27 October 2010

I, Scrub

Let's face it, I'm a scrub.

(In case you don't know, it's fighting game slang, described in Wiktionary as: 'A derogative term, mostly synonymous with "loser." It is usually used to indicate a player whose skill level is low or who is deemed to simply be unable to win.')

I can't pull off a proper combo to save my life. I still have trouble getting the 'dragon punch' motion right. Precision timing techniques, like parries, are completely beyond me.

This doesn't only apply to fighting games, but any type of game requiring actual skill, really, and particularly those requiring precise timing, co-ordination or fast reflexes. Which describes most arcade games, and a lot of other action games as well. My lack of patience in practising might be part of the problem, but it runs deeper than that, I think, based in actual physical/mental shortcomings.

It wouldn't be such a huge issue (I'm hardly the only person in the world with poor co-ordination and reflexes), if I didn't actually like these games so much. I'm a gamer, after all. It's one of the categories I most strongly identify myself belonging to, alongside the more broad category of 'geek'. I want to at least do OK in these games, and it annoys me greatly when I don't. It depresses me, and causes me to often lose patience with games rather quickly. It's lucky I'm not a very violent person (or have too much respect for objects that cost money to replace), or I might have smashed many a game controller by now. Online multiplayer modes are meaningless to me, I'd hardly want to play against total strangers with my embarrassing skill levels.

Can anything be done about this? I doubt it. I'm not even sure why I'm writing this post, just my way of wallowing in self-pity, I guess. 'Only happy when it rains', etc. etc.

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