Wednesday, January 12, 2011

"Rage not-quit"

After playing enough Starcraft2, we've encountered several individuals who have shown us a different take on the term "Rage quit".

Once the moment of certain defeat is upon them, instead of saying "gg" and leaving the game so they can get a different opponent and play more Starcraft2, they decide they are going to stick around and draw out the game as long as unnecessarily possible.

I'd call this "Rage not-quit".

There is a legitimate reason for unfaltering persistence when victory is still achievable, but when all your units are dead, and all you have is a command center in the corner of the map, what do you plan to achieve? Waste your time and mine for no reason? Mission accomplished friend.

I try to reason with these people. Explain to them, as nicely as I can, why I beat them and what they could have done to prevent this. Not surprisingly, this usually just fuels their desire to annoy me, call me a noob, and say something like "I'm just gonna afk now, have fun motherfucker"; they never actually leave, which always amuses me more than anything else.

These people fail to realize that I am not someone who is annoyed by such antics, only a bit disappointed that they can't really appreciate what makes Starcraft2 so great.

Starcraft2 is a masterpiece of a game. Able to provide a range of variance most games cannot achieve without sacrificing core balance. If you lose at a 1v1 game of starcraft, it's your fault. There is no "cheap" unit that is better than the rest, everything has a counter. There is no master tactic that will always work. There is just the knowledge and skill the player has for starcraft2, and if you have less of those than your opponent, you will probably lose.

But, anything can happen in a game of Starcraft2. That's why it's such an awesome game. This game has provided more "This is completely ridiculous! There's no reason that should have worked!" moments than any other game. Seeing everyone huddled around the ol' starcraft box is something that has become more of an occurrence. It's fun for everyone to yell and freak out at whoever is playing.

I can see why Starcraft is the biggest sport in South Korea, because it is a sport, and a damn good one.

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