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Don't hold up survivor games by going AWOL
Written By: Teresa Beech
Section: Blog

Category: Blog

2008-12-02 18:15:15

I think most the hard-core gamers will agree that this issue is a big one. When you're playing a survivor game you're ready to play. Most gamers do not want to sit around waiting for you being ready to join! Nobody wants to wait for a timeout error. They just want to play so put down your smoke and get in there and play the game!

Most players don't mind if you are actually making a concerted effort to play. But since they can't see you they assume that you are just goofing off. To be honest, walking away from your keyboard for an extended period of time is just plain rude. When you sign up for the game be ready to play.

I had a friend that used to sign up for a game and then go out and have a cigarette. This used to drive me crazy to watch him do that. I thought that was so rude.

 I would ask him “What are you doing? You just signed up to play!”.

He would say to me “It’s no problem. Not everyone will be signed up by the time finish my smoke.”

Inevitably the room would be full by the time he got halfway through his cigarette. He had no urgency to finish smoking. He just sat there and made everyone else wait. Everyone else was ready to play the game and he was too busy to get his fix to start playing. Why did he even sign up if he was craving a cigarette?

Also, camping out is not good either. If you are playing a team game and you are not playing and are just camping out on the field that is also unacceptable. What you're doing is hurting the team score. You are also making it more difficult for other players that are currently playing. It is easier for the opposing team to double-team somebody if you aren't there to provide protection. Yes, you may have instant gratification when you do pick up your controller to play. But your fellow teammates are too busy getting pummeled while you just stand in the corner. So yes, you get to pick up the controller and begin playing but that is at the expense of the other players trying to improve. Both players can improve if they're too busy fighting off a double-team by their/your opponent.

So for all you players out there, don't sign up for a survivor game and not be ready to play. Yes, you may have to wait a minute or two before the game starts but suffer through it and be ready to play at a moment's notice. Yes I know it is tough in today's society to have to wait but sometimes you have to do it. If everyone follows this simple rule in the overall gameplay will be better and more competitive. You can't ask for any more than that.

 



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.

 

 



Don't take getting FRAGGED personally... after all it is just a game
Written By: Teresa Beech
Section: Blog

Category: Blog

2008-11-29 16:12:33

In my opinion this is the most important thing gamers need to remember. It is just a game. Nobody is personally attacking you. Nobody wants you really dead. Nobody wants something really bad to happen to you. Just remember this when you're playing the game. It is nothing personal at all. Your opponent is just trying to do the best he can and that means he needs to attack you.

I had a friend that took his game defeats so personally that it ruined his day when his opponent got the best of him. He would throw things, he would scream at the TV, and he would even have trouble eating after a bad day at the office. It got to the point where I wouldn't even want to play with him. I knew that if I did well it would ruin his day. I even got to the point where I would purposely play worse and let him defeat me just so I would not ruin his day.

Where is the fun in that? Where is the fun for me? I always had trouble understanding how a levelheaded guy would just lose it when playing a game. I mean the guy was mellow, quiet, and an artistic type. What caused this Jekyll and Hyde transformation once he picked up his controller and started playing? He literally acted like I was really shooting him when in reality. I was just shooting his character in the game! Every shot I took on and was a personal attack against him.

I remember this one time I forgot who I was dealing with. It was a beautiful summer day and we just had a nice lunch. Dr. Jekyll suggested we go back to his place and start playing a game. Foolishly I agreed, and we headed back to his place. Somewhere along the way he sneaked in his elixir and the transformation began as soon as we picked up our controllers. He was screaming and yelling with every hit I made on him. The veins in his eyes turned bright red and the hair on his neck was standing on end. One time he got so angry because I FRAGGED him he threw his controller across the room so hard that I thought he had broken it! Can you believe that? To this day, I still have no idea what came over him. And why he got so angry. It almost ended our friendship.

No matter how hard I try to explain myself my friend wouldn't forgive me. He acted like. I personally stole something from him or lied to him. I spent a good amount of time trying to explain to him that I was just trying to better myself to the game. Unfortunately, that came at the expense of me playing well and him getting FRAGED. If I knew it would possibly end our long friendship. I would've let him win the game. If I had done that I feel that you would have had an inflated ego about how well he played the game and possibly could've really embarrassed himself against an opponent that really knew how to play. So would that have benefited him?

So here are my tips to all the passionate game players out there. Don't get angry. Don't throw things. Stop thinking that your opponent is personally attacking you, online or off line because all he is doing is playing the game to the best of his ability. The bottom line is. It's very poor etiquette to get so angry about not doing well that you're taking the fun out of the game.

 



Don't talk smack if you can't back it up!
Written By: Teresa Beech
Section: Blog

Category: Blog

2008-11-26 19:29:46

 

We all know that smack talking is part of the game. But honestly, don't talk smack if you can't back it up. Talking smack is an essential entertaining part of the game, but if you talk smack somebody know this, they will be coming at you twice as hard. So, I remember this one time where a guy told me "You suck, and it's gonna be my personal pleasure to make sure you suffer the rest of the game!" In turn I said nothing but made it my point in that game to track down that player to make him suffer.

 

 You see, I would've never gone after that player if he had not talked smack to me. I spent the entire game just pummeling that player that talked smack to me. The guy that talked that smack had no skills whatsoever! Essentially, I ruined his learning curve by going after him. He would've never had a player gunning for him the entire time he was online. If he hadn't talked smack. If you don't have the skills to back up what you say then don't say anything at all.

 

So if you want to learn how to play the game just play it. Once you become a professional then you can talk smack because then you can thwart any player that comes after you. If you are good enough you will be able to defend yourself when they do come after you. Once someone has their eye on you you will never escape them. Sometimes if you talk too much smack they will make your immediate game miserable as well as every game they see you playing on.



Just because I kill you once it does not mean I intend to kill you the whole game!
Written By: Teresa Beech
Section: Blog

Category: Blog

2008-11-30 22:21:53

This is a topic that a lot of people don't understand my opinion. I don't know what it is about the topic that is so difficult for some people to understand, I just feel the need to talk about it. Sometimes some people have a hard time grasping this concept and  I don't understand why.

So let me just say it, just like the title says “just because I kill you once does not mean I intend to kill you all game!”.  It could very well mean that because I killed you at a specific time in the game you were just the most opportune target for me at the time. That's it, nothing else; you were just there to be killed at the right time. I have no personal vendetta against you. You were just at the right place at the right time.

It is a game, that's it nothing more and nothing less. I was camping out and you just so happened to run by me at the right time. So I took advantage of the opportunity to FRAG you. It's that simple. It's not that complicated deal with it. I am not tracking you down and intentionally trying to kill you, I think you are little paranoid.

I have watched games where one particular player has a lot of kills on another player, and it is just a matter of coincidence. The two players just seem to cross paths more than other players playing the game. I know it's tough to believe but except it. There are a few reasons why I think this happens. Here is my list:

1.       Both players like to hide out in the same areas.

2.       Both players have similar type of gameplay.

3.       Both players are looking for the same type of weapons.

 

Just because you and another player happened across each other's paths more than other players make it does not mean that there is some type of conspiracy to ask another o player has for you. It could be for some of the reasons I've listed above. I have watched it happen and it is completely coincidental sometimes.

I have seen some players make it their personal mission to attack another player over and over again also. So I don't want to lead you to believe that it never happens. Because it does and sometimes happens that someone is just looking out to get you. But I feel that these situations are pretty limited, unless the two players have some type of competition going. Or they have a personal vendetta going between the two of them.

Keep in mind most people are just online to play the game. They want to have a good time and they want to play well. Honestly, are you not going to kill someone because you're afraid they may take it too personally or think that you have something than against them? Of course you want to play well. So you are going to take a shot regardless of who it is. You shouldn't think about who you are killing, because you are just trying to be a successful player.






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