Anger is a natural response to the bullshit some games have built into them. Bad hit detection, other lag, poor map design, unfair mechanics, to name a few. Then, of course, there’s the crap other players pull using the mechanics of the game. There are too many to name, and I know all of you have a laundry list of grievances from an equally long list of games. I know too that you want to make some of those assholes pay for their antics, and I want to share a couple ways of getting back at them without stooping to their level.
Keep to the high road
The most rewarding, if not the most effective, counter to a player using cheap, cheesy tactics is to play legitimately and beat them anyway. The main issue here is your frustration when they don’t get the hint. In their eyes, they don’t, won’t, or “can’t” play the way you do and win, so they use what they know works. Assuming they aren’t using a glitch or cheat, you may find that you can’t change the way they’re playing. In rare cases, you will break their cycle temporarily, and in a small number of those cases, make them realize the rewards of challenge.
This method is a personal victory rather, and should be your first and last response to the trolls. If they leave because you stood your ground, then more power to you. If they didn’t, know that at least you didn’t quit or wallow in their filth
Break their will
This tactic harkens to my previous post of Know Your Game, when I say you it should be your focus to make the douchebag’s day as hellish as possible. You should still use acceptable tactics, but other than that, use whatever methods you like to demoralize and frustrate your foe. I leave the less savory means up to your imagination. Here’s a brief list of some high brow strategies to make your point known.
- Kill them and pick up their gun, then kill them with it. If the weapon is itself a cheap tactic, use it only as an identifier. Beat them with their weapon in your hands, but through other means.
- Use an underpowered setup, preferably something you’ve used before to challenge yourself. Find your moronic foe, and defeat him with this setup. At the end of the round, try to make him use the setup, claiming is effectiveness, and keep using it yourself.
- Uses the best setup in the game, but be completely passive with it. Engage no one, not even your target. See if you can win using your wits and whatever auxiliary score/kill method you can.
What do you guys do to get back at the asshats and morons in the games you play? I know many of you have some very creative solutions.