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A world filled with violence. A world filled with brutal deaths. A world that often comes with fateful encounters; some favourable, some not. A world overrun with monsters of many shapes and sizes, a world reigned by powerful ones. A cruel world, an unfair world… a world that is Gunz.

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And a world filled with simpletons, apparently.

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Introduction:

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(Feel free to jump to the next section if you don’t like lengthy introductions.)

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Everyday, all the time, we meet all kinds of people; some who’re nice and pleasurable to be with and some who enjoys making people frustrated. All kinds of people, and all kinds of experience.
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Gunz is no different. Nor is other online gaming community.
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However, the Gunz community seems to have this particular culture… whether you win or you lose, hack or play legibly, skilful or just starting out… you get called a noob. If you’re doing well in a room, they try to kick you out of the room. If they lose against you more than once, they call you a hacker if you don’t get kicked.
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Life is fun. And I don’t mean that sarcastically.
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Why? Because this, on its own, is a source of entertainment. If they accuse you of being a hacker when you’re not, it shows they’re dissatisfied with the outcome of the battle and, instead of blaming their (inadequate) skills, they blame you instead. If you act indifferent towards them and/or ignore them, they get frustrated.
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And, if you can counter all of their claims effortlessly, you rile them up.
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It’s truly fun.
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Of course, don’t get me wrong; never in my life I’ve called someone a noob… a more specialised / focused degrading term maybe, but never a noob. I’ve always found ‘noob’ an overrated insult. I mean, after being called that for hundreds of times for various (usually irrelevant) issues, wouldn’t you feel it’s a useless insult as well?
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But back to the being-called-a-hacker story.
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I’ve never hacked in my whole life, in all of my gaming experiences. I’ve always played them the legit way (though I may have played on illegal private servers…), and I usually follow the rules. Even the player-made rules, such as bow rules and one-versus-one in Gunz.
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One way you could describe the way I play in Gunz as ‘fighting with honour’. Of course, honour is useless when it’s just a game, but I pretty much enjoy it. Killing an person who is AFK (away from keyboard, for those who don’t know) is boring; if I were to gain EXP, I might as well duel the usual way to gain some skill-increasing experience.
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I don’t really mind it if someone calls me a noob, though I might personally go after that person and kill him (if it’s a free-for-all room).
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I guess you could say; I’m usually nice, until someone decides to be not.
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It then becomes entertainment to me, to see someone who accuses me blindly receives an equal blow on himself.
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Tired of this lengthy intro? Let’s move on to what happened to me recently.

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Where the Wry Remark Comes In and the Simpleton is Pwned:

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I don’t really have much an issue with simpletons. Many of them irritate people by asking questions already covered in the FAQ, or in many other resources; I don’t really know if they’re lazy, or it never occurs to them.
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But the line stops when they accuse me of being a hacker when I’m not. From then on, it’s entertainment time.

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The Situation:

  • A free-for-all melee-only room in Veteran Channel. It may be called a ‘veteran’ channel, but loads of people there still play like newbies.
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  • Usually I use a single sword (as with a majority of the Gunz community), but when I’m bored, I sometimes switch to kodachi, a pair of swords that are much faster but does less damage. Pictures are shown below as proof.
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  • Kodachis are fast, but I can use them faster by hitting the guard button the moment I start the second slash (similar to how the butterfly technique is applied), thus cutting my animation sword yet still dealing two hits instead of one.

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Level 10 kodachi vs level 10 sword.

The Story:

(Note that I’ve changed That Other Guy’s real in-game name; wouldn’t like to target this blog to him. And I edited his sentences; wouldn’t do to suddenly have uncapitalised-first-letter, unpunctuated and misspelled sentences in this this blog entry, now would it?)
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  • *Me has defeated That Other Guy.*
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  • That Other Guy: Zomg hacker!!
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  • Me: Oh, so I’m a hacker now? Pray, tell me what kind of hacks I’m using.
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  • That Other Guy: That’s easy; speed hacks!
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  • Me: With a kodachi?
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  • That Other Guy: I didn’t say you did it with kodachi.
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  • Me: Oh, really; in a melee room where we can only use ONE melee weapon and a kodachi happens to be mine?
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  • That Other Guy: You still speed hacked!
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  • Me: With a kodachi? A weapon used because of its lesser delay?
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  • That Other Guy: You’re hitting me with more slashes than me!
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  • Me: Obviously; I’m hitting two slashes to your one.
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  • *momentary silence.*
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  • *Me has defeated That Other Guy.*
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  • That Other Guy: I’ve got it now, you’re using damage hacks!
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  • Me: With a kodachi? A weapon famous for its lack of damage?
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  • That Other Guy: You’re hitting me with the same damage as a sword!
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  • Me: Of course it has the same damage as a sword… that is, if you’re talking about the Rusty Sword. Besides, how would you know exactly how much damage I’m dealing to you?
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  • *long silence*
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  • *That Other Guy has left the room.*
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  • *That Other Guy has joined the room.*
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  • Me: *encounters That Other Guy in battle again.*
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  • That Other Guy: *is using a kodachi*
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  • *Me has defeated That Other Guy.*
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  • That Other Guy: Why can’t I go that fast?
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  • *That Other Guy has left the room.*

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I’ve won the moment he rejoined with a kodachi instead of a sword.
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Now, you may wonder if my claims that a kodachi has the same damage as the no-level-requirement rusty sword is right. Hence, I’ve taken the following screenshot:

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Level 10 kodachi vs level 1 sword.

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But hey, I was close, aren’t I? One point of damage isn’t really going to catch your attention like a bright, multi-coloured billboard.
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Still, it was entertaining. Let’s hope he got exceedingly frustrated from the so-called discussion enough to learn that he shouldn’t blindly accuse someone of being a hacker after that.

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~Estrelita Farr, perhaps a demon?

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Of course, we’d always meet all kinds of weird people in our life. There could be a lady who lives down the road who keeps dozens of snakes as pets (which is regarded as strange by most people), or there could be that guy who lives next door who throws insults at you every time he sees you.
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Though, while we may meet inconsiderate (and rude!) people in real life, you’d see even more of those on the internet!
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For example, take Gunz: the Duel, a online third-person-shooter game that I often play. Most people in that game are… to put it bluntly, idiots. Many come into the game room and yell these statements in a very much coarser English (i.e. broken English).
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  • Just entering the game room (before dueling others): “I’M A PRO! ALL OF YOU ARE INSECTS THAT DON’T DESERVE TO BE MENTIONED! I WILL DEFEAT YOU WITH MY UTTER PRO-NESS!!”
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  • During dueling: “ZOMG *******!!”
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  • After dueling (win): “AHAHAHAHA TAKE THAT YOU ******!! LOOK WHO’S PRO NOW!!!!!”
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  • After dueling (lose): “ZOMG YOU ****! LAGGING ******* AND ******* AND *******!! EVERYONE ******* KICK HIM!!!”
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  • For the remaining duration of the game: “YOU ******* *******!!” x817238178321 times.
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Yep, you get those people in a game, and it’s not exactly an uncommon event. T_T
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Thankfully, most of these people are manageable. It’s possible to remain unscathed from a barrage of abuses (with practice) and enjoy the game like you’re supposed to. After all, games are supposed to be there for you to enjoy and pass the time, right? =D
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Some ways to deal with uncouth online people:
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  • Ignore.
    Yep, one of the most basic steps. I’m sure some games allow you to “hide” chats so you don’t have to read what other people say (Gunz has it too). Though sometimes chatting with other people online (with friends or friendly strangers) is what makes online games better than offline ones, so this may not work so well. However, we can also just dismiss what other people say and only response to the friendly ones, right?
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  • Act indifferent.
    Some people bash you with insults for the fun of it, some do it to feel like they have power and in control. One way to react towards flames/insults is to act like you’re not affected negatively by the statement. You’d be surprised how the flames stop after a while, though it’ll infuriate the flamer because you’re not affected (no stress-relief for them!) Though, of course, sometimes you’d get those stubborn ones… O_o
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  • Don’t worry, be happy!
    Of course, this doesn’t include self-bashing!
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  • And more!
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  • Combinations of above!
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While these steps can be effective, they’re not exactly foolproof. These are just ways to cope with flames, to make your gaming time more enjoyable!
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And since we’re here, let me put in a few examples of what I do when insulted:
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(After a duel where the other guy lost)

Other guy: ZOMG YOU LAGGER NOOB!!!!!
Me: Lag is mutual. <—- indifference
Other guy: NO WAY YOU NOOB!! YOU LAG!!!!
Me: *ignores* <—- ignorance
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As you can see above, I just say one statement and let it go. Usually (and I mean usually), after you ignore a few insults from him/her, s/he’d give up.
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Of course, you sometimes get those times when a group of them start insulting you, and you can apply what I did above and hope for the best. When they successfully kick you out of the room, however, you can always go to another room to find friendlier people!
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Lastly, what I suggested may not be the best way to do it, but it’s a good way to start. And the most important thing is, enjoy yourself when you play games! =D

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~Estrelita Farr, signing out!

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