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Posted: Jan 3rd 2011 12:58PM Nickelpat said

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Pretty much every game I play...Mostly Mount and Blade Warband and the majority of FPS games.

Posted: Jan 3rd 2011 12:59PM eiberri said

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I won't play a game unless I'm sure I don't suck at it. I had this conversation with a friend recently. I guess I've always been surprised at the persistence or maybe the ignorance of players who suck. Either they don't know they suck, or they think they're going to get better. More power to them if they do eventually get better at the game. I just don't have that kind of patience for something I'm paying for or at least spending a lot of time on.

Posted: Jan 3rd 2011 1:38PM Tom in VA said

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Basically, I play to have fun. If I'm having fun, I don't think it really matters whether I suck at the game or not. I'm probably really "awful" at playing WoW, for example, the way it's "supposed to be played", i.e., via grouping, running dungeons, raiding, etc., since I never do any of those things any more. I play dps warriors and nonhealing priests -- you know, all the sorts of class/talent spec combinations that generally aren't wanted in groups, but it doesn't matter. I still have fun with them.

"Sucking" at playing game X or Y is such a subjective, relative notion, really, since it begs the question "compared to what or whom?"; it's never going to be apparent (or even relevant) if you play largely solo, which is what I normally do.

Posted: Jan 3rd 2011 1:44PM Snichy said

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I have come to the conclussion that I am really bad at PvP and twitch/aiming games which I (probably incorrectly) put down to being an old fart and not having the reactions of youngsters these days :) but despite this I kept going back to APB and really enjoying it (between numerous outbursts of anger). I will still go back to it once it goes F2P and am looking forward to Tera despite the above shortcomings. I really should stick with RPG type games for the benefit of my fellow players but love the adreniline you get with skill-based games

Posted: Jan 3rd 2011 1:46PM Snichy said

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Edit: Im also quite bad at spelling, but I also put that down to old age (if you can call mid 30's old which clearly isnt but I need an excuse for being rubbish, dammit)
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Posted: Jan 3rd 2011 2:01PM madcartoonist said

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I suck at most things that are PVP. I am just too slow. I used to think I was good at FPS games until I started playing them online. I still enjoy the experience though so I guess I will just continue to help other people's score by being an easy target. Guild Wars is one game were I suck at regular play with other though. When I play solo with some henchmen I seem to do just fine but when I group up I guess I don't equip the right skills or play my class the way I am supposed too. I don't really blame anyone, I probably wouldn't want to spend my time teaching someone the right way to do things either. At least when playing with a guild they give some tips and I can slowly learn.

Posted: Jan 3rd 2011 2:39PM Heraclea said

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I tend to generally suck at PvP in all of the games I've tried it out in. Part of this is the builds and characters I prefer. I make tanks and non-stealth melee DPS characters, building for toughness and damage. I neglect blaster / caster classes and control classes. Since PvP tends to be all about crowd control and ranged damage, and I'm not interested enough in it to build for PvP, I go in at a disadvantage.

I've yet to see a game that had any place at all for real tanking in PvP: you'd have to be able to force multiple players to attack you rather than teammates, and give you the survivability to outlast attacks by multiple players, shrug off the debuffs you drew to yourself, and still give you a chance at killing one of your attackers. Given what I've seen of the PvPer mentality, that mechanic is not going to be there.

The only time I PvPed regularly was in WoW: this was during the period where you could earn arena gear without having to maintain a winning PvP rating, making it worthwhile to join even if you lost. When that was taken away, I left the game.

Posted: Jan 3rd 2011 5:09PM tweeve said

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Me, I suck at tanking in Global Agenda. I'm too eager to get on point and sit there hoping that the rest of the team follows me and a medic will heal me before I die.

Posted: Jan 3rd 2011 6:03PM mysecretid said

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I suppose I suck most at Warhammer Online, when I play it.

PvP bores the crap out of me in most MMORPGs, win or lose, and I've learned to hate random pick-up-groups (PUGs) and guilds in most games because of all the psychotic drama they bring.

But, for whatever reason, when I do PvP in WAR I find it exciting and fun. Not saying it's the "best" PvP out there -- only that I enjoy it best for some reason.

Since I rarely group for PvP anymore, though, I tend to suck.

Happily, in WAR, you can "listen in" on your faction's in-battle chat channel easily, and when I hear a warband chatting during combat who seem decent and tolerant of each other, those are the ones I request to join.

Hmmm. Maybe that's why I tend to have fun PvPing in WAR? Could be.

Posted: Jan 3rd 2011 6:08PM Kaemin said

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cs 1.6

Posted: Jan 3rd 2011 9:42PM HereticalPenguin said

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I have tons of fun with the Endless WAR trial even though I get thoroughly stomped on a regular basis.

Posted: Jan 4th 2011 1:17AM Fakeassname said

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I sucked at Global Agenda, or at least I thought I did. then I worked real hard at getting good and started doing really well, then suddenly I started sucking again.

I thought it was maybe that I had just somehow bracket up with how the games matchmaker was deciding teams, then I started paying attention to how other players played and realized that most of them played like shit and I could stomp them in technical ability. yet because I wasn't paying for the boosters they could get god mode equipment that I didn't have access to.

I stopped attending PvP after that because while I would have been more than willing to pay real money for purely appearance items with no stats, I'm not willing to support P2W tactics (or even an indirect P2W system, as that's what Hi-Rez's "booster" system really is).

so, yeah, I started boycotting PvP and stuck to having a blast with PvE, that is until Hi-Rez screwed with the settings for PvE as well (Booster gear = insta win / no booster gear = insta fail).

Even after that I stuck around for a few more weeks beating my head against the system, hoping that what had been done was just a mistake and that Hi-Rez would "fix" things after realizing that they were alienating a significant part of the community. once the GM's started sneering at players who were complaining about the new system on the forums, I realized that everything had been intentional and that Hi-Rez's new company slogan might as well be "Pay or get the F*** out!"

so I did.

I'll never claim to be the greatest player ever, I wasn't even close to that even before the booster gear was released, but neither was I a "bad" one.

Don't sell yourself short: ASM is bullshit that is primarily dependent on gear, not skill. If your that concerned about how much you "suck" at GA you should probably take a break to try your hand at a normal FPS without imbalanced gear, if you still suck at one of them then maybe you do just kind of suck at these types of games. more than likely though you don't.

Posted: Jan 4th 2011 4:02AM pcgneurotic said

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Eve. I sub for a month about once a year, get into it, get killed, give up and leave it for another year. I hate it but I can't stop tickling it every so often. :D

Posted: Jan 4th 2011 6:41AM Dopamin said

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I think I am pretty decent at most MMOs I start to play. Depending on how much time I can spare to actually play and how much time I can spare on reading forums, guides, etc.

But the one thing I simply never seem to be able to master or even get "acceptable" at is PVP. Doesn't matter which MMO, as long as it's got cooldown abilities, crowd control, critical hits and whatnot in it, I'm toast.
Shooters - no problem, Warhammer Online - where did that come from? World of Warcraft - wtf, I'm dead already?!

That's why I love to play EVE Online. Yeah, doesn't quite make sense but I feel that PVPing in that game in big battles or small engagements with a good fleet commander makes me feel a lot more confident. Also, I simply like that a lot of fights are only picked after a lot of consideration.
That being said - trying to solo in EVE usually ends in desaster for me. :)

Posted: Jan 4th 2011 4:46PM Valdamar said

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I wouldn't say I totally suck at multiplayer/MMO- FPS games but I'm certainly fairly average at them, but I still enjoy them. It took me months in Planetside before my "kills" score (over a 3-4 hour evening session) was higher than my "deaths" score, but I enjoyed the game just as much either way. Surely the ultimate game is a game you don't mind dying or being beaten in, and Planetside was certainly that for me.

I suck at healing/buffing roles in MMOs, but only because I get bored of it, my concentration slips and my mind starts to wander - I'm ok with healing or buffing if it's mixed in with other things I enjoy like debuffing, tanking, controlling or of course damage-dealing - but yeah if a class boils down to being a healbot/buffbot (or that's how people expect me to play it) then I'm going to suck at it, and subconsciously it's probably deliberate to stop anyone asking me to fill that role again.

Most MMORPGs it's hard to know if you suck or not, though, because they don't take that much skill once you know the optimal rotation for your class - just a matter of rhythm - I prefer it when tactical responses and player reaction counts for more than just luck with the RNG and just understanding what is optimal.

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