With every activity a person chooses to pursue, whether it be a sport, a card game, or a video game, one they must ask themself, “Is it worth it?” for instance, “Is the joy I’ll get from playing this 4th consecutive game of Magic the Gathering going to be worth the effort I put in?” I’ve been asking myself these questions lately about overwatch, and my answer is finally decided:
It’s not worth jumping into competitive and getting mad at teammates who are hard-countered.
It’s not worth playing quick play and screaming because of the Brigittes in every game.
It’s not worth playing mystery heroes and getting put as a tank to feed the crowd control monsters on the enemy team.
I’m sick of it.
Crowd control in a first-person shooter sucks. Getting stunned means instant death 90% of the time because aiming at a still target is so easy. Shield bash, flashbang, sleep dart, all of those abilities shouldn’t be in a first-person shooter.
And another thing: the community is kind of awful. I couldn’t possibly count the times that something in the game (which is supposed to be fun) is causing me to not have fun, I bring up the issue, and I’m just told to ‘git gud’. I’m a casual gamer. I don’t have time to learn every tracer animation cancel. I don’t want to have to play something different every time someone on the enemy team switches. I want to play a game, have fun, and turn it off when I’m done. And if people think I don’t deserve that because I’m a low-skill player, then I don’t want to have anything to do with those people. They act like my worth is based on a number on the screen in front of me. The devs act like the pros are the only players that exist. They don’t really care about lower tiers because in everyone’s eyes, we just need to ‘git gud and stop whining’.
The design philosophy of ‘metas evolve over time’ is bull. I would much rather the game have diverse ways to play that are all viable at once. For example, Magic the Gathering, they straight-up BAN things that are too powerful for the sake of diversity. They can’t do that in overwatch, but still, the philosophy of “every hero will get spotlight eventually” is a croc of horse dung.
This game isn’t fun anymore. I keep thinking that “maybe it’ll be fun again next patch” but it doesn’t. It’s a cycle of bad meta after bad meta, and there’s no room for the casuals anymore. I’m tired of this. The developers were so busy trying to keep the game fresh that they forgot their number one rule, the rule behind the cancellation of Titan, the rule behind the creation of overwatch itself.
“It has to be fun.”
And with that, I bid farewell.
Edit: you know what? Screw that! I’m going to keep playing this game (even if less than before) and I’m going to keep making suggestions. Because dang it, I know this game can be better and I’m going to stay here and make it so.