Being classified as a pro gamer is seen in many different ways, but there are some traits that they all seem to have that depicts if they actually are or not. Some people are naturally talented gamers that thrive from the start of it with no effort needed or experience required, however, regardless of such, the people who actually harness their technique to have those same results are just as applicable. That said, I've conjured up a list of 25 different, but fairly identifiable habits that most pro gamers have.
1. You skip hints and tutorials.
Whenever you play a game, you start off by just figuring it out yourself. I often get annoyed by the amount of hints I’m given at the start or sometimes throughout the process of just trying to create my own understanding for it. This can be a bad thing too obviously because a lot of those tips are fundamental to certain gameplay methods and you find yourself being fucked over at a later time because you skimmed through it, but you have faith that you can just play through it and understand all the details just from a second nature of playing so many other games.
2. You start on harder difficulties.
If you ever find yourself on a game and you start off with a decision of which difficulty you should play, then that’s another sign that you’re a pro. Most people would instantly go for a neutral playthrough, and that’s not to say that a pro can’t do that as well, but the fact that you either considered or ended up doing a harder mode is one of the many feats a pro possesses.
3. You adapt to it quickly.
Whether it’s a story based game or an online game, you never seem to have problems adapting to the nature of the gameplay rather quickly and eventually already start to come up with your own patterns for what works for you in the game to make it a hell of a lot easier to learn.
4. You catch references/easter eggs.
The references to the game franchise or to other games that you’ve played are blatantly obvious and you instantly know where it’s from, then when you go and look at the list of references that others have found about the game, which include many other easter eggs that you’ve yet to discover or never picked up on initially, you look to tie them in and theorize.
5. You effortlessly top the leaderboards.
Sometimes when I’m on a game, I end up being the highest player at the top for no apparent reason, and most of the time I’m not even aware as to what the fuck was even going on. I just make it to the top and then that process tends to repeat itself a few other times before I decide I want to play another game or just try playing in a way that handicaps me to give myself an extra challenge.
6. You make leveling up methods.
The grind can be frustrating as hell on a lot of games, but despite that, you tend to find ways that aid you with gaining more xp. You may start to farm items, or just repeatedly go against a particular boss or level of players whilst using whatever class/category of weapons or skill traits that make the process less of a bitch.
7. Noobs annoy you most of the time.
If you easily get frustrated about noobs and their dumb-ass playstyles that often hold up you, the team, or just the plan you have in store for success, then you’re more than likely a pro because then you can easily spot when someone or someone’s tactics are generic and petty compared to your own.
8. You play just as good when you’re tired.
I’ve been as tired as an elderly lady drinking a bottle of zzzquil in some cases after doing insomniac-like playthroughs until the morning hours and much more later than that if I’m being honest. Regardless of such, I’ve still maintained my level of skill and precision when doing pretty redundant activity in a game that doesn’t even seem remotely like a threat to me. Not everyone is capable of playing a game under the distraction or weariness, so if you can function through it, you’re easily not new to this lifestyle.
9. People call you out on games.
If you’ve ever been playing a game and for whatever reason, there’s those obnoxious people on the mic and they call you all kinds of shit from A to Z just because you’re obviously better than they are or because you “stole” their kill, then you’re a pro by default. Sometimes there are reasons for a player to be that way towards you that you didn’t really pick-up on until the deed was done, but nonetheless, haters gonna hate.
10. You disciplined your hunger and your bladder.
I can’t stress this enough, but sometimes you’re in an intense game and you can’t pause it if it’s multiplayer related, but at the same time you’re just so ready to blow the bathroom up with whatever you’ve been holding back just to do your best in the game. That’s the dedication of a pro gamer because any normal person would of probably left in-between, but pros see their way to the end; we go all the way. Pun intended.
11. You get all the collectibles and complete every objective.
It can be fun to explore the game in search of all the rare items or little collectibles that sometimes are pretty meaningless to even try to get, but it never fulfills you until you get them all and see that you’ve at least done it. Or perhaps, you look at the list of optional objectives to complete and you end up finishing those before going through with the rest of the mission or completing it.
12. You find yourself trolling a lot.
Eventually when you start feeling yourself and not really giving a damn about someone testing you and your abilities, you start to get pretty cocky on top of your confidence, and thus, you start trolling people or just the game in general if there’s enemy AI that you’re just so ahead of being worried about. Sometimes this can be a downfall, but it’s definitely a trait that pros come to have within them.
13. You pull off seemingly impossible actions.
If you’re one of those people who do 360, 720, quick-scope headshots across the map, or fucked over a boss that has like 8 health bars and you didn’t take a scratch, or somehow managed to eat while playing a fighting game and had only one health bar left, but still bodied your opponent, then yeah it’s no feud about whether or not you’re a pro.
14. You’re accustomed to long playthroughs.
Pro gamers are already used to playing through the story of a game straight through with no breaks, granted it gets a lot harder to do that nowadays when the games are much longer than they use to be, ranging from maybe 7-10hrs, but now they’re like 20 to 40 to 60 hours to complete, story-wise, but that doesn’t even include the side missions and quests or just the random shit you seem to find yourself encountered with along the way.
15. You own multiple accounts for different reasons.
Many pros have accounts that have their own purposes. One is their main/first playthrough account that has the most investment, and then other ones are just to have separate playstyles and aliases that they choose to go under when they play through that way, and you know, just to restart everything from the start since they’ve essentially maxed the game out already. Sometimes it’s also just as simple as having a set of friends/groups separate from one another so that you can manage your gaming life easier.
16. You keep track of time even when you aren’t focused on it.
I can be playing a game for a long ass time, but then somehow intuitively know that it’s probably only been about 25-30 minutes or so and usually I’m right on the nose. So, in the event that I’m trying to do something else with my time, I know how I should be playing the game to do a good enough job within that timeframe. There are times when you don’t give a damn about the time, but in situations when you need to know, you will if you’re a pro by that time.
17. You have a preferred playstyle but are also well-rounded.
After a while you’ll have a certain type of gameplay that defines your playstyle, but despite this, you’re still capable of playing in ways that other players can. It’s just a matter of how you’d like to accomplish whatever it may be for the game.
18. You can easily predict what will happen next.
Once the experience rolls in and you’ve been a veteran for a while, you start to see through all the bullshit of other players and can almost be two steps ahead of them because you’ve assessed that kind of situation so many times before that you can now even use maybe even a few methods of handling it. The same can be applied to single-player games when you can almost just tell what’s going to happen next with the story and the possible affects that may hinder you with opponents or reaching an objective.
19. Your room gets messy and you don’t realize it.
Many a time, I’ve been in my little gaming world where I’m cooped up in the corner of the room just focused on playing, then the process repeats itself and next thing you know, there’s bags of chips and water bottles and soda cans and just all types of other shit still sitting there from when I first started the playthrough sometimes. Then you start to realize that you need to do better with how you keep up with yourself, but it’s not easy to do when you’re a pro with only the game in mind. Yes, a lot of pros are lazy as fuck to everything else sometimes and that is the gist of this section basically.
20. You rush other things just to continue playing.
Much like when you’re being a lazy person and it causes problems, the same can be said about when you actually are in the midst of doing something because you then start to kinda half-ass the task in order to get back to what you actually want to be doing, gaming. Or sometimes when you know there’s a job you need to do and it’s long regardless of how much you rush it, you find ways to stall in order to not make it as stressful and frustrating before going back to the game, but in doing so, you just make it where you’ll need to go back and keep doing that task for a longer duration than you’d like to anyway.
21. Random people invite you or try to befriend you.
Who the hell is LateNightVibezz44 or Xratedkillah? I don’t know, maybe those names are actually people’s IDs on something, but I just made that up off the top of my head. The point is, people will try to add you and stuff, out of nowhere, even when you had no kind of interaction with them in any kind of way. They sometimes also invite you to be apart of a guild or clan or something and you realize that either all the players in it are higher levels and they’ve acknowledged you as a pro, orrrr, they’re all low levels and the person who invited you knew that you could be of value to their currently shitty team.
22. Even as a lower level, you can hang with the higher ups.
I don’t know how many times I’ve played a game as a noob and for some reason I’m destroying the people who have been on there all their lives or at least for a much longer time than I have. Some games don’t really matter about the level anyway as much as it does for the skill of the person playing it, but you’d think if someone has a max level and more perks than you do that they’d have more common sense than they output, but no. Therefore, you have the mindset of a pro.
23. You debate with yourself on DLC.
We buy games sometimes and just opt for getting the DLC right off the bat, but a lot pros will observe the regular aspect of the game and then determine if the DLC is even necessary and if it will make a significant impact on whether it improves their skills or not. Alternatively, pros will just get the DLC at the start when they’re already use to that kind of game and just choose to have it mainly for the gimmicks rather than adding to the gameplay.
24. You keep the lore and details in mind.
Knowing a lot about a game’s lore or just additional details about something can help a lot more than you think. This is something that pros know, even if sometimes they choose to not spend time trying to sift through the information of everything. Having some kind of intel on the background of a weapon, landscape, group of people, item, or origins of an ability and the pros and cons of the previously mentioned can help someone further utilize either one to their advantage.
25. You feel out the game before making a set route for it.
At the start of an open world game or something of that nature, I wonder around the world and test out maybe a couple of each type of activity just to get a feel for it. Or I’ll head into zones that I have no business going into, knowing that I’ll probably get my ass handed to me and die, but the point is to kind of gauge the game a bit before I make up my mind with how I’ll play it. Different games have the same types of layouts sometimes, so pros can easily determine how they’ll handle it.
These are just the signs that I myself possess, as well as what I've seen from friends of mines and through social media activity of other gamers, but feel free to add to this list if you know any other traits because I'm certain that there are many, but the one's listed are just used to make people aware of them. Comment Below!