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Miss Doronjo
August 6th, 2013, 3:54 PM

Ultimately at a certain degree, we all play to win at video games. However, how much do you value playing to win at video games, compared to just casually playing? Do you prefer to play more casually, than play competitively to win?

August 6th, 2013, 3:58 PM
I dont value it much, as there is always someone better than me.

I am a competitive person though, i love to win, but i learn from my defeat if that happens. In RTS games i just watch the replay to see what i did wrong, and try to avoid those mistakes in the next game. Some games i dont even care if i win or not (Borderlands 2 for instance).

August 6th, 2013, 4:22 PM
I'm a filthy casual when it comes to video games, I personally find having fun more important than grinding to win.

August 6th, 2013, 4:53 PM
Winning is my "Casual". The most fun I ever get out of a game is usually putting all of my intensity into it trying to win. Of course, I lose sometimes (Especially with first-person shooters), but that just entices me to play more. I try not to be an addict. . . Sometimes.

August 6th, 2013, 4:56 PM
I admit that, without a doubt, I play to win. On FPS games, anyhow. If you've ever seen me play Call of Duty, Combat Arms, or anything similar, then most times I'm playing to get 1st place.

For free-roam games such as Just Cause 2, I tend to be a completionist (i.e. all guns maxed, all missions, etc.). Most times I never actually DO complete it, but it's just a kind-of "drive" that makes me play the game more.

Ragnar Lothbrok
August 6th, 2013, 5:28 PM
I am definitely a very competitive gamer. I play to win and anything that gets in the way of that is gonna lose. If I lose fairly, that's fine, well played. If I lose unfairly, then I start to get annoyed depending on how unfairly, but I don't end up in a complete state of rage. I just love winning and hate losing.

August 6th, 2013, 6:33 PM
Winning is a must when i play video games. I am very competitive and I try to win everytime. If I play Call of Duty I try and do good individually, but my ultimate goal is to win the game for my team. the worst is when I play FIFA though. If i lose when I play that man I get mad.

August 7th, 2013, 1:15 AM
Depends what the game is: something like Call of Duty, I never play to win because I can't win - I don't play enough. So I like to have a laugh (always go for grenade launcher + RPG - most fun you can have).
And then again if it's a game like Forza 3 which I quite like but I'm not so sure about the other person, I might go easier on them to get them into it.

FIFA on the other hand - I'm uber-competitive, even against my brother. And it's like the graph of reasons for losing I saw on Twitter says: 1% the other guy is better than me, 99% bs :P

Fenrir Reki
August 7th, 2013, 1:58 AM
It depends on what game i'm playing. I used to play every single game competitively but there are some games that I just play for fun now. Though the only game I take seriously as of right now is DOTA 2.

August 7th, 2013, 2:29 AM
Depends how "winning" is defined. Usualy I just do stuff and fun. You know travel endlessly in the wilderness of skyrim watching the scenery.
However in some games I take a more competive aproach for example fighting games. In these ganes I can spend hours trying to master a certain combo that might or may not help me in the next duel.

August 7th, 2013, 3:40 AM
I play to troll, thats all I can say, imagine picking the so called worst character and owning that guy, or purposely making the same moves as the other guy, so I guess its more like play to have fun than play to troll.

Kikaito plush
August 7th, 2013, 6:07 AM
I do not care if I win or lose at a video game as it is only a game.
I guess that is causal ?

Corvus of the Black Night
August 7th, 2013, 6:10 AM
I can be competitive but usually I only stop playing if I continually keep losing and losing. I'm generally a pretty good sport.

Purple Materia
August 7th, 2013, 4:47 PM
I play to win, but above all, I value skill and dedication over simply winning.

There are so many variables that can turn the tide on a fight. In Smash Bros, I play no items Final Destination. In Combat Arms, I use fair, GP only items. In Call of Duty, I use the M4A1.

If I beat you with an overpowered weapon, then obviously I'm going to win. Duh. Beating me with a method or an item or a character that is blatantly overpowered doesn't mean you're better than me. It just means you have to take the easy way to win, and that's just pathetic.

tl;dr: Skill/being legitimately good > winning.

August 7th, 2013, 5:52 PM
I always play to win. I really don't like not winning. I practise a lot on fighters just so I can hold my own against friends.

But its mainly in shooters, MOBA and MMO where I get really competitive and hate losing.

August 7th, 2013, 6:25 PM
I guess answering this question depends on how you define "win". By total game completion? Be perfect characters? By obtaining all items? Or being the best?

For me, I get way more satisfaction from level grinding than I do by completing a story line. So I guess I play to win lol-- but only if the means you use to win (legendary weapons / armor / whatever) are well earned. I like knowing how much effort I've put into a game and using that to beat other people.

Mr. Magius
August 7th, 2013, 7:12 PM
As much as I am a "casual" gamer at heart, my impatience with video games leads me to only be satisfied through winning. Or, as Thergox said, you could just say that winning is how I play casually.

In a battle/challenge scenario, if I don't "win," even if the outcome doesn't necessarily alter the events in the game, I find myself resetting to ultimately win. Since I'm impatient and therefore despise grinding, this happens regularly. It's a bad habit and I hate it, but it's worth the feeling of loss I get when I...lose, lol.
On the other hand, in COD games I don't play to get 1st place or even defeat the opposite team; to me, "winning" is simply getting a positive K/D, haha.

Perdition Haze
August 7th, 2013, 7:26 PM
I'm not the type of person who likes to prove that they're a better gamer than everybody else, so I don't play competitively at all. I don't play to win. When I do, it always feels like I'm doing some sort of chores, which is not a good feeling. Whenever I play games, I do it just to have fun. If I find a game to be boring, then I usually just quit the game and find another game that suit my tastes. xD

New Eden
August 7th, 2013, 8:45 PM
Depends on the game. For fighters, shooters, and the like oh god yes. Other times I just do casual.

I speedrun a few games, so I sometimes play to win...against RNG.

August 7th, 2013, 10:35 PM
Depends what game I'm playing. In games like Mario Kart 7, I undoubtedly play to win. But in games like Brawl, I just play... because it's fun. :)

August 8th, 2013, 5:31 AM
Online games bring out the worst in me. Although I don't expect to win every time, I do strive for personal victories in team games. I always prefer to come out with a positive kill/death ratio. And I get distraught if I can't. But I always try to remember that you can't have a good game every time.

Princess Sandshrew
August 13th, 2013, 4:31 AM
I used to play cod to win, but I've come to hate the games (1: because I'd get mad at everything. 2: I disliked the changes in mw2 and always hoped they'd go away with each game.)
Now I find I play to complete a self imposed challenge.

Starlight angel
August 13th, 2013, 4:50 AM
I play it to win it but not very good at playing them I always in a low compatibility to win games i suck on playing games please help me here. I get very mad when theres a hard part when i cant get through a part of the game.

Apple Juice
August 13th, 2013, 5:15 PM
In games like Super Smash Bros Brawl or Virtua Tennis, I can get extremely competitive and focus entirely on winning and nothing else. That's just my personality, haha. In other games, though, there's no such feeling. I guess when I'm racing with a friend I try to get through the game faster and win, but that's much more casual. I haven't explored the vast and dangerous world that is online gaming, but I have gone for a few spins on my Naruto game for Xbox. All I can say from those experiences is it isn't a good feeling when you have a gigantic urge to succeed but you just aren't good enough, lmao.