When I lived in Japan, I stumbled upon a semi-hidden bar in a medium-sized-city called Nishinomiya. Its population is roughlt the size of Atlanta. On the seldom occasion that I wanted a drink, my top choice was this hidden gem.
On the inside of this mostly unseen tavern, was a fantastic ambiance. The bartenders were well dressed, wearing white dress shirts, dark ties, and black vests (imagine a 3-piece suit, minus the coat). The entire place was slightly dim, lit enough to see clearly but dark enough to feel intimate.
Keepin’ it classy
American and Japanese Jazz music softly filled the entire place, patrons kept to themselves, and even the bartenders spoke with an inside voice.
On top of all of this, the magic happened when the dapper bartenders made my drink. An old-fashioned is is probably in the mid-range for drink difficulty. It’s more than just juice and alcohol, but it’s not Baked Alaska (kudos to The Sims for me learning this dish).
This bartender took his time to make my drink, and it looked amazing doing it. He carefully crafted my old-fashioned. It probably took him 3-4 minutes without interruption.
He first used tiny tongs to put an oversized ice cub in the correctly-sized glass, he squeezed a 1 inch by 1 inch orange peel square to give the drink an actual splash of citrus. He slowly and precisely measured each ingredient, in what seemed like exact measurements.
Watching him made me want to be a bartender, just so I be a master, too.
Watching masters at work
What does this have to do with eSports and gaming? You probably guessed it. Whether it’s Michael Jordan, SonicFox, Cristiano Ronaldo, Daigo, or anyone else, watching a master at work is inspiring, to both a trained eye and layman.
I find that I watch gaming tournaments the same way I watch the NBA playoffs.
Playing games the way they’re meant to be played
Games are fun, for virtually everyone. I love being able to jump into a fortnite battle and attempt to win a battle royale (for the first time still), or play a friendly free-for-all in Call of Duty. But, I’m only an amateur. It may not be that fun to watch me play COD with my low aim sensitivity.
On the other hand, watching Sonicfox v. Tekken Master at EVO2016 go to match point felt like the two champs were playing the game the way Ed Boon and John Tobias (in spirit) intended it to be played. This is all thanks to eSports and gaming competitions.
You can do it too (git gud)
It also helps me realize that I can also replicate the inspiration I feel from experiencing a master at their art or craft, and so can you. It can be anything.
If you’re a great artist, customer service rep, bartender, or otherwise, you will inspire others and receive the clout you deserve. You can be the one who’s OP’d, or Godlike, not only NinjaKilla playing as Liu Kang with the Dragon’s Fire variation. (There are a ton of good gaming and eSports tournaments on youtube and Twitch by the way…hat tip to destroyerfgc)
Moral of the Story
So what’s the moral of the story? It’s simple, just
keeping practicing your neutral game, drink an old-fashioned, be great at your craft.