As I get more serious about wanting to play competitively, I’ve noticed any desire to practice/play with others casually is sort of starting to fade out. Tonight I was deep in practice at the arcade when a buddy of mine stepped up and asked if I wanted to play with her. I guess she could tell by the look on my face that I wanted to practice alone. It was bad pinball etiquette and bad friend etiquette. I felt rotten afterwards but I can’t seem to reconcile the urge to compete/be very serious vs. that old feeling of casually playing for funsies.
I still love my bar league and my teammates but even practicing with them sometimes feels like an obligation. I can’t help but think I’ve become a selfish snob. =(
Anyway, my question is, is this pretty common as one becomes more advanced? I obviously still love pinball and competing, otherwise I wouldn’t keep doing it. But I guess it’s a “different kind of fun” now?