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Old 07-16-2007, 06:33 PM   #1
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Default The sorry state of online gaming??

Let me preface this with the fact that I am 31 years old, been a gamer all my life, and rarely play online. I own an X box 360 and a decent gaming rig (PC, along with a server and laptop).

Anyway, my main reason for owning a 360 at all is for sports games, which the consoles handle infinitely better then the PC. I used to love getting a group of buddies together to play hockey tournaments or the latest boxing game at the time. Since we have grown and kind of gone our separate ways with our own families, etc. We like to occasionally get a game via online play. Keeps us young.

That being said, I am just completely disappointed by the people I find online playing games. Mainly on the 360. I was playing Fight Night 3 the other day, and, having become bored with the career mode, I decided to check out the online players. I figured I could get a fun match against someone of equal skill level and have a blast. My first fight was with an obvious California teenager who decided he wanted to talk a little "smack" during the fight. We exchanged pleasantries. I.e "Where you from?" etc. Then, the fight began. It was rather even with me even having a slight edge. Fun, right?

Well. Then, after the first round. The guy says, "Are you ready?".....I was like, "What?"
Then, an obvious second person took over and proceeded to just start swearing and going crazy in the game. I was like WTF??

The next five matches left me with immature people either pretending to play poorly for a round or two or just yelling profanities and quitting when you start winning....I just turned it off, and will never play online again unless it is against a friend. I have had similar experiences with Madden and NBA 2k7.

Now, we love to play Gears of War. That's a great game. I play the co-op campaign mode with my buddy online. So, we are average players. Neither one of us have much time to devote to the game so we are novices online even though we beat the campaign on the hardest level. We enter the basic, non ranked room and proceed to get completely schooled by junior high kids! Now, not that I don't accept losing, but, talk about sore winners. There was nothing but arrogance and trash talking.

First of all, we just don't have the amount of hours that these kids obviously have to get online and play until we are masters at any given game. This is fine, but what scares me is do these kids ever do anything else? What kind of good competitive behavior are they learning? And, most importantly, is this what online gaming is????

Perhaps it is just the wrong type of games. I should probably stick to M2TW or other games that cater to a more mature audience. But, at the end of the day, I almost always yearn for a great single player story. I have not had a good online playing experience yet. Am I getting old? What am I missing??
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Old 07-16-2007, 06:43 PM   #2
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Those are the reasons I almost never play online games. Sadly I know many people that act like that and are all day playing this games
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Old 07-16-2007, 06:46 PM   #3
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Huh??

My Intellivision doesn't work online. What are you talking about?
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Old 07-16-2007, 07:18 PM   #4
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its no wonder kids act the way they do....one only has to look at the sportsmanship or lack there of,in professional sports.. (i.e. T.O. , chad johnson , even joey porter )
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Old 07-16-2007, 07:21 PM   #5
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its no wonder kids act the way they do....one only has to look at the sportsmanship or lack there of,in professional sports.. (i.e. T.O. , chad johnson , even joey porter )

Yep... Very true.
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lol. good post hammer. i enjoy pente. it is an ancient greek board game sorta similar to tic-tac-toe/connect 4 with much more strategy involved. my buds, and uncle loved chilling, having a few brews and playing it like it was a game of chess.

i thought i was pretty good. its a rather simple game and figured i could hang with about anybody. i found an online site to play it about 7 years ago (dweebosboardgames) so me and my uncle could play cross country, and played with dweebo, who was the sites creator a few times. he absolutely ran circles around me and beat me like a rented mule.

for such a simple game i still cant figure out how i was so easilly owned by the simplest of strategies. i gotta say dweebo was cool though and probably appreciative that somebody was visiting his obscure site. (i think he was a college student programmer)
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Old 07-16-2007, 08:00 PM   #7
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Gotta say dweebo was cool though and probably appreciative that somebody was visiting his obscure site. (i think he was a college student programmer)
With a name like Dweebo could he have had many friends?

I agree Hammer. Even online poker. If I hear Pwn or Pwnage or n00b one more time. I may kill someone.

What I never got is why people call you a n00b when you beat them because they didn't like the way you went about it. Worst trash talking strategy ever.

Bottom line. I'd usually like to grab some of these kids and slap them around. Pwnage.

I still don't know what that means... which means I'm a n00b apparently. I'm sorry that I'm not cool enough to understand a language created by some kid with social skills as void as his skin complexion....

"Tommy, go outside and stop calling strangers n00bs..."

I'll step off my soapbox now, but I can't agree more. Sometimes I wish I could just have a civil game with someone out there. There are some cool people out there, but unfortunately kids like that ruin it enough to usually keep me away.
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Pwnage.

I still don't know what that means... which means I'm a n00b apparently. I'm sorry that I'm not cool enough to understand a language created by some kid with social skills as void as his skin complexion....
LOL!!!!!!1!!!1!!!!!!!!!!one!!!!!!!!!!eleven!!!!!!! !1!!!!!!!11!!!!!!!

its just simple cyberslang stupid kids use these days. the intent is to say they OWN you and intentially misspell/type o.w.n.a.g.e. so they can all laugh in unison when you try to tell them they are so dumb they cant type/spell O.W.N. its a pretty juvenile baiting tactic.

i take it youve never posted on the CBSsportsline football board? its a pretty old and tired tactic.

n00b = newbie
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I have been playing online games on the PC for years. I personally prefer a well built PC over a Xbox 360 are PS3, but I still have a XBOX 360 and play online with it to. I prefer first person shooter games going back to 1999 UT and Quake and there following releases. I all so have to keep up my rep as a sports gamer to, with madden and so forth. And a keyboard and mouse combo is better then any joystick in first person shooter.

We use to host a lot of lan wars at home with 15 are more who would come over they were so much fun. And while living in germany we even went to friends houses in Holland and France, Sweden and so forth while I was there, and it was great to meet everyone while kicking there butt.

Personally I am 36 and love gaming. We use to take some nice healthy prizes at big lan wars in Europe with are clan travel around. I made some good money off of Unreal Tournament while it was hot.

Since I came back to the states I really have not got into any clans and have just been sitting back waiting to see what is released and try out the games and see what is the next real big first person shooter. I have been playing UT2004 with some of my old buddies as we wait on the next big release.

Personally when playing games I prefer to talk to teammates only that way there is not all that name calling and imature stuff.

But I also feel for ya when someone else takes over the other end and they switch off. My boy plays madden and when he is getting beat he yells dad I need some help and I go in and take over for him, but I do not talk over the mic. But it should be easy to figure out in the way the game play changes, and the defense is different and the offense has changed its play.

Heck I have even been playing that boring game called Guild Wars for over 2 years for fun here and there and highly ranked in it.
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Unfortunately,

These kids can't tell you the square root of 9, the historical ramifications of WWII, or where Berlin is...

However, they can sure tell you if your a kilogram off in the dime bag, the ramifications of adding more ram to the vid card, and where the food cabinet is.

I must be getting old.
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