Somebody posted on Reddit “Stop With the New Player Bashing”
Another person posted on Reddit that those of us on Steam should write reviews of the game, since it went on sale. Your friends on steam are more likely to read your review of your game and may buy the game while on sale.
I wrote a review, and over the weekend, I noticed a couple of newbros in the game. Here’s my story:
I joined a game a couple of days ago and it was a lvl 17 and lvl 16 guy against a level 40 elite monster. We lost, and after the match, the monster player left. I said “oh good, he left” and they said “he probably got bored after beating us 7 times in a row.” I said “you guys should be playing against people around the same level as you.” I then played as the monster and to be completely honest… I let them beat me. I don’t feel any shame about doing this, I tried to make it look like I was having a hard time, and I continued to play in the games with them and whenever I played monster, I intentionally lost. Finally, I played as Kraken on Distillery. Kraken is a monster that I hardly ever use, at this point, only one of the newbros was still playing, and the other 3 were high level players. I tried my hardest as Kraken. It was probably the closest match that I, or they, have ever had. How close? I was at a sliver of life, and so was the last hunter. My lightning strike animation was ON TOP OF HIM and he killed me a split second before it went off. I wasn’t even mad.
After the match was over, I could hear the happiness and excitment in their voices, and it made me feel good. I didn’t care that I lost. I felt good because I made these 4 other players have a really fun time playing against me as the monster. Sometimes winning loses it’s appeal, and losing with style can be even more rewarding and satisfying, especially if you know it helps cement a newbro into this game.
One more thing I want to point out - it’s to the players who are rude and then say “welcome to the internet, this is how it is.” If that’s how it is, there’s not a lot of room for non-toxic players in this game. I realllllly hope that we don’t wind up with a gaming community that’s as toxic as DOTA or League of Legends. I’ve played a lot of fun games with really chill people. I’ll be honest, often times the more chatty and talkative players aren’t the most skilled, but I don’t care. Even if we lose, I enjoy playing with people who are fun and entertaining. It’s a multiplayer game, and those people with interesting or funny things to say are what really enrich the experience. For example I played one night with a guy who did a really good King of The Hill impression, and talked like Hank from King of the Hill the entire match. Please don’t rob the experience by turning this into a toxic environment.
I myself am guilty of raging out while playing. I know this, but most of the time I try to keep things lively and fun. At the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about.