Sunday, November 13, 2005

this month's DP poem

because she says it so well...


Four be the things I am wiser to know:
Idleness, sorrow, a friend, and a foe.

Four be the things I'd been better without:
Love, curiosity, freckles, and doubt.

Three be the things I shall never attain:
Envy, content, and sufficient champagne.

Three be the things I shall have till I die:
Laughter and hope and a sock in the eye.

- Dorothy Parker

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Online gaming

Now, for those of you who know me, you know I'm not the greatest gamer, but I enjoy playing. I play because I enjoy the interaction with other people who have some of the same interests and experiences.

I usually play with people I have met in person or with other gamers from Playing with these groups is always a good time (even with lag). But last night a non-gt individual joined a game and it reminded me of why I don't like playing with the general public.

This kid (at least I hope he was a kid-that would be the quasi-reasonable excuse for his behavior) was rude and offensive from the moment he enter the room. First he wanted to know if a girl was playing, or was that a "little guy" talking. I responded that I was a woman. He then proceeds to give his opinion of the "hotness" of female gamers, especially those that play farcry. This young man had meet 1 female gamer that did not meet his standards apparently (she is not missing out of anything). From that meeting he concluded that all female gamers at "not hot." I am please to note that everyone else in the room, even the other non-gt people, jumped his case about these statements.

His behavior continued through at least one more game after which he accused me of really being an eight year old with a high pitched voice. Um, no. Definitely not an eight year old or a "little guy." anyway, the discussions disintegrated rapidly and most of the gt group left to open another idiot free room. I stayed to finish downloading the map, then the game started. Wouldn't you know, I was on the idiot's team. And what does he ask me? "threels, how old are you?". My response ("too old for you") was not to his liking. When I told him it wasn't any of his business, he decided it was ok to call me a bitch. Then when I called him on it, he tried to deny it. Idiot. Of course, I told him he was being a jackass, and needed to learn some manners, that only people who knew me well could call me a bitch to my face. His pithy response was "I have manners, I just don't use them." kid, you are going to go far in life acting like that.

I shortly thereafter left the game he was in and joined the new gt room. The world was then restored to it's rightful order.

it's not just the idiots trying to pickup girls/women, there are other behavior that irritate. Like the guy a couple of week ago in farcry who was tk'ing and ranting about how no game was as good as halo 2. Well, guy, go play halo and leave those of us in farcry alone.

it is because of people like those two that I rarely speak when playing with the general public. It is because of people like them that gaming has such a negative image in the eyes of so many. Why is it acceptable to behave like that?

I refuse to let those two and others like them spoil the fun I have online. Except for the idiot, I had a blast playing farcry last night. But it does re-enforce my dislike of playing with the general public. Don't think I'll do that again anytime soon.