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I have found over the past few years that my competitive desire to find satisfying PVP is somewhat misleading. I find that I yearn for a PVP game that provides competitive rankings and rewards yet somehow avoids the toxic atmosphere that comes with the territory. A few games have attempted different methods to combat this, notably limiting communication options to standard emotes or just restricting communication entirely. Although this helps, a lot of my frustration comes from my own competitve nature. When I was in high school I thoroughly enjoyed games such as Counterstrike 1.6 and Dota where I felt that my 1337 twitch skills rewarded bragging rights between irl and internet friends. Now these games just seem exhausting. My reaction time has slowed and my attitude, although intense, has recognized that I should move beyond the need to destroy my 12 yr old opponent. My gaming tendencies now seem to favor long term rewards. I want to get something out of my hour play session other than a high blood pressure.

I am excited for Overwatch and the casual nature that Blizzard brings to their recent titles/updates. Although this is still a PVP FPS the loot boxes and constant cosmetic rewards seem to satisfy my need for rewards.  I also am enjoying Warframe a great deal. This takes my old love for FPS gameplay and creates an effective MMO cooperative atmosphere. There are options for both short and longer play sessions. It is easy to set goal’s (and meet them) and there always seems to be a new event, mechanic or game development on the horizon. I highly recommend!

P.S. Any feedback or the layout or style is appreciated as this is my first attempt at a wordpress posting.

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