"hey, can one of you snipers with 2 points switch to medic or engy?"
So in a game where the objective is to push a cart, I don't think expecting people to try to push the cart is "taking it too seriously." I just want people who are making a minimum attempt to play the game. If you have no problem with people running around and doing whatever they want, congratulations, you're part of the problem.
"hey, can one of you snipers with 2 points switch to medic or engy?"
Is there some reason why you aren't joining a clan or switching to scrim/comp matches? It seems to me that this would take a lot less time to get you in a game you enjoy than waiting for valve to completely change the pickup game / point / drop system to your liking.
Personally I think the drop system works fine, tying it to wins/points would produce some pretty shitty incentives. If you think the guys playing sniper to get their huntsman from the first milestone achievements are annoying, wait til half your team is engies farming points by taking each others teleports the whole match.
I'm trying to wrap my head around the idea of taking TF2 seriously enough to let a crappy team bother me.
Really sluggo, you'd be best going into competitive games if you aren't there to join in and be a part of the sort of antics that pub matches provide. Some of my most easily remembered matches in TF2 include the ones where we would try and win as a single class eg: all medics, all heavies etc. Even better is when we'd win (all heavy is close to unbeatable).
sluggo, have you tried playing on the iO servers? I've noted a higher quality of player there than elsewhere.
These responses baffle me. It's like you guys don't even understand the basic concept of what a game is.
Let's go back to my basketball analogy. Say you're playing a casual 3v3 game at the playground, but there's one guy who just wants to run around like crazy and see how long he can dribble the ball without shooting or passing or have it stolen. He's not playing basketball, he's doing something else altogether and fucking up the game.
According to you guys, that behavior is just fine, and I'm the crazy guy for being annoyed with the guy for being a douchebag. Apparently I should go join a formal league.
You guys are nuts.
TF2 doesn't allow a single non-competitive player to lock up the game like your basketball example does. Also, instead of yelling at the guy on the court, you could go play another game of basketball at any one of the thousands of other courts currently in use. Or, yes, you could join a league which would guarantee you the degree of competitiveness you want.
Also, unlike basketball, you can just switch servers, or start your own.
But here's the problem that's sailing way over everyone's heads: In TF2, when you join a public server with 24 people, HALF those people are being douchebags.
Every. Single. Server.
And you guys are cool with that.
What a joke.
If you were talking about any other game, you might have some sympathy, sluggo. But TF2 is the most casual-friendly multiplayer FPS I've ever known. It's practically impossible to have a negative effect on your team.
Your basketball analogy would only work if it was some kind of game where everyone got their own basketball. In which case, one guy spending the time practicing his dribbling isn't a problem at all. Particularly if an equal portion of the other team is doing the same thing.
I used to get frustrated with people just playing team deathmatch on 2Fort, and not trying to achieve the objective. But I realised that's just a problem with 2Fort and Capture The Flag. It takes a considerable amount of teamwork and focus on the objective to meaningfully contribute to capturing the intelligence. I think that's why there was only 1 CTF map when the game came out, and why Valve never made any more.
But something like Payload allows everyone who just wants to wander around and click Mouse1 to accidentally contribute to the objectives. Fighting people in the middle of the map is a necessary step to winning, which is a thing it's very hard not to take part in. The spawn positions, respawn times and map layout typically funnel both teams in to the same area as the cart. It makes the objective something big and visible and physical on your screen, and makes pushing it into the same action as restocking on health and ammo.
I really can't imagine getting as frustrated as you at the amount of cart-pushing going on in any TF2 match I've seen.
Here is a thing : if you think you are on a team with a bunch of ten year olds, it is entirely possible you are actually on a team with a bunch of ten year olds. A lot of people who play this game aren't actually very good at it, but there's nothing wrong with that. I get annoyed these days if I don't top the scores as demo/medic/scout/pyro, but I suck horribly at most of the other classes and I am sure I annoy the piss out of my own team with my failspy routine.and I'm the crazy guy for being annoyed with the guy for being a douchebag. Apparently I should go join a formal league.
It's just a game. One that is - entirely on purpose! - totally silly and with a bunch of designed in mechanics to try and balance out the skill delta between people who suck and who don't. There are going to be a lot of people who suck at playing the game, playing the game. Don't get too mad if .. people suck somehow.
I don't know mate, I would normally assume that someone would do something about this situation at some point during their first 30-40 spleening posts on the subject. But perhaps everyone else is crazy for just not catching on to how remarkably effective this thing you are doing actually is.You guys are nuts.
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A: That's not really true, just find a better server, I prefer the Gamers With Jobs and Older than Dos severs which tend to have good moderation, skilled players, and few douchebags.
B: You have shown yourself to be a huge douchebag in this thread, so your mere presence is probably throwing off the douche to cool ratio irrevocably. In other words, you're polluting the sample with your own superhuman douchiness. Seriously you have like the douchebag powers of five hipsters. You should get a giant douche costume and fight crime, because no mere mortal could withstand the supreme concentrated power of your douchebaggery without seriously reconsidering their life choices.
I mean, really, normally only obscure strategy games drive me out of lurk mode, but you've managed to piss me off enough with your sheer douchiness that I just had to call you out.
At the end of the day, all I want is to be able to jump on public servers and occasionally not feel like half my teammates are drooling morons with their heads up their ass.
Is that really such a high bar to shoot for?
I assume most people who still play TF2 have used a similar technique to improve their gaming experience. Then again, most people aren't burdened with epic levels in the douchebag prestige class.
The something I suggested would be to find some people who play seriously! But this is not something you seem to want to do. I am sure if you go post about connection problems in the hardware and technical stuff forum there will be people who haven't seen this performance who will be willing to help out. It's quite possible this will help, I had a fair amount of problems in this place getting below 100-130ms, even to quite close servers, until I looked up how to properly set and exclude useless DSL modes on this thing and found 15-35ms to most places was well within reach.
Sluggo - text chat will fail. New players aren't processing it. I use a mic and make it light hearted - we only have 5 snipers - why aren't the rest of you going sniper? Play 2 fort - first question - does everyone know what the intel is? Why its important?
I'll jump in and play D with a soldier or demo until we can control our own base. Pretty simple to do that effectively even on a team of idiots. Then start asking who can go get the flag? You gotta remember in 2fort if the base is overrun no way any newb is going to be able to understand what to do. Each map has that - remove the confusion first.
I try and encourage engineers upstairs but only do that if i can protect them while they setup or they get frustrated. etc. etc. etc.
My other mini-game inside of that is - you can't die. I've gone as high as 32 kills with zero deaths by playing D and helping the team.
Are there bad players who just run around? Sure, but if a few people are on board you can turn it around.
Fine with me I never play sniper.
I play almost exclusively payload, the objective is clear and how to do ahceive it is clear. I never use a mic, pay attention to voice or text or have any issues with teamwork. Its fun to push lettel kart.
watch as the reds fire stickies, nades, and rockets but fail to do enough damage to stop you. after you push the kart 3/4 of the way before dying and then your team finally wins it, let them know how to beat fists of steel. bonus fun: hide behind the kart while going past the sentry so it never actually opens fire.
Yeah, I used to play with the POE folks at 330-350ms and could still do an acceptable (mvp list) medic :)
TF2 is actually pretty good about making things nice at ~100ms+. The drop to 15ms is nice in some ways - but there are really only a few things it seems to help with. The drop seems to be more about making things less laggy to the server and only really affects my client > server sorts of interactions (detonate stickies, rocketjump, interact with sentries, level geometry/setup sort of stuff) and doesn't really make it that much easier to shoot or avoid being shot by players. And people much laggier than me are much harder to deal with than before, somehow.
Chet's been on my friends list for years. It's been a while since I've seen him playing TF2 (as he mentioned, he plays under different accounts), but I did spend time playing on the POE servers a while back, and my main recollection was that they liked to play custom stuff like Hall of Death, which was a cute novelty but not a real substitute for regular maps, and they had a lot of guys who liked to sit on the mic and jabber expletives the whole time. I have no idea if that's changed, but it wasn't for me.
Also, go fuck yourself.
That's odd about your ping, I don't notice any problems until it hits 300 or above. Have you tried checking your rate settings? At one point mine were overwritten somehow and I couldn't play on 95% of servers without experiencing lag issues.
I've flirted with upgrading my connection many times over the years, as this DSL was the only option when I initially moved in, but every time I call AT&T to talk about an upgrade, they only want to sell me some 4-in-1 package with cable TV and other crap. When I tell them I only want to upgrade my internet, it's like they're completely unprepared for this request and wind up transferring me to 8 people until I eventually end up at the same person I started with trying to sell me a U-Verse package, and I end up saying screw this, my current connection is good enough. :)
The irony is, while people claim I take the game too seriously, I refuse to hook up a mic and start giving instructions because, to me, THAT would be crossing a line to taking it too seriously. Do I really care about winning or losing enough to strap on a headset and start giving directions to strangers who may in fact be 10 years old? Of course not. Any recent venting I've done in this thread stems from the frustration of joining server after server where it seems half the people think they're playing team deathmatch, and wishing Valve would make some tweaks to nudge people in the right direction. I don't think that's an outrageous complaint, and if that makes me a douchebag, so be it.