Gather round. Bring your opinion. This is a Tied the Leader Readers’ Poll. That means that this post in incomplete without your comments, Constant Reader. I am taking role call and looking for a consensus among the geeks. Stroking your chin whiskers and murmuring “Hmmmmmmmmmm” is not enough on this day…
The topic of the day deals with Controversy. Any gamer who is serious about their craft is going to get hit by Controversy sooner or later, like a round of hot lead from the barrel of an S2 AM. Controversy will find you; either in the form of a scorned opponent screaming at you in a post game lobby, or a flame-war on an interactive forum. The contests of Internet gaming are played out in a zone of loose ethics and even looser consequences. The concept of how a game should be played can lead to Wars more heated than the Big Team Skirmish to Capture that Flag.
At Tied the Leader, our pursuit of a good game can [at times] outweigh our pursuit of a victory. We seek to play the game the way it was meant to be played. We endeavor to share a decent experience with the fellow geeks who come to us randomly in the form of our opponents. We don’t bounce to the top of the map – and wouldn’t if we knew how. We don’t alter game code to give us an unfair advantage. In our neighborhood of cyberspace, the only thing worse than losing is having to apologize for a victory that was won through dirty pool. This mission has served us well; stacking our clan with agreeable fellows [read: Gunslingers] and luring worthy opponents to compete in arranged matches.
This week, however, Controversy found Tied the Leader debating the notion of “Button Skilling”. Call it what you will. Glitching, BXB, button tapping. Cheating? “Extremely poor sportsmanship…” Whatever jargon one employs, for the uniformed, the practice in question relates to canceling the animation of your Avatar in Halo 2 in the interest of better performance in delivering the pain. After all, no one with a well-trained thumb wants to watch the Master Chief follow through on a beatdown, when he could be delivering another beatdown [or a salvo of projectiles] even faster.
That is the question, fair gamers.
The official clan of ‘Tied the Leader’ lost a valuable Sniper to this debate over the weekend – even though he did have his own things going on. As goes with any debate, gamers are extremely passionate about how they play. Who can blame them… Those of you who have found your way to this forum are likely to have heard about this issue from the same places that led you here. This forum is not trying to break the story. What we are looking for is your opinion on the matter.
The debate came to us through an idea expressed in the constant Tsunami of Debate found on the Bungie Forums. It has been widely circulated, and need only be linked here for the sake of our credibility. In the views of an employee at our favorite development studio, “button glitching” is a candy-coated euphemism for “extremely poor sportsmanship”. As a singularity, it isn’t an offense worthy of a ban, but it is frowned upon and worthy of negative feedback.
What is a Gunslinger to do? We are committed to sportsmanship, after all. We don’t have the market cornered by any means, but we are more sensitive about it than most clans. Another well written article by a Legendary source at HaloWiki addresses the practice of “Button Tapping” as a debilitating illness. Readers are taken through a step-by-step program to aid in breaking the addiction.
Now, here comes The Poll. You are being put to the question[s]. What will be the reaction from the Halo Community? As always, MLG will set and publish their own rules. When you find yourself gaming on your couch, however, how will you conduct your game when that referee is not looking over your shoulder? Does a forum entry from a Bungie employee amount to an official announcement from He Who Wields the BanHammer? Is this to be a Gentlemen’s agreement? And, if so, how many Gentlemen are we likely to encounter on Xbox Live?
This is not a complaint aimed at the heart of Bungie. Never, friends. We take our cues from The Maker. On this occasion, it is just harder to know what is expected of sportsmen who find their sport online with a controller in-hand.
So, sound off. How will you bring your game when you face off against the Gunslingers? Your answers may have a direct impact on how we fight back.