Are you a tryhard? Or have you been called one? Because according to a viral TikTok video that popped up in August, you could be the reason why someone has stopped playing video games!
This Tiktok user, mobeen.momodu, became a point of contention in the world of gaming in August. Did tryhards really ruin gaming for others? Or was that all just a ‘salty’ rant for people who needed to “get good”?
Even Ninja had something to say about it, and he basically deflected the sentiment in an interestingly philosophical way by saying, “there’s always something to learn, and always room for improvement, never settle”.
Looking back, the frustration mobeen.momodu displayed may have been a little misplaced since he himself admitted he did not play the game and all things considered, Fall Guys is only a party game.
But outside of the context of Fall Guys, it seems like there’s more to be discussed on this topic. Now that gaming has become such a big industry and grown to be a lot more mainstream, what was initially a simple pastime has become an integral part of some people’s lives, which can sour the experience for others.
Just “having fun” doesn’t seem to be an option anymore. But are you ruining a game for someone if you’re tryhard-ing?
Two Sides Of The Same Coin
Admittedly, the term “tryhard” harbours a lot of different meanings within different contexts, and it’s mostly used as an insult out of frustration or annoyance. But, for the purpose of this article, “tryhards” are people who put in more effort and drive into a competitive game, often playing to win the top spot (and sometimes in a more casual setting).
When it comes to supporting the “tryhard” mentality, are tryhards really ruining gaming when the point of competitive games is to win? Booting up a game of Call Of Duty or Valorant or any competitive game means knowing that you’re about to play in a team, and aiming to win against the opponent team. Some effort is obviously needed to achieve that goal or your team is bound to lose out quickly.
People also have different mindsets going into games – whether it be going gung-ho or just having fun. If someone is there to have fun, then why should they be upset about losing to a “tryhard”, regardless if it’s a casual game or not? There’s also the notion that putting in the effort is part of the fun when it comes to video games, much like any other game or sport.
However, on the other side of that argument, people who “tryhard” tend to suck the fun out of the experience, especially in a team setting. They often push their attitude on to other people, expecting them to match their need to win. A lot of “toxic” gameplay can result from that, ruining the fun for people who are not there to get the most kills or necessarily win.
It’s especially out of place in casual gaming, where the experience of the game is meant as it says on the tin – “casual”. So gamers who “tryhard” push aside any fun just to reach their goals.
A Case for Esports
There has also got to be a place for esports in this discussion since many competitive video games end up growing to produce their own leagues. Often, the “tryhard” mentality is what gets esports athletes to where they are, even if they wouldn’t exactly phrase it that way.
Like athletes in other sports, they put all their effort into their games and practise to reach peak performance. No one would call a footballer a “tryhard” if they play to win, would they? It’s normal and expected, so why would someone who’s putting effort into a game they want to excel at be treated differently from a casual football player who may want to go pro someday?
Does It Even Matter?
Of course, that’s all to say that all of what was mentioned must be considered with respect to other gamers, regardless of whether someone wants to “tryhard” or not. Many people who play video games are there just for fun and blow off some steam – and if that doesn’t correlate with the goals of someone who wants to win, that’s okay.
The games themselves have a role in this, too. Separating players by skill ranks like they do in Fortnite or having casual and ranked games separated like in Overwatch does a lot to alleviate the tension between casual players and people who take the game more seriously. There’s still a lot more they can do, of course, especially with games that don’t have this function but then again, most of the time, it comes down to the players.
And genuinely? It doesn’t take much to respect other people, even if it’s in a video game.