Now this topic is one I love to add my contribution to. I have been participating to multiple international championships in the sport I practice and this topic is one I have discussed often with my team members. I’d love to share my thoughts in short. Almost short. Oke, not so short. Skip to the end to see what winning in E&P means to me or read through it all and find out how I figured that out.
----What are my thoughts about winning?----
As the OP almost wrote: the meaning of “winning-the-game” depends on how someone describes the meaning of “winning” in general.
Some are ego-oriented when it comes to winning and they believe it means:
- Coming out in front of someone else
- Ending far ahead of anyone else
- Performing better than others
Other people are task-oriented and they believe that it means:
- Performing to your highest abilities
- Overcoming yourself
- Surpassing yourself
- Making your dreams reality or achieving set goals
And occasionally you stumble upon people who are both ego- and task-oriented and mix it all together at times.
I think the definition of winning is situational and depends on your objective(s). Here is why:
SGG can be more profitable than a competitor, but if it does not reach its full potential…then did they really win?
SGG can reach its full potentional, but if it’s not more profitable than a competitor…then did they really win?
We can have an infinite discussion about answering such questions. I think that the answer to the question ‘‘Did I win?’’ can only be found by evaluating your objective(s). These objectives can vary a lot and are too many to mention.
----What does “winning-the-game” based on set objectives mean to me?----
I am someone who will always be task-oriented to bring the best out of myself, but with the greater goal in mind to win all my games (ego-oriented). I just don’t want to lose. My objective during my sport games almost always is that I want to perform to my highest abilities, knowing that performing to my highest abilities will make me win more often than not.
A game in which I did reach my highest possible abilities is therefore always a win for me, knowing that I can not blame myself for anything. A game in which i did not reach my highest abilities is therefore always a loss for me, knowing that I can blame myself for not having achieved highest abilities.
In order to reflect wether I succeed in this, I think it is important to determine in advance what these highest abilities for me are. And thus what they are for me related to E&P.
I find this is impossible to determine in this game for certain aspects, such as raid- & event-rankings and titan- & war-scores. These aspects often depend on what board I get served during the start of my gameplay and what gems replace those I have removed. Unless I spend an infinite amount of money, but then still RNG has it’s influence. So RNG affects me and is an external influence that I can not train myself for, but which could affect my highest capablities in a bad or good way every single time.
I can give winning-the-game for these aspects a certain direction, such as the height of my titan damage that I want to deal on average or an estimated guess about which teams I ‘‘should be capable of beating’’ in raiding. I can give winning-the-game a more specific direction also, by ascending certain heroes first in order to increase my average titan damage. So if I reach or increase the predetermined average titan scores and beat the teams I thought I should be capable of beating, then I could feel some sense of winning-the-game based on my highest abilities.
I do however succeed to determine my highest abilities on other aspects, such as opening a max number of chests with a set amount of gems I am allowed to use for resetting them. Or helping my alliance members as much as I can with knowledge I obtain by reading a lot about the game. RNG doesn’t affect this and therefore I am in control of achieving my objectives. If I manage to open my set number of chests or to help my alliance members, then I am winning.
----What does “winning-the-game” really mean to me?----
The way I approach my sports-environment isn’t applicable for all aspects of this gaming-environment. For some it is, for some it isn’t. The last paragraph of this book’s second chapter already shows you in what direction I am heading.
A common situation is that people who do not achieve their objectives feel that they have ‘‘not-won’’ and thus have no sense of satisfaction. In order to prevent that I do not feel satisfied at moments, I therefore have to adjust my thoughts:
Winning-the-game means feeling satisfied to me.
I order to feel satisfied I do have objectives:
- I want to learn from my past mistakes
- I want to contribute positively to the experience of other people
- I want to aid others in reaching their objectives
- I want to be kind
- I want to be dedicated to mini objectives (such as the previous mentioned titan damage averages) and be determined to see it through to the end
- I want to search for ways to better myself
- I want to spend a little money sometimes and reward my effort with what possibly could be a valuable hero or item