Life is perception. Within this perception I consider us all an observer of the human condition. It makes me happy to watch people living out the dramas of their lives. Simple observation.
Part of being a professional actor is to observe people. To watch them physically and to study their characters. Get inside their minds – know them – become them. An actor plays many parts, but mostly they play themselves with the physical and mental characteristics of the person they are portraying overlaying his own.
Now what does all this have to do with YuGiOh? If you haven’t figured it out by now, you are in trouble as a YuGiOh player. Observation is one of the most valuable tools available to you. The best part is that it’s FREE!!! Simple Observation. I stress this to everyone I talk to. Observe your opponents, not casually but with serious intent. Watch them physically. Study their characters. Get inside their minds. Know them! Become them!
To quote a former world poker champion, “There is no substitute for knowledge of your opponents!” And the only way to get this knowledge is by observation.
If your mind isn’t fully into the game during the game, how can you expect to play the game as the game should be played. If each game is an interruption of your other activities (trading, watching the sports game, looking at the game next to you) then your mind is dancing in several directions at once. You might as well be playing with your eyes closed.
YuGiOh is a game of variables and more variable upon variables. Missing one piece of information can make the difference between winning or losing games.
I won’t go into details but there have been several times when missing something that I would have seen had I been alert, cost me games. You don’t get many good hands in a given game, so you must maximize your win or minimize your loss on each play. It doesn’t take many mistakes to make a disastrous day. Just one could do it. So Observe!!!