- 5 - Gameplay Wisdom

dnjrdnjr 2013-02-14 19:19:00



Fundamentally this is a part of the article about improving your skill, honing that skill and if you've got plenty of it - abusing it.
My first thought on writing this section was to make a short tutorial for people, coming from CallofDuty4 and Modern Warfare games, as well as any other First Person Shooter games, on how to get acustomed to CallofDuty2's environment fast. Then I thought - it won't be enough. From my own circle of friends, I know that there are people, who've played the game for years, yet I see them go into basic situations and do almost trivial mistakes, using their impatience rather than heads to overpower the enemy. That got me into thinking that I should write a huge section about gameplay situations, and how to act in nearly every single one of them. That sounded good, until I persuaded myself not to do it. Why ?

There has to be a balance in the community. There really shouldn't be detailed tutorials on how to do everything. There should be people, who can shoot unbelievable shots, but who can't do sophisticated tactics, and there should be people, who are stable and reliable shooters, but that's not their trick - their trick is handling extremely hardcore situations, and coming on top of the enemy, because they out-smart him, not because they out-aim him. I've noticed that kind of balance on myself. The wiser I became, the less I risked doing pot-shots, the more I though about positioning myself and working with my teammates on tactical positions and scouting, rather than going into same positions every round and trying to overcome the enemy with my aim in fierce fights, because they already know my repetitive position and position themselves better with every round. I've noticed how wisdom marches toe-to-toe with awareness and cautiousness, especially on taking shots at players, who, i.e. don't see me yet, but I can't make a 100% shot on them, so I save my incognito status (they don't know where I am yet), and use it to my advantage, to position myself better. These properties of aging in-game, are aquired by imprinting them in your brain, and this kind of spectrum of genesis should be experienced by every player, rather than given as a block of text to read. Reading doesn't equal to becoming. Practice equals to becoming.

So this series of topics will be a guide. It will not insert skill through a vein, nor will it bathe you in tactical situations, and how to handle every single one of them. It will not give you a tip on how to do 5 headshots in a single mp44 spray. It will, however, tell you how to enjoy your game, your community, and how to make it last.

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This is a topic open for debate. We are all different people, from different places in the world, where different environments pressure us into different kind of meatballs. We eat differently, learn different things in everyday life, our experience is different - everything is.
However, diversity and arguable opinion/experience discussed on this topic will not stop me from writing my personal take on human body and brain, and how it interrelates with gaming. I am not your personal trainer, not am I trying to be one - my job is to enrich you with advices and observations, which took their time in appearing before me, and now are clear as morning sky. This topic should save you some time.


This is a little scheme I made, to represent things I've noticed over time.
I've had days where I play CallofDuty2 for 1 hour only, and there have been days where I dedicate 8 hours to play the game. What can I tell you, is that 1 hour is not enough, as it's neither enough fun nor enough time to warm up. 1 hour a day is only good for keeping your skill alive - you get into a Deathmatch game, zip-zag your aim around, and that's it. Eight hours, or anything above is damaging, as you get worn out, bored, itchy, scratchy, nauseous.

The best thing is to get a healthy balance. But how to get a balance in a short amount of time ?
In a very short amount of time it's nearly impossible. However, we can enrich ourselves with certain knowledge about our body, to get the maximum value of our time, and to help our body get "warmed up".

If you try playing early in the morning, you will fail miserably. That is not the case every single time - you may be lucky to find a morning, where luck is in your veins, however, I'm here to talk about the standard day, and things you can do to maximise it. So, the standard day will always start the same way - in the first 6 hours or so, if you get up and turn your CallofDuty2, you will be wasting your nerves and anger without reason. You will be trying to warm up in Deathmatches for 30 minutes or so, then you'll be trying to play wars. It just wont be going your way. That is simply because after getting up from sleep, your heart is getting up as well, starting to beat faster and faster, as more and more processes need to power up after a good sleep at night. If you want a productive day - NEVER, EVER snooze your alarm clock - the moment you feel aware of being awake, or you understand your consciousness is awake - instantly get up. You need to do that, to help your heart - if you get up, snooze your alarm, go to sleep, get up after 10 minutes again, snooze it again - you will get your heart out of rhythm, and you may even damage it, doing that over time. What you actually want to do every single morning, is place your alarm clock 3 meters away from your bed, where you can't reach it, and the second it starts screaming - jump out of bed like a watch dog, and turn it off completely. Don't go back to bed - start your day. I can promise you 200% of the time you do that, you'll have an amazing day, you'll feel healthy and right as rain through the whole day.

So if you get up in a healthy way, described above, continue with your day. Do your daily business, exercise, go meet people, socialise, read a book or play chess, or whatever brainy for that matter. Do both kind of activities in that first 6 hour time - so that your heart gets more blood into your muscles, and gets things warmed up there, and so that your heart gets some blood into your brain, when you're doing something brainy - wherever is need, your heart will oblige. This kind of start of the day is the example to follow. It also explains some nuances, why you are/were better at video games whilst you are/were going to school. Steady routines every day, which exercise both brain and your muscle, allow your body to work at it's utmost capacity.

Alright, let's suppose you did "Your Day", you're back home, and want to get some CallofDuty2 magic. It won't happen instantly. I'll explain the scheme more thoroughly later, but what happens is - even if your nerves and nerve-endings in the limbs are warmed up, they're not warmed up enough for a particular task you ask them of completing. So the thing you should do, is a series of warmups. First warmup should ALWAYS be in PUB. Don't go into SD pubs, you'll just be sitting there, getting killed, waiting and biting your nails till you can spawn again. It will cost you more nerves, than do good. So instead - play a round of Deathmatch, and get into a fast PCW with friends. That way you'll exercise both - your aiming and tactical skill, and the benefit will be on your side - you won't be doing anything serious, you won't be scared to lose any cb points or anything like that. Just a short warm up with a light head. Perfect.

After your first warmup (Deathmatch + PCW), don't rush it - get a fast drink + snack, and try to get into a non-demanding Clanbase war. Nothing serious - anything with a mix team will do, or anything against lower point opponents. If you can't find anything, don't go berserk, sitting in mIRC for 30 minutes, trying to find a war. It will wear you out. If you can't find anything fast enough - go away from PC. It's quite essential. What happens is, mechanisms in your subconsciousness, after being exposed to some non-stressful work in previously played DM and PCW matches will keep on working on their own, keeping the flow. You know you'll be playing a clanbase war sooner or later, so they'll know about it first hand.

However, I want to underline something - after your DM + PCW session, and that first "light" CB war - do a 1 hour pause. If you really want to get your body into a perfect condition - it's manditory. Of course, you may keep on playing, lots of friends online, they're available and willing to play. But if you want to work at your full potential, I cannot stress you enough how important that pause is. Just use it to grab a healthy snack or a whole dinner - you will be coming back to your PC in a perfect condition, rested and satisfied. It's a must !

After getting back, again, do some Deathmatch with your buddies, or jump into a war straight, and get warmed up there. However you wish, but I've found that getting into a DM after first sessions of warming up and relaxing for that 1 golden hour, is extremely satisfying - you'll be hitting shots left and right, and it will build your confidence. After that you can have your clanbase war, and I can guarantee, you'll be feeling as confident as steel, as slow as a bunny and you'll excel in 1v1 or 1v2 situations. And that is not all - if you continue playing wars, and if you do short 30 minute pauses in between 1-2 wars, you'll notice that around midnight (if you aren't sleepy), your tactical and aim skill is working 110%. The feeling is overpowering, it's almost divine - you're in your niche of competitive nature, and you're feeling great.


The scheme. It does not represent perfection, rather, it represents proportion. Time intervals may be different, but this basicly shows at what time it is best to do what, in your timeline of daily actions.
This scheme "supposes" you getting up at 9 o'clock AM, and getting up in a healthy way - without snoozing your alarmclock. Then having your day any way you want to, however, not sitting by the PC. Always plan your wars and gatherings with mates in TeamSpeak before hand, and plan them for the evening, you'll get most of your time.

Expanding on colours:

- Red = stay away from PC;
- Yellow = time reserved for Deathmatch, Practice Clan War sessions, watching demos and frag-movies;
- Green = most fruitful time to play serious games.

That concludes the daily routine. Next - enhancing it with detail.


Our bodies are amazing, and we don't even begin to imagine. We walk in a park, see a plastic litter bag dragged by wind, as if an invisible force is controlling it, "trying to tell us something" about life, timeless values and wisdom of purpose, and we're fascinated by that. Nope.

This topic about small tips and tricks of what to do and what not to do, in order to help your body help you. Some of them might sound stupid, useless and not helpful, but remember - we're working for a routine of maximum effect. Whether to pay attention to these, or discard them as blistering dribble, is your choice.

Lets start with exercise. You don't have to be a body builder. You'll just ruin your health like that, and you'll be needing a heart transplant when you're 45. Just do cardio, sometime in the morning - ride a bike for 30 minutes, or have a healthy jog, something not over the top. It will keep you in a good mood for the rest of a day, as well as help you with warming your limbs (coordination, bloodflow) and overall - physical part of body.

Do not eat ~30 minutes before a match. Especially if the food you're about to eat is not carbon based and easily digestable (chocolate, juice and other drinks are ok). What will happen, is that your heart will be trying to enrich your stomach and all the piping there with blood, for a successful and nutritious digestion, and what you will be doing, is forcing it to double-foot, and send blood to every sector in need - to your limbs, to your stomach, to your brain. What that will result in, is in bad work of all those sectors, or semi-good work in all of them, but fatigue afterwards. You will soon tire, get impatient in your game, and you will get very nervous, because you will have no idea what's going on. So after a good meal - chill, watch TV or youtube, have a laugh. Just don't watch anything demanding - scientist have proven that whilst watching a TV human body uses less energy than doing anything else, even when sleeping.

Do not eat unhealthy food constantly. Don't overdo on sugar, before or during the games - you'll get an overflow of energy, it will get you impatient.

Watch what you drink. Whilst coffee is good, gives you a punch in every way, it's power have different effects on different people. Some get sleepy, some get active. Any way you put it - coffee's punch wears out after 1-2 hours, and sometimes faster - after that you may even get sleepy, tired and lose interest in what you're doing. So I suggest tea. It's also caffeine based, but not that strong - it's effects will spread over your day, making for a much healthier boost. Remember to brush your teeth after a tea party, though, lol.

Do not play unless your hands feel properly warm. And I'm not even kidding - you lose like 70 % of potential. To keep your hands warm during a war, do finger yoga, after you're killed, on map changes, halftimes and whenever you feel you don't need to be clicking or typing a necessity. I used to skip this step, even though I knew it's a good practice myself - now I always do it, and I cannot tell you how well it warms me up, and keeps me on my toes. And you really don't need to be doing anything fancy - make yourself a routine, where you rub your hands, do several very powerful claps - and you're set. If do them more frequently, you'll notice that your hands are so warm, they're radiating warmth. That is when your aim will be utmost precise and thrive in your nerve linking. You will be thinking less about where and how to aim your gun - it will come natural to you, so instead, you'll be concentrating on tactics, where to go, how to outsmart and you'll be involved in a creational process, without the disadvantage of constant issues of missing.
Another thing about this "hand yoga" thing - your hands won't get sweaty. Rubbing them will cause heat, yes, but after constant rubbing your hand will be warmed up. That means - cold hand muscles won't be exposed to stress - they won't be having to jump up from the ground, and do hard tasks. They will be constantly warm, and you'll be using less energy to perform minute actions. Everything will be like a constant flow of pure water.

Listening to some phenomenally empowering tunes and watching inspiring frag movies (any fps game) will concentrate your mind. Make sure the music is about your desires, rather than bad memories. Think flying, rather than plummeting to the ground. It will concentrate your mind for a fight and wind you up for most tasks. It's almost like a small amount of alcohol, giving you confidence and freeing yourself from fear and paranoia of things, that are not present and which you don't need to waste your energy on.

Lastly - don't sit in stagnation for too long. After a war, take 2 minutes off - grab a drink. Stretch, wobble your arms around on your way to the kitchen. Don't surround yourself with drinks and food on your desktop - it will damage your performance, as your blood flow will die down and you won't be feeling so good after some time. Also, digestion in a bad sitting position at your PC will be much harder on your body, and that's damaging, as discussed previously.

[c]Positioning yourself[/c]

To have a great desktop setup, where you can comfortably sit for prolongued periods of time, where wires do not annoy you - is almost as essential as buying quality gaming gear or leading a healthy life, and a well thought-out routine for the day.

[c]Hand-Mouse position[/c]

Not too much to discuss here, as some people use claw grip, some palm grip, and some don't use a mouse at all.
I'll be making a very minor post on my minor observation. A picture:


What I've noticed over the years, especially in quake3 with high sensitivity, and in CallofDuty2, using low sensitivity to control my mp44, was that I fragged much better, my aim was almost beyond my expectations, whenever my hands were warm and when I held my mouse in a particular way.
So I started experimenting there, until I found the best position for my hand. I won't be giving to much detail on this, but I will be giving my conclusion - despite how I held my fingers, whenever the "highlighted in the picture" area of my hand was not touching the mousepad, I got that "floating" feeling. My hand was in perfect grip with my mouse, my sitting position probably complimented to that. However, I found the results quite substantial, to make these conclusions. I even experimenting with sticking some slippery tape, cloth and what not (if using a slick pad), to remove contact friction from my palm, touching the mousepad. I kid you not, this increased precision of my aim in high percentages !

[c]Arm position = sitting position[/c]

This is very important - do not sit too high or too low in releation of your desktop's surface.
Sitting too high will tire you over time - arms will be constantly held in the air, your feeling for mouse and keyboard position at all times will have a distant feeling, like you have no grip. So don't sit too high up.
Sitting too low will end up draining blood from your veins in arms. Your arm area near the elbow will be hung on the edge of the desktop's surface, and it will be constantly pressuring your main arteries, which bring blood to your hands. The result will be tragic - slowly, but steadily, your hands will start getting colder, after a few months of such practice they will start getting numb whilst gaming, and given more time - numbing effect will become more rapid.

Perfect position is in the middle - where you're not disturbing your blood flow, yet you're practising resting your arms, in positions, that are suited for your body. I'm not the one to give you advice on what is the "correct" way sitting at your desktop, so you don't damage your health. Nor do we care - internet's full of pictures and advices from doctors and who not - you want that ? Google it. However, I'll tell you this - sitting straight, when the back of the chair is pressed to your spine, and your chair is not moving (no wheels on it), when your bellybutton is touching the desktop, gives that nice feeling of grip, makes you feel almost like you're in a cockpit, strapped in. However - don't press your belly button too hard against the desktop - you'll get indigestion issues and feel discomfort after a while.

[c]Keyboard - Monitor position[/c]

It may seem irrelevant, but it's not. We're all using widescreen monitors nowadays, and wide keyboards.
We need space on the desktop, which is a non-affordable luxury to some.

Whatever the weather, I position my monitor a little further from me, and since my keyboard is on the same level on the desktop I'm using my monitor's feet as a tool to fix it in place - it works out very well. The most important thing to note here is stability - your monitor shouldn't move or shake, whilst you're gaming, and your keyboard should be rock-solid fixed to the desktop. If you don't happen to have a gaming keyboard, which is designed to do that, get yourself some rubber - anything works, even bike's wheel camera (cell), which you fill with air. Chop that up into small rectangles, and stick it under your keyboard with superglue. Make sure you do all 4 points, on every side - the keyboard won't move an inch, under pressure.

[c]Table ergonomics[/c]

As you can see from previous points, positioning yourself is quite important. And you shouldn't save money or time there.
I was going to explain what kind of desktop to buy/makeyourself, but I dismissed it as unnecessary. What will essentially work for you, is trying setups your friends are using, going to shops, , different internet-cafe's, or noticing things in computer classes at your school or uni - you might find a perfect setup there, which may be the most simplistic. If it works - replicate it.

[c]Competitive play[/c]

[c]Where/How to start ?[/c]

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[c]Who to be or not to be ?[/c]

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[c]Teaming up[/c]

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[c]How to create Strategies[/c]

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[c]How to be Tactical[/c]

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[c]Gun Profiles[/c]

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[c]Nades. Set_nades[/c]

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[c]Config (!)[/c]

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[c]Engaging stronk Teams[/c]

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[c]Word to Olschoolers[/c]

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