Posts Tagged ‘Battlefield 2’

So, I’m playing Battlefield 3 today, on one of my regular servers that I visit when there’s no one on ours, and I was blown away at how anti-teamwork my team was.  Granted, I’m used to lack of teamwork in Battlefield games.  It has been that way for awhile, even in Battlefield 2 to an extent, but today it went above and beyond.  Here we are, losing the match, no one is capturing flags, people are just sitting or hiding, and generally playing more like it’s Team Deathmatch instead of an objective based capture the flag match.  So, I ask my squad to start spawning on me (I was squad leader), and I get back “You are just sitting back and sniping, what do you need us for?”  Well, I had been running at flags the entire map, trying to capture them.  This bozo just saw that my kit was sniper, not that I was running close combat sniper, so I told him I was trying to capture flags.  My squad actually spawned on me, once, and we almost had a flag, but then they respawned all over the map and went back to their individual game.  All except one, the other two got kicked right after that.  Would rather run solo than with a squad of ‘me’ players.

So now it’s just me and one other guy, who is trying, spawning on me, and generally working together to capture flags.  A couple more join the squad, and I ask them to spawn with me and help.  One says “No” to which I reply “Then find a different squad.”  He said “OK” but never left, I booted him too.  The other guy in my squad, one of the new ones, proceeds to team kill me, completely intentionally.  I’m guessing because I had the audacity to ask him to help his team and squad.  We lost that match, and pretty much every match after, mainly due to lack of teamwork.  Teamwork is really the key to winning these matches.  This isn’t Call of Duty, though I’m beginning to think that the time between a real Battlefield game and this one has been too long.  Too many went to other games like Call of Duty, where teamwork isn’t as highly valued, and people play for their own points and achievements.  In those games, there’s no benefit to teamwork.  You don’t get extra points for helping your team, all your points come from getting as many kills as possible before the map ends.

In Battlefield 3, a squad’s members will average far more points if they are working together.  If the squad leader is calling out flags to take, the supply is throwing down ammo, the medic is getting medpacks out, and the sniper is tossing out sensors and spawn beacons.  All four members of that squad will come away from the match with far more points than they would if they were all doing their own thing.  You also stand a better chance of winning the match, especially if all the squads on your team do this.  I watch a team dominate map after map, if they have squads that work together, and they get far more intense if both teams are doing this.  Sadly those are few and far between.

I’ll keep pushing for my server to institute a rule that used to exist on a lot of BF2 servers.  Texas Team Players, for example, had a couple of strict rules that kept me coming back.  Squad leaders must do their jobs, call out objectives, and basically lead.  Squad members must follow the squad leader’s commands, work together, and if you didn’t do either, you got booted.  Finally, anyone not in a squad on TTP, was kindly asked to ‘Squad up!’, and if they didn’t then were shown the door.  This isn’t COD folks.  If this is your first Battlefield game, I can cut you some slack, but try to learn how this type of game works.  If you are from a battlefield background, and you still don’t use teamwork, then I have no qualms about calling you a nub.  Get with the program, squad up, work together.  Trust me, you’ll find that your stats go up much faster, and you will have more fun.

Back in my day….(shaky old man voice).  No, really I remember a time I used to log into my favorite FPS server, and have hours of friendly competition with mature players just having a good time.  Calls of ‘Nice Shot’, ‘Damn you got me, I’ll have you next time’, and all manner of friendly banter floating in the text box at the top of my screen.  Now we jump ahead a few years, and I’m playing Battlefield 3, and I’m just amazed at how many people are complaining, insulting, or just generally being a bunch of crybabies.

This post deals with one of the major issues I’m seeing here. the blatant lack of sportsmanlike conduct from today’s gamers.  Once upon a time, one would be running along as some epic soldier in an equally epic, pixelated battle to save the day, when BAM, dead.  One didn’t look at the scoreboard, or gripe about getting shot, one would throw a ‘nice shot’ or ‘ns’ into the chat window, respawn, and try to find a different way to get to the guy that just killed you.  Now the standard protocol, after being shot dead, is to look at the scoreboard, see that the shooter has a better score than you and throw up some insult, curse, or scream ‘HACKER!’  Then respawn, run right up the same way you went the first time, and scream and cry louder when you get shot again.

Let me pause here, cause I know there are some non-gamers reading this.  A hacker, in game terms, is someone who has installed software on their machine that takes their game and adds features that give them an unfair advantage.  Basically they are the kids that have no skill, can’t actually play the game well, so they have to cheat.  Common haks include aimbot, a hak that aims your weapon for you, and wallhak, a feature that shows people anywhere on the map, even if they are behind walls, or inside buildings.  It’s also good to know that there are far fewer hackers out there than people believe.  It’s really online gaming’s version of shouting racism, or crying wolf.

So, what once was friendly competition seems to be a few people having fun and being respectful, and a large group of people just being tools.  This isn’t every server, thank goodness, but with every new game it takes time to find the servers that don’t tolerate that sort of behavior, or discourage it enough that the whiners either go away or shut their ‘mouths’.  For those out there that feel the need to get angry, remember, it’s just a game.  Have fun, and try not to bring down the fun of others.  Consider that you are playing in an arena with other gamers like you.  This isn’t some imaginary computer mind you are insulting, it’s another person.  And above all, learn from your failure.  If somebody keeps shooting you in the same spot, quit going that way!  Battlefield 3, especially, is a tactical style game.  If you do not use cover, sensible movement tactics, cover fire, and teamwork, you will always be mediocre at best.

There’s a saying I used to see, and use myself, in Battlefield 2.  ‘There’s no crying in Battlefield’.  Basically, this game is intended to be a multi-layered combat shooter that simulates the chaos of a real battlefield as best they can on a computer.  Combat is not fair.  There is no remorse for the guy who didn’t hide from the enemy tank.  No one is going to hold your hand and train you how to lay down suppressive fire.  Oh, and if you are not working with your team/squad, then you have no business complaining if your team is losing.  Stop crying!  While you type about how sore your backside is, you are wasting time you could be using to help your team win.  Stop using the same methods.  If running down the middle of the street gets you shot, STOP IT!  I don’t know how many times I have sniped the same guy, running up the same lane, to try and get to me, and then see him complain about it.  Stop crying, there’s no crying in Battlefield.