And as a Part 2 to the question- If you were one way once, have you changed over time?
There's no doubt that people view the hobby of playing video games differently. Some see it as a form of high-intensity competition, while others view is as a relaxing stress-reliever. Some try and sample a bit of both, but almost all tend to spend the majority of their time on one side or the other.
For me, I've never really been all that competitive to begin with. I've never taken gaming very seriously because I've always believed that hobbies are meant to be fun . I've never minded playing with or against other people, but inevitably, I'm always the one going- "Dude, calm down…it's not that big a deal." My whole life, I've played games to escape; they've always been a singular form of release that didn't feel passive. I'm interacting, I'm doing something, I'm making something happen. As far as competition goes, playing against the computer was always good enough for me.
But in this new age of gaming, it seems competition is by far the most popular. Online gaming is all about competition in my eyes; it has little or nothing to do with relaxation. I'm sure people will say they're "relaxed" when playing but in my experience, not a one act like they're relaxed. I think the average pulse rate of an online player is significantly higher than that of an offline player, at all times. These are two very different forms of entertainment and while I don't mind buckling down and trying hard, I'd rather do it in solitude. How about you?