I have recently came across the video and the related article about competitive play, upon which it was based. It describes the anxiety of the competitive play, that can lead to diminishing pleasure from the game itself and eventual burnout.
The original video creator was particularly talking about his divorce with League of Legends, because of the stated reasons. I believe, it is also valid for fighting games, and other aspects of our lives where we try our best to compete.
If I was to condense the thesis of the video/article, it would go along the points of:
• Casual playing for fun and competitive play are often juxtaposed. Both are thought to have mutually exclusive features. In this way, competitive play implies more engagement and intensity because of the imposed stakes, while lacking the joyous fun of the casual play.
• Competition brings the anxiety toll upon the competitors, making us irritable, nervous and leading to eventual burnout.
• Two modes of play do not have to mutually exclude one another, if we apply Stoic attitude. With this attitude, we have to focus on the things within our control, while distancing ourselves from that which is outside it. This includes ranks, prizes, recognition and other signs of success.
• It is hard to achieve, but if we do so, we find ourselves in the flow state, when we can have the intensity of competition, high performance and joy of playing.
I personally find thus very inspiring not only for the competitive play, but for the life as well. Letting go of from the things that we can not control is hard, but it sure does bring relief.
What is your take on that?
P.S. video and article are linked in red