When it comes to pinball, I’ve found that it’s as much of a mind game as it is a flipper game - quality of play and scores when you’re nervous, irritated, or otherwise not focused is definitely lower than when you’re on point. Throw in some bad beats, rough games, and intimidating scores in a tournament and you could have yourself a rough outing if you don’t recover.
My question is really two-fold. First, I’m definitely guilty of holding on to rough games, rude (to me) comments, and disappointment when it comes to matches and qualifying. I know that it leads from an overall negative mindset, and I think I’m taking my serious level a bit over the top sometimes. How can I keep that from getting to me and quickly bouncing back?
The second part is about a healthy competitive mentality. Pinball is a game where the community encourages great games and stories, but as I tense up I tend to find myself rooting against people internally as I’m trying to hold on to points/keep from taking strikes in competition play. I know it’s not a good thing for me and the game and I’d like to follow in my favorite words from Bowen and say “don’t do that.” How do other people keep themselves supportive and positive as they play?
I hope someone can share their insight because I do love pinball a lot. I just want it to be fully positive, as the spirit of the game says it should be. Thanks!