Gamer Mentality – Gamer Rage and all of that
NEWS | The_Solution | Industry | March 2, 2013
Hi, my name is Lloyd and I’m a recovering rager.
It always starts off so well, at first it’s for the enjoyment of the game. Jumping into a public multiplayer match after a hard day’s work to relax and have some clean fun. Until you get raged at. Whatever the reason, deserved or undeserved, it turns a good experience sour.
The worst part of the infamous red haze is that it’s contagious. After being raged at, I realized it was an amazing way to get the blame off my own back and place it at someone else’s feet. Eventually a stigma built around me and it became usual behaviour that was generally accepted and shrugged off. From the comfort of my own PC it felt as if I could get away with this appalling behaviour as most of the people I raged at; I had never met before and probably would never meet in my life. That’s the unfortunate reality of the Internet. Just like in GTA, I never stop at traffic lights or drive in the lanes; I speed and crash into other cars and pedestrians. Besides the meaningless obscenities thrown across the virtual battlefield, there’s no real consequence for bad behaviour over the internet.
My rage was most notable when the jump from casual weekend gamer to competitive gamer was taken. Gaming became more than a kick-it-back and chill out past-time. It became a sport. Public games were used as practice sessions and team-mates were used as scapegoats for my terrible play; pride, reputation and the willingness to do well is what every competitive gamer strives for. When I struggled to achieve this, I raged.
After my first foray into the competitive gaming scene and countless bouts of anger and useless shouting over Skype and in-game text, I’ve come to realize that the fun element of gaming has begun to wear thin. Taking a step back, I’ve realized that it’s absolutely pointless to rage. Constructive criticism and composed thinking is the way to get your point across – and our community will be all the better for it.
Kindly dropping a fellow teammate that’s bringing the team down with some advice will more often than not lead to better teamwork and more enjoyable evening. Of course, some of my rage was aimed at the very people trying to help me play better. It’s time for me to “man up” and take the constructive criticism for what it is: constructive.