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Article - 'The Competitive Gamer' by stupid systemus

An item about Miscellanious posted on Apr 27, 2004


An article about gamers, rather than games.


I was going to add this to my other article called “Types of Gamers” here in GW, but this genre required more research than I thought. I decided to write more and elaborate on the topic. Most of the materials here though are my observations on how gamers talk in forums or boards, tournaments, and everyone who played fighting or shooting games in the Game Room in my college.

The Competitive Gamer. It is the most general type, since most gamers are competitors. After making lots of observations, I figured that competitive gamers require more detail and should be broken down into sub-genres. That way we will be able to understand their complexity and their nature.

The Aggressive Bully

The Aggressive Bully is the most basic type of the genre. Mean, overpowering, selfish, and brutish…. any superlatives, other than your best friend, can be used to describe this gamer. These guys win most of the time. Their games of choice usually are fighting games. They hangout in the dark alleys of your local arcade place…. which usually is behind the arcade machine you’re currently playing or next to the quarter dispenser. They wait for suspected n00bs that walk in the arcade and play “THEIR” game. They most likely will join in the game before you could land a hit on the computer. They will beat you and feel joyful that they beat a n00b. Unless you know the game by heart, there’s nothing you can do about it. “You just got served!!!.”

The Arrogant Bitch

This gamer takes the fun out of playing a game. They’re known to be full of themselves. By “full” I mean very full of it. By “it” I mean… you get the picture. Those who are full of themselves are basically just full of themselves. Getting beat by trash talkers is not a let down for them because that doesn’t equate to being really good, which they have a point.

“Yeah. You beat me. That makes you really good, right?”

These guys are so full of it that they justify losing by choking it up to NOT playing to their fullest. In a way, they are trash talkers, but not the loser kind. After winning or not playing the game, they talk about how they won and what they did. When these gamers get beat and start playing for real and still get beat, they just stop talking. If they own the game, they either make excuses of going home, work, or somewhere else. Not all competitive gamers are like this, though they are most common.

The Foul-Mouthed @#$%-er

These guys are really good at what they do… and that is trash talking. These guys are the most normal people you could ever meet outside of games. But once he or she is “jacked into the Matrix,” words start flying at your face. These gamers are still competitive gamers. When they win, they start trash talking the other gamer. When they lose a lot, the foul-mouthed @#$%-er inside comes out. You can call them as the Hulk, but that’s a separate sub-genre altogether. The foul-mouthed @#$%-ers can be seen mostly anywhere. Even if they win, they are not the best competitive gamers out there. They belong in the loser category.

The Friendly Fellow

This sub-genre of The Competitive Gamer barely existed until a different breed of games started surfacing from the land of the rising sun. In recent years, game tournaments have been held worldwide using other games like Dance Dance Revolution and Pump it Up. The competition in these games comes in two parts: Perfect Attack and Freestyle.

Perfect Attack is getting the most perfects of a song you compete with another person. This is the most unoriginal aspect of DDR and PIU and the most boring to watch. The first few minutes are alright: watching the guy perfect everything in a song at the hardest setting and… that’s it. The tournament comes to life in Freestyle.

Despite its name, freestyle in a tournament is not freestyle at all. After all, making up dance routines without practice right off the bat in a competition that awards an arcade machine to the first place winner(s) or a hefty sum of money is just not gonna cut it. Basically, the contestant, or group, does a dance routine for a song with hand-plants, knee-drops, jumping, dance moves, pop locking, etc. The judges rate the routines for difficulty, style, and audience reactions. These gamers are on a separate league. Trash talking only comes in the form of a joke to tease the other contestants and anything else coming from the mouth of spectators are addressed as ignorance. The competition in these tournaments boil down to whoever has the most unique dance routine and the most reaction from the audience.

Outside of tournaments, these gamers play DDR, Pump It Up, or other games of this type with or without competition. They play in groups or alone. Sometimes different groups meet and play the same game. A n00b will feel welcomed with these gamers. If you don’t pass a song, it’s alright. You’re still not used to the game… you’ll learn… keep practicing. That’s the kind of responses you get from these gamers.

And so, the Friendly Fellow is born.

The Technical Bastard

This competitive gamer can only be described with simple mathematics:

AG = Average Gamer
OBG = One of the Best Gamers
IC = Internet Connection
TB = The Technical Bastard

Equation 1: (AG) X (200) = OBG
Equation 2: (OBG) + (IC) = TTB

Here’s the rundown on the two equations derived:

Eq 1: An average gamer is someone like you or me that know a specific type of game (i.e. Soul Calibur II) and beat it by normal circumstances. Multiply that to 200, you get the skill of 200 average gamers into one gamer. This gamer will be known as One of the Best Gamers. We use 200 because that’s the average number of players on a game in State Tournaments. The victors in those tournaments are one of the Best Gamers.

Eq2: The answer we derived from equation, adding an Internet connection, we get The Technical Bastard. These guys are scary. These gamers are the ones who don’t lose any sleep mastering the Tekken series, Soul Edge series, or the Street Fighter series. These guys go to forums and talk about ways to beat another guy’s character to a pulp or game glitches that hinder opponents unable to connect a single attack. You find most of these guys in National Tournaments or World Tournaments. These guys could also be in your college or high school. For me, 2nd best in state Marvel vs. Capcom 2 player goes to my college.

The Violent Schizo

The most hardcore competitors of all are the ones who find ways to make the most unnecessary aspect of a game as the base for competing.

(NOTE: Being the most hardcore of all competitors doesn’t necessarily mean they are the best in the genre)

These guys level up their characters, collect every item, spend the most number of hours and do every side quest in RPGs or other games. They use these achievements to compare with other gamers. They feed off on failures of other gamers. That makes them feel better for reasons I don’t know. I think its compensation of some sort. These guys curse out their TVs or computer when they lose a game. Everyone curses most of the time when they lose, but these guys take cursing to a whole new level, which includes punching and kicking their TVs, computers, and themselves.

Scenario 1:
“I played the most hours in the game!”
“Oh yeah, well, I played a lot of hours, did every side quest, and collected every item. Beat that, punk!”

Scenario 2:

Fighting games brings out the worst of them. If you get to compete with a Violent Schizo in a fighting game, there’s only one thing you should do when you beat them: WALK AWAY FROM THE VISCINITY OF THE PLAYER AND DON’T LOOK BACK. You don’t want to know what they’ll do after losing, but I’ll give generalized examples for future references.

- Beat the gamer ……… gamer cries.
- Beat the gamer ……… gamer beat controller.
- Beat the gamer ……… gamer beat game.
- Beat the gamer ……… gamer beat wall.
- Beat the gamer ……… gamer beat you.
- Beat the gamer ……… gamer beat gamer.

There's a guy, or two, at my college who does these things. He loses and hits his head when he loses to Smash Bros. Melee and Soul Calibur.

These are the most common types of the Competitive Gamer. As time progresses, more genres will develop and old ones will evolve into more complex types or separate into two distinct genres. But that’s in the future.

For now, which type are you?