Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Gaming Time/Skill

 Image via Penny-Arcade

I suck at Halo Reach.  I'm not a bad gamer and I do fine in the campaign, but compared to everyone else in matchmaking online I am not good.  Penny-Arcade summed up my feelings perfectly, so I couldn't resist using their strip from last week.

Why do I suck at Halo?  I've been playing video games for something like 20 years now, so it's not lack of experience.  I like FPS games and I play them often, so that's not it.  I'm 23 and my reaction times are still good.  I think the problem is my lack of time.

To get good at twitch games like Halo Reach a person needs to spend a lot of time with that particular game.  It all comes down to execution, which can only be improved through playing.  I don't have as much time to devote to any one game as I used to.  I have work, taking care of my newborn, spending time with my wife, and other adult responsibilities.  Also, I like trying a lot of different gaming experiences instead of confining myself to one game for months or years.

I remember when I could play one game for the majority of a day when I was a teenager.  12 hours of gaming in a day was not unreasonable.  Even when I was in high school I would regularly play games for 6 to 8 hours a day.  Looking back, it probably wasn't the healthiest amount of play time but it definitely made me good at the games I was playing.

I'm not complaining about any of it.  I love my life and I still have tons of fun playing video games.  I don't care if I can't compete with teenagers anymore.  I've moved on in my life.  I spend a lot of time with my family, which I love and I feel that I have enough time to enjoy the games I play.  As long as I'm having fun, does it really matter if I can't be as competitive as I once was?


  1. AMEN!
    I used to be a powerplayer, today im a Dad! :) I know which is most rewarding

  2. I'm loving being a Dad so far. It's way better than playing 12 hours of video games daily.