At 3/10/13 03:27 AM, Gobblemeister wrote:
This is what losers say. Competing is fun. Winning is fun.
I'm jaded against competitive online gamers, though perhaps this varies from community to community. Playing obsessively to the point where you must disown other players who refuse to play by tournament/pro standards makes the game less fun.
I used to play MGO, and while this probably doesn't happen in every online game, in this one, you had people who play 'for fun/casually' being subjugated by people who jumped into tournaments and played in a special tournament called 'SURVIVAL'. These people, these competitors, would often complain at having to play with players that were not at their skill level (and this game had levels, for instance, you might be decent, but your character is only Lv2 because you started someone new, or you didn't play a lot of game modes that would increase your level) and immediately started discriminating against anyone who didn't do things their way.
Then you've got players who play Super Smash Bros and have this hard-on for Wavedashing, counting the frames between moves, and pointing out that "items/stages/moves/characters are cheap and should never be used", and they go as far to hack the game so they can balance it out like its Street Fighter. These competitors/competitive people tearing apart game code and refusing to use most of the game's features or modes because they want it tournament-balanced.
Or a game like League of Legends, where there's plenty of tournament play, but it's pretty hard starting out unless you've got a clan of friends able to practice with you on a regular basis, because there are those rooms where there's simply going to be a group vote against a low-level player. The gradual learning process becomes even longer because there's those who have the 'play hard, or don't play hard at all' mantra in their heads. I guess you could play against the AI... as entertaining as that is.
So I'm a little jaded against competitive gamers... I know that not everyone acts like that but I roll my eyes whenever I catch onto some competitive/pro slang like AA, redping, noobtube, mid, top, bot, etc. Or when I hop into a room and listen to people talking about their clans and holding up the game to explain their stats to a clan leader (MGO)
But maybe those were just some unique observations...