Spent this morning playing some first person shooters on the PC… one was a beta, the other was the open beta Quake Live.
I had tried to play QL before, but the insane queue lengths kept me out. I’d wait, then find something else to do long before I got into game. But today I managed to get in and run through the tutorial and a couple of matches. The tutorial started out alright, with me choosing the beginner level and quickly getting an 11 to 0 lead. Then the AI adjusted and I lost 15 to 11. Then I went and join some matches…
Either their skill levels are very broad or I somehow borked it up or everyone else is cheating. First off, I hate deathmatch, and prefer team games where my personal frag count is less important than the team winning. So I joined up with a capture the flag server. Its been a very long time since I played bland CTF, usually sticking to Team Fortress, so I didn’t know any of the “standard” maps that were running, and I also didn’t know that I had to put flag-on-flag to capture it. This coupled with the dumb ass on my team who was yelling at me to “go ahead and cap noob!” even though I was standing in the right place (the enemy had our flag too) confused me for a bit. But that got sorted out, and we eventually won. It was close, the score looks bad with an 8 to 1 victory, but it was much closer than that with a lot of good slugging it out for each hard won point. However, I noticed while playing that even though I was doing alright, other players were fragging much more than me, and they were getting off air kills and other feats of awesome that I’m not so good at. I really am of a beginner level, I know I suck, so how is it that I’m playing with frag gods when skill matching is supposed to prevent that? Anyway, we won… then the second match started, and the other team picked up a few more frag gods while our team picked up a few more people like me. We had to fall back into a pretty strong defence (the entire team, minus one guy) just to keep our flag on our side of the map. In the end, we lost. It wasn’t even close. Sure, the score looks alright with an 8 to 5 loss, but we were winning at one point, all our caps were done pretty much by one guy and the other team got 5 of their points within just a few minutes, chain capping the crap out of us. We got steamrolled.
Anyway, the game runs smooth, although now I need to go beat up on Comcast because I was getting “Connection Interrupted” every couple of minutes, just for a second, but it was enough to get me dead every time. If you want to find me, I’m Jhaer.