Remember When?: You Would Get Into Fights

on June 12, 2010 2:22 PM

Remember When?: You Would Get Into Fights

In versus multiplayer games, there would be winners and losers. Where there are winners and losers, out come the highly competitive. I was one of those highly competitive people. At first it was innocent, but then it turned pretty ugly.

During my preteen years I was always very competitive when it came to games between my cousin and I. We would face each other in games that included WWF No Mercy and Pokémon Stadium 2. I was a few years older than him and I could not take the fact that he would be better than me in any game. The competition between us was pretty good, because we would be close in skill where I would win some and he would win some. Although, I was somewhat of a bully, because I would verbally abuse him at times. In retrospect: I was a jerk, but what can I say? I was a trash talker in the making.

Fast forward a few years where Xbox and online gaming has become prominent in my life. Where Halo 2 has really taken over my night (and sometimes day) life. Halo 2 truly revealed how immature I was. I was 15 at the time, and I was one of those kids on Xbox LIVE that would not shut up. I would try to pick a fight or an argument with any person in the lobby. Again, because I was so competitive I would also go off on my friends. My real life friends. If my friends would do bad or cost me a game, I would yell and argue with them. I almost severed some friendships this way. It was that bad.

Remember When?: You Would Get Into Fights
Such a nice and innocent looking game brings back dark memories.

I remember having serious talks with friends after they would quit from all the nonsense I was speaking. I remember signing off because I would be so irritated with my friends not being as good as I was, as well. I remember one time a friend from school gave me his gamertag and the second game we played he went AFK for a few minutes. I decided to never play with him, again. Why was I like this? I’ll never know.

Now, I believe I’ve toned down the fighting spirit. My childhood dreams of being a competitive gamer are now behind me. I still do get a little upset when it comes to winning and losing, but let’s be glad that the horrible and ugly days of me are over. After almost 6 years of Xbox LIVE in my life, I have seen them all. I consider myself an old soul in the realm of Xbox LIVE. I see those who are like how I once was and I find it so funny. The mute button does wonders. The lesson to take from this editorial? To all those who yell and curse over Xbox LIVE: You’re playing a GAME, just have fun.

 /  Community Manager & Editor
Working on the DualShockers staff as both an editor and community manager since late 2009, François is absolutely no stranger to the videogame industry. He is a graduate from the City College of New York, and has his Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Advertising. His next step is to obtain his Master's degree at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Before starting his career, François has been gaming since the age of 2 with Super Mario World, and he has never looked back since. Gaming may be his profession, but it has always been his passion.