I really enjoyed Vecta's thread on fighting communities, everyone's thoughts and opinions were great and interesting to read, so I'm starting this thread in the hopes you will all come and have your say... It's a long post but please bear with me..okays?Video Game Victory
I was lucky enough to grow up in the arcade era during a time when fighters where at an all time high, with most of the classic scrappers we all know and love hitting the streets around the
same time my balls dropped
early 90's. I consider myself a very good
gamer but, after 25 years of playing, I am still far from "Excellent" and, at fighters, not even anywhere close to "Pro"
The arcade scene is dead today, but fear not, bloodthristy joystick jockeys, ONl1E gaMinG iz WheRR itz @t.
The other night, I fought this guy at Mortal Kombat, he had a really ropey looking win/loss rate, but he challenged me, I beat him 9-0, but he kept rematching, everytime picking a different character and pushing forward. The same night, I fought some guy in King of the hill who was on a 16 win streak. I beat him, he rage quit just before my win and and then kicked everyone out the room.
It just got me thinking that clearly the guy on the losing streak just seemed to want to fight
and explore the game, whereas the guy on the winning streak clearly took my victory very personally indeed, like a personal affront to him, his mother and that motherf*cker Ermac.
So -What thoughts do you have on "winning" at games? particulary beating human opposition?
-Do you find that you spend countless hours of practicing combos of games, old or new, out of a love of the game, or more that it fuels your want (and for some a NEED) to defeat total strangers? Is it a bit of both? Do you push to better yourself constantly or are you content where you are?
-How important is your online record to you? Would you shy away from fights you feel you have no chance of winning?
-Do you feel different about winning in different games? Can you accept many losses in Tekken but rage at a single loss in Street Fighter?
-Has your inability to master a game hurt your love of the game, a character or their franchise? I remember a HORDE of people returning SFIV to my shop when it was originally released because they "weren't winning"
-Have gamers become a nation of excuse merchants? Do we spend more time complaining that the character that beat us "needs nerfing" or that the player was "spamming too much" or are these legitimatly important points?
-What about victory in the big picture of gaming? Has coming out on top became seemingly more or less important in modern day gaming than you remember it in the past?
-As you get older do you find you care less than you did when you were a kid?
-Do games with an abundance of game breaking cheats, for example COD, nullify those games for anything more than a quick laugh?
-Do tournaments legitimise "winning games" as an actual life achievement?
-Or, when all is said and done, are the real "winners" the people who don't give a crap about the outcome, but just play, well... just because? Does that attitude remove a pressure of excellence and leave it open for more casual fun? or is that an attitude of someone who doesn't know how to compete?
I'm just listing loads of generic ideas. There are a whole abundance of questions, answers and opinions that can spin out of this topic and I'd really like to hear yours gorgeous
It's a pretty open subject with a ton of variables, so just go with what ya think. Don't leave me hangin'....