I’ve never been one for multiplayer games. First, I don’t really want to play the same thing over and over again. Secondly, it’s so populated with assclowns that I just lose interest as soon as I get into it. Thirdly, everyone just seems hellbent on ruining your experience for no tangible reason whatsoever. I’ve been subjected to this once again when I finally got into GTA Online after quite a time setting it up. Finally, I had this awesome open-world to explore with a bunch of other people, just doing stuff to get some money and have a good time. Boy was I in for a surprise. But an expected surprise if there is even such a thing.
When I first got plopped into the map with the world as my oyster, I was just casually walking around, getting a haircut, robbing a liquor store and buying a sweet looking leather jacket. It was great. For about 5 minutes. Suddenly out of the blue some guy tramples me with his car, with pure malicious intent and not just by accident. Then after respawning I ran into another guy and he instantaneously shot me in the head. Every single player I came into contact with killed me. This isn’t the “sprawling online world” I was expecting, this was just stupid.
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As a matter of fact I saw only one player that just left me alone to my own devices. I drove past him quite peacefully and gave him a honk just to say thank you for not killing me the second he saw me. Then a few minutes later when I was on a mission, some guy ruined the entire thing by trying to kill us in any way possible.
Online etiquette is almost completely lost. There isn’t any fun in joining a random lobby anymore because there will always be a legion of assholes ruining it for everybody. Why they do this I just can not fathom. Do they think they are funny? Is this their idea of trolling? I have no idea, but it still remains absolutely moronic. There aren’t matches where everyone just cooperates and have the most fun possible. It’s always some kid screaming in your ear and a guy calling you a faggot because you have a -1 k/d.
I guess online gaming is now exclusively reserved for playing with friends because then there is at least a mutual respect for each other. There’s still some malicious messing around, but it’s done in a much more controllable manner and all in good fun. I’ve grown to resent playing against random people because I only ever received pain from it.
This can be so easily fixed if the players just got an ounce of maturity and respect, but this is a wild and highly improbable dream. There will always be douchebags. There will always be that one guy that just can’t cooperate and ruins the fun for everybody because he believes he is funny.
So, dear readers, please try your best to not only be the best player on the online battlefield, but also the best person.