Playing video games on a regular basis will inevitably piss you off. Be it because some fiendish bug in a single player campaign forces you to backtrack and lose hours of progress, or because a 17-year-old kid is ruining your life by feeding himself to the enemy team continuously in League of Legends. No matter how pacifistic, serene and god-fearing your are, you will have your fill of video game lameness at some point and spew your rage filled bile on either your online companions or someone in real life.
Anger in such a hateful form is mostly a useless emotion. Oftentimes it doesn't solve a single thing but actually just complicates everything further. This is true both in angry real life outbursts (like when you yell hysterically at your roommate for not doing enough dishes) and in #VideoGames.
As a gamer you've probably realized this already. But you've probably also realized that digital rage can't be helped. Because sometimes a game is just so far from being the fun, relaxing piece of enjoyment it's supposed to be and has instead taken the form of the most tiresome and horrendous experience of your life. And the sheer feeling of how much time and happiness you've wasted on it drains your soul and makes you angrier than World War Hulk after his wife died.
Mastering The Dark Side
We definitely understand the reasons for nerd rage. We've been wailing in the red, boiling cauldron plenty of times ourselves. But the real breaking point when becoming angry is how you manage your emotions. Do you let them flow free and ruin both you and your teammate's Battlefield 1 session? Or do you bottle them up, perhaps ragequit and go back to watching Downton Abbey?
None of those options are really valid in the long run, no matter how much early 20th century drama you can endure. Instead you should embrace the feeling of immense rage and potentially use it for your own good.
Let The Hate Flow Through You
Anger is actually a powerful stimulant, and its manifestation produces a series of reactions in the body which can be used as a gaming benefit. The feeling creates a quick surge of adrenaline, which heightens senses and alertness — perfect for action based shooters or RPGs
On top of that, anger causes our pupils to dilate, our hearts to race and our blood pressure to rise. It makes the body start sweating and causes heavy breathing as we go into fight-or-flight mode. So as long as we keep somewhat cool, stay in fight-mode and not smash keyboards (or your friends), everything is good.
More Reasonable Rash Decisions
The physiological side is not all there is to the benefits of anger though. According to a study published by Wesley Moons, Ph.D., founder and CEO of the litigation consulting firm Moons Analytics, anger actually motivates analytical thought. It simply helps us cut through all the bullshit everyday choices and make more important and consequent decisions faster.
The study showed that the angry participants were more likely to discriminate between weak and strong arguments than participants in a neutral mood; Something you can imagine being very useful in a gaming environment. Not only do you need to make a lot of fast decisions when playing, you also need to regularly hone in on the stuff that truly matters, rather than getting distracted by smaller, less important details.
To Reach Gaming Nirvana
Mastering this approach to the very volatile angry feeling will without a doubt be a dubious task. It’ll take stoutness and perseverance almost beyond comprehension, but the rewards might very well be worth it from a gaming standpoint.
At first, the process of learning to control your anger might cause you more stress than it will solve, but as some point it will bring you ultimate peace. Just imagine no longer losing points on the ranking systems of Hearthstone or League of Legends when rage takes over for one reason or another, but instead gaining points because of your ability to master a feeling that has started countless wars and ended even more marriages in the past.
I bet that makes you sleep pretty good at night. So stay angry in a controlled way and get pro soon!
How do you react when you succumb to anger or frustration when gaming?