I was playing a warm-up game this morning, when an interesting idea crossed my mind. I imagined the “retro days” of competitive video games. The times when it was truly about just the game and not remotely about the numbers. I suppose for some though it might not be about the numbers. I don’t know, it just seems like everyone is motivated by numbers. Even I am sometimes obsessed with numbers like the only good thing I can take from life is the ratio of numbers. This entry wasn’t supposed to be about numbers. But, it’s a fair talking point.
I guess the retro days would have been countless hours of grinding without the toxicity of course. Being free to just play. That’s another real hindrance of competitive gaming now-a-days. People just are toxic. Nine out of every ten games there is at least someone who ruins the game. It can range anywhere from expressing bewilderment of the opponent’s skill in the most negative way possible to deciding that it’s everyone else’s fault rather than their own. The list could go on and on. This vision I had is definitely faded and I can’t seem to determine exactly what I mean. I just imagine passion. I feel for many people that passion has faded somewhat or entirely. It has turned to proving their enemies wrong, proving people in general wrong, gaining some form of revenge. Not so much the game. The game? What do I mean by this? The actual concept of playing the game to be the best. Not to get on some dream team, not to gain millions of followers, not to become sponsored by Red Bull or something. ACTUALLY being the best at what you do. Ability in its purest form.
I remember when I first came across eSports. I was watching GoldGlove’s YouTube series where it was the race to master prestige on Black Ops II, which was my first love of video games, where I think my passion to be the best actually ignited. Over the years though it has faded like so many others. My dreams have also changed from ability to revenge. I need to revert. I have really gone off topic I realize, but this is an issue that has been taxing me lately.
So back to the retro thing. Let’s imagine here for a moment. The days before events. The days before twitter had taken off into what it is now. Certainly, before twitch had exploded. Before a person had even found friends to play with. No distraction gaming is what I seem to be describing. I think I should try to get back to that…But how?