I used to be a strictly play realistic sports gamer, in many ways I still am, but lately I have been trying something different. I have realized that unlike real life, in video games, I have the opportunity to shape how the league operates. Whether it is shorter quarters or fantasy drafts, the league is what I want it. And I am beginning to embrace that.
I would always limit myself to exactly trying to re-create the real sport I am playing, and it never turns out the right way. I would lose sleep if stats were off, tweaking sliders, "this team isn't supposed to be doing this good", and so on and so forth. I have moved past that. If I want to play a season in NBA2k12 with 3 minute quarters, so be it. You still have to score more points than the other team to win. MLB games with 5 innings? Sure. Do it. 1 games series instead of 7, yesssss. More excitement. More fun. THAT'S what it is all about. Fun.
I am letting go of my old ways, even though sometimes they still creep back in there. There is no point in stressing over my stress release, and since I have taken this new approach, I have been playing more. Losing a 48 minute battle would ruin my day, not any more. Let's have some fun eh?