Most of us know what rage-quitting is. Most of us know that feeling when you've had a full-tilt 10 battle loss streak, I know I do. What about when players are a little too inept with game-play throw the win away leaving you perplexed, angry and full of desire to come here to the forums and complain about it? Sometimes, we need to have that little nudge in the right direction with regard to resiliency and the ability to bounce-back from adverse game outcomes (or general potatoness).
Hunt The Good Stuff
I do this every day in my life and definitely do it when I play Blitz. What's a good example?
"Well, I died. At least my platoon-mate carried us to the win".
"I lost but look at that XP I got from the damage I did. I still came out on top on my team, and got a Mastery!"
"Sure I died because the heavies on my team didn't go hill on Middleburg. At least I got a Patrol Duty with 3k assistance damage because the red team all went town too!"
Hunting the good stuff is simply learning to recognize positive things that happen throughout events you experience. It's best to learn how to do this in order to avoid negative bias towards bad things that happen to you. Nobody likes a "Debby Downer".
Avoid Thinking Traps
These seven thinking traps are quite prevalent in most peoples' lives and some don't even know it. World of Tanks Blitz is no exception given the amount of frustration we experience when the battle doesn't go well.
• Jumping to Conclusions
"Well, that's a loss" The lights are camping and didn't go to the hill on [old] Mines".
- I've won plenty of games without dominating that hill.
• Mind Reading
"They should know to go valley on Port Bay, it's the meta. I shouldn't have to call Right/Left".
- Ok, yes - you should go valley but - what if they don't know? Don't presume that other players know what battle plan is best at the battle countdown timer.
• Me, Me, Me
"i always lose because I'm just not that good. I'm the only one to blame for all these losses".
Sure, you won't see this much on the forums with regard to complaints as many players tend to be pompous and narcissistic. However, don't be too hard on yourself for things that happen. This is a team based game.
• Them, Them, Them
"Once again, I get a team of noobs. They're going to go town and lose it again".
"It's the potato's fault for all of my losses".
Deny it all you want but this thinking trap is a poisonous plague in-game and on the forums. Don't be too keen on blaming others all the time when it may be mistakes you've made in a battle that contributed to a bad play, blowing up or a loss. This thinking trap captures new players, the best of unicums and everyone in-between.
• Always, Always Always
"I always get stuck on the noob teams. They're all 43%'rs".
"I always lose because of this rigged MM".
If you believe something adverse in-game is happening to you all the time remember you have control over your style of play. All of us players have room to improve. You shouldn't believe negative that negative events are unchangeable and that you have little or no control over them.
• Everything, Everything, Everything
"If you see [player name] in a match, you can't rely on him. He was AFK a few games ago".
Believing that you can judge one’s worth/character based on a single event or believing that what caused the problem is not going to help your interests other than whining about it here on the forums.
• Self Fulfilling Prophecy
"These noobs are killing my win rate. Since we're obviously not going to win this battle I'll just go drown myself"
"We're going to lose. There's a unicum platoon on the red team. I'll just camp and farm damage" (loses)
Many forumers here on a daily basis offer claims of problems but offer no solutions. The inability to hunt the good stuff and bounce back from the problem results in falling victim to one or more of the above thinking traps -creating a downward spiral of emotional negativity and to an extreme extent; rage.
Congratulations to those of you who have read this in its entirety. Although you may disagree or find flaws in my argument, you should at least recognize that avoiding thinking traps and being able to bounce back from a bad game will lead to a happier gaming experience. If you try this with every facet of your life you might find an overall increase in interests and pleasures outside the game, interpersonal relationships and a better ability to communicate with others.
For those of you SNERT's out there that have no interest in a rhetorical proposal about how to improve your overall happiness:
Edited by VikkoTheTusken, 08 November 2016 - 03:51 AM.