Gaming competitively is sure to bring out the worst in a lot of people. People just can't stand to lose, especially when it's to an actual person. I love playing against people online because it makes me a better player. At the same time, others have ruined my experience gaming online. I rarely bring my headset into gaming, because people can't accept others being better than them. Suddenly if I get a kill - I'm the "stupid" one. I've learned to play the game the correct way and I'm sorry if I did something right and killed you - isn't that the point of the game?
However, there is one type of gamer that grinds my gears the most of all. And that would be those who take cheap shots and exploit certain features in games. This sentiment especially extends to those who play the game in ways that they aren't meant to be played. Sports games are notorious for this and I know I seem to bring NHL 11 into a lot of blogs, but I have to here. How many of you have had somebody dive across ice in ways that you know in real hockey would never be deemed acceptable? It's the sore losers - the ones who can't stand that you're winning who usually resort to this move of desperation. But you know what really kills me? It's when I'm actually getting my butt kicked. And by the way, if you are beating me by a large sum, no matter how tempted - I will not quit on you. You got me, fair and square, but I digress. When you're kicking my ass and you still use cheap tactics to win - what's the point? Can't you beat me on your own merit, you know, playing the game the way it was meant to be played? I don't scream at the TV too much during online matches, although, the occasional: "what the hell that was totally a penalty" does escape my mouth, I know people get really heated and intense. Have you ever wondered what is going on with the person on the other end of the screen you're playing against? I also can't help but wonder what happened to playing the game for the fun of it, to get better, to just enjoy playing...when did it become about being the best? When was winning the most important thing about playing other online? Online record? I really don't care. I'm concerned about being a better player. If you score on me because you have mad skills, I will applaud you. If I make a mistake defensively and you exploit that, props to you, I need to do better. In all this I've looked to get better, which is why it upsets me that others don't seem to do the same - it's more about the win than if you're gaining any experience.
But, perhaps, this is society in general. We hate to lose. I'll admit I'm so much more excited when I win matches than when I lose, but I don't let it dictate my life. I also sure as hell won't let it upset me so much that I let it compromise my gaming morals and resort to cheap tactics. And with all the naming calling and cheap shots, I still enter online matches. There's still something more satisfying about beating a real person than the computer. I know for a fact I become a better player when I player against others - I am always adjusting my strategy. And, maybe, I just have to be OK with those who feel the need to do anything for a win. Aren't those the gamers who are the most fun to beat? Bring it!