It's winter here in the UK, and I'm determined to make an attempt to catch up with my backlog of horror games e.g. Amnesia, Alien: Isolation. I have good black out curtains, but it won't work in the summer because it will be bright in my room due to light bleed and the sun's movement.
I just want my monitor to be the sole source of light/video at times so that I can immerse myself in games or scary films as much as possible (Spooking with Scoops style). I think I have most ambient light source problems solved e.g. removing reflective surfaces or adjusting peripherals with LEDs like my USB hub. The last thing I'm trying to resolve is my desk - I bought it second hand at a liquidation sale and it's a normal office desk which I really like, but has a polished surface and tends to reflect light.
My first thought was to buy a large sheet of black cartridge paper which I think would last well, and rest the monitor and keyboard on top of it. However I found out that if I buy that from Amazon (bearing in mind there's no suitable shop near me) it would cost £5.99 for 50 A4 sheets, which is far more than I'd want if my idea isn't great. If it did work then in the long run I'd have some replacements at least.
Is black cartridge paper good when you don't want light reflections? Or is there something cheaper/better?