U MAD BRO?
|infinite zest |
I think everyone's had some kind of "rage-quit" like this (I'm surprised my original Gameboy still works.. it suffered more blows than Tina Turner) but then again that's something we learn at about 12. Break gameboy? No gameboy. Hit Wall? Wall wins, goto hospital. :(
Nah, in my 30 years of playing video games I can honestly say I've never thrown, punched, or destroyed anything. In fact, I've never harmed an inanimate object out of anger or frustration ever, and I've never understood what drives people to do it.
I feel like I'm missing out on some facet of the human condition.
You really are. Ragequit is one of the rawest and most passionate emotions known to man.
Sturm und Spiel, fackahs!
Mr. Purple Cat Esq.
I sometimes like to throw mini-tantrums when I'm programming and encounter, for example, "thingnotworking" error for no discernible reason multiple times. Sure its really undignified but I think it improves my overall efficiency by letting me blow off some steam and focus on the problem clearly once again.
I am logical enough however to limit my tantrums to cursing and thumping my bed*
*I'm already sitting in bed cus I'm working from home.
I can also jeer and deride the problem (and do a little victory dance) once I have solved it. :)
Logic is pretty ineffective once the bloodlust takes over. I don't know how much clinical research has been done into rage-quitting in particular (there's some mention of it in Col Grossman's books, IIRC) but I'm fairly certain it's an adrenaline thing. I work at a PTSD clinic, and in my experience the dynamic is actually fairly similar to that of a trauma-induced stress reaction (in fact, at least one friend of mine had severe combat reactions triggered by his son's Call of Duty games) For many people, a game like Street Fighter draws them in to the Fight or Flight response; you get edgy, competitive, and sometimes, especially when a lot is riding on a match, something's gotta explode.
I usually ragequit over relationships. When I broke up with my wife I left my wedding ring as a tip at the bar and walked out, and played pinball to calm me down. Something about getting more pissed off at gravity than the gravity of a situation always calms me down.
If you've seen that Red Fang video, that was my old Galaxy Pinball machine. Sometimes it's fun to destroy your stuff. Or have some rock band do it for you.
I don't think I've ragequit to the point of throwing anything in gaming, and I've been playing since the VIC-20 era. Toss the controller aside but that's onto the couch.
I did throw the occasional whiteboard eraser when it was 4:30 AM in the lab and the proof or code for the assignment just wasn't working, because unlike gaming, marks mattered in the grand scheme of grad school. Then again, I've been mostly noncompetitive in terms of gaming and prefer single player stuff. Started to play LoL with friends now, so I'll see how that changes things.
Whether the thing you're raging over actually matters is just as irrelevant as logic. Again, it's an emotional response triggered by acute stress; the importance of grad school may indirectly contribute to rage-quiting by heightening your stress levels (just as the "importance" of tournament level play will heighten stress levels), but the chemical soup in your primal lizard brain is what ultimately dictates your response, not any sensible, rationally-defensible factor.
With relationships, I usually repress my emotions to such a severe degree that I start experiencing blackouts. I have never rage-quit over a girl, but it probably would have been better than the way I actually handled the situation in most given circumstances.
Never anything competitive, honestly, I used to play Tekken Tag in the arcades 10+ years back, and I had been beaten badly, and in some cases actually made people ragequit, but I always took my competitive defeats with some dignity.
The second a game is that upsetting that not winning makes you unhappy, it's time to stop.
I've never really "raged", and I've never thrown anything or gotten angry, however I have fucked up sufficiently to the point where I realized that I was being a complete idiot for getting that disappointed and decided it was time to stop playing that game.
I once lost a very extensive inventory on a public server of minecraft via a stupid blunder, and I was in such shock and disbelief that it happened that I simply stopped playing.
You might as well have told me that somebody slashed the tires on my car for how shocked and dismayed I was. Yes, shameful display I know.
I once angrily chucked a PS2 at a wall, but that's because it was crapping out on me, not because of the game.
So I guess I'm on a higher moral standing than people who get angry at the game.
Only game I threw a controller over was Ninja Gaiden.
I did get a grown 30 something man to go into a screaming rage though. I was about 13 and Mortal Kombat 2 was at its height, where the machine would always be mobbed by people putting a quarter up for next match. I went up, picked Mileena, and spent the whole match tapping "forward" so I could immediately hit "low kick" and do the teleport jump kick every time he moved.
It was pretty great!
Why didn't he just block? Mileena's teleport kick is one of the most annoying moves in any game ever, but unless you're button mashing and sloppy, a player should be able to get free uppercuts off a kick-crazy Mileena.
Nominal was it that stupid windy stage in Ninja Gaiden 2? I hated that level soooooooo much. Luckily for everyone I was at my grandma's house and she rented us a Nintendo when we visited, and I couldn't feel right about justifying breaking anything because a stupid fucking eagle kept knocking me off a cliff over and over and over. If it had been my own house, let's just say half of the house would've been destroyed because of that goddamn fucking level.
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|Prickly Pete |
Give him a break, this was a tournament. It's not as if he was just playing against the cpu at his house or something.
Yeah. I stopped playing this game, specifically, because it got too stressful at the tournament level. If you gain any sort of reputation you automatically have a target on your back and any loss is equal to about an hour of shit talk. Add to that the stream monsters and hundreds if not thousands of people watching (with many more ready to tear you down over any little thing)...and I don't care how strong willed you are, losing in that environment sucks harder than it should.
The guy throwing the stick is/was a very well known player in his region, so multiply that stress by whatever.
That isn't even counting tournament money loss and/or money match losses as well. People bet stupid amounts of cash on the outcomes of these games.
Plus, that's a shitty and frustrating way to lose in this game. He should have taken it, but his opponent had the clutch...it all adds up in the end.
Sanest Man Alive
I dunno, a close match like that usually leaves me pretty satisfied, whether I've won or lost. If I got beaten in a no-contest domination or FLAWLESS VICTORY I'd be a lot more upset. But I suppose that's one of many reasons I'll never go pro in my favorite hobby.
To clarify: He didn't behave very maturely, but on the other hand, he probably knew how he'd be treated (LOL LOSER SO SALTY SCRUB etc etc etc), too, and reacted more strongly than he would've otherwise as a result of that stress.
I play this game and other fighters, but I do it online where there's no audience and my victorious opponents can mock me only through impotent little post-fight messages.
Fighting game fans deserve to be mocked at any level.
|infinite zest |
My ex and I were playing Tekken 5 and she turned out throwing pot at me. What she didn't know is I was letting her win the whole time because I'm nice like that
I didn't know black people played video games.
They're apparently making some waves with their rap and hop music too, it really is pretty interesting.
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