AH yes, once again, dude bullshit in the world of gaming…
This eve, after much planning and setting up and getting shit together…done by me…I, because some people had asked nice…got a good sized team of lowbie villains together to do some missions on CoV…because well, bigger teams often equal more xp and more fun. And for the most part, it was a good group. One of the gals playing is a brand new player, two of the folk are returning players who have not been around in a while, one of them was a long time player who actually solos most of the time and has some trouble on teams, but wanted to try it anyway, and a few of us are sorta old hat at the game and all, but hey, all good with playing with new folk or those who are brushing up on their skills again.
So we get things going, get the team together and off we go. I’m team leader, which is, well, I pick the missions and all, and in theory (and it would make sense because well, I have done a lot more villain stuff than the other folks), I am calling the shots on plans, tactics, things of that nature…which you know, I am not bad at really. In fact, I do it pretty dang well. And most of the folk playing with me realize that and are cool with it- I mean hell, the XP is flowin’, people are levelling, I even can teleport them around and stuff….you note I said most, right?
Because there is this one dude on the team who well, just cannot handle anyone other than him being in charge…ever- at least not female anyones…and when a female anyone is in charge, he will- either consciously or unconsciously fuck shit up and sabotage the team. And its like he does it at every available opportunity….majority of team is going one way, he aggros a whole different group of enemies. I say “Do Not Go Into …..” (mission, room, around the corner, whatever) he does it anyway. I say wait, he goes, I say go, he stands there with a finger up his ass. Pulling is suggested and I designate someone to do so…well, fuck that, he’s gonna do it himself then bitch about how everyone else is doing it wrong even if we’re all still standing and he is dead. He really is just as annoying as fuck and cannot, at all, seem to follow simple direction…especially if that simple direction is coming from a woman gamer (even if she, oh, has 9 level 50 characters compared, oh, to his…one…which I helped him get).
And as this is going on, and people other than myself are noticing, I found myself thinking…. “dude, there is no way you’d pull this shit with my character…”
And why do I say such things? Well, because that is the character I was playing this evening: Jethro…a big scary lookin’ dude. Who ended up being last man standing several times due to this guys fuck ups…who was busy complimenting teammates on stuff they did well -new or experienced because you know, it is nice to do that- and while I am doing so he is bitching that we are not moving fast enough for his liking. And it’s not like the guy was playing some badass who could take out rooms full of bad guys by himself or solo Elite Heroes or whatever…He was playin’ a level 11 corruptor.
At one point (thank god I do not use Vent) I was screaming “if he pulls that fuckin’ shit again I am kickin’ his ass off my goddamn team!” Hell, the only reason…ONLY reason…I team up with this dude is I like playing CoX with his wife (she is solid as hell) and she generally will not play without him.
It also amuses the fuck out of me that he always plays female characters…I guess it is okay to play them in a video game, but god fuckin’ forbid you should actually listen to a real one running a team…even if she is playing a dude!