3 Ways You Can Become a Better Gamer
Like with most things in life, some people are good at gaming and some people are not. We’ve all played Mario Kart with someone who is forever in last place and we’ve all found a game that everyone seems to rave about, but we can’t seem to get past the first major obstacle. But as with most things, this doesn’t have to be the case. While some people are predisposed to be good at gaming, there are ways in which others can try to improve and get better. So, how can you get better at gaming?
Watch Experts Play
The growth of Twitch and the popularity of spectating on big games such as League of Legends, Fortnite, PUBG, and FIFA means that there is a wealth of resources so people can watch others play. Even games such as Fall Guys gain a lot of spectators for their Twitch streams.
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The rise of eSports helped turn gaming into a spectator sport, so watching others play and learning how they handle situations and what they do could help give you ideas or at the very least motivation to be like they are. You’ll watch players who are not only excelling, but who make mistakes, and eventually you’ll understand what they did wrong and how they could improve.
The games that most people are likely to want to get better at aren’t standard console platform games, they’re most likely to be multiplayer games that involve a range of skills. The ability for almost anyone to become a world-class eSports player means that competition is rife. So, while there is a range of resources, it should be noted that you won’t be the only one using them to enhance your own skills.
Play Other Things
Some people might excel at Call of Duty, but they’re also likely to be good at playing Pokémon, too. That’s because most gaming experiences require a similar skillset. Playing a wide range of games and styles from all kinds of gaming can help you develop skills that you can use to become a better player. But you don’t just need to focus on playing similar titles.
Team sports such as soccer could help you improve your ability to be a team player. Many multiplayer games force players to develop the skills necessary to be a good leader, a good follower of instructions, and to attempt to win through collaborative means. There’s a reason eSports teams often live together – so they can build the camaraderie and team spirit necessary to be victorious.
Moreover, playing board games such as chess has been proven to help people improve their strategic thinking abilities. Top intellectuals cite playing chess as a way they have been able to improve their ability to make these important decisions, which many popular games require.
Online table games even help build transferable skills to help you get better at gaming. It’s now possible to learn how to play online roulette, with a range of online resources providing expert rundowns of everything from the very basics to the most advanced gaming strategies there are. As you learn the techniques then put them to practice in different variants of the game, you’ll find that it’s the ability to make decisions that could have a risky outcome that you end up honing. This could then transfer to gaming to help you make maneuvers that are considered riskier but are crucial for many games in order to win.
Going back to the retro games of the early PlayStation could help you improve your dexterity skills. While gaming has come a long way from the simple controls available in the classics, this early dexterity practice no doubt helped players separate their brains from their hands. Being able to seamlessly use controllers could improve your agility and dexterity, which are key skills needed for succeeding in almost any game.
Play, Play, Play
Ultimately, to get better at anything, we need to just do it. Practice makes perfect, as the saying goes, so it’s important to not just watch the experts and play other games but to actually take what we’ve learned and apply it to the game we want to excel at. They say it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert at something – but by taking everything you do in your day-to-day life to improve your skills as a gamer, this 10,000 hours won’t actually be as long as you think.
There are plenty of ways to improve your gaming abilities. Some of the methods are more obtuse than others – such as simply spectating or playing unrelated games – but they all contribute to a well-rounded gamer. These activities should be accompanied by practice.