I strongly suggest you either stop playing SF altogether or just continue playing the game casually (it sounds to me that even right now you are playing it relatively casually, 3 hours is not a long time).
In order to live the kind of lifestyle that most people who play video games at a very high level do, I think you need to be pretty open minded and unbiased.
I mean no offence to you with this; but you sound to me like quite a closed-minded individual. Don’t worry about it, a hugely vast majority of the population are closed-minded, its the only way our society is able to function in the way it does.
If you decided you wanted to put a lot of time into SF to get better, you would probably have to change your whole mindset to be a more open-minded person… and being closed-minded prevents you from making that change, so I’m afraid its a bit of a catch 22.
Encase you are willing to think about it in an unbiased way though, I’ll lead you through the thought process involved:
You feel like you are (as you so naively put it) wasting your time playing a video game rather than doing something else that is more accepted by society as a worthwhile use of your time.
Now, if you had a passion for playing a sport, writing, painting or something of the like and spent a lot of your time, or even most of you time, doing that you would be doing it because you enjoyed it no? And you wouldn’t be having this little personal dilemma with yourself.
Why is playing a video game different in your eyes, and indeed in the eyes of the vast majority of mankind? Because that’s what society has taught you to believe.
You see, most people don’t really like thinking for themselves and making decisions based on logic weighing up the factual evidence in any given situation, because it takes effort… and people are lazy.
Its much easier to have society just do all the thinking for you.
So you end up making conclusions based on what everyone else tells you.
If everyone just tells each other the same things all the time and no one really thinks about it rationally for a minute or questions established believes at all, then life is so much easier.
You only believe that video games are a waste of time because that’s the commonly held belief in western society.
You stereotype those who do spend a lot of their time playing video games in a derogatory way calling them ‘retards’ because that’s the commonly accepted stereotype for them.
(Oh by the way, its actually a bit ironic calling people who memorize and use frame data ‘retarded’ because to do so actually requires quite a bit of intelligence. May I suggest that you actually learn the definition of words before you go about using them.)
And it was only a matter of time before you brought up the age-old ‘must get career’ nonsense.
Let me ask you this, infact this goes way beyond just your silly little post about being ashamed of actually enjoying your life without compromise for 10 minutes, so let me ask everyone here who even vaguely agrees with the OP…
What is the goal of life? What are you actually trying to achieve?
To say that one is wasting one’s time playing a video games is to imply that there must be some goal that everyone in life is trying to achieve and that time would be better spent in pursuit of this goal.
Even if you think you don’t have an answer to this question allow me to inform you that yes, you do have an answer. You do have a goal, one that was set for you by society and that you have had forced onto you for your entire life in order to prevent you from actually questioning it and realising that it has no real value.
Your goal in life is just a simple path, so here it is… the meaning of life that you have been (consciously or not) taught to accept:
Education system (school > university) > Career > Romantic relationship > Marriage > Family > Death
You have been spoon-fed that as gospel for so long and from the moment you were born so that the very idea that it isn’t your only option in life is almost blasphemous and any time that is not spent in the direct pursuit of this path is time ‘wasted’.
Now lets play a little game to discover exactly what is your actual true goal in life…
All you have to do is think about something that you do, it can be anything from playing a video game to driving to work to sleeping, and then ask yourself…
why do I do it?
And then, when you have the answer… ask ‘why’ again. and again. and again. Keep asking why.
I’ll do one for myself to demonstrate how it works…
Why am spending all this time writing a response to someone who won’t even read it, let alone listen to it?
Because there is always a chance that someone who stumbles across this post will actually think about what I am saying.
Why do I want them to think about what I’m saying?
Because I want them to gain a better understanding of what they want from life.
Why do I want them to have a better understanding of what they want from life?
Because then they will be better at achieving what they want from life.
Why do I want them to be better at achieving what they want from life?
Because I want them to be happy.
Why do I want them to be happy?
I don’t know. I just do.
No matter what you choose to question you will only ever reach two questions that you simply cannot answer.
- Why do I want to be happy? or 2. Why do I want other people to be happy?
If you are a selfish person, you will be able to answer number 2, but it will eventually lead you to number 1.
So everyone seems to have goal hard-coded in themselves, the goal of happiness.
And THAT, is what I believe is the true goal in life.
So does it make any difference how you achieve that goal? No, because the end result is exactly the same.
Look kid, if playing a video game like Street Fighter is what makes you happiest in life, then do yourself a favour and just do it as much as you can until you find something else that makes you happier.
If your friends are the kind of ‘friends’ who would look down on you for what you spend your time doing, then ditch them and find better relationships that are actually beneficial to you.
What difference does it make to your life if someone else who you could easily choose to have nothing to do with thinks less of you.
Don’t live your life making compromises to your happiness to appease society and be accepted as ‘normal’, even the definition of ‘normal’ constantly changes.
Sorry if this post seemed condescending or patronizing, I’m just sick of closed-minded people ruining things for the small minority of people out there who can think for themselves and want to get the most they can out of life.
Not really sure what caused this massive outburst, guess I’m just a bit frustrated today.