The Daily Grind: How do you channel your anger in MMOs?

    
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There's a reason I'm super attached to Tauren.

I don’t get super angry in MMORPGs anymore — if something really upsets me, there are 20 other solid games waiting for my attention. But I can think of specific instances that really upset me over the years, like when I spied exploiters I’d reported half a dozen times continuing to exploit, or when I realized a dev studio still hasn’t fixed basic problems like ganking the opposite faction’s spawn point a decade later, costing me hours of time waiting for wackadoodles to get bored and leave. I definitely still shout at my screen when I see terrible players fighting on the road and not the node, lemme tell ya, but I’ve probably been the most angry at people I thought were friends who turned out to just be using me or my guild for some benefit.

I have not, however, ever been so angry that I rammed my head into a monitor causing it to shatter and my friends to have to extract my bleeding face from its shards. Like this guy.

Nope, nowadays, I just walk away, find something else to do or play. My time is too precious to waste on leisure activities that tick me off. Plus, I like my monitor. And my face.

How about you? Have you ever become extremely angry in an MMO? Why? And how do you channel your anger in MMOs?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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MurderHobo
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MurderHobo

When I first began playing MMOs I let anger suffuse my persona. Killing the dragon was a task that took dozens of people and sometimes close to a thousand man-hours of practice. I was angry that anyone would join a team and fail to respect that. As lead healer I took that anger out on others in irresponsible ways more than once.

Fortunately the team taught me how to properly channel frustration, but my experience tells me that sometimes when a team is working toward a frustrating goal it’s good to have that one angry guy who plays hard-ass, as long as the criticism comes from someone who has the respect of the team.

quark1020
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quark1020

How do I channel my anger?

I change the channel.

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Diane Bradley

I put people on my Friends list, then make nasty comments about them in the Notes section, like “Idiot who stole my node in the Lonelands.” Then I spy on them.

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Bryan Turner

Do you ever stalk them and steal their nodes, I once killed a Spirit Beast because that Hunter pissed me off in a previous Guild.

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Diane Bradley

I’ll admit to some mild stalking…

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Arktouros

I just walk away. These are games meant to be fun. If they’re not fun then I go find something else fun to do. Frustration is okay, because that could mean things are difficult or challenging. However if it’s actually just angering to the point I’m not having fun then I go find something else fun to do.

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Veldan

I can remember only one time I was truly angry. That was in ArcheAge shortly after it launched, when I spent ages farming materials for one of those material packs needed to build a house, only to have some random guy of my own faction turn on the same-side PvP mode and murder me during the 30 second walk from the pack crafting spot to my house. I had a little irl rage moment there, thankfully I was alone in my room. Lesson learned, I didn’t do a thing in ArcheAge after that unless the zone was in peace time.

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Bryan Correll

costing me hours of time waiting for wackadoodles to get bored and leave.

Wackadoodles? Are you using a swear jar or something? Sweet Christmas.

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Utakata

This is where I confess that anger is one of my big weakness. After replacing monitors and over peripherals as the expenditure of released nerd rage, I feel very ashamed I haven’t able to control myself better in gaming situations. As I am pretty sure my neighbors are even less impressed of sudden blue streaks emanating loudly from my pigtails. I least try to avoid high stress activities such as PvP, so stuff like this is less frequent. But I freely admit I don’t have the constitution of others to remain calm when circumstances around my characters I play goes south. Bad Uta, is bad. :(

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Bryan Correll

I picture you turning into a green muscle-bound dwarf and yelling “Uta smash!”

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camren_rooke

Green muscle-bound dwarf with pink pigtails.

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Utakata

Lol! :)

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Utakata

Edit/Erratum: After replacing monitors and *other peripherals…proper.

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Greaterdivinity

Yelling at my monitor, making myself less than sober, or rage quitting. The latter happens pretty rarely. I rage wwwaaaayyyy less than I used to. Between just getting more apathetic as I get older and adjusting my playstyle/behaviors to avoid unnecessary anger/frustration, I think I’ve done a pretty good job at limiting the more frustrating elements of online games.

Oh yeah, and stopping playing Overwatch. Something about that game brings out the CS 1.x playing teenager I used to be. That game made me rage (because of frustrating teammates) harder than I’ve raged in well over a decade.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Im commonly a very calm and polite person. Its just in rare cases when Im trying to carry PvP game to a win when some not very skilled players on my team underperform and lead to a loss. One time – okey. But when those noobs fail over and over, when they cant do simple things and listen what I yell to them in caps, it really gets me. How can you not hate these pathetic scrubs and not message each and every one of them that they should uninstall and kill themselves? Even thinking of those fegs makes me angry. FUCK!!

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theblackmage75

Before developing an MMO callous of sorts, I allowed other players’ actions to get right under my skin and agitate me. Most often it was because of rancid chat and overblown conflicts in group content (like dungeons). When I get angry now I’ll say a few choice words to my monitor then log off and find a good single player game to chill out with.

Anonymity and the inability to hold people accountable for their words and actions has turned gaming with strangers from an awesome novelty into a hollow and frustrating chore. It’s sad that main reason I play MMOs nowadays is for their continuous updates and character progression, and the “feel” of inhabiting a game world with other real people.