tl;dr – Yes! I suck at many games that I enjoy playing, but I do feel as if there is a limit on how much fun I can have with a game due to the presence of competition in certain games.
If that caught your interest, then continue reading below for a quick, afternoon Lyte Byte..
I will be the first to admit I am terrible at many, many video games.
At shooter games, I believe, I am the worst. I cannot aim. I cannot predict what other people are going to do in that sort of fast paced environment. I love Overwatch, but sadly I am limited to a handful of characters because otherwise I’m going to end up as a liability to my team, rather than a contributing member.
I would love to be able to bust out a Soldier 76, or a Bastion and spray down the entire enemy team and snatch the coveted ‘Play of the Game’ but I fear two things:
- That I’ll be shouted at for being bad.
- I’ll shout at myself for being bad.
There’s no two ways about it – I do like to win! I’m not a particularly competitive person but there’s always a drive deep inside me that makes me want to win and be successful at video games, and I think that’s there for everybody!
But is there a line where competitiveness can cause people to not have fun?
For example, amongst my friendship group we occasionally play Pokémon Sun and Moon and battle each other – and we all have different play styles and approaches to the game. One of my friends enjoys building competitive teams and min-maxing his Pokémon to the best of his ability – whilst another uses Pokémon that are considered non-competitive, but he uses them because he likes the Pokémon rather than for their stats. Then on top of that one of my friends just likes to fill their Pokédex!
What I find, though, is that whilst the friend that plays Pokémon competitively has as much fun as the friend that does not, there seems to be a limit to how much fun the non-competitive friend has. He barely is able to snag a win, and with game after game you can see in his face the disappointment as his favourite Pokémon are fainted over and over again.
Going back to my original example with Overwatch – whilst I do find that with several characters I don’t have as much fun as I often feel a liability to my team, it doesn’t shake the overwhelming sense of fun that I have while I play!
What do you guys think? Does competitiveness limit how much fun you can have in a game? Do you feel like being competitive is part of the fun of playing a game?