Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Strategy and Execution. Friends or Foes?
I have an itch to play strategy games at the moment. StarCraft 2 has been fulfilling the need but I'm running into a problem. I love the high minded thinking that goes into the strategy. The clash of minds draws me in and keeps me captivated. The dream of inventing a brand new strategy staggers me with it's awesomeness. I want to invent a new strategy that wows and amazes.
But then I go play the game.
I get annihilated. Absolutely demolished. I go on losing streaks and just can't understand where the weak point in my strategy is. The truth is, my strategy is fine but my execution is lacking.
I only have so much time to devote to gaming in a given day. I have two jobs, a wife, and an 8 month old. They take priority over gaming. So let's say, on average, that amount of gaming time is 2 hours per day.
Is there any possible way for me to compete with master level players who devote 12+ hours to the game each day? No. There's no way that's going to happen.
But what about the people who play 4 hours a day? I want to get to their level. I want the execution skills of someone with a little more play time than me. That's good, it's something to strive for. It's a goal. As time goes on the whole population playing the game gets better, so I had better keep up.
I started this post with the need to vent about my losing streak but the writing took a weird turn on me. It's made me realize that getting a little bit better is actually a good goal. I should stop feeling bad that my execution isn't perfect. I have a good life and I like my other responsibilities. I don't need to be a master level player. All I want to do is keep getting better, one game at a time.