Casual or competitive?
Playing Street Fighter V online is very hard to get into. And there are hundreds of other multiplayer games with the same problem. Can these games be enjoyed casually?
Coming from games like Quake 3 and Counter-Strike I really enjoy the competitive nature of video games. There’s just something about beating another player or team instead of some dry scripted AI. Over the years however I noticed a big change. In some cases the competition has become so fierce that it’s almost impossible to enjoy a victory. StarCraft 2 for instance was one of the beasts I struggled with to tame, and it’s not the only one I can add to the list.
“being good at a game requires excellent game knowledge and a picture perfect execution, both things that require practice and long term dedication”
If you don’t mind loosing your matches this really isn’t that big of a deal, but if you are like me and you enjoy to win from time to time you should prepare for some disappointment. Being good at a game requires excellent game knowledge and a picture perfect execution, both things that require practice and long term dedication.
This gives me the impression that the one who has invested most of the time in the game always comes out the victor. Look at the pro players competing in tournaments with prize pools where most people can only dream of. These guys invest 6 to 8 hours a day in training and matches. It is their job and I suspect it’s not an easy route either. Point is, as a casual, we should never compare ourselves with what these guys can do and show. Unless you are considering a career switch and giving up your job to go pro is an option …
Another big factor is how long the game has been released. New games tend to attract new players. Cannon fodder for some, a fair chance for others. Problem here is once the game is out for a while the casuals have improved significantly or have already abandoned ship. The longer you wait to join the ride, the harder it will be in most cases. Though this is not always the case with annual games like FIFA. Even the worst players there seem to be experienced veterans to me.
“these scripts are made to give you a 50-50 chance of winning, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have loosing streaks of more than 10 matches in a row”
Lastly, if a game lacks decent matchmaking all of the above doesn’t even matter. You can have a big community with mostly casual players, if you’re only matched against (wannabe) pro’s your ego will be smashed to pieces. And even with a perfect algorithm you can be in for some hard times. These scripts are made to give you a 50-50 chance of winning, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have loosing streaks of more than 10 matches in a row.
I know this may all seem like a long rant written out of frustration, but so far I have not seen a game that succeeds in providing a competitive environment for casual players. I must admit though some come pretty close. Makes me wonder if I should go play single player or co-op multiplayer only … But then I’m thinking about how fun head to head competition is and can’t wait to take the plunge for another round of ass kicking and steamrolling hoping this time I won’t be on the receiving end.