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Benchmark Scores upgrade: www.3dmark.com/compare/fs/9798108/fs/5598299 www.3dmark.com/compare/spy/285676/spy/64550
A gaming-grade chair and a good quality office chair are the same thing, they are just being marketed differently.
Even the second answer (No, a good office chair does the job) in the choices is wrong, because "good office chair" IS a special chair. So it should be "Yes, a good office chair does the job.", not the "No" beginning.
Mar 18, 2008
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Long gaming sessions you need a special butt, like mine, big and fat, now thats comfort.

My "gaming chair" is a $2.50 Special from the dump with a second cushion on it lol
Aug 2, 2011
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Dec 21, 2008
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Power Supply Corsair CX750M
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Benchmark Scores not benching anymore...
i'm sitting on the side of my bed when im gaming,
its comfy, and you can just lie down whenever if you want to relax and enjoy.