Psychology on A (Shitty) Perfectionist Rhythm Gamer
As rhythm gamers, I think we all aspire to perfect songs. Other than memorizing rhythms and endless repetitive practices, are there any other ways you can do to improve your chances of perfecting a song?
Admittedly, I’m not exactly a good rhythm gamer anyway (the amount of songs I actually perfected over the years can be counted with just my ten fingers), but I’m here to show what I know. The biggest problem in perfecting songs are distractions in my mind, when I was playing rhythm games, I always find myself not being able to perfect songs when I’m actively thinking “I want to perfect this!” and in contrast, I find myself able to perfect songs casually when I’m not thinking of anything. I think the former just makes everything unnecessarily intense and nerve-wracking, and effects your ability to perfect songs, the more relaxed mood in the latter instead puts you in a better position to perfect a song.
So what I’m essentially asking all of you to do here, is what every martial artists aspire to do. “Empty your mind” is a main principle behind a lot of Japanese martial arts, clear your mind and adapt to the essence of Zen. Let your mind be still like water, and let your fingers move in a state where your mind is not preoccupied with any emotions.
…is what I would like to say, but it’s probably impossible. For one, who wouldn’t want to perfect songs when you play rhythm games? With what I described, it literally wants you to have a “don’t care” altitude just to be in a relaxed mood, because aforementioned, hyping yourself up by yelling (internally) you want to perfect songs just makes it more anxious, and really effects your gameplay. Well, never hurt to try though, I guess.
Another thing that helps is to take a break whenever possible, it’s a no brainer but playing rhythm games constantly may also effect your ability to perfect songs. I mean if you’re severely exhausted, how do you even perfect anything? Being exhausted also makes it ten times more frustrating during those moments where you see you’re just one miss away from a perfect. Controllers are thrown, phones are tossed and destroyed just because of this.
Also, this isn’t an advice but a sort of rant from myself. In some rhythm games, there will usually be accompanying visuals (mostly music videos) for the songs you’re playing, with all the gameplay on the foreground. While you will be able to enjoy the visuals while playing the game, the bad thing about this is that it also heavily effects your gameplay. In LLSIF, I literally have to toggle the images off in my gameplay just to make it as distraction-free as possible. Honestly, these visuals are like a double-edged sword. I could be playing Project Diva and be screaming “MIKU SO MOE” and “I MISSED! SHIIIIIEEEEEEETTTTTTTTTTTTTT!” at the very same time. While easier modes are fine, but on higher difficulties, you barely even have the luxury to enjoy the visuals.
Additionally, there’s also the fact that these rhythm games are… rhythm games, and rhythm is a big part of these games. I’m sounding like I’m spouting some next level Shirou-bullshit but please bear with me.
For every songs in rhythm games, they have notes at rhythmic segments of the song for you to press, and all these notes flow in such a rhythmic structure it’s as if you are literally playing an actual song on a musical instrument. But this is why easy mode can be a bit awkward to play sometimes, because they remove so many notes it ruins the rhythmic flow. Then again, rhythmic flow or not, songs on the highest difficulty can be so hard to play too it’s as if you are playing an epic re-arranged Mozart piece. Rhythm games are serious business.
If you’re good at perfecting songs in rhythm games, what sort of advice would you give?