Games I Just Assume I’d Be Good At Without Ever Playing Theme

You know when you see somebody playing a game and think to yourself, ‘Wow, I would be so incredibly great at this,’ and you walk through life holding that opinion of yourself, just waiting for the right opportunity to prove yourself to someone who care? Yeah, me too.

There have been countless times where I’ve seen a trailer for a game or watched somebody stream themselves playing it, and for some unknown reason, I suddenly think that I would become the greatest gamer to live and crush the game and bring actual tears to those who watched me play it.

Have I ever actually played any of those games to prove that hypothesis? No, not at all. I just let the ego grow until it’s actually insufferable having to listen to myself think about how great I’d be at them.

I should probably preface this entire article with the fact that I am an extreme perfectionist with a crippling fear of failure (how quirky and unique of me). That basically means that I need everything I do to be flawless (unachievable) and that if I start something, I need to be immediately good at it (unattainable). Please keep this in mind while you read this list of games that I just assumed I’d be good at without ever playing them.

I also want to point out that whilst I’m poking fun at these games, I am intensely jealous of those who are actually good at them. I envy you, beautiful gamers.

5 games I’d be good at, with no proof whatsoever

The Quarry

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Image: 2K / Playstation

now listen, The Quarry is a game I’m reasonably confident I’d be good at. Spectacular at, even.

My reasoning for this all boils down to the same cliche that everyone always says, that I’m obsessed with horror/slasher movies and, therefore, I’d know how to survive one.

I think I just heard the collective groan from the audience but hear me out. I’m different, okay? I promise. I’m not like all the other girls!

I like to believe that I make smart decisions, and I’ve watched a lot of slasher films, so I think I’d have a pretty good chance of surviving. Plus, I give off tremendous final girl energy. But, again, that assumption is based on nothing else besides my own juicy ego.

And before you shout at me, I know there are alternate endings in The Quarry. So how can you really be that great at it when there are many different ways to play and end the game? Well, my answer to that hateful question is that I just feel it deep in my soul that I would get a good storyline and make it to the end.

To put my ego to the test, I actually bought The Quarry the other day because it seems like such a Me type of game.

However, every time I went to put the disc in, I was overcome by a cacophony of voices that told me how soul-crushing it would be if I were bad at this game. It was at that point that my hands started to tremble, sweat started dripping off my brow, and I was frozen in fear. ‘What if I am bad at this?’ I thought to myself. ‘How could I possibly deal with myself? How could I continue working for a gaming journalism site if I couldn’t play a simple slasher game?’ I then dropped to the floor, disc still in hand, and curled up into the fetal position for roughly an hour.

Anyways, how was your weekend?

FIFA

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Image: EA / Playstation

FIFA is actually a game that I have played and have failed at.

Wow, being so vulnerable on here with all of you is hard.

Before you ask, yes, I did think that I’d be good at this game without having any prior knowledge of FIFA besides the fact it was a virtual soccer game. It also didn’t help that my brother was incredible at it, which made sense because soccer has been his entire life. But this didn’t seem to be the case for me.

I mostly believed I’d be good at this game because otherwise, my six years of playing soccer would be for nothing.

I originally thought my being bad at FIFA had something to do with being a flaming homosexual, and that felt okay with me because there’s nothing I can do to fix that. But then, when I started meeting more queer gamers, I realized that perhaps the issue, for once, was me and not my sexuality.

The revelation was earth-shattering. The ground beneath me started crumbling, and I questioned my very existence. How could it possibly be my fault? Those laborious six years of soccer were, in fact, for nothing. What was the point of playing the game in real life if I couldn’t excel at it?

I understand that physical capabilities don’t necessarily translate into video games, but I also feel there’s no way I could be bad at it.

It also baffles me how bad I was at it when I first played it. Like how is that even possible? You’re literally kicking a ball around on a screen. How did I manage not to be good at that?

But even though I used to play and was horrifically awful at it, I still hold the belief that if I played it again, I would be exceptional. Should I ever play FIFA again, I would be the second coming of Messi, a virtual Messi. A Vessi, if you will. (I was also workshopping Virssi, but that lowkey sounds like a disease, so I’ll keep working on that).

Maybe I’ll play FIFA 23 purely because Sam Kerr is on the cover of it.

Fortnite

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Image: Epic Games / Playstation

The biggest reason I think I’d obliterate Fortnite is that there was a moment where everyone was obsessed with it, so it must be a pretty easy game. That’s how that works, right?

Honestly, it was probably because I wanted to fit in, so I told everyone I had played it and was great at it, and I got so caught up in the lie that I just started to believe it myself.

My dirty little secret, however, is that I have never played Fortnite nor attempted to. And if I did have to play it, I’d probably be terrible at it.

But really, how hard can it be? Don’t you just go around shooting people and climbing things? Sounds easy to me. Please don’t tell me it’s hard; just let me live in my fantasy world where two things are true—one that it’s easy, and two that I’d come first every time.

Also, the fact that literal children were winning further proves to me that I should, hypothetically, be fantastic at Fortnite.

Grand Theft Auto V

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Image: Rockstar Games / Playstation

It must be said: I love crime.

Just kidding! Please don’t judge me.

But there is something about simulated crime on a video game that I just feel speaks to my soul. Have I ever committed a crime in my life? no. Do I get crippling anxiety that I’ve broken every law possible when a cop walks past me? Yes, yes, I do.

Despite that, the allure of Grand Theft Auto appeals to me despite me having never played it. But from seeing others play it and clips of gameplay online, I reckon I’d have a pretty good go at it. You’re just driving around and robbing people, right? That’s basically what I do on the Sims.

A big part of my reasoning for not playing Grant Theft Auto but believing I’d be good at it is because I’ve seen so much online that I feel like I already have played the game.

I also am worried that, given recent controversies, the allure of GTA is bigger than what it actually is and that if I play it, I won’t be able to live in my fantasy world anymore.

Gran Turismo

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Image: Sony / Playstation

My thoughts about the Gran Turismo franchise mirror those I have for FIFA. David might virtually beat me up for saying this, but how hard is it to drive a car around a track in a game? (Editor’s note: I am preparing a five-page rant as we speak — David)

I also fear that I lack a general level of understanding about racing, so my ignorance bleeds into Gran Turismo because, again, is it that hard to just like, drive? (Editor’s note: I’m fine. I’m fine. — David)

Here are my reasons for thinking I’d be good at GT:

  1. I learn how to drive in Sydney, a notoriously awful place to drive
  2. My Corolla goes vroom, and I get happy
  3. I have the need, the need for speed (I’m so sorry)
  4. Again, car + track = Gran Turismo. I dropped maths in high school, but that seems like a simple equation to me

(Editor’s note: I take it all back, you’ve actually cleared the bar to be a Supercars driver by quite a way — David)

Will I ever play these games? maybe.

Will I actually be good at them? Probably not.

Does that deter me from wanting to play them so I can keep my ego intact and live in a fantasy world where I am the greatest gamer ever to grace this broken earth? Yes, absolutely.

But I want to hear from you, the people, my fellow ego-driven gamers; what games did you just assume you’d be great at? Were you actually great at it? Let me know in the comments below!

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