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Performance Anxiety / Performance Rage

Discussion in 'Game Talk' started by Adrestia716, Feb 6, 2015.

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  1. Adrestia716

    Adrestia716 Member

    I grew up in a very competitive family of mostly military guys, I’m the youngest and the only daughter. There was a lot of pressure to be better, no, the best. I’m also black so I had to REALLY be better because my family wanted me to have a better life.

    I love Single-player games because I have Performance Anxiety and Performance Rage. My brothers and cousins (again mostly male) were ruthless and merciless when we play any kind of multiplayer competitive game. I avoided them for most of my life.

    Starcraft 2 came out and I finally tried to play. I went to some MLG events, followed the streams, trained and found I had real aptitude for it but the performance anxiety made my hands freeze or my brain fumble which turned into performance rage and I found myself back to playing by myself…

    Now, I’ve had unrelated therapy which lead to me NOT freaking out about my gaming but now I’m too busy to play but I wanted to know how other have found ways to manage their negative performance habits?

    Speaking of ragequits, I was at MLG Columbus when this happened. It was magical

  2. kajira

    kajira Mother of Gaming

    LOL - I play a lot of single player, or co-op style games myself because I was also raised exceptionally competitive. (very similar, my dad and all boys, military influence, always told that I had to be the BEST at everything, very high expectations, etc)

    What I've found is that I get stressed about wanting to win so much that my hands will start shaking and the adrenaline goes into overdrive, especially when doing competitive FPS, and sometimes it makes me sharper and even more precise other times I end up shaking enough that I make accidental clicks and just screw myself up. I've had the same thing happen in my MMO's when going for server firsts and raiding with my hardcore guilds, but once we win and I prove that we can do it then it usually would subside for subsequent battles.

    However, combine all this with the fact that I KNOW I'm "squishy" when it comes to dealing with unkind people online, and it ratchets up my need to be the best even more, because in my mind I can NOT let down the others around me, I can't afford to make mistakes, I do not want to be the target of their unkind words and I don't want to disappoint teammates. I want to be the best for my own benefit, but even more so I NEED to be on top for my team ... and honestly, it's not the healthiest cycle for me to get into, so now that I'm older I generally just avoid it.
  3. TigerStripedDragon

    TigerStripedDragon Active Member

    I avoid online to avoid toxic/troll behavior. Dealing with that kind of stuff stresses me out. It's not easy for me to lose my temper but every once in a while when someone does push the right buttons I completely flip and it makes me feel terrible afterwards.

    I like to just enjoy the game I'm playing, but online some people take it way too seriously and compete to ridiculous levels where you either end up having to dedicate a ton of time to that game or forget about enjoying a casual online match (specifically talking about games like pokemon in this case)

    So, I don't see a whole lot of advantages to playing competitive online games if I can't enjoy it at my own pace or if it just brings out the worst of me or stresses me out. Don't mind playing co-op though, those are actually fun.
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    dIScRAZYgINGER Active Member

    I tend to eat trolls for lunch _-_ xD So on a serious note I quite enjoy plaing online competitive games until I start getting destroyed :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: probably how most people are but this is where gaming with friends and making sure to not always trying to do what the game wants me to helps alot. By that I mean trying to do thing in a non-conventional way as where your not taking things seriously and having fun trying this outrageous idea you came up with so when it doesnt work you to busying laughing.
  5. SH4D0WZ0MB1E

    SH4D0WZ0MB1E Active Member

    Only thing that happens to me that I can relate to this topic, is sometimes I get too focused on a mistake I make. Doesn't happen often, but I'll make some stupid mistake and just get hung up on it. Makes the rest of my game go worse because instead of moving past it and focusing on what's currently happening I just keep thinking about how I screwed up.

    As for the videos you posted Adrestia why would he quit? One that's just unsportsmanlike, and two in a competitive situation you fight until the bitter end. When I play LoL ranked sometimes I get people who want to surrender and I don't get why. You never give up until a nexus dies. I've won a game where my team had nothing but our nexus and the other team had a pretty good lead on us, but we stuck it out and actually won that game.
  6. Adrestia716

    Adrestia716 Member

    Idra was notorious (and my still be) for wanting to play an near perfect game to the point of quitting if it looked like he might fail. He thought MMA was ahead and failed to notice that his opponent made a critical mistake that he could have capitalized on if he had just stayed, as you said, until the end.
  7. SH4D0WZ0MB1E

    SH4D0WZ0MB1E Active Member

    What does it matter if it's not a perfect game? As long as you get that W, that's all that matters in a competition. But meh, if you'd rather rage quit and lose because you made a tiny mistake so be it.
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