Otherwise, no. I just do the "put it down for a bit and come back to it" thing. Example: Nioh's last level with the stupid Kelley clones.
I do actually, but this is a trick I've been using since I was a kid playing on a CRT monitor, delay free. I haven't noticed a delay or anything with my speaker system, maybe I'll look more closely next time.
OP, out of curiosity, do you use a receiver that sends the sound through external speakers? Sometimes those have delay, and muting the delayed sounds would certainly help you play better.
And then I found out you can just cheese it with a keyboard and mouse.....oh well.
"He'd need a 10ft pole to reach that one - not sure what he was swinging at"
"FUCK YOU I KNOW I SHOULDN'T HAVE SWUNG"
Also if there is a bit of unskippable dialogue at the start of each life that adds an extra layer of annoyance before you even get to the actual hard part of the game.... helps with that as well lol
I've muted plenty of games with excellent sound design, Nintendo games included. This seemingly leans more calming one's nerves by eliminating extraneous senses after repeated, stressful failure. If anything, I'd say it's actually poor gameplay design to require sound to play a game at all times, since it disregards the different conditions players may need to play their games with, and since leaning into one aspect of design too heavily is imbalanced.
Bad sound design?
I know with a lot of Nintendo games, the sound is such an intrinsic part of the gameplay that I'm completely lost without it.
Rhythm and music games excluded of course. And definitely moments where sound cues are your only clue, although this is pretty rare.
Similar, in Dark Souls 3, when you fight Yhorm the Giant and you get The Storm Ruler. I fought the boss a few times, got close. So I tried pumping myself up with the song Let The Storm Descend Upon You, by Avantasia, because of the storm theme. It worked that time!
- in some rhythm games it's helped me realize there's some kind of slight input delay, so timing my inputs to the music actually hampers me.
- in some non-rhythm games I've realized I am unintentionally timing inputs to the music, and that messes me up.
- sometimes the music ramps up in intensity to the point that it creates a more stressful atmosphere than it actually is, which psychs me out.
And then some cases are similar to what others have said in this thread. When I was trying to tackle a difficult section in Thumper, I'd have to put it aside for a while. If I woke up with the music in my head I knew I'd been subconsciously processing it overnight and would do better when I tried again. If I didn't, I was still stuck at square one.
I fucking love that boss because of that. Such great design.
Kind of the opposite: in college a friend was playing Devil May Cry 3 in the lounge while there was a movie being shown, so he had it on mute. He could not beat a particular boss (vampire lady IIRC). Movie ended, he got to turn the sound on... and facepalmed when he found that said boss had very distinctive audio telegraphs to her attacks. Beat her immediately once the sound was on.
"Are you enjoying yourself?"
To answer the OP, yeah I have muted the game to complete a level. I've done it a few times but the last one I did it on was Wipeout HD. It was for that reach Zone 50 trophy while only using the shoulder buttons. The complete silence put me in like a zen state. Crashing in the higher zones also made me nervous so not being able to hear the crash allowed me to mentally recover a lot more quickly.
I usually mute or listen to classic music.
Happened to me a couple of time most recently on Bloodborne with a boss and an area that I kept dying on. I took my headset off got something to drink then came back and got through the area and boss on the next try lol.
Had this a few times. Probably has something to do with more focus, due to less sensory distractions.
Not going to bed but walking away seems to help me refocus or something. You would think it would throw off timing but it seems to help instead.
Not with muting the game, but going to bed and coming back to it the next day. Just getting my head out of that space of repeated failure by taking an extended break can work wonders too.
I can bang this level out in a single shot consistently on PSone, even *with* HDTV lag.
The HD port has really fucky input lag/timing (way, way worse off than the PSone version)
I just could not fucking do it. Tried both controller vibrate-to-the-beat options, tried without those, could not do it. Tried on stream 40~50 times.
Muted and just went with the visual flow and beat it first try.
I don't really remember if I've done anything like this since then, but I do remember doing this and I was somehow able to concentrate better I guess, or maybe it was just a coincidence?
So I wake up after a peaceful sleep, but I'm still groggy. First thing I do is turn my PS3 on, and whilst still in bed half blind from the light of the screen, half aware of the world around me, I proceed to kick their asses first time, earning me Ornstein's soul in the process. That was a victory I was proud of.