Are fair teams too much to ask?
by Pappy-R and the RnR Dancers
Yeah baby, cuddle up to your monitor for heat 'cause this week's topic has gotten some heated reactions and I think we'll hear more from the readers afterwards. Our responders this week are back to full force, so relax and let's do a little ranting and raving together.
This topic has popped up in a few discussions I've had in chats, and mails from readers so it was a natural to select this rant by [RS]Mirsky on "Team Switching". You know'em, you've cursed'em, now let's examine the whole fad and possible reasons for this little online gaming habit that some people have come to grow expert at.
I've been playing online games since 1995 and recently a number of problems appear to be surfacing. Some of them have already been covered on previous RnRs; the increase in cheating, profanity in names, and the general decrease in a community feeling. One area that seems to have been missed is the issue of players switching teams at a whim on open servers.
When I first started playing it was considered bad "netiquette" to join the winning team, whether that was the one with the most players or smaller one with the more experienced team. It was even worse when players switched to the winning side just so they could look cool on end of level screenshots.
However, recently I've been playing a lot of teamplay mods where players switch to or join the winning team. A particular match springs to mind where we were unable to keep even remotely fair teams. The teams would end up as 8 on red and 4 on blue, a couple of us would switch to blue to even out the teams, then a few minutes later a few notable players would switch to blue and we'd end up with 8 blue/4 red. We'd change back to red and the whole thing would happen again. This went on for a while and in the end when we confronted the players who were distorting the teams, we were accused of whining and told to shut it. The map changed and they dropped before the next one loaded.
I cannot understand the mentality of joining or switching to a winning team. You cannot hope to improve your game unless you play against people that are more skilled. If one team is creaming the other, join the losing team and you get a much more intense gaming experience. Heck, you might even end up winning. The feeling you get from pulling a win at the last minute is way better than any win achieved by constantly hammering the opposition.
So, I guess my plea is: take a minute before joining a team based game, assess who is winning and join the other team because they could obviously do with the help.
Now that pretty well said, but I think our motley crew of gamers here will still want to have their say. Let's start with Hellchick who's returned once again to her throne of power and keyboard of tranquility. Any bets on how this one's gonna go gang?
I can't stand this, either. When I join a server, I first look to see if there's a team with fewer players than the other. But if that team is winning by a huge margin, then I join the losing team (I always assume that fewer players is a huge handicap).
There's nothing worse than people switching teams because they want to be on the winning side. How pathetic! Be a man (or a woman): stick to a team and help them win.
Thanks HC, not only an opinion, but a small taste of how to properly join a team game with fairness in mind. Now we'll stagger the genders here on the old RnR by letting Ash take a poke at this week's topic. Sing it you twister dodging monkey! I never should have watched that movie again last night I guess.
I totally agree with Mirsky here. When it comes to pickup games in server, there should be a constant effort to keep the teams even. Whether it be just joining the losing team, or at least trying to join the teams with the least amount of people.
Of course, I have to admit that there is a situation that I break this golden rule myself. There are times that some of my clanmates and I will all get together in #fragbait and decide to all go play together. Then I'll make every effort to be on the same team with my clanmates, even if that means skewing things a bit. If it gets waaaay out of wack, one of us will play solo on the other team.
But all in all, even teams are the most important thing. After all, it's just more fun when things are neck and neck.
Well isn't that interesting. I'm in the same clan and I don't ever think I've seen that happen, but my play time is severly lacking recently. That's just nasty and I think Ash owes us all 10 laps around Q3DM12. Now the spotlight turns to Love2Play for her take on the topic. How do you choose your dance partners L2P?
Next up, more PQ opinions, including Pappy himself...