TheSixthAxis: "We've all been there, purposely playing badly so that our friend wins. It's not out of pity or leading them into a false sense of security so we can batter them later, it is about letting them in to a world we want them to have fun in.
Of course I never tell them I am over braking or wild firing on purpose, that would spoil the illusion. But I know that if I played as well as I could every game, some of my friends would never play with me. I want my friends to be able to get the same enjoyment out of winning a multiplayer death match as I do, and unfortunately it is not possible in most games without me missing a button press or two. I'm sure many of us have been doing this for years, and sometimes those friends are lured in enough that they will keep playing with us and eventually become a real challenge. However I am getting fed up of having to play nice just so my friends can play against me."