You Suck For 5 Minutes You Suck For Eternity: Online First Impressions In Video Games


I’m not perfect, I’ll admit it. Of course this is simply because I haven’t had a software patch in an eternity but facts are facts. Why then is is so mind boggling to many people I can have a bad day or even just a rough start in a game and not be a complete idiot trying to ruin their day?

During my time spent watching others play both in real life and via videos I see people who for a lark go for something really hard or aren’t really focusing. This ends up in failure and possibly even the full loss of the fight or what have you, painting the picture to their opponents or possibly their team-mates that they are awful at the game. While them failing may be something that cannot change it is hardly to be expected consistently, even from absolute beginners.

It’s a harsh community to be a part of or even just to be forcibly associated with when the first reaction to failure is an assumption that it is the norm. While there is blame to be put on the players I feel there can be some also placed on the developers. Not a lot of games provide some form of warm up to get people into the flow of normal play, I myself tend to incrementally buff CPU difficulties in smash bros till they are at the level I normally fight. This lets me ease into a proper mindset and gets the blood pumping to all the right places.

Clearly this gut reaction is most common in the MOBA scene but it happens elsewhere as well, particularly the competitive gaming spots. “noob” is thrown out to anyone who dare show any sign of anything less than exactly what they should be at any moment and it truly is offputting to anybody who wishes to get better or try something different for a spell.

Next time you are playing with someone and they are not playing well, remember that they could just be having a tough day and are getting frazzled. If even professionals slip up with button inputs in a fighter or miss that headshot that they practiced for months, us normies can bugger up far more with far less reason to do so. Yeah they may be in the top 10 but they aren’t infallible, don’t use your anonymity to put down someone who already has a bunch of things going wrong.

I haven’t even had my second breakfast ya jerks, let me warm up the engines first.

What games have you played where you messed up just a bit and got ostracised for it? Do you play a lot of games that let you ease into the experience or do they drop you in with a “good luck” pat on the back? Thanks for the read and I’ll see you later.


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  1. #1 by rainawareness on May 11, 2015 - 7:25 pm

    We’ve already talked about this, just try to ignore them, there’s nothing else that can be done


    • #2 by Prof.mcstevie on May 11, 2015 - 9:32 pm

      Indeed, however there is also the matter of how we ourselves react to a bad player, often assuming they are simply bad and not just having a rough time with say their lane or characters.


    • #3 by rainawareness on May 11, 2015 - 10:45 pm

      Well in that case, they would just be using bad characters, and obviously someone’s gonna bash them for that


    • #4 by Prof.mcstevie on May 11, 2015 - 10:59 pm

      Do they know its a bad character? Did they get a bad lane partner or opponent? Has something changed in a new patch that has altered there meta? Did they pick too early and are suffering from a hard counter? There is far too much to consider it to be so simple.


    • #5 by rainawareness on May 12, 2015 - 1:53 am

      Well now that there’s a Youtube channel and a wikia for everything, it is pretty rare to see people who do not know such things


    • #6 by Prof.mcstevie on May 12, 2015 - 7:57 pm

      It happens more than I’d like to admit for myself, there are lots of games with too much extra stuff to delve into, hell I might pick a bad character in a lot of games and still do great. All these video and wikis only make it harder to be a part of the community in that sense because there is over-saturation.


    • #7 by rainawareness on May 12, 2015 - 10:35 pm

      Well, until developers give up their laziness and start rebalancing, all we can do is check for a character in a wikia before using it. It always says if it’s good or bad


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