What makes games so fun to play? What is the point of watching people pick up a pigskin and tackle each other for three hours?
Well, if you were my mother, you’d say there is no point. If you were like half of America right now, you’d say it’s a good time. That sports “bring people together” to have fun.
They’re right, sports are fun and they bring people together. But if you’re going to ask me what is the reason, the deep-rooted reason why people love sports? Well, there’s two: we love to win. And we love to strive for victory; or in other words, we love to fight.
Have you ever played a game like Monopoly with a small child and you held yourself back? I know I have. And let me tell you, that was not satisfying in the slightest. Yeah, it was fun, we bonded, whatever. You know what’s really fun? Getting four monopolies and making all of your friends bankrupt and homeless as you laugh maniacally in your mansion. . . Well I mean metaphorically. We’re just playing Monopoly.
Playing the game.
Professional athletes who have just suffered a loss and are giving an interview always say the same thing: “We did our best, and that’s what’s important.” This is true. Winning isn’t everything; Anyone who loves games will tell you that if they are playing a game against someone who they outmatch, it’s just not the same as playing against someone who is equally skilled. Losing is a good experience. The only times i’ve ever gotten better at playing a game is when I lost against someone who was better than me. Losing challenges us to be better; that’s something winning never does.
Although. . .
Winning is pretty awesome. I mean sure, maybe you’re not competitive (or at least you say you’re not.) You probably still like to win more than you like to lose. While losing challenges us to be better, winning is a sign of achievement; no matter how small the victory it feels pretty dang good. And to those of you who aren’t competitive. You probably are, you just have to find your thing. Maybe you’re not competitive when it comes to most things; but you’re on FIRE when it comes to Ping Pong. No matter what, it’s something to feel good about yourself for.
No matter what kind of sport you’re playing, whether it’s professional or a board game. Games should always be fun. You can be the winner and ruin the game for everyone, or you could be the loser and still ruin the game for everyone. Sportsmanship is very important to me; I always try to make sure others are having fun when I play a game with them. The reason I do this is because of how competitive I am; it may sound strange, but it’s way less fun to win a game when no one is having fun. A bad winner makes others feel uncomfortable; he is competitive to the point where no one wants to play a game with him in the first place. When winning costs you your friends and social life, maybe tone it down a bit. Victory doesn’t feel good when no one else but you cares that you won.
There’s also the other side of the coin: Sore losers. This is pretty self-explanatory. It’s someone that you don’t like beating because they make you feel guilty. Another kind of person that after playing a game with them, you really don’t rush to play with them again.
Don’t be a bad winner, don’t be a sore loser. Walk that tightrope of competition. Because:
Games are fun.
Just have fun! In life, competition is good for all of us. It’s good to want to destroy your friend in a game of chess. It’s good to have a competitive side! But if you’re the most competitive person in the room, it’s also your greatest responsibility to make sure you and your friends have fun.
Next time you play UNO, BANISH THEM TO THE SHADOW REALM.