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    PlanetQuake | Features | Rants N' Raves | Camping and Anti-Camping
   

Camping and Anti-Camping
The first Rants n' Raves feature kicks off with the timeless topic of camping and anti-camping.
  — by Pappy-R

Now where did I put the weenies and smores?

This first edition of the Rants N' Raves feature at PlanetQuake will kick us off with a bang on what we hope will be a stellar feature involving the community and PQ staff equally. You get your say, and so do we. The limits are anything Quake or PQ related and you can feel free to not insult anyone. These are your emotions...let it all out!

The topic this week is camping and was submitted by PHHucker. We've all done it at one point or another, and our feelings on the matter should have settled into a nice firm slot in our deepest fibre...or maybe not. Let's look at our first Rant, "The Tao of camping" by PHHucker.

"Camper! Get moving!" flashes across the screen. How many times have we all seen this while playing on-line? We have all been in a game at one time or another when someone has been accused of "camping". But what is "camping" exactly? This question has been posted on message boards, and asked in chat rooms since the origin of on-line gaming. There is no telling how many belligerent posts had to be removed on this subject alone. There are as many opinions on "camping" as there are places to camp! I am going to explain why, in my opinion, it is so difficult to put a definition on what constitutes camping.

Camping, loosely defined in Quake terminology, is "finding a spot and staying there". If only it were that simple. Mod makers have implemented "anti-camping technology" into their code to kill those cement footed spot holders. This still causes issues in some games, killing the innocent. Occasionally we may come across a map with those wide-open spaces. Off in the distance, two combatants duke it out with their rocket launchers. I would be remiss if I didn't stop, switch to the rail gun, and pop off a couple shots. Is this camping? I think not. Or a well designed 3 level map with an arena on the first floor. Who can resist perching on the ledge and lobbing grenades into the void? I can't, and this is fine, as long as that is not the only way I play that map. This leads me to my point. Camping can not be defined by actions alone. It is much deeper than that.

The Tao of Camping. It is a way of life, a way of being for some gamers. It is not so much what they do in-game, but more what their intentions are. A camper lives the camper's life. Finding dark recesses to hide, waiting for a victim. Their intent is to wait, and frag over and over again. It is the intentions that I want to focus on. The intention is to remove themselves from the dangers and to maximize their ability to surprise attack the other combatants. It is this cowardice that separates them from the other gamers in the world who hop about exposed to the world, facing their combatants on equal footing. This is the warrior mentality.

The mod makers will never be able to create a tool to analyze the thought processes of the player. Not all gamers will agree on one definition. The only thing that is certain is that we will never know who is just taking a quick snipe, and who has the Tao.

Ahh yes, some vaild points, now let's see what "the gang" has to say on the matter. First up is Ash. We'll give the new guy first crack.

There is a ton of truth to what PHHucker said here, there's definitely no way to spot a camper with a mod, it's all about what the player is trying to do. I've personally just decided that camping isn't wrong. I don't do it myself, because I couldn't ever win if I just sat around waiting for people, but I feel that anything that can be done within the context of the game is "legal". Camping, sniping, etc are all tactics of that "growing" player type. The players that have enough skill to navigate the maps and round up powerful weapons, but not enough skill to start handing opponents their ass are the prime candidates for joining up with Campers Anonymous. I just let them do it and either stay way from the spot that have camped out, or go 0wn them really quick if they start to get annoying.

What really bugs me is when people start shouting "CAMPER!" and crap like that during a Team Deathmatch or CTF match. Since Team DM is all about 0wning the items and strategic positions, and CTF is about guarding an objective, there is no such thing as camping, only defense. Hmm, maybe we could convince these players in Camping Zen to hop onto Team DM and CTF servers instead...

Now to toss it around the room, let's hear from the mistress of motherboards, Love2Play.

I agree completely with the theory that campers make it their way of life and it is basically a no skills way of playing. How much skill is involved in hiding in one spot and waiting for passers by to simply drop a grenade on their head. Or to sit up high and pick people off down below. Keeping yourself far from harms way. Or watching for anyone who comes through a passageway to nail them before they make it through the door. Oh ya, real skill :-/

Some define it as "smart", but how much intelligence does it take to hide like a coward? Being a good player means knowing how to not only kill the enemy but keep yourself alive in the process. And not by hiding in a dark corner but, by facing the enemy head on and using moves and skill. By killing then first before they can hit you. By being a better shot, or a faster shooter. Just Say NO to camping!

Next up, Pappy passes the buck to more PQ Staff...


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