I was over at a blog called Gaming Class Hero (Bob can now expect 2 extra visitors, because I'm awesome) and there was a post recently about why Bob doesn't like team based online multiplayer games, like DOTA and Team Fortress 2 much, because his success relies on the success of people who aren't so...well, good. I ended up leaving a pretty long comment about my own levels of suck at things like that, and at the end, I said "this comment is so long I could probably turn it into a blog post". But I already had some ready to go out, which explains the long amount of time inbetween then and now. Those weren't my exact words, but the context still stands. So, here I am, making a post about the evils of multiplayer games.
First off, my comment in it's entirety
"I've played some TF2 recently, and it's been made quite clear that I suck majorly at it. Not by anyone though, but by the fact I KEEP DYING. I'm man enough to admit that it's my fault, and I let the damn team down though. I mostly prefer single player games because, well, I mostly played games because I didn't have people to play with. Even though the xbox 360 is back in my room now, I doubt I'm going to get a live account, I can do without some 10 year old kid I don't know calling me a newb faggot. I can understand wanting to drop people that suck, and I saw it a lot in PVP on WoW. I can defend the newbs, and say "Hey you were newbs too once" but I was still massively bad at 2vs2 arena. Fairy nuff, part of the reason I sucked at it was because I didn't get to do enough of it, but it was also my responsibility to learn to be better at it. Maybe play more battlegrounds and learn to take care of myself better. I did that sometimes, and I wasn't half bad at full blown PVP, but I had a team behind me, and those were rare. People on WoW often don't play PVP if they're in the alliance, and if they do, most of them just bitch about how they never win because Ally is where all the 12 year old newbs who can't even play are.
Damn that was a long comment, I could probably turn it into a post on my own blog lol."
Team Fortress 2 isn't the only game I play like this, there's also Battlefield Heroes, which is pretty cool actually, and I'm not too bad at that. Games like this can be good if you get a right team, and there are people who like to play them for the camaraderie, and because they know even if they suck, then maybe someone who's really good can pick them up. The problem is though that not a lot of people who are really good like having to pick people up. They like to toughen them up. Most of the people who suck can't really handle this, or don't appreciate it. Either way they possibly stop, meaning that the good/bad player ratio is more even lol.
I do suck quite a bit at TF2, but I'm still learning, just like I learnt to play Battlefield Heroes, and just like I learnt to play every other game I play. But I'm also slow to try games like this in the first place. Part of me wants to give LoL a go, but I know I'm going to suck, let people down, and feel like a sack of shit over it.
So this is the intended message of this post (There was one? I'm as shocked as you are. Really) If you're good at these games, kudos, just please, try to be a bit more patient with the people who aren't. Offer them advice instead of just calling them a noob failure. "LRN2PLAY DUMBASS" isn't the excellent advice people seem to think it is. On the other hand, people who fail, people like me, do some actual learning how to play, or at least try and improve. When you get killed in five seconds, ask yourself why you got killed. Was it because you stood infront of the guy with a flamethrower? Was it because you left the main group and were savagely destroyed by THEIR main group?
Don't do that shit, it ain't healthy. TF2 is cool for things like this, because it has offline play with AI opponents. Fair enough, AI behaves a lot differently than humans, I learnt that a long time ago, but it's still handy for learning how to play. Plus the game gives you tips while you load, such as a pyro in TF2 is great for outing spies because their flame thrower will burn them, but not your actual allies. If you're a pyro in TF2, and someone's acting suspicious, TOAST HIM! If it's a spy, awesome, if it's a team-mate, no harm done.
And of course, respect your healers! I was never a healer myself though. But I did try to respect them, and now to translate it for the TF2 players...
Respect the medic!
and of course, keep an eye out for spies.
Can someone do me a huge favour and reddit this? I think it belongs in the gaming reddit lol. Reddit still won't let me submit links, and I still don't want to create another account. Thanks to Neon sending my last posts to their atheists, traffic went through the roof :)