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(NPR)   Advice article for people just getting into online gaming tells them to ignore the social aspects of the game because online trolls are scary. Up next: advice article for dealing with non-communicative noobs ruining your favorite online game   (npr.org) divider line 136
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2014-04-14 03:22:53 PM

cgraves67: 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?


I have been playing since beta and enjoying it.  Just my opinion though.
 
2014-04-14 03:23:44 PM
I've been harassed and threatened with violence online, but what really bothered me was the poor spelling and grammar.  If someone is going to insult and/or threaten me, at least take the time to proofread what is written.  How hard is that?

I'm not a grammar Nazi but I feel there needs to be better focus on construction of sentences.
 
2014-04-14 03:24:15 PM
One day of listening to people shout orders and insults in TF2 was enough for me to permanently turn the sound off for that game and I've never regretted it. Jesus Christ some people just can't not be in charge, can they?  fark 'em.
 
2014-04-14 03:26:10 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.


I play female avatars (game devs typically give female avatars better fashion choices), but if guys bother me I casually bring up that I have a horrible cocaine addiction. 99% of the guys get confused and disoriented like a stun grenade just went off and stop talking to you while they try to comprehend just what happened.

The 1% that don't leave you alone are typically pretty interesting enough to keep as friends.
 
2014-04-14 03:27:02 PM
Avoid the general chat, don't take anything personally and you'll be fine.  Join a guild that caters to new players, they exist.

Rift's /4 is almost as bad as WoW's Barrens' chat.  The discussions between factions are bad since the factions share a general chat on PvE servers.

In the past I've seen multiple secret service worthy threats on Rift when they first went F2P. Not for a while though, as they tend to get banned really, REALLY quickly.   We just have the run of the mill people bragging about their drug use, and random conspiracy theories now.

Path of Exile's chat is a cesspool though....
 
2014-04-14 03:27:08 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.


I play broads because if I have to look at a running ass it's going to be a nice ass
 
2014-04-14 03:27:49 PM

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


That's hilarious!!!!  How did you find that photo of me?

Back on topic: Videogames were invented so people could have fun WITHOUT HAVING TO FIND SOMEBODY ELSE TO PLAY WITH.  Stop ruining them by making having friends mandatory.  You don't need to be old to appreciate the benefits of not having to deal with other people.
 
2014-04-14 03:29:39 PM

cgraves67: 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?


Game of War was not mentioned.  No other farkers on it?
 
2014-04-14 03:30:56 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........


But you fark one goat....
 
2014-04-14 03:33:12 PM

Smeggy Smurf: 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.

I play broads because if I have to look at a running ass it's going to be a nice ass


I do this in single player games, but in MMOs I stopped.  Got too annoying/weird to have random players assume I was a girl and treat me as such.  Not negative treatment, they'd just gave me far more attention than my male players ever received.  I didn't realize how many players still assume that female avatar = female gamer.
 
2014-04-14 03:36:08 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.


Said no person ever.

/Yes, I understand the sarcasm
//And I raise you faux chivalry
 
2014-04-14 03:36:11 PM

Cytokine Storm: Smeggy Smurf: 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.

I play broads because if I have to look at a running ass it's going to be a nice ass

I do this in single player games, but in MMOs I stopped.  Got too annoying/weird to have random players assume I was a girl and treat me as such.  Not negative treatment, they'd just gave me far more attention than my male players ever received.  I didn't realize how many players still assume that female avatar = female gamer.


That happened to me too. Random strangers would lavish me with gifts. It was creepy.

I do recall, humorously, that a female elf I played with one time ended up being a guy with a thick Texas drawl.
 
2014-04-14 03:36:22 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.


I, on the other hand, tend to choose female avatars.  As a straight guy, if I'm going to stare at a digital ass for 8 hours at a stretch, it might as well be a shapely one.

/it helps that I stopped giving much of a fark about other people's opinions back in high school
//their opinions matter even less when there's a handy Mute button.

PS...headline is kinda trolly...the article's pretty basic, but subby did it a bit of a dis-service imho.
 
2014-04-14 03:39:13 PM

Cytokine Storm: Smeggy Smurf: 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.

I play broads because if I have to look at a running ass it's going to be a nice ass

I do this in single player games, but in MMOs I stopped.  Got too annoying/weird to have random players assume I was a girl and treat me as such.  Not negative treatment, they'd just gave me far more attention than my male players ever received.  I didn't realize how many players still assume that female avatar = female gamer.


My wife plays MMOs with me occasionally, and she's yet to receive this extra attention from people.  Maybe it varies from server to server and MMO to MMO.

Alternatively, I just assume the other person I am playing with is male until they correct me or state otherwise, but gender rarely comes up anyways.

Sorry ladies.  I know you play MMOs and many of you can kick male ass quite handily.  It's safer to assume it's a guy on the other end, as women (in my experience) get less upset at being assumed to be the opposite sex for some reason than men.
 
2014-04-14 03:39:32 PM

Lando Lincoln: The world of online gaming would be sooo much better if parents would not buy their kids microphone headsets until they turned 18.


It's hilarious when someone on a raid starts swearing at a less-than-perfect party member, and then you hear in  his background something like "JOHNNY!  WHAT HAVE I TOLD YOU ABOUT SWEARING?  NO MORE COMPUTER TONIGHT!!!"  followed by "Awww, Mooooommm" and then get the system message "Noobslayer22 has disconnected"....
 
2014-04-14 03:40:06 PM

walktoanarcade: 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.


Gaming wasn't serious. Games were fun. Deciding what games to spend limited pocket money on was serious. (Thank you Mastertronic, Gremlin and Firebird). Arguing over ZX Spectrum v. Commodore 64 v. Amstrad CPC* or Amiga v. Atari ST** was serious. But when you actually sat down to play the games, that was pure joy.

* Commodore of course. Legendary game music and if you had a disc drive you could play astonishing and ambitious disc-only games as well as the ones ported to or from the others.


**Amiga by a nose.
 
2014-04-14 03:41:53 PM

ObscureNameHere: 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?"


A buddy used to play the old Team Fortress with the handle "His Gay Lover" so the kill messages on-screen would read "Noobkilla22 (killed by) His Gay Lover"...it actually made more than one teen go apoplectic, then rage-quit.
 
2014-04-14 03:43:16 PM

meat0918: Avoid the general chat, don't take anything personally and you'll be fine.  Join a guild that caters to new players, they exist.

Rift's /4 is almost as bad as WoW's Barrens' chat.  The discussions between factions are bad since the factions share a general chat on PvE servers.

In the past I've seen multiple secret service worthy threats on Rift when they first went F2P. Not for a while though, as they tend to get banned really, REALLY quickly.   We just have the run of the mill people bragging about their drug use, and random conspiracy theories now.

Path of Exile's chat is a cesspool though....


You could have stopped at PVE.  Once people no longer have respect for you, your opinion no longer carries any weight.
 
2014-04-14 03:43:16 PM
I play W2V, and there's nothing better than when some 14 year old, loud mouth newbie gets the old spindle-and-spin from an unforgiving veteran.
 
2014-04-14 03:43:20 PM

Smeggy Smurf: 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.

I play broads because if I have to look at a running ass it's going to be a nice ass


This.
 
2014-04-14 03:44:08 PM

cgraves67: 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?


I'm the same way. I figured, it's good but not good enough for subscription fees. Either they improve it or they drop the subscription fee and I'll play it, otherwise go with a clearly better MMO like WoW or GW2.
 
2014-04-14 03:44:47 PM

Cytokine Storm: Smeggy Smurf: 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.

I play broads because if I have to look at a running ass it's going to be a nice ass

I do this in single player games, but in MMOs I stopped.  Got too annoying/weird to have random players assume I was a girl and treat me as such.  Not negative treatment, they'd just gave me far more attention than my male players ever received.  I didn't realize how many players still assume that female avatar = female gamer.


I am a female, play with female avatars, and then get told there's no way I'm a girl because my voice isn't girly enough. When I play with male avatars I get told I sound like a biatch because they assume I'm a dude. Just can't effing win!
 
2014-04-14 03:45:13 PM

cgraves67: 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?


If you mean Elder Scrolls Online, I'll give it a pass until they fix that chest-griefing bug in their dungeons...sounds horrific.  Also, it's apparently not a bug, but a poorly-thought out feature...
 
2014-04-14 03:46:42 PM

PunGent: cgraves67: 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?

If you mean Elder Scrolls Online, I'll give it a pass until they fix that chest-griefing bug in their dungeons...sounds horrific.  Also, it's apparently not a bug, but a poorly-thought out feature...


I'm not familiar with that. What is it?
 
2014-04-14 03:47:38 PM

GloomCookie613: Cytokine Storm: Smeggy Smurf: 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.

I play broads because if I have to look at a running ass it's going to be a nice ass

I do this in single player games, but in MMOs I stopped.  Got too annoying/weird to have random players assume I was a girl and treat me as such.  Not negative treatment, they'd just gave me far more attention than my male players ever received.  I didn't realize how many players still assume that female avatar = female gamer.

I am a female, play with female avatars, and then get told there's no way I'm a girl because my voice isn't girly enough. When I play with male avatars I get told I sound like a biatch because they assume I'm a dude. Just can't effing win!


We call this the 13-year old boy effect.  I've seriously had trouble differentiating girls from some younger men.  The maturity level usually corrects the problem.  Usually only takes about 30 seconds of actual conversation to sort them.
 
2014-04-14 03:49:40 PM

Abuse Liability: meat0918: Avoid the general chat, don't take anything personally and you'll be fine.  Join a guild that caters to new players, they exist.

Rift's /4 is almost as bad as WoW's Barrens' chat.  The discussions between factions are bad since the factions share a general chat on PvE servers.

In the past I've seen multiple secret service worthy threats on Rift when they first went F2P. Not for a while though, as they tend to get banned really, REALLY quickly.   We just have the run of the mill people bragging about their drug use, and random conspiracy theories now.

Path of Exile's chat is a cesspool though....

You could have stopped at PVE.  Once people no longer have respect for you, your opinion no longer carries any weight.


Eh, PvE is sometimes relaxing.  PvP in games with levels tends to be retarded.  Yay, I stomped a level 23 with my level 34...I rule!!!  And being on the other end of that is just annoying.

If you want REAL PvP, play Battleground Europe.

/farking Stukas

/real men don't need levels or health potions
 
2014-04-14 03:50:03 PM

Abuse Liability: meat0918: Avoid the general chat, don't take anything personally and you'll be fine.  Join a guild that caters to new players, they exist.

Rift's /4 is almost as bad as WoW's Barrens' chat.  The discussions between factions are bad since the factions share a general chat on PvE servers.

In the past I've seen multiple secret service worthy threats on Rift when they first went F2P. Not for a while though, as they tend to get banned really, REALLY quickly.   We just have the run of the mill people bragging about their drug use, and random conspiracy theories now.

Path of Exile's chat is a cesspool though....

You could have stopped at PVE.  Once people no longer have respect for you, your opinion no longer carries any weight.


Rift's PVP servers are so sparse they have to cross group with the PVE servers for battlegrounds.  Partially because so many PVP people got suspended and they also have a feature that once you reach a certain number of people ignoring you, you can type your chats, but you have a global mute applied to your account for a while.

You still get a few flagging though to harass newbs in the starter zones.
 
2014-04-14 03:51:31 PM

Superjew: Goddammit, stop making games that I need to interact with other people in order to play.

That's not what videogames are for.


this, dammit.hell, i could never get past forced coop in red alert 3
 
2014-04-14 03:53:36 PM
Quite a few female gamers in this thread have offered their perspectives on gender inequality in MMOs.  I'd like to offer a succinct counterpoint to their well developed theories, musings, and observations.

/BIE
//EIP
 
2014-04-14 03:54:14 PM

PunGent: Abuse Liability: meat0918: Avoid the general chat, don't take anything personally and you'll be fine.  Join a guild that caters to new players, they exist.

Rift's /4 is almost as bad as WoW's Barrens' chat.  The discussions between factions are bad since the factions share a general chat on PvE servers.

In the past I've seen multiple secret service worthy threats on Rift when they first went F2P. Not for a while though, as they tend to get banned really, REALLY quickly.   We just have the run of the mill people bragging about their drug use, and random conspiracy theories now.

Path of Exile's chat is a cesspool though....

You could have stopped at PVE.  Once people no longer have respect for you, your opinion no longer carries any weight.

Eh, PvE is sometimes relaxing.  PvP in games with levels tends to be retarded.  Yay, I stomped a level 23 with my level 34...I rule!!!  And being on the other end of that is just annoying.

If you want REAL PvP, play Battleground Europe.

/farking Stukas

/real men don't need levels or health potions


Rift balances it with a general buff if you are undergeared or under leveled compared to some base level expectation of gear stats.  It's not a huge buff, but it levels the playing field a bit.

I'd rather play an FPS for my PVP fix though than an RPG MMO. Quake 3 was great back in the day, even Quake with the mods you could get.

Planetside 2 was fun for a while, but I didn't have the time necessary to actually practice with a group and learn the tactics you need to win.

Plus everyone looks pretty much the same, so I'd get shot  by (and do my fair share of shooting of) my own faction a lot.

Being a medic was actually fun in that game though.
 
2014-04-14 03:55:05 PM

meat0918: Cytokine Storm: Smeggy Smurf: 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.

I play broads because if I have to look at a running ass it's going to be a nice ass

I do this in single player games, but in MMOs I stopped.  Got too annoying/weird to have random players assume I was a girl and treat me as such.  Not negative treatment, they'd just gave me far more attention than my male players ever received.  I didn't realize how many players still assume that female avatar = female gamer.

My wife plays MMOs with me occasionally, and she's yet to receive this extra attention from people.  Maybe it varies from server to server and MMO to MMO.

Alternatively, I just assume the other person I am playing with is male until they correct me or state otherwise, but gender rarely comes up anyways.

Sorry ladies.  I know you play MMOs and many of you can kick male ass quite handily.  It's safer to assume it's a guy on the other end, as women (in my experience) get less upset at being assumed to be the opposite sex for some reason than men.


For some reason = because everyone else is probably guys. No big deal.

I don't know what the thing is about some women though. Like your wife, I play female characters and never get chat up or treated like "Oh wow a girl is talking!". I've never quite understood why, since sometimes I could use an extra gift or two in game. :P Some women are obviously "have I mentioned I'm a GIRL today??!", and that's pretty clear-cut. But other women act perfectly normally and get the nice treatment. It's puzzling. I'm not broken up about it, just curious.
 
2014-04-14 03:55:22 PM

cgraves67: PunGent: cgraves67: 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?

If you mean Elder Scrolls Online, I'll give it a pass until they fix that chest-griefing bug in their dungeons...sounds horrific.  Also, it's apparently not a bug, but a poorly-thought out feature...

I'm not familiar with that. What is it?


Haven't played it yet, I was looking forward to the game.  What I've seen complaints about online is, you go into a dungeon.  Most of the loot is in random chests that you need lockpicks for, which is fine.  Problem is, it's really ALL the loot...even bosses drop crap, compared to the standard chests, which drop rares, etc.  And the REAL problem is, the loot in the chests isn't player-tagged, so whoever pops the chest can get all the loot.

So it's really easy to grief ...join a PUG, avoid the mobs, steal ALL the good loot, while they fight.  The griefer's party can get upset, and boot him...but here's the last straw...he isn't booted from their dungeon, and they can't bring in a new guy to replace him until HE decides to leave.
 
2014-04-14 03:56:09 PM

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


Okay that made me chuckle.
 
2014-04-14 03:56:28 PM
i.imgur.com


i.imgur.com
 
2014-04-14 03:57:41 PM

Cytokine Storm: Smeggy Smurf: 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.

I play broads because if I have to look at a running ass it's going to be a nice ass

I do this in single player games, but in MMOs I stopped.  Got too annoying/weird to have random players assume I was a girl and treat me as such.  Not negative treatment, they'd just gave me far more attention than my male players ever received.  I didn't realize how many players still assume that female avatar = female gamer.


Actually, I liked that aspect of it.  Help on raids, free gear, etc.  Hell, you don't even have to communicate half the time. Them just being near a "girl" is enough for them.

It's also a sense of style thing though, a lot of guys in RPG's are anime twink bait looking, or charicature "masculine" that are ridiculous, hell, the females are often more badass.  I've played several games where the males were outright feminine and whiny and the females were the strong independant types.

Female models also tend to be a bit smaller, like in some FPS games, so when someone's picking a target it's usually the bigger guy as it's an easier target(even if it's just a subconscious thing to the attacker and the hitboxes are the same sizes).
 
2014-04-14 03:58:04 PM

PunGent: cgraves67: PunGent: cgraves67: 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?

If you mean Elder Scrolls Online, I'll give it a pass until they fix that chest-griefing bug in their dungeons...sounds horrific.  Also, it's apparently not a bug, but a poorly-thought out feature...

I'm not familiar with that. What is it?

Haven't played it yet, I was looking forward to the game.  What I've seen complaints about online is, you go into a dungeon.  Most of the loot is in random chests that you need lockpicks for, which is fine.  Problem is, it's really ALL the loot...even bosses drop crap, compared to the standard chests, which drop rares, etc.  And the REAL problem is, the loot in the chests isn't player-tagged, so whoever pops the chest can get all the loot.

So it's really easy to grief ...join a PUG, avoid the mobs, steal ALL the good loot, while they fight.  The griefer's party can get upset, and boot him...but here's the last straw...he isn't booted from their dungeon, and they can't bring in a new guy to replace him until HE decides to leave.


That is pretty alarming. I guess, if you are going to play, play with people you know.
 
2014-04-14 03:59:14 PM
I'm so farking out of touch with this stuff.  My son plays online with his friends all the time, due to the joys of XBox live, and whatnot.
It sounds pretty cool, being able to interact with everyone in real-time as you're going.  But it also makes him flip his lid in anger and frustration.

This I attribute to what it's like to play a game with or against actual people.  They are SO friggin unpredictable.  Many moons ago, when playing against others online was in its infancy (I'll use Dawn of Aces as a reference point - look it up.)  I thought I was pretty good.  Playing against the AI players, I could fly really well and kill the hell out of them.  First time I went on with other people, I found that everyone either sucked so bad, it was no fun, or they were SO friggin good, I thought they must be cheating.

Anyway... In those days, a little chat window was all you really had for interaction.  If you wanted to actually speak live with someone, you had to have a live phone call going on, which wasn't easy as the phone line was always tied up by the modem.

//Get off my lawn.
 
2014-04-14 03:59:37 PM

meat0918: PunGent: Abuse Liability: meat0918: Avoid the general chat, don't take anything personally and you'll be fine.  Join a guild that caters to new players, they exist.

Rift's /4 is almost as bad as WoW's Barrens' chat.  The discussions between factions are bad since the factions share a general chat on PvE servers.

In the past I've seen multiple secret service worthy threats on Rift when they first went F2P. Not for a while though, as they tend to get banned really, REALLY quickly.   We just have the run of the mill people bragging about their drug use, and random conspiracy theories now.

Path of Exile's chat is a cesspool though....

You could have stopped at PVE.  Once people no longer have respect for you, your opinion no longer carries any weight.

Eh, PvE is sometimes relaxing.  PvP in games with levels tends to be retarded.  Yay, I stomped a level 23 with my level 34...I rule!!!  And being on the other end of that is just annoying.

If you want REAL PvP, play Battleground Europe.

/farking Stukas

/real men don't need levels or health potions

Rift balances it with a general buff if you are undergeared or under leveled compared to some base level expectation of gear stats.  It's not a huge buff, but it levels the playing field a bit.

I'd rather play an FPS for my PVP fix though than an RPG MMO. Quake 3 was great back in the day, even Quake with the mods you could get.

Planetside 2 was fun for a while, but I didn't have the time necessary to actually practice with a group and learn the tactics you need to win.

Plus everyone looks pretty much the same, so I'd get shot  by (and do my fair share of shooting of) my own faction a lot.

Being a medic was actually fun in that game though.


Huh, never tried medic in Planetside, but agree about the side-differentiation.  I did enjoy my purple hover-tank, though...after dodging 88s with kilometer-long fire lanes in Battleground Europe, it was hilariously easy to get kills on people with zero situational awareness.

Got tired of the ludicrously short engagement ranges, and the hilariously low ceiling for the so-called airplanes...Sopwith Camels could climb higher, ffs.
 
2014-04-14 04:01:34 PM

cgraves67: PunGent: cgraves67: PunGent: cgraves67: 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?

If you mean Elder Scrolls Online, I'll give it a pass until they fix that chest-griefing bug in their dungeons...sounds horrific.  Also, it's apparently not a bug, but a poorly-thought out feature...

I'm not familiar with that. What is it?

Haven't played it yet, I was looking forward to the game.  What I've seen complaints about online is, you go into a dungeon.  Most of the loot is in random chests that you need lockpicks for, which is fine.  Problem is, it's really ALL the loot...even bosses drop crap, compared to the standard chests, which drop rares, etc.  And the REAL problem is, the loot in the chests isn't player-tagged, so whoever pops the chest can get all the loot.

So it's really easy to grief ...join a PUG, avoid the mobs, steal ALL the good loot, while they fight.  The griefer's party can get upset, and boot him...but here's the last straw...he isn't booted from their dungeon, and they can't bring in a new guy to replace him until HE decides to leave.

That is pretty alarming. I guess, if you are going to play, play with people you know.


There's a lot of hate for WoW, but they usually fix large disparity/inequality issues like this rather quickly (as opposed to some of the games you guys have mentioned).  It's why I'm afraid to venture outside my box.  Though I haven't played any videogames in like 8 months *shudders*
 
2014-04-14 04:01:49 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2014-04-14 04:01:52 PM
People are terrible, internet or not
 
2014-04-14 04:02:25 PM
I'm sick of the craze of multiplayer games. Mechgwarrior Online--screw you. Give me a good single player mecha game, and I'll buy it, not a crappy, half assed  nothing but PVP deathmatch that is nerfed constantly based on who has whined the most lately.
 
2014-04-14 04:02:29 PM

PunGent: meat0918: PunGent: Abuse Liability: meat0918: Avoid the general chat, don't take anything personally and you'll be fine.  Join a guild that caters to new players, they exist.

Rift's /4 is almost as bad as WoW's Barrens' chat.  The discussions between factions are bad since the factions share a general chat on PvE servers.

In the past I've seen multiple secret service worthy threats on Rift when they first went F2P. Not for a while though, as they tend to get banned really, REALLY quickly.   We just have the run of the mill people bragging about their drug use, and random conspiracy theories now.

Path of Exile's chat is a cesspool though....

You could have stopped at PVE.  Once people no longer have respect for you, your opinion no longer carries any weight.

Eh, PvE is sometimes relaxing.  PvP in games with levels tends to be retarded.  Yay, I stomped a level 23 with my level 34...I rule!!!  And being on the other end of that is just annoying.

If you want REAL PvP, play Battleground Europe.

/farking Stukas

/real men don't need levels or health potions

Rift balances it with a general buff if you are undergeared or under leveled compared to some base level expectation of gear stats.  It's not a huge buff, but it levels the playing field a bit.

I'd rather play an FPS for my PVP fix though than an RPG MMO. Quake 3 was great back in the day, even Quake with the mods you could get.

Planetside 2 was fun for a while, but I didn't have the time necessary to actually practice with a group and learn the tactics you need to win.

Plus everyone looks pretty much the same, so I'd get shot  by (and do my fair share of shooting of) my own faction a lot.

Being a medic was actually fun in that game though.

Huh, never tried medic in Planetside, but agree about the side-differentiation.  I did enjoy my purple hover-tank, though...after dodging 88s with kilometer-long fire lanes in Battleground Europe, it was hilariously easy to get kills on people with zero situational awar ...


Yeah, the ceilings are horrible.  The whole point is to be able to pound ground defenses from the air where they need flak to spray and pray, or some surface to air missile to target you, or opposing fighters to engage.
 
2014-04-14 04:05:04 PM

durbnpoisn: I'm so farking out of touch with this stuff.  My son plays online with his friends all the time, due to the joys of XBox live, and whatnot.
It sounds pretty cool, being able to interact with everyone in real-time as you're going.  But it also makes him flip his lid in anger and frustration.

This I attribute to what it's like to play a game with or against actual people.  They are SO friggin unpredictable.  Many moons ago, when playing against others online was in its infancy (I'll use Dawn of Aces as a reference point - look it up.)  I thought I was pretty good.  Playing against the AI players, I could fly really well and kill the hell out of them.  First time I went on with other people, I found that everyone either sucked so bad, it was no fun, or they were SO friggin good, I thought they must be cheating.

Anyway... In those days, a little chat window was all you really had for interaction.  If you wanted to actually speak live with someone, you had to have a live phone call going on, which wasn't easy as the phone line was always tied up by the modem.

//Get off my lawn.


Game-rage is like road-rage. The problem is that you see cars or avatars, not people. So you get irrationally angry because you can't receive many communication cues from the other drivers/players. Thus, you tend to assume the worst about them because you can't really tell. It dehumanizes everyone.
 
2014-04-14 04:09:00 PM

omeganuepsilon: Female models also tend to be a bit smaller, like in some FPS games, so when someone's picking a target it's usually the bigger guy as it's an easier target(even if it's just a subconscious thing to the attacker and the hitboxes are the same sizes).


This was the deal in Quake / Quakeworld - the female model was harder to see if far down a corridor, or camping in a shadow, etc.

Then some joker added the "single transparent pixel" model to a popular model pack, and everybody turned 3rd-party models off after that.
 
2014-04-14 04:09:19 PM

Duane Dibbley: Commodore of course. Legendary game music and if you had a disc drive you could play astonishing and ambitious disc-only games as well as the ones ported to or from the others.


TEAM COMMODORE!

/Still have one, stored at my parent's house.
 
2014-04-14 04:16:03 PM

omeganuepsilon: Female models also tend to be a bit smaller, like in some FPS games, so when someone's picking a target it's usually the bigger guy as it's an easier target(even if it's just a subconscious thing to the attacker and the hitboxes are the same sizes).


the first time i chose to play a female character for aesthetic reasons was vampire the masquerade bloodlines because the male models were too large and goofy looking in 3rd person.

since then, I've noticed in 3rd person views, female characters are often smaller, which means you see more of the game.

then, to reference the other guy, if i'm staring at an ass all day, may as well be female.

but, for 1st person games, i don't care about gender.  i don't really care about aesthetics, since none of that matters
 
2014-04-14 04:16:15 PM

Smeggy Smurf: 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.

I play broads because if I have to look at a running ass it's going to be a nice ass


I used to do that, but then I realized that I had no good answer if my wife asked me why my character looks sorta like her in every game I play that lets you choose.

Mind you, it could be worse. It could look like, well, her best friend or something.
 
2014-04-14 04:17:19 PM

noitsnot: omeganuepsilon: Female models also tend to be a bit smaller, like in some FPS games, so when someone's picking a target it's usually the bigger guy as it's an easier target(even if it's just a subconscious thing to the attacker and the hitboxes are the same sizes).

This was the deal in Quake / Quakeworld - the female model was harder to see if far down a corridor, or camping in a shadow, etc.

Then some joker added the "single transparent pixel" model to a popular model pack, and everybody turned 3rd-party models off after that.


We had assholes in college that modded their local CS models to counter-terrorists were neon green and terrorists were hot pink.

Kinda put me off CounterStrike forever.
 
2014-04-14 04:17:26 PM

pute kisses like a man: or a very naive 13 year old's pre-pubescent attempts at insult


Every now and again I'll unmute everyone on XBL just to be amused by the amateur cussing. You can't even call it swearing, there's hardly anything offensive about it. It's just a string of whatever random cusswords they've picked up.
 
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