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Posted 7/13/17
Strangely I understand the MC as I prefer to play games for the enjoyment and stay away from competition like gaming. I never done that though heard stories and most are from multiplayer. One reason I enjoy single player games more.

Think the girl isn't going to give up still though. And think his reasoning went over her head since she said he sucked which sounds like she's bit like those competitive gamers and looks down on casuals. Unsure I'll like her if she is like that as I don't find those competitive types fun.
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That was pretty good and I really liked the decision the MC made. In fact, I didn't see that coming at all. After seeing the club and stuff, I figured..... this may be the place for him? They were pretty competitive, but I guess I should have realized once he was playing granblue fantasy (LOL), that dating sim game, and stuff. Competitive gaming isn't something he gets enjoyment out of and is more of a casual. Most definitely looking forward for more as I think that was a solid foundation for a 1st ep and the characters are done pretty well especially the reactions.
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Posted 7/13/17 , edited 7/13/17
Competitive gaming brings the worst out in people when you got the veil of anonymity. Of course, competitions in a monitored and physical environment is usually better, sans throwing games for betting money on the side, but then that is no different than soccer.

That being said, any player versus player game with an emphasis on rankings and general competitiveness in an anonymous environment will attracted a great many assholes, or turn normally calm people into one. There is really no game not like this as long as the community is large enough due to mainstream appeal.

Of course, I am an American, not someone raised in a competitive culture that Japan appears to be. I mean, for fuck sake, they post exam scores in public (Or so anime told me), while the western world generally has a grasp on anonymity.

That being said, it seems the leader or so is forcing this upon him, and combining the overbearing hobbyist or club leader trope with a hobby that outright promotes aggression seems to set up signs that they will be an asshole, but it merely reminiscent of the high strung that annoys me in memories of hindsight, than any actual show of a character.

Some competitive gamers are fine, but the issue of "more hardcore than thou" is annoying, really. Aren't we all motherfucking fucking gamers, you fucking asshole of a girl of an anime I had yet to watch? Fuck you, you asshat!


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I can totally relate to the MC here! I love gaming but do NOT want to go competitive! I mean you have Toxic Players and I'm sure they make a small amount of the gaming community also its kinda intimidating with all these awesome gamers! I remember In overwatch I went in comp mode with some guys I meet and been playing with and we got stomped hard lol! so yeah I guess the moral of the story of this episode (I think) is that there are two types of gamers: casual and competitive If your casual cool, if your competitive that's cool too just watch your step or you'll land on your face!
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An anime where the awkward MC doesn't fall all over himself to follow the pretty girl because she asked him? SOLD!
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Enjoyable but didn't quite reach that level of excitement for me. Everything from the art style to the jokes just fell a little short. That said, it was still an enjoyable show if only a solid B-tier.

Niina is great though. I know exactly how that feels. I love talking about games and could go on for hours about them but when I'm playing them, especially if I'm playing a fighting game, I just basically lose the ability to communicate.
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That being said, any player versus player game with an emphasis on rankings and general competitiveness in an anonymous environment will attracted a great many assholes, or turn normally calm people into one. There is really no game not like this as long as the community is large enough due to mainstream appeal.


True. Under normal circumstances, I'm a pretty chill guy. But when it comes to competitive play, I become furious. So, I can relate with the main character here.

Pretty interesting so far. Let's see what Episode 2 brings.
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Didn't read about this beforehand so I was about to say it was way too predictable and drop it, then they throw that curveball at the end. Guess I'll have to stick around to see where this goes.
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Honestly? The message I believe Karen said is misinterpreted. Some play games to relax, but the general feeling I had is to improve myself into something I have a passion about, which is not strictly tied into the ideas of competition. Competition can have you measure worth based on your standing and skill versus other players, where improving is getting better enough to beat the game or score high combos. In essence, competition is just an exertion of pride, the amount you have relative to the amount of others, whereas self improvement is the amount you had now compared to yesterday.

Competition can be good. They are often multiplayer games you can play with friends.

That being said, this ending was forced. A curveball of a story twist isn't good if it doesn't align with the logic we have and the logic of the character themselves, versus what we know.

Amano had no reason to turn it down. He, as we later see him admit, is being a fucking moron. In any case....this may just be the case of misinformation. I mean, do all members have to partake in competitions, especially since Kase-senpai in glasses can bag prize money? Why can't they talk about different games if it is a general club, or why can't they respect that some prefer other genres?

I mean, what is the exact function of the club? Is it an Overwatch team? Then why recruit random people, considering the talents most FPSes have at prize competitions? I mean, some players just won't be good enough, no matter how you train them, especially if they have no proactive interest. If it is a general game club, then why reject? Isn't this just a bad demonstration?

If so, Karen, you dun fucked up.
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Posted 7/13/17

domvina wrote:

An anime where the awkward MC doesn't fall all over himself to follow the pretty girl because she asked him? SOLD!


On one hand, I'm a little surprised to realize it doesn't happen more. "Refusal of the call" and all that.

On the other, I appreciate that despite it seeming abrupt, they actually set it up well with the comedic "reasons for gaming" bit.
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PeripheralVisionary wrote:

Honestly? The message I believe Karen said is misinterpreted. Some play games to relax, but the general feeling I had is to improve myself into something I have a passion about, which is not strictly tied into the ideas of competition. Competition can have you measure worth based on your standing and skill versus other players, where improving is getting better enough to beat the game or score high combos. In essence, competition is just an exertion of pride, the amount you have relative to the amount of others, whereas self improvement is the amount you had now compared to yesterday.

Competition can be good. They are often multiplayer games you can play with friends.

That being said, this ending was forced. A curveball of a story twist isn't good if it doesn't align with the logic we have and the logic of the character themselves, versus what we know.

Amano had no reason to turn it down. He, as we later see him admit, is being a fucking moron. In any case....this may just be the case of misinformation. I mean, do all members have to partake in competitions, especially since Kase-senpai in glasses can bag prize money? Why can't they talk about different games if it is a general club, or why can't they respect that some prefer other genres?

I mean, what is the exact function of the club? Is it an Overwatch team? Then why recruit random people, considering the talents most FPSes have at prize competitions? I mean, some players just won't be good enough, no matter how you train them, especially if they have no proactive interest. If it is a general game club, then why reject? Isn't this just a bad demonstration?

If so, Karen, you dun fucked up.


Will say if it was me I would've at least join just to get a feel of it. Though from the outside it's a place for competitive gaming though will try to see more. And if it's no more then that I would leave.

So the MC made a stupid move since there's little info about it. Though think reason he said no was maybe she gave the club a bad first impression to him.
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Posted 7/13/17 , edited 7/13/17
And here is the logic I figured out for why Amano's reasoning doesn't really work. You can play Overwatch for fun, and just not be good at it. Or Town of Salem. Or an offline match of Smash Bros. There is a difference between playing competitively and playing a competitive game. Some games of course, attract assholes. To contrast this, it doesn't mean jack, because you can play Overwatch and similar games for the same reason Amano does, that being enjoyment. I mean, this is the Gaming Club. It would be weirder if you guys didn't play a match together.

(Note: Overwatch has a forced ranking system that determines who you play with, as well as a focus on coop PVP, that forces one to use microphones, so you know...it is harder to avoid that toxicity, essentially.)

But yeah, I can play fighting games with friends. It isn't competitive, it isn't for money, I just like playing with people. I mean, isn't the point of clubs, among others, is to socialize?

If one is against any inherent form of player versus player, then honestly, they probably have self esteem issues I imagine.

I mean, I have them too when it comes to games, but I can manage them just fine.
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Looking at Amano's reactions during the club meeting I can see why he would decline given he sees himself as a casual gamer. All we see in the club are hardcore gamers. The club room is filled with things the club bought with money from competitive gaming. They push Amano to play over and over and over despite it being obvious he wasn't into it and then he gets insulted to boot. Yes, here's a group who shares his passion for gaming. But they don't share it in the way he enjoys it. Quite the opposite in fact. Think of it this way. You love anime. Your favourite genre is mecha and you really dislike slice-of-life.Would you join an anime club where all they ever talk about is slice-of-life series and pretty much ignore mecha? Just because people share a passion for a type of activity doesn't mean they'll enjoy it in the same way. I rather have to tip my hat to Amano for having the maturity and self-confidence to not join a club he feels he wouldn't enjoy despite that internal pressure to want to "belong".
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NOT the kind of game club or episode I was expecting lol. So much cringe 'cuz the glasses dude reminds me of myself back in my highschool days: competitive gamer with a lack of manners IRL. It's not like I don't understand him though since competitive gaming becomes a part of your identity when you've done it for long enough and have had involvement in high stakes matches.
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I liked how the green-eyed monster made a girl collapse with the things she was saying to Amano.
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