Attention in Competitive Matches
When you dive into a competitive CS match, your attention is constantly shifting in a fast-paced and complex manner. Most of the time, you’ll be focusing on the crosshair, using your focused attention to navigate through the game.
As you’re glued to the screen, your selective attention keeps you zoned in on the game, making sure you’re not distracted by unrelated stuff happening both in and out of the game.
Now, if you’re gaming for a long time, it’s natural that staying focused gets tougher. That’s where sustained attention comes in, helping you stay sharp through a series of games or even an entire tournament. But keep in mind that staying focused for long periods requires loads of mental energy. When you’re running low on that energy, your thinking might become less flexible, and you’ll likely start feeling unfocused and tired.
Attention in Battle Situations
In the heat of a battle, things can get pretty wild, and that’s when you need more of your attention capacity to process information quickly. Your alternating attention is the real MVP here, helping you choose and switch between focus points, which is super important for entry fragging, clutching, and defending bombsites.
Alternating attention lets you juggle info from the radar, health, time, ammo, sounds, and even your teammates’ voices. Meanwhile, your divided attention is working its magic, allowing you to keep track of multiple things simultaneously.