Over the last few weeks, I kinda dedicated a good portion of my leisure time to playing StarCraft 2. Well, more than “kinda.” I have dedicated a good portion of my life to the game. It’s been a ride, man — a 0-60 thing where I’ve started from zero skill to being able to handle some business at the top of Silver league 2v2. It wasn’t too hard. I had a new pal really hold my hand through the learning process and I’ve approached the game in an oddly academic way, soaking up what I can from professionals and wikis. Currently, I’m banging my head against a skill wall. I’m just… not fast enough to roll with folks in Gold. It’s frustrating beyond belief that finger speed, of all things, is killing me.
I’m writing this, I guess, because a lot of folks are like “what are you doing this is not a Brad Nicholson joint.” They’re right. This is not a game I’d usually play. I don’t know exactly why I’m being drawn to it, but I can say this: this game’s competitive play is on a different plane of existence compared to every other game I’ve checked out. It’s harder and faster and requires more skill, knowledge, and dexterity than shooters and, to some degree, Lord Managmenent games like DOTA 2 or League of Legends. Maybe I just subconsciously love the weird challenges this game brings into my life. I gotta admit, the winning feels good. On the other hand, the losing is awful because you don’t just lose, you get ANNIHILATED.
Anyway, basically I don’t know why I’m playing. But it has sucked up all my free time. Crazy, right?