There it is; the point of frustration. It’s the difficult spot of the level, the single turn on a track costing precious time, the critical flaw in a player’s strategy, or the hidden crack in the wall. No matter the challenge, there are ways past it. With a little help, any player can improve their game. They can get through the level, reach that top rank, and learn the secrets.
What about just starting out? When choosing a new game it’s important to choose the right game for the right reasons. Choose an engaging game, something you specifically like. If the motivations are to spend time playing with or against a specific player, discuss several options and choose together.
Regarding gameplay, it’s important to choose the right settings. Slight adjustments in sensitivity and properly utilizing variable difficulties can make all the difference. It’s okay to take advantage of these when starting out. By properly utilizing these two variables, a player can fine tune and increase their skills.
While some players may understandably frown on this, another ‘assist’ when starting out is utilizing the internet. The internet contains a library of guides, frequently asked questions, and detailed walk-throughs. All of these are helpful in difficult situations. Please note these are meant to be used sparingly, and over-using them can ruin the experience. For a good example, please see this popular website: http://www.ign.com/wikis.
An old dog can learn new tricks, and all players can improve their abilities at any time. Repetition and environment are keys to development. Experts have ‘clocked’ hours over long periods of time to develop their skills. They utilize their focus and notice patterns and advantages. It’s also important to play against live opponents often. It’s a great way to learn and critically analyze your own skills. Be sure to enjoy the moment if you’re crushing it. Don’t hold back, instead be aggressive.
By taking advantage of even just a few helpful resources, any player can improve their gaming experience at any point. It’s important to appreciate the challenges a game can present, and have fun by finding the best solutions on your own. Capitalizing on even a few slight advantages in strategy, skills, or settings will bring light to the darkness; showing a way through the challenging situations.
The author is not connected and has not received any compensation or benefit for supporting International Gaming Network, Incorporated (http://www.ign.com). (Photo: Cameron Parkins)