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I want to play the game, but I don’t want to play the game

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Weird title, I know, but that's how I feel about Overwatch at the moment. I really like the game, I really do. The way the game plays is just really satisfying. Whether you click heads as hanzo/mccree or spam your rein with heals as ana to charge your ultimate in 30 seconds or get a 6 man teamwipe with a rein or zarya combo. Even the hitmarker sounds are just pure earporn.

However, how much fun this all might be, I don't really want to play the game anymore. I play a few games once in a while, but then I remember why I stop again every time I do: The gameplay is fun, but everything else isn't. Matchmaking isn't fun. Mostly in competitive, it feels like it is some sort of casino slotmachine, where you randomly gain or lose SR, not taking your performance into account.

Over 12 seasons, I've slowly climbed from plat to low-mid master, but I don't really feel and don't really know how much that was because of me or because I was just lucky. Most games feel frustrating. If it's not matchmaking, it is someone throwing for the lolz or someone that thinks it's a good idea to spout toxic stuff across the microphone. I've done some toxic stuff as well, mostly because of frustration. Everyone that recognizes my name: I'm truly sorry.

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While I think Blizzard has already made some good steps towards reducing toxicity and improving the matchmaking, I just feel like it's not enough. There is still a lot of stuff that can be done to reduce toxicity, like having stricter rules and maybe the matchmaker taking endorsement level into account, I'm not a gamedesigner so I won't make any detailed suggestions. As for the matchmaking, I still feel like it should be pure performance based, despite most people not sharing that opinion.

To end this post: I really love the game, the characters and the world. I've not been this invested in a game universe since WoW and also think that it's a shame the lore is on such a low pit right now. Unfortunately there are few things that are not gameplay related that make me hit the quit button really fast. If you got this far: Thank you for reading the entire post. You are awesome. Feel free to ask any questions.

TL;DR: I really want to play the game because of it's gameplay, the world and the characters. However things like matchmaking and toxicity make me not want to play the game.

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