Sunday Firesides: The Surprising Thinness of the Competitive Crowd

How do we make our game worlds more robust and less prone to P2W? How can games help us better understand the world around us when there is a lot of competition? We’ll be talking about human psychology, how games are designed for social play and why that’s important.

A man standing and group of others in background poster.

The notion of achieving success in this world might be intimidating and discouraging. Every job posting appears to attract a slew of other candidates. Every excellent concept seemed to have been snatched up. Every market and specialty seems to be crowded.

However, the seeming excess of competition that stands between you and the opportunity to advance is primarily a mirage.

Sure, your application may end up in a stack with hundreds of others. When you take out the amount of people who check their resume for spelling and punctuation, who can show up on time, who know how to dress nicely and look someone in the eyes, that pile shrinks dramatically.

Entrepreneurs come in a variety of shapes and sizes. An entrepreneur, on the other hand, who is ready to persist with a concept for five years before seeing major results? It’s a one-in-a-million chance.

An artist or writer who works on a daily basis rather than in sporadic bursts? A contractor who will return your call quickly (or just return your call)? Are you looking for a freelance designer that regularly meets deadlines? All of the unicorns are pink.

While it may seem that there is a shortage of opportunities, the true scarcity in this world is common sense, social skills, politeness, dependability, and tenacity.

If you master these principles, which are inexhaustibly available, you’ll no longer be competing with the majority; instead, you’ll be competing with a very tiny part of mankind that understands and is prepared to execute on the uncommon, but stupidly easy fundamentals.

In a world where the simple acts of writing real thank you notes, asking someone questions rather than just talking about oneself, and, apparently, reading someone’s book before interviewing them about it can shock and delight, the crowd you expected to clog the paths of your pursuits turns out to be far thinner than you expected.