My life has a gamer, if it has been anything, has been lukewarm. I have never played an MMO to find myself swept into the race for gear and camaraderie of a raiding guild. I will not be found point a gun at someone’s head in the latest round of the latest, greatest, first-person shooter. I could care less whether my racer comes in first, or last, place in Mario Kart 500,216,001. In fact, I think it is safe to say that I have never legitimately won a round in Super Smash Bros.— except, perhaps, in a moment of dumb luck.
That isn’t to say I don’t enjoy these games, it just comes down to a vague dislike of the competetive nature in our world. By nature, I am not a competetive individual and as such have a certain aversion to online environments where the heart of player interaction boils down simply to a holier-than-thou “I have more points” or “my gear is better than yours.” Am I the only one who gets this impression? Maybe I’m just not cut out for the gaming world.