I’m sure you’ve seen similar posts before, but this one is the best! I created it for you, a Concordia student. And if you’re not a Concordia gaming scp student it’s also for you to share with your friends at other universities as they might not have access to the same resources as us.
“Gaming” is more than just playing games, it’s an entire industry filled with competition demos, cameras, and professionals. A lot of the time people go to gaming events like expos and tournaments just to see what’s going on rather than actually playing any games.
I know I used to be that person. I rarely found myself in the forums or IRC because I didn’t have enough time to dedicate to them. But when I got my hands on a gaming computer and began playing CS:GO and League of Legends a lot changed for me. The atmosphere of the gaming community helped me improve my in-game awareness, critical thinking skills, and teamwork skills.
What are some of the tips?
1. Watch the competitive scene from home.
This is one of the best pieces of advice I can give you. There are a lot of ways to watch competitive events. Many schools have servers for streaming games and will tip off their best players to provide live commentary during their games in case you don’t want to stay up all night watching them play. You could also watch TWC and join their chat room on the side if you want a more involved experience.
2. Start playing the games that pros are playing.
I know you are thinking, “But I don’t have time to be that involved.” The thing is, you don’t have to play League of Legends or Counter Strike 24/7 in order to be good at it. Instead of casually playing in your spare time, do a few extra hours of research. Watch VODs (video on demand) of games involving players you want to emulate (if you’re really lazy you could just watch mine). You can also come and talk to us if you want some advice on what to watch if you’re unsure what the pros are up to. Forums and IRC can be useful resources as well!
3. Learn the moves that your favorite players do.
Like I said before, there are a lot of ways you can learn this. Since League of Legends is so popular it’s easy to find announcers talking about the game and their strategies. You can also go to some websites and listen to their commentary in depth (like dbltap.com). Many CS:GO pros use sites like aimadviser.net or dotabuff.com for stat tracking so you can get a heads up on what’s happening in-game before you even start playing!
4. Minimize your downtime.
It’s really easy to get distracted by all the other things going on. But if you want to be serious about improving your skills, you need to make sure that you don’t let yourself be distracted by other things while playing. I usually turn off the TV or computer, put away the phone, and clear my desk five minutes before the game starts (don’t worry it can wait a couple of minutes if you don’t have time).
5. Be a supportive teammate.
I know this one might be hard for some people but being a good teammate is definitely beneficial in-game! If your team is having trouble than help them out as much as possible. If there’s an admin, try and report them. you don’t have to be toxic.
6. Stay up to date with the news and the forums.
This one is pretty self-explanatory. You need to stay up-to-date with what’s happening on the forums and in the news if you want to improve. If you don’t know what’s going on, how can you make changes or be helpful when an important topic has been brought up?
7. Don’t be involved in illegal actions while playing games.
You might think it won’t matter as long as no one finds out but you’ll probably end up getting a VAC ban or a cheating ban which will lead to a CS:GO account reset . You’ll have an even harder time competing when you’re reset.
8. Don’t mindlessly follow trends.
I know this sounds counter-intuitive, but you should go against the trend if it worries you. Doing it won’t make you any more popular and might put pressure on yourself to keep up with your competition as well as keep up with the latest trends in gaming.
9. Play a wide variety of games, but stick to your preferences (if possible).
One of the best things about League of Legends is that everyone has a different favorite team so you can find players from around the world playing on the same team and work together towards a common goal (which can lead to an overall improvement in teamwork skills).
10. Don’t get discouraged by others.
Most gamers have experienced the stress that comes with trying to play alongside them. It can be really hard to get recognized as a good player when you’re constantly comparing what you’re doing to the players around you. You need to remember who your audience is and work hard for your own benefit and abilities (not for what others are doing).
If you follow these tips you’re sure to be a better player and have more time for other things. It might take a while but it’s definitely worth it!
I really hope that you weren’t put off by my message. Gaming has changed my life in many ways and I know that if I can do it, so can anyone else.