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    PlanetQuake | Features | Rants N' Raves | Newbie Bashing
   

Newbie Bashing
Short, sweet, and to the point: Newbie Bashing blows.
  — by Pappy-R and The PQ Crew

Newbies, yes, I said newbies. This week's rant is all about the way newbies to our particular community are welcomed. How do you respond to the questions from the "I just bought Quake #" sector? Our ranter, Matt "R3DCLOUD" Welch is gonna have his say on the issue, and then it's our turn here at ground zero, then it's your turn 'cause the readers always get the final word around here. Start us off here Matt.

Newbies

I came into IRC chat ther other night in the middle of somebody being smacked around for flaming newbies in-game. The newbie flamer had been kicked from the server he was playing on and all I have to say to that server admin is GG!!!

For some reason, some people who have been Quaking for more than a month think newbie bashing is the greatest thing since peanut butter. I have a problem with this. When I first encountered Quake online, I knew jack squat about playing. I didn't even know what a bind was and thought it was just wrong to play with mouse and keyboard. I basically ran in a straight line trying to frag whilst being fragged without ceremony. Someone finally took pity on me and, as people vacated the server, he hung around and showed me a few of the basics, threw me a few URL's to check out, and from there, it's history.

Basically what I'm saying is, don't flame the newbies, we were all newbies at one point. A little bit of hazing to a rookie Quaker should be expected, but at the same time, this younger generation who doesn't even know what a Quad is needs to be informed of all the elements that make the game righteous. That's where the older generation of Quakers can take the reigns and help these guys along and help to add value to the community as a whole. An all out onslaught of angry newbie bashing simply spawns a whole new generation of angry Quakers with no clue what it is to enjoy the game for the game. Keep in mind, too, that eventually these newbies may develop one hella set of mad skills... and their memory may be a lot longer than your newbie bashing.. watch your back!!

  — Matt "R3DCLOUD" Welch

Could this be the ground work for a campy "Revenge of the Newbie" comedy film? Nicely put Matt, now let's run it around the room to hear how the gang sees the issue. We're gonna start off with Ash this week who actually got his reply back to me the fastest. First in, first up, take your best shot bud.

R3DCLOUD is right on the money here. Newbie bashing really doesn't do anything productive, and shouldn't even be fun. However, some people just get a kick out of being mean. Just one thing that I'd like to remind the ruthless Quakers out there. Every newbie you scare away from Quake is just another newbie joining the llama farm. While if you take care of a newbie or two, you'll help the community grow... and might make a friend or two..

  — Ash

Well that was short and sweet. hell, he even got a little jab in there so ya gotta give him some extra points. Now moving to the number two reply this week, it's the ever watchful Will who steps up to the plate. Nobody is handing out bunt signals here, so smack it Will!

Newbie smack. While a little can be fun, I agree with R3DCLOUD in that too much does nothing but damage the community in the long run. People who just lay into newbies do nothing but instill resentment against the Quake community. Remember, these are impressionable minds we are dealing with. They are still playing the game to see if they really like it. It's hard enough to get new players online since the Quake community is so skilled that they get hammered on anyhow. We want them to play - it build on the Quake following. So hardcore newbie bashers get an earful of STFU this week.

Indeed we were all newbies at some point. We've all had to learn about binds and configuration. When I became serious about my playing, I was fortunate to have someone there to throw questions at - Thanks Ares ;) Yet on the other hand, it's up to the newbies themselves to take it to the next level. Taking learning to drive for instance. The best way to learn is to steal your parent's car and hit the road (J/K!!) - taking your punishment when you get caught. The same goes for Quake. Hop on a server and jump in the pit. But as a newbie, you've got to expect to get abused - physically and verbally. Before you know it, you'll be flinging smack right back at 'em. Dropping gauntlets in their laps along the way.

  — Will

Can I get an "amen" from the choir? What do you think of the trend being set here people? Now for the bad news, we've got a short crew in on this week's "RnR" due to my timing in sending the chosen topic out there. It's an all male panel this time, leaving just little old me to take a jab at the jaw of newbie bashing.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again louder this time. Newbie bashing is the most counter productive and lamest thing any Quaker could do. It really just sends them off to other communities and decreases the people on the servers. Yes just like Ash stated, they'll go to CS. In fact I think that's one of the reasons the Quake community is seeing not just heavy competition, but actually dropping in player numbers. The Quake community is very competitive, and newbies can get caught up in this as the designated "loser" right off the bat.

Whenever I can, I'll play new people and help them learn to play. I'll do everything from just running around and letting them try and kill me, to setting up little exercises to help them learn the basics. newbies are simply players. If a newbie goes onto a busy server and either whines about getting nailed or sits and asks questions so he can get ticked that people won't stop to help him/her, then that's just wrong. There are ways to learn.

Quake III single player game is in fact a trainer for online gaming, and if you can make it through the game on "Hardcore", then you stand a chance online and could look forward to some fun. Places to go to learn are also chats and message boards. For general chat, site and community involvement for newbies and anyone else, I recommend GameSpy Arcade or our own PQ Forums as places to ask your questions.

Newbie bashing is low, stupid, and I've never heard one trash talkin' "pro" who was anything to worry about. The louder they talk, the quicker the "newbie" can over take them in skill. Those that can frag like they were indeed born to it, just do it.

  — Pappy-R

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