Alex Myers: Gaming and Tilt
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"When I'm playing, I try and focus on being collected and focused … as you climb through the bracket, you naturally get more nerves, and I try and meditate when I feel extra nerves … then I'm able to discard that feeling and get back to whatever." -Alex Myers
Have you ever been hard at work on a project or task, and found that your mood actively worsened when obstacles arose? Whether we’re doing an activity for fun or for work, it’s easy to get caught up in our own momentum. For Alex Myers, a professional gamer who specializes in playing Street Fighter V, winning matches and improving his own skill are incredibly important. Myers is constantly under constant pressure to play to the best of his already impressive ability.
“There's really nothing I can do besides do what I've been doing, and to have something like eSmartr help me improve things I can't, [that] I don't really have control over, is just really exciting.” -Alex Myers
Even though playing the game is something he loves to do, the game can be a stressful environment. In a game like Street Fighter V, a single mistake can quickly snowball into disaster. Myers needs to be able to react quickly to cover the gaps in his own play, and to take immediate advantage of those in his opponents’. The game also requires a fair amount of knowledge at its highest levels; he needs to know the potential offensive and defensive ability combinations he can use in any given situation, as well as those that can be used against him. This coalesces into a lot of information to process into split-second decisions during play.
“There are times where I'll make a mistake, and then I focus so much on it that I'm thrown out of the game, and then at point, I'm not reacting, I'm not really listening to my opponent, and I'm just really out of the zone.” -Alex Myers
Moving Past The Mistakes
What Alex is describing, often referred to as “tilt” (borrowed from poker terminology), is not uncommon for gamers, especially in high-stakes environments. Even outside of gaming, it’s easy to dwell on our mistakes instead of moving forward and working productively to correct them. Especially when playing publicly, mistakes can feel distracting and shameful – and sometimes, one mistake is the difference between winning and losing. Being on a losing streak in-game can make the player feel helpless and frustrated. This is an important part of why Myers was so excited about the eSmartr sleeve – because it can help him to get past frustration and back into the zone.
"I get flustered a lot as I'm playing; I had no sense of how to calm myself down, really before that... I noticed that was a big problem for me, so I put more of an emphasis on being aware of how I'm losing, why I'm losing, and staying composed throughout the whole set." -Alex Myers
The effect the sleeve can have on a person with regards to improving their sense of calm and focus is helpful for any gamer. For Myers, it is an especially good way to help him avoid tilting or spiraling after a mistake or loss – which is the best way to learn from those mistakes. In these ways, it’s been great for us to see the positive impact the sleeve can have for someone like Myers, in both his personal state of self and career.
“I have felt more focused … I definitely feel like I'm more on it, more alert, so it's really, really interesting.” -Alex Myers