Myself and a friend started on xbox live late 2004, 2005. And as a rule, we are very very average. We just dont play games enough to be really really good.
But on the other hand, I LOVE winning. And im not proud to admit this, but I have done just about anything to win games in my time.
It started in Halo 2 and we have taken it to every game we play. We never ever CHEAT or HACK a game, basically im talking about using underhanded tactics not in the spirit of the game.
For example, corpsehumping reduces even the finest players to a vengeful angry individual who isnt playing his normal game as he desperately tries to get retribution.
In Halo 2 capture the flag, we would park a tank on the flag. If the attacking team killed us, moved the tank, killed us after we respawn, get the flag they would find the teleporter blocked by a warthog we wedged in there. Basically we compensated for a lack of aiming skills, by being underhanded.
In Halo 3 we used bubbleshields to shield us while we humped our victims, not for any tactical advantage. And not because we think its funny or cool. But because nothing throws a great player off their game more than when a player with OBVIOUS less skill, getting the better of them. Disrespecting them. Or out thinking them.
Trash talking, corpsehumping, camping. Anything we could LEGALLY do to win we did. And do! Dont get me wrong, if very entertaining and rewarding when you beat someone psychologically. Especially someone much better than you.
In MW2 we use the killcam to taunt unsuspecting snipers before we kill them, knowing that they will see the video and lose focus on winning the game, in their quest for revenge.
In red dead redemption i send guys a message through the dashboard so i can snipe them while they read it.
With Halo: Reach coming out, we are genuinely excited to try out our underhanded unsporting tactics on new levels, new players, and using new equipment.
But i dont know, as funny as it is, im getting tired of angry american kids(many of whom are in tears) leaving messages on my account! Is it time to play fair? Should we give up on underhanded tactics?
Should we be sporting????