Most people play games for all-out enjoyment. But that tends to be only at the very beginning. At some point or another, you’ll want to get competitive; no one likes getting beat all the time, after all! While it’s not realistic to think that you’ll ever be the best in the world at FIFA, Call of Duty, or tabletop games, there are plenty of things you can do that’ll push you up the rankings table. Take onboard the tips that we’ve outlined below, and it won’t be long before you notice a marked improvement in your performance level.
Watch Tutorial Videos
You could figure out how to play a game well on your own, but that’ll take some time. And in this day and age, it’s not really necessary. The internet is awash with easy-to-follow tutorials for just about every popular game, and plenty of niche games, too. If you feel that you’ve begun to hit a plateau in the amount of progress you’re making, then see what you can learn on YouTube. In all likelihood, you’ll pick up a tip or two that will make a real difference to your performance level. Just be sure that the creator of the video knows what they’re talking about; if they receive plenty of views and the comments are generally positive, then you can be confident that they’ll help you.
Stay In Control Of Your Emotions
Emotions often run high when playing a game you’re invested in. But it’s important to remember that games are logical battles, not emotional ones, and if you let frustration or excitement get the better of you, then you’ll be more likely to commit a logical error that puts you at a disadvantage. We see this in all games, but especially face-to-face ones, such as card games; the next time you play a game of poker, keep an eye on the classic poker tells exhibited by your opponents, and you’ll see just what we mean. You’ll find that you can often predict what kind of cards they have in their hands just by looking at their psychological giveaways. And if you can do it to them, then they probably do it to you, too. Learn to control your emotions, and you’ll be in a much stronger position for victory.
Identify Your Opponents’ Weaknesses
There are plenty of things you can do to improve your own game. But sometimes, it’s a good idea to focus on the things that your opponent has not improved about their game. Not everyone goes through the learning/improvement process, and even people who have been playing a game for years can have weak points. It’s up to you to figure out what those weaknesses are. You can do this by keeping an eye out for any weak points in their game; for instance, are there any strategies they struggle to deal with? Is there a recurring pattern in the games you’ve won against them? If you can see what they’re doing wrong, then you’ll have a pretty big advantage — just hope that they don’t realise the weakness themselves.
Deal With Setbacks
It’s great when everything’s going our way. Alas, that’s just not realistic when gaming for an extended period of time. You can give yourself a competitive edge by learning how to deal with setbacks. If you can improve how you respond to things not going your way, then you’ll have the edge over most other players who usually lose patience and end up making things more difficult for themselves.
Review Your Performances
A little bit of reflection can go a long way, especially in gaming. Most people move on to other things once the game they’re playing is over, but it’s worthwhile spending at least a little bit of time thinking about your performance. What did you do well? What did you do poorly? What didn’t you do at all? You’ll usually find that you can learn a few lessons just by thinking back over your gameplay, and that’ll give you something to work on the next time you do battle.
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