Last night against many odds, which included inextricably putting my gun away while I was being shot, I managed to win my second squad chicken dinner in Battlegrounds. And it felt great – but it also reminded me of all the clutch situations I used to find myself back in my Counter-Strike LAN days.
The intensity of the top 10 has surprised me, if only because I thought I would have been a lot more prepared for the pressure than I was. I’ve played at plenty of online and offline tournaments over the last decade, across multiple games. It’s something that I’m used to, or at least thought I was. But the fun thing about Battlegrounds is it has a way of making you feel like every decision matters – because one wrong decision can end the round then and there, and there are plenty of opportunities to make that mistake.
The same thing can happen in CSGO or StarCraft, but the amount of opportunities to make a cock-up of that size are much smaller. Often it’ll be a mistake that puts you slightly behind, or maybe something that’s inefficient but doesn’t cost you anything at the end of the day. Battlegrounds is different, and exploring the memory of that, and the pressure that comes with it, has been fascinating.
So for this week’s Tell Us Dammit, let us know: how do you cope with pressure in video games? Do you cope? Are you the type of player to get goosebumps and shakes? Do you learn to deal with it over time, or is it something that gets you every time you play?