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    PlanetQuake | Features | Articles | Classic PQ | The Goldfish Effect
    The Goldfish Effect By That Guy

Picture this: You just got home from the store with a brand new brand new PC (or a Mac, if you're impoverished ;)). It's awesome. It's 266 MHz, it has 64 megs ram, 8 gigs of space, and a new ISDN card. You pace like a man possessed as the overweight phone company employee installs the line. When he finally leaves, You fire up that badboy and get ready to experience what all your friends have been obsessively babbling about these past few months. Yes, you are ready to play Quake.

An Editorial by - Akiva "That Guy" Freidlin

You install the CD, and go through the torturous process of calling id and getting your unlock code. 'This better be worth $50,' you think impatiently. When done, you D/L Quakeworld, install that, and find a server in Qspy. "Isn't it nice how easy the interface is on QSpy?," you think to yourself. "The Quake community must have a real concern for it's newbie players!" After all this tedium, you finally get ready to experience Quake. WHOA! An overload of sensory information! How am I ever going to figure all this out!?! You start asking questions of the players on the server, who seem to know damn well what they are doing, and instead of sympathy and help, you get harangued.

Does that sound familiar? Maybe it brings back memories of your first Quake experience. It happens to just about everyone after they jump on a server for the first time (well, with the exception of that part with the PPRO 266 ;) ).Yes, this is the manner in which the Quake community eats its young… so to speak. Like male goldfish, who have been know to consume their offspring if in a pissy mood, we actually take an active part in reducing the numbers of a small but significant population that would far better serve our interests if kept alive, with a steady influx of new members.

In all other fields of interest or occupation, those new to the field are regarded with some degree of amusement, and sometimes the slightest bit of disdain. However, in this community, outright contempt is shown to those asking even intelligent questions about functions of a program that are non-intuitive. (i.e. "What is a good rate number for a switched Ethernet?," as opposed to "Are you guys the bots I have been hearing about?") So why is it that experienced Quakers torment the new kid on the block? Some say it's all in good fun, the beginning of the camaraderie that is part of the friendly, lightly competitive spirit of the game. I'm sure if you asked the newbie if he thought it was all in good fun, he would beg to differ. Could it be that the tormentors have a deep seated Freudian psychological problem? Maybe. Or my personal favorite, it is all a result of dark cabals, mysterious cults, and a conspiracy all the way from the president down to the woman who cleans the White House bathroom (of course, my shrink warned me not to talk about it in public, so I'll follow a different train of thought). I personally believe the reason is this: Get ready for the answer to the ultimate question, of newbies, torment, and, well... Everything! Hehe. It isn't 42.

There are several things I love about the Quake community: One, the incredible, unbridled fun that comes from playing Quake, which the whole damn thing is based on; And two, that the quake community emulates a REAL LIFE society! For instance, we have Quake art, Quake music, Quake movies, and so on... then we have the undesirable side effects of a true society: campers (read: people who are go in the express checkout lane with 400 items ;) racists, (more on them in another article, I hope.) and the point of this article, bullies. Yup, the guys who drive aggressively. The ones who don't have the time of day for you. You know who they are, we have all had problems with them, and these guys can ruin an otherwise joyful activity. I'm surely not accusing anyone in particular, (I admit, I have done it myself a few times) but if you see it happening, please mention it to the person doing the harassment, and reach out a bit to the one being harassed. Those harassed as newbies breed anal-retentive veterans ;) And yes, all of us have a bit of bully in us, but for the sake of the Quake community, we try to keep it in a low profile. It is imperative that we do so.

Imagine if when a young student first went into Medical School, he was called "newbie scum" and told to RTFM? We wouldn't have many doctors, would we? Or what if it was the same situation with lawyers (well, that wouldn't be so bad ;) )? I don't mean to sound bitchy, but this is an actual problem! I know you may think, "Hell, this guy is an idiot! We are always getting new players." But how many do you think have been turned off to the Quake community and everything it entails and represents, when they're first experience in it involved being harassed for asking a simple question? People that could have eventually become very involved in the community, possibly even contributing to it by running a news page, or making a TC, etc... I would have to imagine quite a few, as I know several myself.

Remember, the motto of our very own Quake Newbie Guide is "Because we are all Newbies with Varying Levels of Experience." Save a baby goldfish, because they might one day grow up to be a baddass goldfish who can contribute something to the community, and help keep the lineage alive.

- That Guy

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