My name is Jonathan Bouchard, but in Quake you know me as CplDJon.
I started playing on computers in the 80's (Space Quest, King Quest...), I am 37 years old. Before Doom, there was no multiplayer gaming... ( I don't remember if Wolfenstein 3D had a multiplayer but my first lan party was playing cooperative Doom 1, then Doom 2-3... Quake, QuakeWorld... etc...)
I had a Clan of Quake3, Soldier of Fortune in these days... I played a lot online.
Many years have passed and now and with the years, I think the gaming community lost something important (for me at least):
The respect of other players.
In all these years, I never called someone names.
I don't do this in real life because intelligence tells me that insulting others for no reason isn't really a good thing, for my karma, for my life... Insults are not the way to behave to get your life running smootly, surrounded by friends and love.
And now, I have a bit of experience to proove myself that.
Sure we are surrounded by bullies everywhere, often our goverment is itself bullying it's population, but I don't think that doing the same is intelligent, since it does not settle the problem, it make it worse.
So my message to the intelligent and respectfull players out there:
This is YOUR DUTY to answer bullies with love.
If you think this is gay, then you are probably a bully. In life, all our decisions come from 2 feeling: love or hate. You decide.
I wanted to let you know that if you feel alone, getting insulted because your newb or whatever for no reason... there is hope: you. Stay strong, don't get emotional and answer back with intelligence.
The worst thing to do, is do nothing. Then the bullies win.
This is a call to everyone also, specially the older ones, use your wisdom to make the environment better, be nice, be an example for the good young out there so that they know they are not alone. Be a leader, don't let someone insults his own team... This happens so often: how can you be a leader if you insults your teammates because they are not as good as you. You are the best player on a team? Teach them instead of throwing the classic "Noob team". And be patient, not everyone have the skills you may have, we are all different, this is the beauty of life.
Yes, this post is weird, but I find it really sad when I am called names from players on Tier 4, and that just because I do less damage than them, or could not meet the team in time, surrounded by the ennemy team all with LG.
I kick asses at tier 3, but when I reach Tier 4, I suck bad.
I fell much more hate in tier 4 than tier 3, I play for fun, not to be the best but when I get insulted, this makes me hate the game... and it should not happen. This is a great game where there is a lot of skills to master. I don't want to improove at all cost, but for sure, I'll never improove if I feel hated.
This is a duty FOR ALL OF YOU, PLAYERS, to make this game a place where people are friends. I know bullies are a minority, but this minority takes too much place, it's time for them to feel surrounded by nice players, where their insults have no effects, and get answered back with love.
Sorry for my many mistakes, I speak french usually so my written english isn't perfect.
I wish you all nice games and lot of fun, maybe I am the crazy guy here, but I don't care. My message is out there, written, I did it for me, because I could not keep it for myself anymore.