Recently, I was asked by a well known Dallas player(Eddy Pistons), “So you’re finally planning on getting good?” after going to a San Antonio SC4 tournament.
My reaction at the time was, “What do you mean? I’ve been improving, but I’m not going to start winning after only a year and a half of so of playing.” and his reaction was saying “Well it doesn’t take as long as it’s taken you.”
Now, our opinions on this point differ but thats not what I’m asking in this thread.
He got me thinking on why I play fighting games at a competitive level. Up until this point I had been THINKING that I was playing to win but the winning part would come in time with practice and experience. But, I’ve never had the DRIVE to win - to be a champion.
I’m unbelievably shy around new people and I think the real reason I play competitive fighting games and strive to win is because somewhere inside me I believe that if I get good and mash peoples heads in, they will at least talk to me. I guess you could say, I play to meet people and make friends.
So, my question is, why do you guys play to win? Is it for the money? Respect and Fame? The joy of the game? And if you aren’t “playing to win”, what drives you to play at the level that you do?