Community

Community makes up allot in the world of online gaming and nothing is more prolific and controversial than the world of online FPS. CoD is known for it “fuck your mother” attitude and does allot in the way of alienating people away from playing a casual game of virtual war against their fellow man.

So what is it about shooting people in the face that makes people so angry.

Coming from Tribes, TF2, Halo, CoD, Overwatch, Quake and UT.  I have seen allot of different communities and its safe to say things have gotten worse. This can be contributed to more people clogging up the internet pipes with their “Go die in a car crash” attitudes but in the most part people have some kind of anonymity playing on the web, so shouting horrible shit at people has become a norm. It’s the truest form of ones self, you know, being a dick.

Team based games are one of the worst ways to find out someones fucking your mum. If your team gets trounced then its the first person to type “Fucking scrubs”. This highlights to the other team that; in no way did you contribute to this clown fuck of a game. When in actual fact the clue is in the game – Team based.

I always had better luck with Deathmatch/slayer. It’s a bit like golf. I guess, in away. Of course this doesn’t stop bitching and dirty play. CoD/Battlefield always suffered from campers, despite their best attempts they still do, in fact any game that has such a low thresh hold for mistake has a good camping problem. Arena shooter like Halo, UT or Quake always gave you a little bit of a chance to recover from an ambush.

So is it possible to remove griefer’s entirely from the FPS community, unlikely.

Is it the worst thing in the world? Being pissed at your fellow players has always helped to drive people to be better than their competition, fighters use it all the time to hype up a fight and get the mental advantage. If we can take this need to be better than the troll sending us verbal abuse down the packet tube, does this not lead us to do better.

Being accused of cheating or hacking when your clearly not, and having it followed up with a torrent of abuse is somewhat gratifying. Destroying your griefers on the score board after a bad game is also a lovely boost. But what we are really aiming for is the rage quit. Sometimes being pissed off leads us to play at our best and fuels us with determination to win.

Admittedly some abuse is just straight up illegal. I’m not denying that some people need to be muted immediately, just a shame that community management can sometimes be a little lacking. Or support for victims lacks  any real support from the community managers.

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Playing support

The Medic is the most important class in Team fortress 2 (Let the rage begin), if you have one on your team and the other team doesn’t it can significantly increase your chances of winning the game. A half decent medic can drag a pretty useless team to a win, it might take a little longer, but he will get you there.

This post isn’t all about the Medic from TF2, instead its about the mindset of the guy choosing to play the medic and how this type of player can significantly increase your teams chance of winning by never really showing up on the score board.

He/she is not likely to be going for the flag or capturing points: this player is support, this player chooses to defend, this player chooses to fix and maintain. This player does all the jobs that your average FPS/MMO player wont play. So what am i talking about, am i just acting old, do i not understand the young folk – well yes and no.

The following roles are important and should be considered by any player when they see 4 snipers, 6 light weight players or 0 engineers.

Medic, game TF2 – The medic will increase the score everyone on the team and help to push past a sentry nest, or simply clear the field with an uber. If you walk into a game and see a chat log full of “Your mother..” pick up the medic and turn it around.

Heavy, engineer, game Tribes – The class in this instance isn’t overly important. A heavy can be used to grief an enemies reactor and an medium class can be used for pretty much anything. But you need someone to maintain your defences and to protect the reactor. Its not likely to stop every attempt at your flag but it will make it more difficult.

Defending points, most games but specifically WOW PVP – Back in vanilla WOW where only the most dedicated (well geared) players really had a chance of being successful in PVP no one defended points or the flag. You received no bonus  for sitting on a point or scouting out. They have since introduced a buff for holding a point which is nice.

Playing support, game DOTA – Support is a critical part of helping your team make it to the end, of course some support is better than others.

Playing the Healer, most MMO’s – Lets be honest with out a healer in your Raid your fucked, but when was the last time anyone said – “Good job Healers”.

So why play this type of roles? Simply put I want to win the game and I know that plying one of these roles (when no one else has) will server to increase the chance of winning the game. I also like playing support.

I have played support for so long it’s easier for me to play than the attacking roles, but its important to remember that these roles have their own skill sets. It is possible to be bad at support, not healing people when they need it, not prioritising your tank over your DPS, not setting up your sentry in the correct place.

So next time your king of the kills take a look at the top healers or most flags defended and throw a – “Good Game Support” in to the chat window.

“We do it because we care” – Support

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Shot to the heart – Ups and downs of FPS fun

After my recent stint of RPG fun with the Witcher I was looking for something where I could just shoot someone in the face. I immediately picked up TF2, something I have sunk allot of time into. However like all good games eventually you drift apart.

Military shooter are not my go to FPS of choice, anything that involves a leveling up aspect, which then rewards you with better guns for being better than everyone else so you can go on being better than everyone else is not my thing. Yes i’m sure that does make me ‘butt hurt’, but if I hear another incoming death thing I might punch the TV.

Having come from UT and Quake 3 I have a love of fast passed multiplayer shooters, quick weapon switching, double jumps, power-up – I love’em all.  Multiplayer FPS which require a larger amount of skill than just knowing the map and being prestige 14 times till your finger bleed – in no way am I trying to say that CoD/Counter strike requires less skill, but when you hit the killing floor in Quake or UT you’re all equal.

Team death matches have a problem, in that you have a team.

The main faction dividing you as players at this point is skill. Team death matches have a problem, in that you have a team. I tend to hit up Death matches, meaning the only person you have to blame for being a bit shit is yourself. Its probably the same reason I have over 100 hours as spy on TF2 – I do better along.

Team play online is rarely equal and you always have the issue of too many ‘x’, in the case of TF2 it always falls down to spy or sniper. Instant kill classes in the hands of a new player are cheap, you would probably end up with less kill than going with a standard cookie cutter class, the same applies to games like Tribes, however Tribes has few diverse classes. I really can’t comment on team play in UT and Quake it is literally something I have never really done, I even hated the introduction of vehicles in UT 2004, I felt it cheapened any skill anyone had.

Games like Left 4 Dead and Boarder Lands never really caught my attention, again the idea of working together with a group of people you dont know or, having to work together to kill a group of people you don’t know. Holds no interest to me. I full respect both games but co-op to this day alludes me.

Whats new: Personally i’m looking forward to Overwatch from blizzard. I hear allot of people say, ‘it’s very TF2’ something I’m actually looking forward to. Watching the games testers play what I assume is their first FPS I have hope that the game will bring some diversity to team oriented play. You can play as a Gorilla with a hammer, what more do you want.

Despite what most people think the bro culture of calling each other mothers a ‘fat piss eating shit monster’ is not something CoD and Halo have a monopoly on. FPS culture has definitely gone into the floor. I could go on about what we could to to change things or what this says about society, but the bottom line is this – Teenagers are angry people and bros are, bros. The best you can do is compliment people, or use sarcasm. Always leave a shit throwing competition and never join in, other wise you get covered in shit, and they get covered in shit, and shit.

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