All true! It's all true. But we should keep our wits about us: it's really just an upgrade from "lethargy" to "several seconds, each round, of conscious activity." Even under this dilapidated rubric, I think the delta would still surprise you.
I didn't play Counter-Strike under my actual handle back in the day, because… It's weird. I literally play games differently under my real handle, and almost always worse. I didn't play League under it either - that was a game I "tried hard" at - so Valorant has inherited the Other Me, the one who kinda/sorta cares about shit.
I play much closer to the vest under Tycho, which is itself just another, different word I started associating myself with. I think there's the idea that the performance might accrue to me in some way, cling to the handle, and so I worry more about everything I do. It creates the opposite effect of the one it intends to. Not only is it less fun, just in general, it actively suppresses the kind of real-time awareness required to succeed in this context. This other dude hasn't internalized complex, self-defeating notions of what he's capable of. I generally think of myself as an item my friends equip, but they're probably better off with a teammate and the stats support this. In a game as lethal as this one is, it really only takes a fraction of a second's reaction time to win most duels. The level of mediocrity I taught myself to accept is profound.
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