One of my favorite things that I do, as well as one of the least important (in terms of real life) is playing Starcraft 2. Some background. When I was young, I played a ton of video games. Loved them. The worst punishment was having my computer privileges taken away. I would study brochures for upcoming video games so that I know everything possible about what was coming up. I was obsessed.
And then at some point, that love went away. Years and years went by that I didn’t play any games, or even care about games. I think I probably went too far in the other direction, to the point where I thought people that played video games were idiots. The only game that I would play with any regularity was Forza, a car racing game, and I would really only do that if I was going to play with Phil or Dad, so it was a social experience.
Well then Phil moved to California, and in the back of my mind it made sense that maybe playing video games would be a good way to keep in touch. We would try, but there weren’t really any games that we could really get into a grove of playing.
Then last Christmas came along and Phil introduced me to Starcraft 2. SC2 is a real time strategy game, which broadly defined means that you are controlling an army in battle against another army in real time, as opposed to taking turns, as you would in a board game, or a computer game like Civilization. I had always hated these games, because since there are no breaks, they tend to be very stressful, and I don’t like stressful. But this was the game that Phil had decided to play, and so I figured, okay, I’ll do that too.
Then the strangest thing happened. I got really addicted. Like, REALLY addicted. I started studying strategies, watching professional games, and playing for hours every week. Probably 10 hours a week sometimes. I was back in the gaming business.
Okay, so with that out of the way, SC2 has a ranking system to tell you where you stand in regards to the other players. The “ranks” are Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Masters, and Grandmasters. There are also 4 different game modes, 1v1, 2v2, 3v3, and 4v4, with 1v1 being considered the benchmark. But to play 1v1 and play with Phil at the same time gets old, because we just end up playing each other all time time. So most of the time either Phil and I play on a 2v2 team, or we play a 3v3 team with his friend Mateo. There are some other permutations, but that covers 90% of the games I play.
Anyway, for an incredibly long time Phil and I have been stuck in the Silver league for 2v2, and this has always made me crazy, because I know that we are better than that. I felt that at the very least, we should be gold.
Well last week my dreams were achieved, and we got promoted to Gold. I literally yelled out of happiness. It felt like all this playing had finally added up to something. And then something even crazier happened. Yesterday we got promoted to Platinum.
And this isn’t really a big deal. No one cares about 2v2 rankings. And it is just a video game. But dammit, I care. And I am super happy and excited. So that’s all that matters.