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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The rise of FPS F2P

Over the next few months will be seeing a surge in the amount of FTP (free to play) FPS (don’t be stupid) hitting the market. The free to play model mostly receives negative reviews. For me its getting so bad that any mobile game I see marked as free I ignore, these types of games follow a standard trend something which has been mentioned in previouse posts.

The game most people think of when we talk about FTP FPS is the much loved TF2 from Steam, a game I have a huge amount of time invested in. When the game went FTP about 4 years ago I had no idea what to expect, at this time FTP was a relatively new thing something people didn’t quite know how to handle. Steam used TF2 as a marketing platform, this clever piece of marketing has helped them to gain a larger audience on the steam platform and to help promote games they sell through it. With the introduction of game specific skins and weapons to tie the promoted game – into TF2.

This post will mostly be looking at Arena based FPS

Paying to make yourself look like the baddest mother fucker in the arena: yes, paying so you have instant kill death eyes: NO.

The good thing about this FTP approach means that the game-play suffers very little, all weapons, to my knowledge within TF2 are equal (and if they are ‘OP’ we can safely assume the nerf trains a’comin ). I still play with the original weapons in TF2 and find some of the classic far out weigh the new sparkly contraptions. I hope that this type of ‘selling’ is what will get with the up and coming wave of FTP FPS as I feel nothing would kill these games faster than a ‘pay-to-win’ attitude. Paying to make yourself look like the baddest mother fucker in the arena: yes, paying so you have instant kill death eyes: NO.

What can we expect over the next year?

Overwatch

I can’t hide the fact i’m a massive fan of Blizzard, however this is all leveled out with my mass hatred of Activsion so.. none-biased?

After whatever happened to Titan(?), Blizzard had some left over parts to play with and so decided to head in the FPS market place. This isn’t blizzards first rodio when it comes to FTP they also have the much loved Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm. Admittedly I didn’t much enjoy Hearthstone but this could be due to the fact I suck at it, and have never been a massive fan of MOBA’s.

Overall I’m looking forward to Overwatch – allot, and despite the bleating of – “It’s a TF2 clone, boo” I believe it will add allot of diversity to the ‘Team based arena’ genera.

LawBreakers

From the director of Gears of War comes LawBreakers an arena based FPS which looks somewhere within the realms of UT, but with classes. I never much cared for the Gear of War and to this day fail to see its a appeal. I hear good things about the multiplayer and from the first game-play trailer from LawBreakers things look to be about on track for some arena based fun – if not a little generic.

Unreal Tournament

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Basically the king/daddy/daddy-king of all FPS, has gone FTP. Its been along time coming, since i’m fairly sure they have the worlds smallest development team on the job, but by taking their time and releasing what they can over a long period of time it looking like we might get a game the players felt they had a hand in molding. Its all available for free now from the website. However i’m still waiting for something a little more stable to come out before I get my head-shot groove back on.

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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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