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Tonight I found myself joining a few fellow Game Informer
Online comrades once again for more Far Cry 3 multiplayer action. Just like
last time, our squad this week marked the return of Markus1142, DJH and Zachary
Pligge. I think if we play together too much more we're going to have to come
up with high-speed nicknames and team t-shirts. We're almost ready for MLG!
All jokes aside, it occurred to me after we concluded our
activities for the evening how much different I play online when I'm playing with
people I know (even though I suppose technically I don't know them). I consider
myself a fairly reserved player in the first place, so for me to play noticeably
different is somewhat surprisingly. I don't think it's because I'm trying to
impress them, because I'm not. And I don't
think it's because I'm trying to be the best, because that's not really my
style. I play to have fun, and even though I seem to modify my behavior, I'm
still having fun.
So what is it that changes?
I dunno...but here's what I notice that is different.
I talk less.
Well, I never talk a lot, but I'd say I talk even less when
I'm on with friends, and I definitely talk less than what everybody else does. Funny,
I can post long winded blogs - 1,000 to 2,000 words. Yet, I'm not really one to
prattle on over the mic. I can get so absorbed in a game, unless I'm making a
contact report or conducting official business, you're probably not going to
hear much from me.
I yell less.
As fun loving and peaceful as I am, I have a horrible
problem with yelling at my games. I don't care if it's something sweet and
innocent like Mario or Little Big Planet; something simple like Minecraft; or
something highly competitive like Team Fortress 2. If it plays, I'll yell at
it. A lot. But when I'm online with other players, I don't want them hearing me
acting a like a baby, so I tone it down a bit, and just mutter under my breath.
I caught myself once earlier tonight after 3 bad guys ganged up on me and
killed me. I nearly had them too until I caught a stray round that
incapacitated me while trying to heal. I nearly yelled, "Give me a break!" One
of my favorite expressions when things aren't going my way. But I didn't.
I shoot less.
When I play shooters, especially those that take place in
modern day, my preferred weapon of choice is typically an assault rifle of some
flavor (no, not the dreaded assault rifle)...and the M4 is one of my favorites. It's
the perfect multipurpose weapon, allowing you to target contacts at short or
long distances. Anytime I play, single-player
or multiplayer, I try and use the gun like I would in real life. I don't
(normally) use the spray and pray or run and gun technique. I take a very
conservative approach to every combat engagement.
When I play online with other players, I try not to be the
one that engages the enemy first; I hold back and see what my teammates do. The
last thing I want is everybody moving in for a stealth takedown, and here I
come shooting the place up and alerting all of the bad guys. Sometimes I'll cover my squad mates and watch
them take down the bad guys. When I do engage the enemy, I am aware of ammo
conservation and the whereabouts of my teammates much more than I am who is
leading the scoreboard or got the most kills in the round.
I miss less.
Following in the footsteps of shooting less, is missing less.
Obviously if you fire less, you're probably going to miss less, but in this case
I miss less because I'm more careful with my shots and make sure when I do take
them they hit their intended target. I line them up and make them count. I
never realized how sloppy I was when I play single-player...I don't mind emptying
a clip on one person. But when other (real) players are fighting alongside me,
I'm on my best behavior. I'm amazed at how many headshots I scored tonight.
That's so not like me.
I fail less.
I don't mind dying and having to reload from the last
checkpoint when I'm alone, but it is the absolute worst thing ever when you
have to do it with your buddies. And what makes it even worse is when they're
all laying on the ground bleeding out and you're the lone survivor. They're
counting on you to save them. And you want to save them, but all of those bad
guys are now focusing on you since you're the last man standing. This happened
a few times to me tonight, and in each instance, I failed miserably and died
within seconds. That being said though, statistically speaking when I play with
a team of like-minded gamers, we tend to have much more success than when I go
In closing, another exceptional night of gaming with some
great gamers, who also demonstrate many of these same qualities, whether they
realize it or not. You wouldn't go wrong adding them to your friends list and
joining them in some online action. They're great!
Hope you all have a good weekend.
Yea, I'm more guilty of item #2 than I'd like to admit. :) Thanks for joining in again, these sessions have been a blast. I think we're getting better, I barely hit any of you with the grenade launcher or molotovs tonight.
"And what makes it even worse is when they're all laying on the ground bleeding out and you're the lone survivor".
I hate it when that happens. Me and some friends play a lot of Call of Duty's zombies, and there's few things worse then being the last one standing, and trying to revive everybody. Especially when 30 zombies are trying to eat you. Thankfully, it doesn't seem to happen often since I'm usually the first to be eaten lol.
Ham great blog. Wish I could join you guys, but sadly, I don't own Far Cry 3. Maybe some other game. The biggest culprit of mine is #1, the talking less. I don't talk much in person, and I don't talk to people in the public lobby of MP games, but I try and get to know them.
Yeah, I don't talk much in multiplayer- usually because I've muted my opposition's dirty remarks about my mother already and find it useless to retaliate to a nine year old's mouthing off. ;-) But in all seriousness, sounds like a fun session you guys had there! Great AAR. ;-)
I wish I could say the sorryjzargo-DJH team was as good (it was mostly my fault)
Ooooooh, the yelling. My most used exclamation though is "LAAAAAAAAG!"
Glad to see you're keeping up your resolution to play multiplayer more and having fun with it. I'd love to see those new habits put to use in Halo 4. :D
It's funny but I am kinda similar. I act much different when I'm with people I know. I'm similar to you in that I'm very quiet. Oftentimes people will stop and ask if I'm even still online and playing. And the competition of other people playing along with you makes it so you want to impress them and not make a fool of yourself so you concentrate on not being sloppy. Anyway, great blog.
I know exactly what you mean. I hardly ever play online multiplayer, but your overall experience pretty much mirrors mine. I feel much more pressured to try harder to perform well (or at least, not horribly), and I'm generally a lot more conscientious about how my behavior might be perceived by others.
And I'm far, FAR more talkative when I'm writing than I am in person. My tendency is to want to analyze the situation from all angles before I open my mouth to say something, so all too often I end up saying very little, or nothing at all. But that's part of why I love writing so much, too—I love having the time and freedom to say just what I want to say, precisely how I want to say it.
I suppose this comment is a great case in point. Seriously, I really don't talk this much. :P
Oh, and nice tag, by the way!
Whenever I'm playing by myself, I usually don't take the gaming all too seriously, or I take more risks than I usually do. However, when I play with friends, I'm usually super serious, just because I don't want to be the one holding my friends back.
Yeah, sometimes when it's with people you know, it can make you play a little different. But it's interesting to see how you play differently It is. Also, it was great co-oping with ya again. Hopefully next time my internet will last -_-
woo, I'm missing out. Need to get my copy back from my friend so I can join you gents