Isn’t the internet, online gaming in particular, terribly angry?
This ties in quite neatly with Pete Davison‘s fantastic blog about the internet but coincidentally I was planning this entry before I read his.
This is because of a game I played this afternoon. I won’t name it yet (although some Twitter followers will know what I’m talking about) as I’m writing the review for it in the next few days and I do need to play more of it to have a definitive view of it. Nonetheless, it wound me up. Not the game itself. The game, although very complex, has some entertaining ideas to offer and would probably be fun. Probably that is if it wasn’t for the terrible community. You see it’s an online only game and the community is terribly elitist.
The game only offers a very basic tutorial before it throws you at the mercy of the online community. So I figured I’d stick to the beginners lobby. The problem is it turns out the supposed newbies aren’t really newbies. No, these were people who spent much of their time insulting me and berating my lack of skill. Even after pointing out that this is my first game. I carried on because I had to really and I’m not one for backing down to bullies. It wasn’t really fun though, most of all because of this terribly elitist bunch of players who seemed to think that just because I hadn’t put in hundreds of hours previously, I was worth less than the dirt on their virtual shoe.
To be fair to them in the final minutes of the game, a couple of the players must have had a crisis of conscience and offered me some advice but bearing in mind this was the last five minutes or so of a 40 minute game, it felt distinctly like an afterthought.
It made me think of past experiences with online games and I quickly realised that there’s a hell of a lot of ****s on the internet. I played Counterstrike for a number of years as well as EverQuest, believe me I’ve encountered plenty of immature players who get ridiculously angry over the smallest of mistakes. It makes you wonder what those people are really like. I reckon some of them are the stereotypical gaming nerd who live in their parents’ basement with not much else going on in their life. However I think (pure speculation on my part) that a lot of them are probably perfectly normal people who just go a bit mental in a game. Strange business. Maybe that’s why I’m rather anti social when I play World of Warcraft now, I stick with people I know and that’s it.
Of course thanks to my earlier experience, I’m not exactly looking forward to spending most of my day tomorrow with the unnamed game.