Funny Story: My Friend and His Call of Duty Struggle

The Struggle

This is a story about a friend who has been struggling recently on Call of Duty. It’s really quite a funny story, where a simple fix made all the difference. I’m just glad everything is working properly now, because it was a bit difficult playing with him recently.

I will not name the person this is about, but I bet you could figure it out after a bit of sleuthing. I met him over two years ago on Black Ops 2. Back then, Team Orbit was a community organization similar to XGN (I’m not sure XGN is anymore either). There was a website with forums and amateur players such as ourselves could go there and search for other players to team with. At the time, I was the head of the North American Call of Duty section of Team Orbit. I was working to keep people active and playing the game by setting up scrims and such.

My friend was pretty new to the game. When we first played, he was on a team of n00bs, to say the least. When we had our first scrimmage, my team dominated his, but since we were all part of Orbit, we were on friendly terms. My teammates and I took in the new players and taught them all we knew. We played League Play constantly and a few GBs as well. My friend, the n00b, got better at Call of Duty in no time.

We teamed together throughout Ghosts as well, until our entire team decided to stop playing the game. I’m sure you got tired of Ghosts too, right? Before we quit, we were playing a lot of GBs, and I would say that we were an average team. Not bad for a bunch of amateurs that couldn’t dedicate more than a few hours a day. The only problem I had playing with this team was their lack of a good internet connection. My friend would sometimes lag out of games entirely and sometimes have a great connection and be fine.

This phenomenon continued into Advanced Warfare, where we teamed again. Our squad was set and we just had to continue playing together, but just about everyone’s connection was suspect. Then one day, my friend was excited and told us his family was getting better internet. A miracle!

The weird thing was, once he got better internet, he was worse then before. We couldn’t figure it out! Was he a warrior before and we didn’t even know it? Sure didn’t seem like it. My friend went negative a lot after that. At first we thought that he just had to get used to his different internet, but eventually it became a big problem. As a team, we stopped playing because we just couldn’t compete anymore.

My friend still played occasionally, and today we were in ranked play together. We were playing Search and Destroy on Terrace with two others and I died, so I was spectating my friend. He was in a gun fight with two players on the other team, aiming in and shooting but not hitting many shots, and I realized that something didn’t look right. I asked him, “Is your aim assist on?” He paused, checked his settings, and found that no, his aim assist was not on.

Wow. This entire time, the last two months at least, he was playing without aim assist. When did it go off? Before or after his internet change? How did it go off?

These are all questions that are not yet answered and probably never will be. Immediately after changing his settings, he was better again. Just wow. Now I don’t have to carry anymore! What a relief!

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The Struggles of Being an Amateur Gamer

The struggles of being an amateur Call of Duty player… We’ve all been there. The pros have been there. I am there, and I am sure that I will always be there.

A lot of gamers look at the pros and wish they could live that life. Young, carefree, and playing video games for a living. It all seems so perfect. The pro gamers are idolized, just as professional athletes have been for decades, centuries even. We can all say that we’ve thought about what it would be like to go pro, and we’ve all realized the reasons why we are not quite there.

1. Time

The boon to all gamers! There is simply not enough time to devote to gaming and it doesn’t seem fair. There are too many other responsibilities standing in the way: school, work, family, friends. How can we expect to beat the best players in the game when they play for 12 hours a day and we only play for 3?

2. Money

Gaming isn’t exactly a cheap hobby. First you need to buy the gaming console or computer ($400<), then you need to buy some games ($60 a piece), you will be wanting a decent headset and monitor ($100< ¬†each), and your internet better be good enough or you will be getting melted. Of course, those are just the basic costs. In order to make money playing video games, you need to put money in first. And don’t expect to be beating the pros in your first cash tournament!

3. Internet Lag

Oh gosh, where do I begin? We all know what it feels like to experience lag. Sometimes it is choppy and players seem to just teleport around the map. Other times, there seems to be a half second delay even though the whole game is running smoothly. One game you melt kids and the next game they eat 5 bullets, do a 180 degree turn, and insta-kill you. The only real way to get rid of lag is to play on a local area network (LAN).

4. Other Interests

Honestly, playing one video game for 12 hours a day can get pretty boring. Just like watching reruns of your favorite tv show can get boring. It’s nice to think about playing competitively full time, but can you really do that to yourself? There are other games out there. There are other hobbies out there!

5. Social Perception

We have all done our best to defend eSports from the criticism of others. Rude YouTube comments call professional gamers and other gaming celebrities names like “loser”, “childish”, and “fat-40-year-old-virgin-who-lives-in-his-mothers-basement”. People who say things like that can not be reasoned with, but we try anyway. When it comes to doing the things you love, go for it. Just remember that people will judge you either way.

 

Gaming can lead to long lasting friendships with people you may never even meet in real life. It is truly a unique and social experience. Never forget to have fun on the game!