This is the first post in a series of ongoing posts where we highlight one of the Aim Lab training challenges. The goal is to give you a better idea of how it works and why it can improve your performance.
How does it work?
At the beginning of the challenge, there is a center “activation orb”. Shooting the activation orb will randomly spawn a target orb to shoot. The target orb will only stay on the screen for a short amount of time, and if you don’t shoot it in time, it disappears, taking some of your health with it. Following each presentation of the target orb, the center activation orb reappears, allowing you to shoot it and spawn a new target.
What are the different Spidershot modes?
Like most Aim Lab training challenges, there are three different modes: Precision, Reflex, and Ultimate (see videos for each mode at the bottom of this post).
Precision mode: the targets shrink over time when they appear, as well as adapt in size to your skill level to remain as difficult as possible and train you right at your limit.
Reflex mode: the amount of time the target stays on the screen before it disappears adapts with your ongoing performance to train you right at your limit.
Ultimate mode: both target size and the amount of time the target stays on the screen adapt to be as difficult as possible.
What do you learn?
The purpose of the Precision mode is to increase the precision and accuracy of your motor movements, while the Reflex mode is meant to increase your reflexes and reaction time. Finally, Ultimate mode is meant to provide the ultimate challenge of combining elements of both precision and speed. Collectively, these tasks will also familiarize you with the trade-off between speed and accuracy.
Why would I do this?
The goal of the Spidershot challenges is to increase your precision or reflexes across the screen and correct for any spatial biases you may have. Just as many basketball players shoot better from one side of the floor compared to the other, gamers have spatial biases too (e.g., here’s former Cloud9 CSGO player, n0thing, discussing how he is better flicking to the left than right). These biases can be subtle and difficult to notice and therefore difficult to correct. Aim Lab alleviates this problem by collecting objective data on your shots to help you identify and correct your biases quicker. Check out the data visualizations and results screens at the bottom of the post for more details!
Spidershot: Ultimate Mode in Battle Royale (alpha) environment. Both target orb size and duration are unpredictable and randomized, forcing you to constantly be on your toes!
Spidershot: Reflex mode in Graybox environment with pistol. The amount of time the target orb is visible on the screen adjusts based on your individual performance. Rather than just getting completely easier or harder as you go, it instead finds your personal reflex limits as you play and pushes you to improve them. Also note how you take damage if you fail to hit a target.
Spidershot: Precision mode in Graybox environment with assault rifle. The size of the target orb changes over time to find your personal performance limits. Additionally, each target shrinks over time as it appears, forcing you to be as precise as possible with your mouse movement. Also note how you can freely switch between holo sights and hip firing throughout the challenge.
Spidershot: Results. After each time you perform a Spidershot challenge, you get instant results on your performance for accuracy, speed, reaction time, kps (Kills per second) and even how many targets spawned and how many you hit or didn’t respond to. You also get performance insights that help you find biases across the screen and eliminate them. Your performance is also compared to your average performance on the task, and lets you view improvement across time.