Video games have always been part of my life. Whether it be playing Pokemon when I was little or working tournaments today, there has never been a time when I didn’t have video games. I remember watching my dad play Resident Evil and my mom telling me I couldn’t play because I was too young. I remember playing NCAA football against my cousin (who is 6 or 7 years my senior) and enjoying it so much, that he gave me most of his Playstation 1 games. I guess you could say, he either noticed I was gifted in the game, or just recognized that I loved it.
But back to the story – for as long as I can remember I’ve loved playing many different types of games. But I think what really moved me towards First Person Shooter (FPS) games was when I went to a friend’s house to play Halo 2 online while we waited on our next soccer match. I had never played a game online until then, and I was captivated by it. The next thing I knew my brother, my dad, and I were going to my neighbor’s house (different person) to play Halo 2 almost every day when we got home. This was 4 player split screen, but it was still so much fun to play.
Some time goes by, and Halo 3 is released. My neighbor had bought the Halo 3 edition of the Xbox 360 along with Halo. I thought I was addicted to playing Halo before. Oh how wrong I was. We were over at their house way more than we should have been (sorry guys). Halo 3 matchmaking was just a whole new experience.
We eventually got our own Xbox 360, and we all made our own accounts. We played for hours at a time. I have one specific memory where my dad and I were playing at 2 AM. I was tired, we had just lost a game, and I wanted to go to bed. My dad said that I was going to play another game with him or I was grounded…. Yes you read that right. My dad threatened to ground me if I didn’t play a video game with him. The life.
I had a friend that was also into FPS games, but he played Call of Duty. I had never heard of it at the time, but he convinced my to buy it and play with him. Call of Duty 4 was a bigger deal for me than Halo 3 (which is saying something). I didn’t think I could play video games that much. I made the transition from Halo to CoD, of course still paying Halo every now and then, and my obsession continued for years. I have played every CoD from that point on, even though I only played Ghosts and Advanced Warfare for a short while.
My transition into PC gaming was odd. I had never really played PC games before, but in my senior year of high school, I was introduced to League of Legends. I still play it some today, but the important part is that this introduced me to PC gaming in general. We did not have a computer that could properly run video games at my house, so I decided to save up money to build one. Eventually I was introduced to Steam, an online PC game store, and my current addiction was presented to me: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
I believe I actually started playing ranked matches before I did anything else, which seems kind of odd now but whatever. I just recently reached the Master Guardian 1 rank, so I am by no means a pro. I do really enjoy the game though, especially when I queue with some friends (I guess you can say that for most games). I started surfing along with playing ranked, and it’s almost like it’s own little game. It’s also a nice way to just chill out if you are wanting to play CS:GO but not deal with some of the trolls in ranked.
I think that what really keeps my playing FPS games is how fast paced they can be, but also how they can slow down at any moment. You need to have quick, accurate reactions while also being patient enough to seize the right opportunity. Mind games are also an interesting part of FPS games that people may not realize are present until they play them. In CS:GO you have one life per round. If you are stuck in a situation where you are alone against multiple people, mind games are the best way to overcome the adversity. You can sneak up behind them or charge them head on, but either decision could be a success or a failure. That’s what the mind games are all about. Does your train of thought counteract theirs? Or does theirs counteract yours?
There have been many times in my life where I have heard people say that these types of games don’t require very much “skill”. Whether they are talking about a player’s coordination or their mentality, I don’t think that these people quite understand what it takes to be good at FPS games. As I said before, I am by no means a master of any of these games. I like to consider myself slightly above average, but I think what keeps bringing me back are the moments where I see myself improve. Those moments are what truly keep me playing FPS games.