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It appears as though I have confused the majority of people here. There is a strict definition between what SOME people claim is "True Skill" (defined as being the only 'real' skill) and my belief, which is that ALL games take Skill. This is not me claiming that PLAYER SKILL is a myth, but that "True Skill" is a myth. The myth is that playing a game like Counterstrike 1.6 or Starcraft does NOT give you "True Skill", while playing any other FPS or RTS game means you "Don't know what TRUE skill is."
In repetitive explanation which is apparently required here: True Skill is defined as more meaningful than other forms of "Skill", whereas a player who plays CS1.6 or SC has "True Skill" while a player who plays any other FPS or RTS game has no idea what "True" or "Real" skill is because they do not play CS1.6 or SC.
THIS IS A CONCEPT, A DISCUSSION OF OTHER'S PERSPECTIVE AND IDEAS-- Not my personal soap box to QQ or Rage that Skill doesn't exist at all, anywhere in gaming. I CANNOT make myself anymore clear.
I read in another thread, someone with the perspective that they had "True Skill" because they played "serious" games like CS1.6, Starcraft, and (I have heard many claim before) MOBA game of choice.
I have been gaming for 15 years, ever since I set foot in UO to yell "PK PK PK!" or when I was top dawg (word up G home slice bacon bits!) in Medal of Honor: Allied Assault. To this day, I have never topped my skill in MoH:AA, where I'd have 60:2 kill/death ratio as a teenager...with the most gimped weapon (m1 garand was so gimp...shotgun/bazooka/stg44 so OP, lol)
Do I believe I have "true skill"? Only if I can stop laughing at the idea of someone claiming "true skill" in a video game...lol...
Coming from someone who has been there, done that, and come home with a collection of forced rage quitting enemies and top player wins, I can honestly tell you: There is no difference in "player skill" in a game like Counterstrike or Starcraft than any other video game. In fact, most people will probably brag about those two simply for the fact they were so popular.
I submit to you one simple fact: There are desperate housewives who play WoW, who are so much better than you (and me), that they can roflstomp you without even knowing what a FPS, MOBA, or even RTS game is. "True Skill" in a video game is mostly a matter of knowing that game, knowing gaming in general, knowing the genre, and just good ol' fashion experience.
It kindof takes the fun out of competitive play, when you realize you only won due to the person being younger than you, or only lost due to them having hundreds of hours more free time to play their game. Occassionally, I will....okay, that's a lie. Very RARELY, I will encounter an equal opponent- someone who isn't thousands of hours obsessed more, or who doesn't have decades less experience in gaming in general. This is when it's a BLAST! You go against them in an FPS, and 1 out of every 10 fights with them- you actually see each other and fight Skill v. Skill. (The other 9, are in reality you killing each other while the other is busy, unaware, etc. Stuff that makes it irrelevant that you have skill, as the environment/situation favors them or you significantly).
Sometimes I would rarely have a match in RTS where the enemy is just as good. These matches last for hours, and are extremely, extremely fun. They aren't roflstomp SouthPark WoW Episode good, and they aren't an easy (boring) faceroll. It's a match that ends with a sliver of victory or defeat, with both parties saying "Great game!" no matter what outcome.