Personal Thoughts

Overwatch – My Thoughts on Raging/Flaming

In almost one whole year, Overwatch – one of the most popular FPS games in recent years – is finally about to reach its first birthday. When it came to Overwatch, I didn’t pre-order the game until a couple of weeks before it was officially released, so I don’t have the same sort of experience as some players. Despite this, I’ve been playing pretty solidly for the last year and have not long gotten past level 100 and I can quite honestly say it’s one of my go-to games at the moment. When I hop onto Overwatch, I tend to play until I level up so I can get myself a free loot-box, which is something that keeps me on the game for a decent couple of hours a night when I’m feeling up to it.

As a gateway to my topic, I will admit that I can get quite frustrated at times when playing this game, even though I play it so often and enjoy it so much. Unfortunately, with the game being a team-based ensemble, you have to rely on complete strangers for your team’s success a lot of the time and that can lead to moments where you see nothing but red and blame your team for everything that’s just contributed to your loss. Unless you are the most chill individual in the world, you’ve probably blamed your team at one point behind your monitor – I do it, my friends do it; pretty much everyone does it. But, it is far too common where people have gone from typically thinking it or muttering it under their breath (whilst not on the microphone) to straight up trash-talking publicly.

Hell, even in the past few weeks I’ve dedicated more of my time to the game to get better across the board! Each game I approach, I approach as a learning experience to improve myself as a player, regardless of whether my team wins or loses. Even with this in mind, frustration can creep in at times when you’re constantly losing or being killed, but it’s one of those things you just need to accept and move on from or else it’s going to start tilting you in the long run and that’s not going to help your gameplay. You can’t really avoid getting frustrated, especially when you have to rely on others for your success as a team, but that’s not an excuse for going out of your way to be one horrible individual.

Far too often in this game, I’ve seen people calling out a player for one mistake that I’m sure they didn’t even intend to make in the first place. As a result, what does that do?! Does it make them a better player because you’re venting your anger?! Nope! Are they going to look up to you as an Overwatch god, one who knows all and who is never?! No, they’re going to think that you’re a complete nob and will likely report you and ignore everything you have to say from then on!

Seriously, what is it with people becoming abhorrent individuals all because they are behind a screen? Just like I’ve already admitted, everyone’s bound to get frustrated at their team for mistakes they’ve made, but you calling them out isn’t going to fix any problems. Instead, it’s simply going to make matters worse in the long run.

Think of it this way: have you ever played an online game and your teammate have called you out for being terrible, useless, and a whole host of other unnecessary insults? Well, how did they make you feel? By chance, you probably lost a lot of moral, which in result will make you play worse and sour your experience of a video game that you’re meant to enjoy.

My philosophy is this, if you’re getting angry or frustrated at your team, just remember that in about 10-20 minutes, you are incredibly unlikely to ever see or interact with them again. Calling them out on that one mistake because they didn’t use their “ult in time” doesn’t make them play any better, it just makes you look like a horrible person to play with!

So, the next time you feel like raging or flaming at your team – just don’t. Doesn’t matter whether it’s ranked or not, this won’t result in anyone playing better and it’s just going to sour the community as a whole. At the end of the day, this is a bloody video game! Getting hung up on something so silly is just immature and petty, so just learn to forgive and forget. Oh, and on those off chances where you’re the one being targeted, be sure to not engage and just ignore

Oh, and on those off chances where you’re the one being targeted, be sure to not engage and just ignore whatever stupid, raging comments they have to say, because there’s absolutely no reason to sink to their level.