I was playing SF online the other day and won a match. I felt good about my win, but for some reason I suddenly had a realization of how profoundly obscure my victory was. A win vs. a faceless, average player of a game that isn’t particularly mainstream to begin with.
After thinking about it for a while, I realized that I don’t play fighting games to compete with the entire player base, which was my prior assumption. Only a very small number of people have the time and drive to successfully compete on that level, so assuming that is one’s goal while having no ability to achieve it presents a disharmony of actions and purpose.
The fundamentally true reason I play fighting games is that I find learning about them enjoyable, and also because it gives me something to do and talk about with friends who also play.
Why do you play?