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Ever since I was but a wee strappin' lad, I've been playing video games for fun. I didn't have anything to prove; I just liked to kick back and launch some turtle shells at that cart that just passed me. Today though, when I look around, I see less and less people playing for fun, and more for bragging rights. This begs the question: where did the fun go?
I can't go online and play a single game without hearing at least one person boasting about their k/d ratio, or how they're gonna pwn everyone in the lobby (seriously, they say pown. Not 'own', but 'pown'. It's ridiculous). I may be semi-competitive, but I've never been the type to play solely for the sake of winning. I've lost many an online game and still enjoyed it, yet even when it's a close match, you'll see people rage-quitting and cussing out the other team when they lose. No "Good game, guys!" or "Dang man, that was close", more of a "What the **** just ****ing happened? You guys are ****ing idiots! **** you, scrubs!"
Some people don't play the game as it was intended either. In a lot of FPS's I've played, I've found campers, spawn-killers, and the occasional glitcher/cheater. I'm not just talking MW2 either; Left 4 Dead 2, Halo 3, and Perfect Dark XBLA all have these problems. Continuing, in some sports games, people pause until you quit and leave. Fighting games have their share of players who spam the same move constantly. Have I mentioned the ever-popular method of boosting yet? You can find that one in pretty much any genre.
Heck, even while playing a co-op game, people are still competitive as possible. I don't mind the occasional "You took my kill" or "Whoa, friendly fire"; that's perfectly understandable. But when it starts reaching proportions of "Hurry up, we need to finish this as fast as possible!" or maybe "Why didn't you do a headshot instead!?" or (my favorite) "Ha, I did better than you!", it makes me shake my head in amazement at how far some people take things.
Long story short, it seems as if the video gaming community has gone from the simple pleasure habit towards more of a virtual contest. There just doesn't seem to be as many people playing for fun as there used to be. It's all about the stats: who's got the most points or wins? I can say one thing for certain: it isn't me, never has been, and never will be. So lighten up, it's just a game, right? It's not gonna kill you to take one loss, so man up! :-P