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2014-04-14 01:29:18 PM
You're going to be surprised with the number of people your mother has slept with.
 
2014-04-14 01:32:45 PM
LEEEEERROOOOOOOOOYYY...nevermind
 
2014-04-14 01:59:02 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2014-04-14 02:37:13 PM
gay
 
2014-04-14 02:37:26 PM
god I mean if you're offended by racism, sexism and homophobia why are you even playing online videogames?
 
2014-04-14 02:41:36 PM

charlesmartel11235: god I mean if you're offended by racism, sexism and homophobia why are you even playing online videogames?


Because I am racist, sexist and homophobic.

Also Taxed Enough Already.
 
2014-04-14 02:41:37 PM
Goddammit, stop making games that I need to interact with other people in order to play.

That's not what videogames are for.
 
2014-04-14 02:41:41 PM

charlesmartel11235: god I mean if you're offended by racism, sexism and homophobia why are you even playing online videogames?


once i was called a farking pussy-farker.

/ not really sure if it was a sexist heterophobic statement, or a very naive 13 year old's pre-pubescent attempts at insult
 
2014-04-14 02:41:41 PM
so Tinder counts as gaming now?
 
2014-04-14 02:42:23 PM

charlesmartel11235: god I mean if you're offended by racism, sexism and homophobia why are you even playing online videogames?


I usually log on to protect the female gamers from these vile people.
 
2014-04-14 02:44:47 PM
Waah, people playing the online game don't want me to call them slurs, waaah!
 
2014-04-14 02:45:18 PM
If I can't make some teenage girl cry online then what's the point?
 
2014-04-14 02:45:43 PM

gopher321: LEEEEERROOOOOOOOOYYY...nevermind


Still makes me laugh.  Thanks!

/Least I got chicken
 
2014-04-14 02:45:47 PM
Don't get involved unless you are a) willing to dedicate a lot, A LOT, of time to the game, or b) you are fine with labeled derogatory terms. It takes a lot of time to get good skills, equipment, and access and to be well-regarded for them.
 
2014-04-14 02:46:18 PM
img.fark.net
 
2014-04-14 02:46:18 PM

DubyaHater: charlesmartel11235: god I mean if you're offended by racism, sexism and homophobia why are you even playing online videogames?

I usually log on to protect the female gamers from these vile people.


I play online games looking for romance from gamers trying to protect my delicate female sensibilities from vile people.
 
2014-04-14 02:47:28 PM
My Eve FC told me I was a stupid fark retard and I was giving the whole fleet AIDS just because I broadcast for armor instead of shields.  And did I cry?  no........
 
2014-04-14 02:47:37 PM
Get ye to the moderated servers post haste. They be thataway.
 
2014-04-14 02:48:25 PM

pute kisses like a man: charlesmartel11235: god I mean if you're offended by racism, sexism and homophobia why are you even playing online videogames?

once i was called a farking pussy-farker.

/ not really sure if it was a sexist heterophobic statement, or a very naive 13 year old's pre-pubescent attempts at insult


I was called a coontlicker once.  Didn't really have a problem with it.
 
2014-04-14 02:48:43 PM
There's no way in Bowser's lava I would have been able to beat Ninja Gaiden back in 1989 had some farktwit been screaming unfunny yo mamma jokes randomly into my ear.

In fact, back in the 1980s and '90s, such behavior was grounds for a punch in the face. We took our gaming fairly seriously back then too.
 
2014-04-14 02:49:06 PM

Louisiana_Sitar_Club: [img.fark.net image 457x657]


It's not that multiplayer games are bad (most of my gaming time is divided between TF2 and DotA), but there are way too many games that should be single player that have a multiplayer component attached to them.  Why does Sim City require an internet connection?
 
2014-04-14 02:50:17 PM

LoneDoggie: My Eve FC told me I was a stupid fark retard and I was giving the whole fleet AIDS just because I broadcast for armor instead of shields.  And did I cry?  no........


Your EVE FC was pretty farking stupid to say that. The reality is you were giving your whole fleet HIV, which is the virus that causes AIDS. You can't just give your fleet AIDS. It doesn't work like that and your EVE FC is a degenerate farking retard for suggesting otherwise.
 
2014-04-14 02:50:21 PM

cgraves67: Don't get involved unless you are a) willing to dedicate a lot, A LOT, of time to the game, or b) you are fine with labeled derogatory terms. It takes a lot of time to get good skills, equipment, and access and to be well-regarded for them.


Alternatively, just play with friends.
 
2014-04-14 02:50:47 PM

cgraves67: Don't get involved unless you are a) willing to dedicate a lot, A LOT, of time to the game, or b) you are fine with labeled derogatory terms. It takes a lot of time to get good skills, equipment, and access and to be well-regarded for them.


I have avoided any kind of interaction with other players on the vast majority of games I play because of this (and I avoid MMOs on the whole for this and other reasons). However I did actually find a tiny little MMO that I enjoy playing where almost all the people on the server are actually... Normal. No slurs, very little douchebaggery of any kind, and when it does happen, people just talk around the person doing it.

I like it, but it's so different from my experience that I'm always a bit weirded out by how... nice it all is...
 
2014-04-14 02:50:53 PM

Weatherkiss: DubyaHater: charlesmartel11235: god I mean if you're offended by racism, sexism and homophobia why are you even playing online videogames?

I usually log on to protect the female gamers from these vile people.

I play online games looking for romance from gamers trying to protect my delicate female sensibilities from vile people.


My username is whiteknight1.  I'll be on from 6-10 tonight.  See you then.
 
2014-04-14 02:52:47 PM

Weatherkiss: DubyaHater: charlesmartel11235: god I mean if you're offended by racism, sexism and homophobia why are you even playing online videogames?

I usually log on to protect the female gamers from these vile people.

I play online games looking for romance from gamers trying to protect my delicate female sensibilities from vile people.


I will protect you at all (virtual) costs, my fair maiden.
 
2014-04-14 02:53:14 PM
I think we need to distinguish 'on-line' casual games from RPG/deep story games.

e.g. "World of Tanks" is an online game.   But it is just log-on, battle, get credits XP, get better tanks, etc.  The only interaction is a in-battle chat window that you can turn off if you want.  Sure there's trash talk, but no battle is more than 15 minutes long an I've not seen anyone keeping a memory of who said what in later battles.

Things like WoW or EVE I expect have a much deeper level of personal interaction, and hence, more opportunity for getting wound-up about perceived insults etc.
 
2014-04-14 02:54:21 PM
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"Also, it turns out that if you put as much effort into your actual life as you put into Battlefield of Warcraft IV: Civilization of Duty, you can actually be a world-class athlete, captain of industry, or respected military leader.  Details coming up at 11, but first here's Willard with the weather."
 
2014-04-14 02:54:41 PM
I online game to own scrubs, unless I am milsimming. Most satisfying feeling is being accused of hacker due to your level of skill.

As it is, I somehow find myself drowning in female gamer friends without whiteknighting, so I have that going for me. Maybe its because I'm not trying to fark them *shrug*.
 
2014-04-14 02:54:50 PM

pute kisses like a man: charlesmartel11235: god I mean if you're offended by racism, sexism and homophobia why are you even playing online videogames?

once i was called a farking pussy-farker.

/ not really sure if it was a sexist heterophobic statement, or a very naive 13 year old's pre-pubescent attempts at insult


take it up the arse like a man you farking pussy-farker.
 
2014-04-14 02:55:16 PM

Aidan: cgraves67: Don't get involved unless you are a) willing to dedicate a lot, A LOT, of time to the game, or b) you are fine with labeled derogatory terms. It takes a lot of time to get good skills, equipment, and access and to be well-regarded for them.

I have avoided any kind of interaction with other players on the vast majority of games I play because of this (and I avoid MMOs on the whole for this and other reasons). However I did actually find a tiny little MMO that I enjoy playing where almost all the people on the server are actually... Normal. No slurs, very little douchebaggery of any kind, and when it does happen, people just talk around the person doing it.

I like it, but it's so different from my experience that I'm always a bit weirded out by how... nice it all is...


Sounds like a Canadian game. We've probay never met it.
 
2014-04-14 02:56:37 PM

Aidan: I have avoided any kind of interaction with other players on the vast majority of games I play because of this (and I avoid MMOs on the whole for this and other reasons). However I did actually find a tiny little MMO that I enjoy playing where almost all the people on the server are actually... Normal. No slurs, very little douchebaggery of any kind, and when it does happen, people just talk around the person doing it.

I like it, but it's so different from my experience that I'm always a bit weirded out by how... nice it all is...


That's how I felt about MechWarrior Online.
 
2014-04-14 02:57:02 PM

llortcM_yllort: cgraves67: Don't get involved unless you are a) willing to dedicate a lot, A LOT, of time to the game, or b) you are fine with labeled derogatory terms. It takes a lot of time to get good skills, equipment, and access and to be well-regarded for them.

Alternatively, just play with friends.


25.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-04-14 02:57:13 PM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: You're going to be surprised with the number of people your mother has slept with.


in a row.
 
2014-04-14 02:57:35 PM
Incommunicative noob here: I've learned not to talk to anybody. It's come from lots of experience.

Look I've tried talking to people, but first and foremost they tell me how terrible I am. (Hi everybody, I'm bad at video games and I don't give a shiat. You're 14 and you're tired of my shiat. But I'm in a newbie area and that's what it's for. You're a 40yo quadriplegic and you play this all day to keep from going crazy, I don't.)

Other problem is the assholes.
 
2014-04-14 02:58:11 PM
I mute all other players and I don't talk.  I just shoot to pwn.  If I wanted to listen to 12 year old kids with potty mouths I'd ride the bus to junior high.
 
2014-04-14 02:58:17 PM

Aidan: cgraves67: Don't get involved unless you are a) willing to dedicate a lot, A LOT, of time to the game, or b) you are fine with labeled derogatory terms. It takes a lot of time to get good skills, equipment, and access and to be well-regarded for them.

I have avoided any kind of interaction with other players on the vast majority of games I play because of this (and I avoid MMOs on the whole for this and other reasons). However I did actually find a tiny little MMO that I enjoy playing where almost all the people on the server are actually... Normal. No slurs, very little douchebaggery of any kind, and when it does happen, people just talk around the person doing it.

I like it, but it's so different from my experience that I'm always a bit weirded out by how... nice it all is...


That's another thing. Players' egos are alarmingly bound up in which game they play. As if that choice marks them as a superior member of the larger MMO-players community.
 
2014-04-14 03:01:23 PM
Man On Pink Corner:

"Also, it turns out that if you put as much effort into your actual life as you put into Battlefield of Warcraft IV: Civilization of Duty, you can actually be a world-class athlete, captain of industry, or respected military leader.  Details coming up at 11, but first here's Willard with the weather."

(a) I blew out my knee, developed arthritis, and will now have to get shots for the rest of my life to walk without pain.
(b) I'm not greedy and I hate greedy people.
(c) I can't stand the sight of blood. It freaks me out.
 
2014-04-14 03:03:20 PM
My advice is to get ridiculously good at a single aspect of the game and ignore the rest.

And that's why I almost exclusively play Huntsman sniper in TF2.

/I am part of the problem
 
2014-04-14 03:04:15 PM
My wife is looking for a new lap top and tells the salesman she does a lot of on line gaming. He starts to up sell her.  I had to step in and explain....no no no.   "Honey farmville and candy crush saga really isn't what they mean"
 
2014-04-14 03:04:30 PM

El Dudereno: Aidan: cgraves67: Don't get involved unless you are a) willing to dedicate a lot, A LOT, of time to the game, or b) you are fine with labeled derogatory terms. It takes a lot of time to get good skills, equipment, and access and to be well-regarded for them.

I have avoided any kind of interaction with other players on the vast majority of games I play because of this (and I avoid MMOs on the whole for this and other reasons). However I did actually find a tiny little MMO that I enjoy playing where almost all the people on the server are actually... Normal. No slurs, very little douchebaggery of any kind, and when it does happen, people just talk around the person doing it.

I like it, but it's so different from my experience that I'm always a bit weirded out by how... nice it all is...

Sounds like a Canadian game. We've probay never met it.


I mean, have you gotten any games locally?  I mean besides all the lovely games in the Niagra Falls area.

richfulllife.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-04-14 03:05:03 PM

farkingismybusiness: llortcM_yllort: cgraves67: Don't get involved unless you are a) willing to dedicate a lot, A LOT, of time to the game, or b) you are fine with labeled derogatory terms. It takes a lot of time to get good skills, equipment, and access and to be well-regarded for them.

Alternatively, just play with friends.

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2014-04-14 03:13:08 PM
This is why I and most of my female friends tend to choose male avatars when we play MMOs.  People leave you alone, and you don't look like a trollop.
 
2014-04-14 03:15:40 PM
The world of online gaming would be sooo much better if parents would not buy their kids microphone headsets until they turned 18.
 
2014-04-14 03:16:19 PM

Fast Moon: This is why I and most of my female friends tend to choose male avatars when we play MMOs.  People leave you alone, and you don't look like a trollop.


When I fall in love online, and find out the "bromance" is really a hetero thing, I regress back to being mentally 13 years old, and want to kill myself. Thanks, phoney!
 
2014-04-14 03:17:08 PM

Caffienatedjedi: Most satisfying feeling is being accused of hacker due to your level of skill.



Back in the days when I was playing a lot of Q3A/QuakeLive I felt a small sense of accomplishment the first time someone accused me of hacking.  That meant I was starting to get good enough to compete with the big boys.

Actually got told by several people I had the potential to play it competitively, but never could bring myself to put the time and effort into it.  Once it gets past a certain point it becomes more like a job than a game, and I play games for fun.
 
2014-04-14 03:17:08 PM
So ESO is on the article's list of recommended games. I've been on the fence about it. Anyone have first-hand experience with it?
 
2014-04-14 03:19:13 PM
Go back to highsec and mission you noob, can't have you in nullsec making me forced to interact with you and pod you.
 
2014-04-14 03:19:54 PM
Best online trash talk response I saw in World of Tanks:

[OtherTeamGuy]: "You guys are gonna get ass-raped!"

[OurTeamGuy]: "Your're Mom bought a strap-on?"
 
2014-04-14 03:21:10 PM
Up next: advice article for dealing with non-communicative noobs ruining your favorite online game

Waaah! People I've never encountered before won't talk to me! Why won't they be my friends!!!!???
 
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