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Don't pick on the defenseless as their defenses may be hidden or you may be just discouraging a newbie from ever playing the game again and that's just wrong.
Written By: Teresa Beech
Section: Blog

Category: Blog

2008-11-26 19:42:56

 

This one is all for the experienced game players out there. Don't pick on the player that you perceive as defenseless. There are two reasons why, the player may be just playing possum for you to come after him and they will annihilate you or you may be discouraging a new player that just picked up the game and is learning how to play for the first time.

 

I can't count how many times I have played possum in an online game! It is really easy to do. Just wander around like you don't know where you are. Eventually an egomaniac is going to come after you thinking that you are an easy target. Then when they come up to you just completely hit them with your arsenal. Gosh, what an easy kill that was. It just delivered itself to you.

 

Psychologically, you may feel superior to the week, appearing player, but that player may have just picked up the game and felt like they were just experienced enough to compete in the online world. If you make their game playing so miserable by attacking them that player may just put down the game and stop playing. Then when their friend calls and ask them to recommend a good first-person shooter game they may not recommend a game that you may love. Sales may go down on that game and game companies may have the false impression that the game is not popular and possibly stop programming games that you may love.

 

My point is this, though you may have that moment of superiority by attacking the defenseless player. You may have permanently discouraged that player from giving that game positive reviews to their friends and on and Internet review site. That does you or the game no good, and it doesn't do anything for the defenseless player. They may not like a legitimately fun game because you are not making it fun for them and not because the game is bad. You may possibly change the scope of good games being created for online play. If you like that game you are playing then you just made an enjoyable game on enjoyable for someone else. Is that what you really want?

 


Don't single someone out just because you can
Written By: Teresa Beech
Section: Blog

Category: Blog

2008-11-30 23:00:57

I see this happen all the time. I find this to be a deplorable practice as well. When one player finds an easy target, and just continues to attack them because they know they can win. They don't necessarily need to be attacking a newbie. Just someone they know they can beat.

I understand the competitive nature of video games, but can you honestly say that you're being competitive if you keep on attacking someone that you know you can always win against? It is one thing to keep attacking someone that is always a crossing your path, but it is another thing completely when you are intentionally making sure that your paths cross with that person.

For example, you and another player like to hide out roughly in the same area so you keep killing him to protect yourself. I think that's okay, and there's nothing wrong with that. But if you camp out waiting for player who you know likes to hide out in a certain spot and you will get an easy kill based on this knowledge. I find that to be something slightly different.

The gray area is, are you being competitive or just looking for an easy kill? I think that if you're just trying to flush someone out of hiding spot or are you just trying to kill someone over and over again, because you can? Some people argue that if the person keeps going back to that spot it's their fault. I agree with that statement, but if you are constantly following a person to find out what their hiding spots are so you can keep killing them again and again because they are an easy target. That is another thing completely.

I must say just because I understand the philosophy doesn't mean I agree with it. I think it's everyone's responsibility on the field to keep the game fun and exciting. After all you are there to have a good time and contribute to the fun everyone else is having. If you are not letting someone else have a fun time because you constantly picking on them that really defeats the purpose. I am all for having a competitive match up but there is a line in the sand that you should draw.

I have set down some other players, gone online, and watch them single somebody out. Just because they know they can get some kills. Unfortunately, this causes me to play to them. I now am singling out the person singling someone else out and making their game just as miserable. That is not right either. I find it no better than I am protecting the person being singled out because now my game is affected also. I admit that protecting someone from being singled out by another player is just as bad.

I guess what I'm saying is that I would appreciate other players not singling out other players. Because I now feel that I need to protect both players to keep the game competitive. I hate this about my gameplay, because it's completely subconscious. I don't even think about doing it. I just do it when I see it. So I'm asking the other players out there to please help me protect myself from my subconscious by not singling out somebody else and picking on them just because you can. Thank you.

 

 






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