The other day, I was watching the latest episode of the Logic Bomb Podcast with Lanie Dixon, game user researcher for Ubisoft Montreal and Rainbow Six Siege.
Zironicdk, Get Flanked, and Prodigio Pete are amazing at doing what they do on the Logic Bomb Podcast, but this episode really stuck out to me.
They were talking about frustration as it relates to gameplay mechanics and individual operators, and I had some thoughts that go along with it from a slightly different perspective.
I appreciate these guys’ dedication to having the greatest experience possible in the game I love so much, and I wanted to add to their conversation.
- Frustration is a YOU problem.
It’s easy to focus on frustration, but that’s not the answer…
What you focus on you feel. If you choose to focus on frustration, you’re going to feel it more strongly, and that only leads to more frustration. Your brain will be set to look for things that frustrate you, and that does not lead down the road to happiness.
Yes, your opinions are valid. When you articulate them to the developers and researchers in charge of balancing gameplay and frustration, it is up to them to make the changes. It’s up to you to deal with it, adapt, and adjust.
- When you are focused on frustration, you are focused on what you can’t control.
If you take a look at mixed martial arts (MMA), different fighters bring different skills and attributes to the table similar to operators in Siege. There’s the age old adage of styles make fights.
What happens when a fighter fights differently than anyone else? What happens when they make you play their game?
If you are worried about what the opponent is going to do (or might do)…You’ve already lost. You have put yourself into reaction mode, and out of proactive mode. You are focusing on what you can’t control.
If someone is a leg locker (which can be super frustrating to deal with), are you just going to cry about it or learn how to deal with it?
It’s the same thing when it comes to frustration in Siege…
It’s up to you to get innovative to deal with what you have in front of you. It’s up to you to focus on what you can do. The second you start thinking, “What if I get punched in the face?” is when you get punched in the face.
- Frustration means to change your approach
So what happens when you run into “bad teammates”? What happens when your team picks “dumb operators”? What happens if a game breaking glitch happens?
Change your approach!
Frustration is an action signal. You are not wrong for feeling frustration. Every human being does…
It’s up to you to interpret in an empowering way, and the only way to do that is to recognize it for what it is…
Change your approach. Try something else.
Pick a different operator.
Get new teammates.
Take ownership of your ability to change things, and own up when you mess up!
By the way,
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