Breaking The Cycle
A newbie's view of the community
It's Christmas 1998, and in front of me lies a box, obviously a
computer game, and I know it's Quake II. I rip off the wrapping
paper, and I know that I will have so much fun playing Quake II
Yeah, I'll get killed for a while, but I'll get better. Not to
mention the kickass single player mode. Yeah, watch out Quake II
But, as I enter my first game I realize the reality is quite different.
I enter my first game, but I can't move and I see a wierd modem outlet
icon at the top of the screen. What the hell is going on?
I'm killed 5 times because of this, then I realize it could be that
cryptic lag that I read about. But how can this be? My modem is incredibly
fast. I decide it is AOL's fault.
But I recover. I get my first frag, then I get my first double digit frag
game, and everyone looks like it will be ok. But then back at MPlayer lobby
I find the biggest disappointment of them all. I comment on how tough that
was, and expect, while not sympathy, at least a polite "I don't care" type
But no. What I get is this : "HA HA! God damn f**** newbie! F***** jackass!
We kicked you f***** ass!"
I am deeply offended at this. But I console myself. Just an isolated case
I say to myself. After a short break I come back for another game and ask
a few questions in the lobby. The same reply. I don't get it.
This is the type of etiquette that us newbies get seemingly everyday, from
experienced people who either never learned manners or are just plain jerks.
We wonder why. Is everyone in the Q2 community like this? They were all
newbies at one time, and they probably had to put up with the same abuses
we have to now.
So why do they feel the need to curse at every oppurtunity even if there isn't
a reason? Why do they feel the need to constantly deride the newbie when he gets
killed? Why does no one ever come to the support of the newbie?
I would love to be able to say that these are the actions of only a small faction
of Quakers, and that the vast majority are kind and helpful. Unfortuneatly the
sad truth is the kind and helpful Quakers are the small faction and the jerks
are the vast majority.
Perhaps they just don't realize the consequences of there actions. A large
number of newbies just walk away after this baptism by fire, and they are
completely justified. No one should have to put up with this crap.
But some of us struggle onward, and we get good. We get real good. Because
we know the best way to get back at them is to kick there butts. But we get
cynical. We expect the treatment, and we accept it as the only way. So when
we become experienced we treat newbies that way. It is a vicious cycle that
must be broken.
There is one way, and one way only. If you are one of the jerks, and you are
reading, treat the newbies better. You obviously love Quake II, so stop giving
it a bad reputation by your actions.
If you treat us well then others will, then we will not become cynical and
e won't treat the next wave of newbies badly, and then we have a new cycle,
a glorious cycle of harmony so that we can slaughter each other in a more
Please, for the next generation!
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