How to Avoid Tilting as a Gamer

By Shane Martin on April 9, 2019

I could sit here and tell you to take deep breaths and think positively all day in order to avoid tilting as a gamer, but to be frank, that’s not going to help you all that much. It’s easier said than done, and consequently, it takes a lot of practice to completely change your attitude and outlook for the better. Many times, you can tilt yourself just as much as — if not more than — your teammates. So, instead of giving you tips on how to deal with tilting once it has reared its nasty, clingy head, I will tell you how to avoid it to the best of your ability.

Many have said this before, so I’m just going to get it out of the way before I even start the list:

If you tilt easily, mute everyone (friend and foe alike) at the start of the game. If you handle your tilt better and you don’t think that you need to do this, and then someone starts spewing comments in the chat that you don’t like, mute them asap.

With the general rule of thumb out of the way, let us proceed.

Rely only on yourself

I cannot stress this one enough, as I believe it to be the most essential piece. There are situations that you put yourself into, such as a 2 versus 1 scenario, not because you think you can actually win, but because you think your teammate(s) will come to your aid. Never put yourself in a spot where you can’t succeed on your own. More times than not, we find ourselves dead at the end of the fight because the teammate we thought would help us did nothing. Perhaps your call was the right one and that person should’ve helped you, but that’s irrelevant. Think of it like driving: the problem isn’t you, it’s everyone around you. That being said, if you can do your best to rely on yourself, and only yourself, you won’t tilt as much because any misfortunes or mistakes that come your way will be solely on you (and this leaves room for improvement!).

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Become flexible/versatile

Many games have certain roles that some people are better at than others, like League of Legends or Overwatch, for example. Oftentimes, the teammates you get stuck with can only play 1 or 2 of the roles, and when they are put in one they aren’t so great at, they will either complain, ask to switch, or sabotage the game. It is on you to switch. I say this because there is nothing you can do about the fact that they suck at one role, but what you can do is help in putting them somewhere where they can play well, instead of leaving them to the wolves. The way you do this is simply by knowing how to play each and every role (at least decently). That way, you can prevent having a pissed off “one-trick pony” on your team because he/she didn’t get their role.

Compliment your teammates

For this, I don’t mean shower your teammates with an unbearable amount of positive enthusiasm. If one of your teammates makes a good play, take two seconds out of your super-focused mindset to type good job (gj) or nice play in the chat. It seems small but it goes a  long way in boosting morale and confidence; something you want your teammates to have in order to avoid them tilting, which will ultimately lead to keep you from tilting. Not enough people do this these days, so get on it!

Take breaks

This is one of those things you probably know you should be doing, but don’t because you feel like you need to end on a win. Honestly, we’ve all been there — when we just can’t seem to win — but this does not only pertain to gaming. So, take the universe’s hint and give it a rest for a little bit if you’ve lost more than 3-4 games in a row. There’s no guarantee you’re going to win the next one, so don’t rationalize with uncertain possibilities.

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Don’t blame your teammates

I want to draw back on the “rely only on yourself” and “become flexible/versatile” sections here. Many of us don’t want to acknowledge our own mistakes, or perhaps we simply can’t see them to begin with. As a consequence, we blame our teammates because they made a call and you felt obligated to follow them, or because they just made a bad play. I must emphasize that if you disagree with someone’s shot-calling, communicate it instead of listening and then blaming them for the failure. These are team games. As unfair as it may seem, you must be able to carry your teammates to victory sometimes, and in order to do that you need to remain calm and focused, not tilted. Blaming your teammates for actions that were not theirs alone only makes them mad, and likely makes you mad as well. Brush the misplay off and look for ways to improve the situation you’re in instead of lingering on it and being toxic: TOXICITY HELPS NO ONE.

Always critique yourself

Lastly, even after the games you’ve won (especially if you’re trying to improve your game-play), critique yourself. There’s always room for improvement; with improvement comes confidence, and with confidence comes a more tilt-proof attitude.

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