It’s a mix. Games have increased in complexity (sometimes for the worse), VR has made it easier to aim, but this is the part that matters.
fps or adventure because I just don’t like them so it is not a twitch reaction going away, I don’t think
Correct. If are healthy enough to run a quarter mile, some studies have been done, and unambigiously show older players have the reflexes to at least hold the top of most score boards with other competitive players.
What matters is whether you like it. Being good at high-intensity multiplayer FPS in particular is not about practice, but how you practice. The best are taking pot shots at everything in the game that looks like a decent target, just to see where it hits. Many of the most famous of the American ‘wild west’ did the same. And running through the practice lobby that PavlovVR has, at full sprint, not stopping if a target does get missed, but just going back through another run.
You have to like being at the top of your game, just purely for the fun of it, to be good at anything like that.
Complexity is the same way, and games have indeed increased in terms of complexity.
Onward is a good example. The classic ‘Uplink’ mode Onward requires patience, knowing where to hide, when to strike, and excellent aiming skills. So you pretty much need some PavlovVR time to be ready for Onward, and then you need to like it enough to really keep your mind focused on ‘how can I do better’ all the while while carefully taking things low and slow.
On the desktop, complexity is getting worse as more features are added. On top of that, stupid progression mechanics have been added to cripple us from the start. Then there is the default WASD key layout, which I do not use - AZSD with ‘e’ use ‘r’ reload ‘x’ jump ‘c’ crouch ‘shift’ sprint ‘f’ fire mode ‘g’ throw, dates back to the classic game Descent and is much better.
Far Cry New Dawn seems to exemplify all those characteristics. On the upside, it does present some interesting scenarios and challenges, but it takes a while to get into.
My advice would be to find something you like so much you want to play it like this.
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No twitch reaction stuff really, but an absolute mastery of pinpoint accuracy and using just the right keyboard buttons at the right moment. It’s a speedrun, and once I realized I could play through such scenarios this way, I loved it.
Things like this are downright painful for any human to play until you have some deep experience with them though… Some things happen at random too to ensure you actually have to become proficient, rather than just doing exactly the same things twice.