For better or worse – a week without gaming

By Alex Maidment (nSanity Beach)

I recently went on holiday – it was nice, it got me away from work and it got me away from gaming. I’ve been gaming a lot recently, and that’s fine and all as I enjoy it and it’s a good stress buster sometimes, but sometimes I also need a break from gaming.

Usually when I go on holiday, I sneak in a few cheeky games on the Nintendo Switch or I’ll download some mobile games to play while travelling, but this time was different – I went on a hiatus. I swapped my usual game playing for reading and I finally got around to reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (which is a great book if anyone’s interested!). 

During the hiatus, I did a lot of thinking and some of that thinking involved gaming, less so about the games themselves, and more about how I could improve my skills in the games I often play. This led me to think about something in particular – I always rush when I play games. 

Whether it’s Halo, Rocket League, Call of Duty or even Crash Bandicoot, I always tend to sprint at the wrong times, miss-time a shot because I’m holding down the boost button or fall down a hole because I’m rushing through the level. 

So, now I’m back, I’m going to spend the next few months trying to improve my gameplay style. 

For me, this is all about slowing down the gameplay and playing to the rhythm of the game in hand, rather than pushing forward too much and landing myself in a bad position – in theory, this should help in a number of ways. 

In first person shooters, it should help to increase my score and k/d ratio and in games like Rocket League, hopefully I’ll score a few more goals and help us to continue on the road to Gold and beyond!

So there you have it, a week without gaming and as I return to playing again, hopefully I’ll improve my gaming style – only time will tell!

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