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Are Competitive Players Ruining Video Games?

Are competitive players ruining video games, this is a very controversial topic in 2020.

Lately, there has been a ton of complaints targeting competitive gamers for “not having fun.” For example, a TikTok video went viral after a man complained about a streamer who was “tryharding” in Fall Guys:

Now, Mbeen22 received backlash and agreements with the crowd after this went viral. It was so viral in fact that Ninja saw it and replied to the video saying:

The phrase “it’s just a game” is such a weak mindset. You are ok with what happened, losing, imperfection of a craft. When you stop getting angry after losing, you’ve lost twice.

There’s always something to learn, and always room for improvement, never settle.

– Ninja on Twitter

So, let’s answer the question of “Are Competitive Players Ruining Video Games?”. Speaking of Fall Guys, did you know that it is the most downloaded PS Plus game now?… Sorry I got off-topic, back to the grand explanation!

Everyone Has Their Way of Enjoying Games

In other words, people enjoy dominating other players and being the winner. This doesn’t apply to all, and it doesn’t have to apply to everyone who plays video games. For many people, winning is an expression of their passion for gaming. Well, at least it was for me of course, but some may love to win.

There are multiple reasons why these so-called “tryhards” want to win all the time. It could be to impress others, get good enough to make a living out of it, or even to say “I did this” in the future. Some of these “tryhards” are inspired by the best players in the world, mainly streamers who dominate almost every game they are in.

For example, a kid who watches Shroud will admire his incredible aiming ability and even want to become him one day. This kid may not enjoy losing, so he grinds and keeps improving over the years. Now, this kid is almost 18 and he wins just about every shooter game he gets into. This kid is now labeled as a “tryhard” because he enjoys winning and it just overall better than most.

“It’s just a game”

Now, this phrase said often has a lot of clueless meaning behind it. Video Games have evolved over the 30 years into more than “just a game”, but instead a new way of life. It may sound ridiculous to some after hearing that, but it’s the truth.

Back when video games were created, many gamers in that time were picked on because “it’s a waste of time” or “video games are for nerds”. The old people who said that before now look like clowns, in fact, the whole circus! All those older gamers did not listen and formed today’s massive industry of gaming.

What was “lame” back in the 80s is now “fun” in the 2000s and going forward. The phrase “it’s just a game” was made by those who don’t care about gaming and don’t seem to have a passion for it. Nothing wrong with not caring about gaming, it’s just when you bash someone else for loving video games, then it’s wrong.

Competitive Toxicity

Alright, here’s where I have to flip the switch and say “Yeah, a number of competitive gamers are getting worse and make the communities worse”. Most competitive gamers have turned into toxic monsters who will say anything to make their opponent mad. There has been a massive increase in toxicity from 2000 to 2015, and it’s going omega-level during 2016 – present.

This mainly stems from Competitive Gamers because they feel the need to take out their anger on their opponents but mainly their allies. Someone who plays Competitive Games will have an 80% chance of running into a toxic teammate every two games or so. Whether it be through League of Legends, Overwatch, Valorant, CS:GO, you name the competitive game and there will be that same chance.

Toxic competitive players get mad at their teammates because they can’t win on their own terms. They expect everything to go their way and for their teammates to obey them. When things don’t go their way, they get toxic and start to flame.

The Answer To The Question

If you haven’t noticed by now, there is no real answer to this question because the answer will be different for everyone you ask. I will say this though, I’m competitive but not toxic competitive. I have too much honor to flame my teammates when I know it’s not necessary. It’s not because I’m scared, it’s because where will flaming get me?

Okay cool, I flamed the kid that said one insult to me, now what? Do I get a medal for flaming? Will flaming help improve my rank in a game? No, it won’t so I’d rather just mute and move onto improving from failures. I’d rather be spending time improving on techniques or aiming, then to spend that time flaming a 30-year-old man that said “you’re garbage”.

Therefore, my answer to the question “Are Competitive Gamers Ruining Video Gaming?” is No. Toxic players ruin gaming, not competitive players. Wanting to win in games that you are passionate about doesn’t ruin gaming. Competitive games were built for COMPETITIVE PEOPLE, who would’ve thought?

If you are going to complain about “sweats” or “tryhards”, why play a competitive game? Those who sit there calling others who are better than them “tryhards” are mad because they aren’t winning. They expect to win by putting little to no effort into the game and think everything will just be handed to them.

Toxic Players

Toxic players ruin gaming, and they will always be the dark side of gaming. Being screamed at by a 5-year-old or a middle-aged man with 5 kids is not fun, who wants to hear that? I sure don’t and that’s why I mute these evil people so I never have to hear them again.

Respect has been out of the equation since 2010, now it’s to the point where the insult “kill yourself” has lost all meaning and has made most desensitized to it. The average gamer will hear about 20 insults minimum a day depending on how much they play and what games they play. Eventually, the gamer starts to realize these toxic players are projecting life at home. It’s not mean, but instead the truth once more.

I don’t care how much shit you’ve been through, I just want to play my game and have fun. Having bad games is a thing, but low lives see these mishaps as opportunities to flame. I won’t completely bombard you with my wisdom just yet, but I will soon in a future article. Let us know down in the comment section if you think Competitive Players ruin gaming!


Johnny Django
Co-founder of Digagami. Johnny Django is a gaming enthusiast with raw-unfiltered opinions who has a major love for the Video Game Community.

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