Rule number one of video games: They’re supposed to be fun.
For some reason, people have forgotten this, and I truly believe that the community has suffered because of it. There is a reason that people look at video games as ‘child’s play,’ and it’s not because of the type of video games that take up our screens. It’s because of the attitudes they have encountered from gamers.
And ultimately, it places us all in a very disrespectful light. I like to place these certain gamers inside of a category I call the Call of Duty Mentality. Call of Duty has unleashed a widespread of personalities, both positive and negative, but what does it take to become a part of this ever-so-popular club?
- Rage Quitting: Sometimes games are challenging. Sometimes games are downright frustrating. But isn’t the challenge one of the reasons you buy certain games? Yes, it can be understandable when you have 400,000 points in a hardpoint game that your team ultimately loses, but it’s different when you find yourself slamming your controller on the floor and leaving the room when someone legitimately outplays you. Everyone can dropshot. If this is what ignites your ragequitting tendencies, then maybe you should learn how to dropshot as well.
- Losing Your Temper: Once again… games can be frustrating, but some healthy competition should be err—healthy. I personally hate having to mute that one friend on my team because all he does is yell and cry and spew curses at the enemy team because he has a class that makes no sense. Pro tip: There is only a window of a few seconds after you die when your killer can hear you. But if you yell and rage at everything, chances are they have you muted anyway. Maybe try some soothing tea or yoga. Breathing exercises may help too. Or… maybe you should just stick to a different game.
- Social Ranters: I don’t envy David Vonderhaar’s position, and I can’t help but wince at every death threat and complaint I see online. You had a bad night on Call of Duty; it happens to all of us, but hopping on Twitter with a red face and posting tweets about how much Call of Duty sucks doesn’t help anything. I can already tell you, Vonderhaar doesn’t give two shits about your complaint when your tweet is, “OMG, CODSUCKSASSLAGIHATEYOURFACE.” And ultimately, all of your overhyped rage tweets become irrelevant when you hop back on the game that you apparently hate just two seconds later. Self respect… learn it.
- The Invincible Ones: I call these people invincible for the sole reason that they believe they do no wrong. It’s obviously your teammates that made you lose that Domination game. Went negative during that one Hardpoint game? Obviously lag. When you break it down, sometimes (most of the time) the fault rests completely on your own shoulders. Try some logical things: Switch out your classes, try out a new playstyle… or you can just rage quit. We won’t miss you.
- Obnoxious Cursing: You suck, I get it, but calling me names only makes me enjoy beating you. I’m less likely to leave a lobby when you’re calling me a bitch because I just went 87687 and 1 on a game of Team Deathmatch. And “tryhard” is a compliment… if you’re truly playing competitively and you’re not “trying hard” to win, then why complain when you lose? Log off and calm down with some Diner Dash. Maybe eat some soap while you’re at it.
Ultimately, if video games like Call of Duty yank out your aggressive side, then maybe you should quit and learn some good sportsmanship. People like you only fuel those pesky violence articles that the media enjoys to toss in our faces, and the rest of us suffer beneath the accusations. Games are meant to be challenging. Call of Duty is meant to bring out your competitive side, but if you aren’t having fun playing… don’t play. It’s a simple solution.
What kind of “typical” Call of Duty players do you hate encountering?