There are plenty of reasons that people get angry while they play their game of choice. A few common examples include terrible lag, someone is using a cheap character, they are just getting completely outplayed or any other number of things. All of these things lead to one thing; Tilting.
Tilting is when a player’s state of mind has been negatively altered due to an increasing sense of confusion and/or frustration to the point that it causes problems in the performance of the player.
People generally play games better when they are in a more level-headed state of mind where they can make the appropriate logical decisions that are required to play games at a high level. Tilting causes emotions to run high in the player’s mind and results in less intelligent and less rationale decisions that can have extreme detrimental effects on a player’s gameplay. This can cause a compounding effect where tilting just causes more and more tilting, which leads to more and more confusion and frustration. This is why it is important to take steps to avoid tilting.
Tilting in video games has been around since pong. Its half the reason people watch Twitch streamers, to see them flip out. It is hilarious to see people tilt, but it sucks when it happens to you. Much like physical comedy.
Tilting does not only happen in fighting games, it can happen in even the seemingly most innocent games.
The point being that tilting is a common part of playing video games and it will not be going away.
There are probably plenty of guides out there on what to do when one starts tilting. Stop playing, take a break, identify exactly what started the tilting, hydrate, or exercise are common suggestions.
Those are all fine suggestions and you should do as many of them as you can.
Here is another suggestion on what to do after you are done tilting that is not mentioned as much.
Use that anger. Remember it. Embrace.
Remember the extreme rage that you felt. Use it as motivation. You have the means to do this.
Missed a combo that could have won you the match? Practice the combo until you can do it without even thinking about it. While you are doing this, remember all the frustration that being unable to do the combo caused you. That player who you were obviously better than beat you because you whiffed a simple combo. It will give you the drive to perform your best.
Yes, we are all human and we all make mistakes. It is a part of life. But if you find yourself being constantly tilted by the same thing over and over again, there is only one thing to do; practice.
And please, whatever you do, do not continue to play competitive matches if you are tilted. It will only further your tilting.
It is common to get tilted, always remember that. Even pro players get tilted.
But how you deal with tilting is what separates the pros and the baddies. Pros never give up just because they had a bad tournament or got perfect’d or got 360 mid-air no-scope headshotted. It is what allows players to push past their tier of skill. They learn to control their emotions. They watch replays to see and learn from their mistakes. They remember what got them so tilted and then execute a plan to counteract that situation so it will hopefully never happen again. It sucks to watch yourself mess up, but you have to if you want to improve.
Work at it. Do things differently. Do whatever you need to do to reduce tilting and increase the amount you improve from your mistakes.
It’s not a mistake to make a mistake. It’s a mistake to repeat a mistake.
Learn from your mistakes.
One last thing, not everyone is going to have the exact same method in dealing with tilting, so it is important to find what works best for you. Go run, play Hello Kitty Island Adventure, meditate. Make sure your tilt is 100 percent over before you start training again.
Have any suggestions about how to avoid tilting? Sound off below.