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They are my favorite game genre, I can play single match for hours. I think I played first actual RTS game about 13 years ago and since then I've always played one every now and then. What I don't get is that I absolutely suck at them. I try to get better and correct my mistakes, but the enemy ends up crushing me effortlessly every time. I always have to play at easy difficulty level or whatever is bit easier than 'normal' level. Those matches I often win though, but when I raise the difficulty level up, I don't seem to stand a chance. I'm slightly above average in FPS games, pretty good at everything else as well, but RTS games I suck at. I'm long time gamer and usually no matter what game is in question, I learn it very quickly and I get to be labeled as a nerd. That is not the case with this genre. In fact, I do learn many things even in RTS games quite fast.
I've decided to really figure out what I'm doing wrong and try to get better in few games I have. Namely Starcraft, Company of Heroes, Rise of Nations, Age of Empires II. Those are few well known games and very genre defining games. I'm especially interested in Starcraft now, cause it seems quite simple, but it has the elements that most RTS games released after it have and nothing more. Good environment to practise in.
The fact that I don't have any idea what I'm doing wrong is bewildering. I started a AoE match after long, long time, but I knew how to play it... well sort of. Okay, I got destroyed quite fast. Restarted the match and same happened. By then I knew in what order I should do things and how to expand resource gathering, but again I got raped by enemy, I didn't seem to have time to even make soldiers. In Company of Heroes the normal level is easy, but hard is indeed hard, I have no chance. I don't wanna know how hard the hardest level is. Rise of Nations is madness, the AI is one of the best, the resource gathering and advancement is quite complex, there's too many things to do at a time.
I know few things I need to fix. I need better actions per minute, I need to use hotkeys and I need to learn the mechanics of a game better. I wonder how much those things impact my gaming and would the actually help enough. I'm slow and I get overwhelmed quite easily. I don't usually give up in things, I'm very determined person, but in RTS games I give up easily. I also wonder if I should read up on RTS games on the internet to learn counters and stuff. I kind of would like to learn by myself, that would be kind of cheating, and trial & error learning is usually more effective and fun than reading.
Waiting on Xsyon & betaing stuff