I like video games, but I was never the kind to play multiplayer online. It just didn't interest me in the slightest. Now that I'm miles away from my old friends I started to rethink my stance on playing games over the Internet so I can have another way of connecting
I ended up enjoying playing Call of Duty: Black Ops with my friends as we shot up other players and got ourselves killed numerous times. I was clearly not versed in multiplayer as I my skills were lacking, but I got better as time went on.
Recently I plopped in my Call of Duty: World at War disc as I'm a sucker for WWII shooters. I started to play and came across a guy who was clearly just standing in the open shooting at someone on my team. I approach him and unload my clip into him with no results. The character then jumped into the stratosphere and flew around like Superman. He then took aim at me and shot me dead.
Confused I respawned and ran around the map. I saw the guy again and shot at him with two clips which did nothing. He said "Wiwille, you're such a dumbass" and ran up to me and killed me with his knife.
I expressed my confusion and some other player told me to go report him to the Xbox Live service, which I did (suck it PSN). More players got on and displayed Superman like powers, so after filing numerous complaints I got frustrated and decided to play it no longer. It doesn't seem fair as someone who wants to have a fun, honest game can be mauled over a bunch of times by cheaters.
The other night I was playing Call of Duty: Black Ops. After a match someone sent me a voice message calling me a "little faggot". I have no idea what I did to incur his wrath or to assume I'm gay, but whatever. Last night there was some kid singing racial epithets over and over again, to which I muted and reported him.
It seems people don't like to play nice on the Internet, which is no surprise. The safety of being behind a keyboard, or in this case a controller, can make a coward seem invincible.
I've recently discovered a great blog, Why Was I Banned?, which chronicles the forums of people asking the moderators why they were kicked off Xbox Live. It's an endless source of comedy of whiny jobless virgins knowing full well they broke the rules, but somehow feel they're above them.
"I don't know; it just seemed like the cooler guys are playing Xbox. At least the ones I know." - Liz Phair