Howdy again! I had a lot of fun reading through everyone’s replies in last week’s thread so thanks to everyone who answered! This weekend, I watched a ton of competitive Magic so my head is in a different place.
So, I thought that i wasn’t into playing competitive games. I am generally very reluctant to play shooters with my friends, especially considering I am usually the weak link among those I play with. And just generally didn’t like the anxiety I got playing competitive shooters or fighting games by myself.
But back in February I installed Magic Arena on a whim, thinking back on when I used to play casually with my family back in college and such. Ten months later I continue to play quite a lot, and one of the interesting things about coming back to it has been realizing I actually like playing competitive games. I am still not particularly good at Magic, but I’ve been having a lot of fun playing ranked games and slowly learning how to play better and tune my decks for the field. It just turns out I needed a game where I could pause think over what to do. I still play too quickly at times, but even just being forced to stop has turned out to make it feel so much easier to find optimal plays than in a real-time game where I just can’t think or react as fast as everyone around me.
Additionally, earlier this year I got into speed-running Hades, which may go in contradiction with what I just said about thinking and reacting fast, but I don’t know, it feels different. My main competition is myself and Hades in-game timer, and while checking the speed-run leaderboards is fun, it’s just as satisfying to just focus on speeding up my own times. Perhaps this isn’t considered competitive in the same way as a directly PvP game, but at least for me, it tapped into lot of the same things I got out of playing Magic on the ladder.
Questions to Ponder:
- Do you enjoy playing games competitively against others?
- If so, what kind of games? Do you find you prefer games with certain traits over others?
- If not, is there anything that you think could change that?
- How about games where you don’t directly compete against others but maybe against yourself, a time, a scoreboard or similar, like speed-running?
- How about watching competitive games? Have any favorite games you follow the competitive scene for even if you don’t want to be a part of it yourself?