Fang Talks

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10 01 16

Tryharding

Trying to be good at something is the first step towards… something not being fun anymore?

I sometimes play games. Casually. For fun. But they’re also the kind of games I’d like to be good at, so naturally I try and improve. Broaden and strengthen my skills, learnt about the details of the game, that kind of stuff. But then when I’m learning something new I continuously fail, sometimes for terribly dumb reasons, and I lose our team the game because of it. It’s frustrating and leaves me feeling like I wasted my time, like I didn’t learn or improve in any way.

It’s really conflicting. I play these games to have fun, and I find it enjoyable to become better at them, yet the process seems to suck all the excitement out of it. Makes it seem like a rough grind that doesn’t really go anywhere. It’s oddly difficult letting go of that “gotta get better” mentality and just have fun, however harsh the losses may be.

Maybe it’s a good idea to alternate “practice” with “for fun” games, rather than trying to do both at the same time, all the time.
~ Fang

Comments

  • 11/01/2016 (1:43 AM)

    That makes sense. It’s sort of a tightrope, isn’t it?

    On one hand, you have to challenge yourself. On the other hand, if it’s not fun, you won’t want to do it.

    Unless you decide that your idea of having fun is shaming everyone else with how badly you can beat them. Then it’s the best of both worlds!

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