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Stop being a passive gamer.

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You likely know someone who ALWAYS chooses Falco in Super Smash. Or they ALWAYS choose Ken in Street Fighter. Maybe you are this person. This is another passive gaming behavior; and frankly, it�s just a waste of money. Would you pay full price to see a movie and only watch the first 15 minutes? Those 15 minutes may be your favorite part of the movie, but you�re still not getting the whole picture, or your money�s worth.

When it comes to competitive multiplayer, I�m actually pretty good about being �active�. In Super Smash I tend to suck in 4 player matches when I play as Fox. One on one, I can kick my fair share of ass with McCloud, but in a 4 person fight I seem to have more accidental or just plain stupid deaths. So if I know I�m going to play a 4 person brawl, I usually switch it up to Donkey Kong � a stronger, heavier character who I feel is more tailored to fights with more combatants. A passive gamer doesn�t do this. They stick to the character they�ve trained the most with, and don�t mix up their strategies to accommodate the game.

Same goes for Team Fortress 2. So often I�ll jump into a game and find that no one on either side is a Heavy, or Demoman, or Engineer etc... Instead of jumping into my comfort zone and choosing sniper, I�ll usually try to choose a class that my team could use more of at the moment. And it almost always pays off.

Short story long: you can�t make a shitty game a masterpiece, but you can exercise what agency you have to avoid making your game as bland as white toast. Next time you pop in a game you consider mediocre, try surprising yourself with some Strawberry jam on that toast. And by Strawberry jam, I mean: Don�t Use Falco. Or do. If you don�t normally, I mean. It�s a broken metaphor, shut up.
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About copilotlindyone of us since 11:46 AM on 08.07.2009

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