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Here's why you're surprised when you stink at multiplayer games

Let me describe a scenario that I think we've all been in. You pick up a game like Gears of War 3 or Starcraft II or the deck-building iOS game Ascension.

You jam through the single-player campaign or do a little comp'-stomping in skirmish mode -- maybe even on the second-to-hardest difficulty 'cause you're totally hardcore like that. And you're better at the game than anyone on your friends list, judging by the local leaderboards and the way nobody will play with you anymore. You've got this game figured out, man, and you think you're pretty good.

So you decide to venture online and try your hand at ranked ladder matches, a tournament, or maybe even just some pickup games via online matchmaking. You get creamed. Murdered. Owned.

At the end of the match, your competition has left you with a kill/death ratio in a realm of negative numbers so low that mathematicians hadn't even bothered to think about it yet because they figured nobody would ever use them. This baffles you.

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Sidewinder-4486d ago (Edited 4486d ago )

hehe cool.

I just hopped on Tribes:Ascend for the first time and was suprised by how well I was doing amongst all the other nubby players.

Do I underestimate myself? I always felt quite confident in my knowledge.

But this article too sheds light on how most -spoiler- console -spoiler- games baby up their audience. Only when it comes to being competetive, they can't help but cry when they are beaten.

Moaning little babies. "UGH!! I SHOULDVE KILLED HIM!" >:(

Heehee.

grailly4486d ago

HUH!?! I play on all platforms and the biggest cry babies are by far the PC gamers, wanting you to be banned from a server the first time they get sniped because you're "camping" or raging like hell on starcraft 2 because your race is "OP".

and the article is comparing single player to multiplayer. PC games have the same single player as consoles so there's exactly the same amount of hand-holding there...

MrMister4486d ago

I really liked the article! I fall into the category of the guy who thinks he's better than he actually is. Next time I'll reflect on how much I don't quite know yet, re-watch battle-recorders to compare what I do to that of my pro competitors, and re-evaluate things again. Also, I'll do like the writer said, and ask the pro's what they know.

grailly4486d ago

interesting, I don't really fall into these categories(for gaming at least), I usually think I'm bad, and I'm actually bad lol.

for other tasks though, like learning go and chess I definitely felt this effect. You always think you're starting to grasp how you're supposed to play the game and think you were a fool before until you realize that you actually don't know how to play at all.

killerhog4486d ago (Edited 4486d ago )

Words of advice. Foreigners love cheating. Just played r2 today and had to deal with German and spaniard players using lag and modded controllers. It's so obvious when people cheat, still they weren't as good and without their cheating I would of dominating them worser. They either cheat from the get-go or cheat when they begin to lose. It's always this scenario from playing fps games for the past 6 years.

StayStatic4486d ago

Yet that sounds so foreign LoL and 'worser' is not even a word :P

However I do agree with you about foreigners chatting crap into the microphones randomly xD

Fez4486d ago

Do you know Germans and Spaniards aren't foreigners in their respective countries?

BattleTorn4486d ago

"You can't accurately reflect about your own opinion of yourself because you're not good enough. And you're not good enough because you can't accurately reflect on your own opinion of yourself."

OOoohhh!!

glennco4486d ago

i don't remember being baffled by losing when i first started playing multiplayer. i expected it given i was playing against real players. enemy AI has never been convincing to me, so why would i think that was a representation of real players?

what you are refering to is ego.

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15 Top Notch Single-Player Games You Can Complete in 10 Hours

For those who don't have time for massive open worlds or role-playing games with epic tales, these 15 games are worth checking out.

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anast128d ago

Good games for the $9.99 bin, you can get all of the Metro's for $10 in a bundle.

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Gears Of War 3 And Judgement Servers Are Brimming With Life Once Again

Gears of War 3 and Judgement servers have returned to their "updated" condition, adding several features, such as increased XP and more.

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KicksnSnares391d ago

I currently play Gears 3 often, especially after the 60 FPS Boost. Gears of War is my favorite gaming franchise, and the Locusts are the coolest faction in history. Gears Judgment will always be a disgrace for not having the Locust in VS multiplayer.

AuraAbjure390d ago (Edited 390d ago )

GoW 3 and Judgement were the last installments before the series went woke and soulless. I'm level 50 in GoW 3 and LOVE it's multiplayer to death. It's just so crispy.

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20 Best Xbox 360 Games of All Time

The Xbox 360 is one of the most successful consoles ever made, and the best games in its library are a huge part of why.

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dazzysima548d ago

My first thought. Deserved to be somewhere in there.

Vits550d ago (Edited 550d ago )

That is the most "normie" list that I ever saw. This does make some sense given the console in question, but still.

Tacoboto548d ago

Sure, the list itself sucks. But that click-saver table-of-contents, every list should have that.

BrainSyphoned549d ago

Might as well list it as the One's top twenty as well since all it had for games was backward compatibility.