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How you can relieve lockdown stress with video games

In these stressful, uncertain times, it’s not too late to play

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We are at an unusual and uncertain period in our lives. The pandemic has forced most people indoors, and honestly, it’s just been stressful. My day-to-day activities already include work on the weekdays, which is already stressful in its own way. But the news, the case count, and the amount of things that are NOT being done right to deal with the virus, what else is there?

I’m pretty sure everyone else is feeling the same way. I’m also certain that everyone is finding a way to relieve themselves of stress while indoors. Some of you turn to physical activities that serve as an equivalent to, say going to the gym. Some even try learning new things while at home, or catch up on that Netflix series you keep blowing off.

And then, there are some of us who remembered they have an untouched console in their room. Or, they remembered that they have games installed on their phone that they’ve hardly touched. I’d even go as far as saying that some of you didn’t even know that there are websites where you can play games with your friends online.

Gaming is everywhere, and is for everyone

I’ve always had this belief that everyone has been exposed to a video game at least once in their lifetime. My own personal history with video games started when I was three years old, when I received a PlayStation. Nowadays, kids receive much more advanced technology to play popular games like Fortnite. And recently, people realized that you can even play games on your phone.

Playing video games, when you have access to it, is one great way to pass the time. Whether you play online or have some playmates at home, it’s a great way to just relax and enjoy your “me-time.” When you’re feeling a little stressed with work or you feel down, a good game can get you going.

So how does one actually do that?

A way to connect with people

I had a brief chat with Ian Tan, Asia-Pacific Gaming Lead at Lenovo over the topic of video games in the face of this pandemic. One of his key insights into how gaming is shaping the world at this very moment is that people are finding more ways to communicate with one another. He mentioned how Discord, which is basically the “Skype for gamers” had opened features like its Go Live to accommodate large groups of people.

We live in a time when human interaction has now been severely limited. You can’t even visit your relatives who live nearby for fear of contracting the virus, as well. Video games provide an avenue for people to simply connect with one another, when physical interaction seems impossible. As Ian said, the challenge was simply to “keep each other engaged,” especially with their company’s initiatives during the pandemic.

Keep yourself in shape

Imposing a quarantine means that you will remain indoors at all costs, so outdoor physical activities are a no-go. In fact, in some countries, some gyms and fitness centers are temporarily closed while there’s still a pandemic. Any sort of physical activity you plan to have is now basically limited to just the confines of your own home.

Lucky for you, there are some video games you can lean on to for some physical activity while indoors. One popular game is the Just Dance series, which features a ton of songs and choreographies to choose from. Of course, for the current version of Just Dance 2020, you can enable Sweat Mode, which calculates how many calories you’re burning while dancing.

For Switch users, there’s also Ring Fit Adventure which uses real exercise routines while giving you an adventure. Of course, for the most part you need the accessory to play it properly so be sure to get it if you wanna give the game a try. For both these games, to some extent, you’ll be able to get some exercise going. Or, possibly get your mind off the stress of the world.

Time to “git gud”

Now, the stress of the pandemic may get to you when you’ve been stuck at home for a long time. But if you’re a gamer, you do appreciate this extra time on your hands to focus on one thing you want to be: the best there is! Even if you just casually play a game you love, this is also the time for you to learn how to be better at it.

Ian shared with me some initiatives Lenovo Legion had to engage their consumer base while on lockdown. One of these initiatives is the rise of Legion where they host a series of online mini-tournaments designed for amateur and semi-pro players. They opened the invitation to most parts of Asia, across most eSports titles like CS:GO and DOTA 2. Even in competition, their emphasis was more on the fun aspect of it.

In these uncertain times, you need some form of stress relief. It can be working out at home, trying out new things, or attending to your old personal projects. Of course, if you picked up a console along the way, there’s always that option too!

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Why the IdeaPad is an ideal partner

For getting started and more

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Lenovo IdeaPad

Every good thing we have today began with an idea. But it didn’t end as just being that.

When you’re in the late stages of college or university education or perhaps about to enter the workforce, this is the time when you’re full of youthful energy and a desire to make a dent in the world.

It’s also around this time that you’re bursting at the seams with ideas on what you want to do, and what you want to contribute to society. You might also be looking for a tool that can help you bring these ideas to life.

It’s a critical time in your life and you may not have the resources for multiple tools. So if you’re putting all your eggs in one basket — or in this case one gadget — let it be something that’s powerful, versatile, and can match all your needs.

Here’s an idea: Perhaps you should get a Lenovo IdeaPad! We think you should choose the new IdeaPad Slim 5/5i or IdeaPad Flex 5/5i. Read on to know why.

The processing power you need 

The IdeaPad Slim 5/5i and Flex 5/5i are equipped with fresh Intel or AMD Ryzen processors to go along with configurations of up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM and up to 1TB of SSD internal storage. That means all the computing power and speed you would need to last you for a few years.

Whether you’re dealing with tons of documents, endless pages of spreadsheets, and slide after slide of presentations, an IdeaPad will have you more than covered.

A workhorse like you deserves a partner that can more than keep up. These IdeaPads come with batteries that can stay with you for over 10 hours. Whether you’re making things happen at home or lugging it around for necessary remote work, it’s a device that has enough juice for a day.

Tools that keep you going

If you’re working with videos and images, the IdeaPad Slim 5/5i and Flex 5/5i will surely help in bringing your ideas to life. The only limit is your imagination.

It’s peppered with ports to unlock the multimedia mage in you. IdeaPads typically have a USB-C port, two USB 3.1 ports, a DisplayPort, an SD card reader, and an audio jack. You’re also equipped with competent connectivity (WiFi 5, Bluetooth 4.2). That’s everything you need to work your magic.

If you’re really deep into the arts, the IdeaPad Flex 5/5i comes with a stylus to give your creativity even more flexibility. Flip it however you like and whatever form you’re comfortable with. This is a gadget line that won’t leave you wanting.

A worthy partner

Life is already difficult enough as it is. Make it easier on yourself by choosing a partner that will help you achieve your goals. A partner that can stay with you through the grind and enable you to do things you probably didn’t think you’re capable of.

You need a partner that you can just let loose on without fear that it will give up on you at a crucial moment. This is what Lenovo IdeaPads are built for. They’re designed to provide you better opportunities, greater connectivity, and the ability to transcend limitations with its smarter technology and solutions that unlock your potential when turning ideas into reality.

The IdeaPad Slim 5/5i and Flex 5/5i are pre-installed with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2019 and come bundled with Lenovo’s 3-Year Premium Care warranty upon purchase. This top-notch service provides customers with direct access to Lenovo engineers. They can guide you on basic troubleshooting and do an annual PC Health Check, as well as on-site repairs if absolutely necessary.

Don’t let yourself be held back by machines that fall short of the greatness you wish to achieve. With a Lenovo IdeaPad, you’re equipped with the necessary tools to make it big. Once you have one, all you really need is an idea to build on.


Contact any Lenovo authorized reseller to get your hands on an IdeaPad: http://lenovoph.com/authorizedresellers

This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and Lenovo Philippines.

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How to get NBA League Pass with your telco provider

There are two package options

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NBA action is in full swing. In fact, it has been since August when the season restarted following a shut down that was caused by the dreaded Coronavirus pandemic. As of writing, we’re in the thick of the Conference Finals series. If you want to catch all the action, here’s how you can get NBA League Pass through different telecomm providers in the Philippines.

It’s now easier than ever to get access to the games legally. All of Smart, PLDT, and Globe are offering the same price packages.

PhP 85 — Watch any three games of your choice
PhP 485 — 30-day pass for all games including live and on-demand

Here’s how to get the subscription for each provider.

Smart Postpaid and Prepaid
(Also works with TNT and SUN Postpaid)

  • Download the NBA app (iOS / Android /APKPure)
  • On the app, click on the icon at the top-right corner
  • Click sign-in
  • A banner on top of the page will appear for Smart, Sun and TNT subscribers
  • Click ‘Get Started’
  • Enter mobile number for verification and a one-time PIN which will be sent to your mobile number
  • Choose your provider: Smart, TNT or Sun.
  • Choose your NBA League Pass Package (3-game or 30-days) and enter mobile number
  • Confirm your payment by entering the one-time PIN sent to your mobile number
  • Click NBA logo and start watching

PLDT Home

  • Go to pldthome.com/nbaleaguepass
  • Select your preferred package
  • The amount will be added to your next bill
  • PLDT will give a voucher
  • Download and sign-in to the NBA app
  • Enter the voucher in the promotion code field
  • Click NBA logo and start watching

Globe

  • Open the GCash app
  • Go to Buy Load
  • Look for the PayTV tab
  • Choose your preferred package. (Note: The chosen package is valid for 90 days).
  • Confirm payment
  • Open the NBA app and enjoy!

As mentioned earlier, we’re no in the Conference Finals with four teams remaining. Dueling in the West are the Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets. Meanwhile in the East, it’s a battle between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics.

A new NBA champion will likely be crowned in the next 30 days so now is the best time to subscribe!

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Apple Watch Series 6 vs Watch SE: Unboxing and Buyer’s Guide

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There’s a new Apple Watch iteration every year — although this year, we have two new models to unbox. Other than that, we also have the newest one-piece bands called ‘Solo Loop’ — both in silicon and braided.

Although Apple completely removed the charging brick out from the usual packaging, they packed several new features on the Watch Series 6 including the new blood oxygen sensor and Always-On Altimeter. Meanwhile, the Watch SE is meant for people who’d want to experience Apple’s wearable without having to spend too much.

Between these two, which of them is your GadgetMatch? Or are you struggling to choose one?

You can head over to our latest Apple Watch Series 6 vs Apple Watch SE Unboxing and Buyer’s Guide right here to find out more.

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