Since I have a long commute these days, I am constantly looking for things to entertain me on the long drive to and from work. New music, good radio, and, lately, Podcasts. Big fan of Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me, Jay Mohr's Mohr Stories, and The Nerdist Podcast (open to suggestions if anyone has any).
Anyways, Nerdist had a great interview with the Sklar Brothers on recently in which they were discussing Comedy and Comedy Performances that I thought applied to the CoD universe as well. They were talking about how they judged their shows, as in what constituted a good show versus what constituted a bad show. Ultimately, the consensus was they could best judge their performance not by the reaction of the crowd or the amount they were paid, but the Process. The way the show unfolded, how bits worked, how written jokes evolve into ad-libbed conversations and so on.
So my question to this community is: How do you judge YOUR performance in game?
For many.. it is simple. Those dreaded stats. Is it that simple for you? Does a high K/D or a decent number of Caps, Plants, Defuses or whatever constitute a good game for you?
For others, like myself, it can be much more complex. For me, a guy who usually plays HC TDM, I don't judge myself on my K/D alone. For me, there are a lot of factors that I consider when judging my own performance:
1) Did my team win? This is my highest criteria. If I had a high K/D and my team lost, it really doesn't matter to me. I often look back to see if perhaps I was too selfish or didn't contribute enough to put us over the top. Lately, playing so much Lone Wolf, I've had to allow myself to let it go and realize that sometimes I did play well and that my teammates under-performed. That being said, however... I can't consider a game a success if I lose.
2) Did I play well? Vague, sorry, but so true and many of you may know what I am talking about. Basically, this is all about my basics and the choices I have made in-game. I have had strong scoring games in which I wasn't happy with my performance. My aim was off, I made bad decisions, and quite frankly felt like I just got lucky most of the match, or perhaps the opponent was just not all that good. On the other hand, I've had games where I scored lower or even went negative in which I came away feeling pretty good about how I played. A lot of times I will start a game badly, but figure it out and put together a strong finish. It might not look pretty on the scoreboard, but I can hold my head high knowing that I overcame adversity. How was my aim? Did I communicate well with my team? Did I pick good routes? Did I read situations correctly? All of this comes into play for me.
3) Did I have FUN? I will never be an MLG Pro. I will never have YouTube channel and make those YouTube Monehz. My Clan is just a recently absentee group of friends who have won a Clan War, sure, but really aren't world-beaters. I rarely get to play these days, so when I do, I just want to have fun. So when I play... I try different setups. I try different playstyles. It might hurt my stats, but where will those numbers get me in life, ultimately? I've had crazy high scoring games that weren't fun.. not always fun to beat up on hapless enemies. Have had bad games that were fun anyways due to the conversation in the room or just the pace of the game. Had way too many play sessions lately where I found myself just not enjoying my play time. If I didn't have fun... it doesn't matter if I went 35-1 or 1-35.
So how do you judge your performance? Is there anything SledgeHammer can put into this game or should put into this game that would help you in this process?