smirkdirk174,838 (120,289)South Carolina

When the going gets tough - the tough controller can take a toss across the room...

smirkdirk has won 6,587 Achievements in 442 games and 7 apps

Registered on 09 Jul 12 | Last visited Today | Last scanned today at 14:05 by TA Scanner 1

Motto Schmotto

Latest Blog Post

For The First Time Ever - I Reported A Player as Abusive
Not because I was really hurt or even cared, but just to make his life a hassle.

Here's the story:

So, since COD: Ghosts has been available for less than $10 through both Gamestop and Amazon for the last month or I went ahead and picked it up.

When it comes to COD games I'm usually all in for the campaigns, as they're loud, bombastic, and with set piece after set piece. Definitely worth a play, especially at a bargain price. Usually they have a fun and easy set of campaign achievements too to add to the ol' gamerscore. That said, I'm not a big multiplayer peep but will usually hit it up to see if there's a couple of easy achievements.

Last night, bored of the campaign I booted up the Extinction multiplayer and ended up playing with 4 random gamers. After about 10 minutes 2 of them dropped out and it was just me and another guy. This other dude was good too. Revived me several times and got me two Extinction specific achievements. We played for about 45 minutes or so of crazy combat making it into the cabin level. But things just got too intense for my skills and I ended up dying and he was too far away to rescue my ass. End of game.

A minute later this dude messages me: "holy fuck i just played with the biggest noob watch some youtube to learn something"

It was kind of funny, but grating. I glance at his GS which sits at around 3500, and 900 of that is in COD Ghosts, and the rest spread out between 5 or 6 other shooters. That's fine. That's his thing. He likes the FPS. I'm a good sport and I'm hoping its just friendly teasing. I also know that I suck compared to someone who has devoted the last year of their life to the game. I've only been playing it for a week, and then in the campaign on casual - because, you know, that's my thing.

So I message him back, "twas awesome. thank you for the cheeves. seriously."

To which he replied, "yea ok you suck please learn how to play"

Totally rubbed me the wrong way. Maybe because I was 4 beers in, but mostly because I never asked him to stay in the game with me. He chose too. We never even spoke. We just played. At any moment he could have dropped out and that would have been that, but instead he stays in with the obvious "noob" - hell, he could see I was only a level 4 when he joined the game if he bothered to look. And I'm all up for a good-natured ribbing, which is what I was hoping his original message was going for, but his second message to my gracious thank you was just a continuation of the insult.

Whatever. I reported him for abusive messaging. After all these years I've never reported anyone. And really, it was probably influenced a bit by the four beers, but still, anything to make his game life a little more of a pain in the ass. He also has himself listed as a "Recreational" player. With a message like that shouldn't he recategorize himself "Underground" so that he will be paired with like-minded players?

People game for different reasons. There's a contingent of COD-exclusive people, I've found over the years, who are particularly critical of anyone who does anything outside of COD, and they tend to be a nasty bunch.

Advising that anyone who wants to game needs to watch YouTube or Twitch before attempting to game is just....wrong. If I pay for a game I'm going to insert it into my Xbox, boot it up, and start playing. YouTube be damned.

So, in closing, whatever, my COD exclusive friend, whatever. I hope, at the very least, Microsoft reaches out to you and advises you to never put it in writing.

So, now I've re-read this and I sound so damn sensitive. That wasn't my intent. It wasn't the words that irked me. It was the idea behind them - that a gamer should not play a game until they have trained on YouTube or some such nonsense. Gaming is for anyone who wants to game. Gaming is what you make of it. If you want to become an expert at Call of Duty - do it. If you want to get one achievement in every game ever made - do it. If you want to play Solitaire until your eyes fall out, and then start again - do it. If you want to go and play several different games from different genres just to see all that is possible - do it.

Lastly, if you want to criticize someone because they game a different way, or for a different reason then you do - don't do it.
Posted by smirkdirk on 14 July 15 at 00:39 | There are 5 comments on this blog post - Please log in to comment on this blog.

smirkdirk's Friend Feed

JJBDude48Bean DiveJJBDude48 has recovered 50% of their Bean Dive
JJBDude48 won 6 Achievements in Toro for 279 points
JJBDude48ToroJJBDude48 started the game Toro
Goose BoXerWolfenstein: The New Order
Goose BoXer won 20 Achievements in Wolfenstein: The New Order for 347 points
smirkdirkGRID 2Winging It achievementsmirkdirk won the Winging It achievement in GRID 2 for 16 points
LORDOFDOOKIE69LORDOFDOOKIE69 has reached a new milestone: 420,000 GamerScore
Comment by pTartTX at 23:23 on 23 Jul 2017


Comment by LORDOFDOOKIE69 at 23:38 on 23 Jul 2017


Polished Turd69Life Is StrangePolished Turd69 completed the game Life Is Strange and is the 22,503rd gamer on the site to complete it
Polished Turd69Life Is Strange
Polished Turd69 won 19 Achievements in Life Is Strange for 472 points
Stallion83 won 3 Achievements in DeadCore for 142 points
Stallion83DeadCoreMaestro achievementStallion83 won the Maestro achievement in DeadCore for 65 points
Stallion83DeadCoreHat Trick achievementStallion83 won the Hat Trick achievement in DeadCore for 30 points
Stallion83DeadCoreStallion83 started the game DeadCore
smirkdirkGRID 2
smirkdirk won 5 Achievements in GRID 2 for 149 points
Stallion83Stallion83 has reached a new milestone: 63,000 Achievements Won
Stallion83 has started broadcasting Conga Master on their twitch feed at 22:12 on 22 Jul 2017TwitchConga MasterStallion83 has started broadcasting Conga Master on their Twitch channel

                  Status change by Stallion83 at 21:57 on 22 Jul 2017Stallion83 status: Live now on Twitch. Good Ray Hunting (Achievements)
JJBDude48 won 2 Achievements in Gigantic for 230 points
Stallion83Conga MasterStallion83 started the game Conga Master
destinee ehgcABZÛdestinee ehgc completed the game ABZÛ and is the 1,904th gamer on the site to complete it
smrnovWin Streaksmrnov is currently on a 2325 day achievement win streak
Comment by InjuryProne19 at 13:45 on 22 Jul 2017


Comment by gabrielguns at 19:36 on 22 Jul 2017


...there are 3 other comments

destinee ehgcABZÛ
destinee ehgc won 4 Achievements in ABZÛ for 717 points
destinee ehgcABZÛ
                            Secret Achievementdestinee ehgc won the Secret Achievement in ABZÛ for 107 points
destinee ehgcABZÛCollector achievementdestinee ehgc won the Collector achievement in ABZÛ for 232 points
destinee ehgcABZÛZen Master achievementdestinee ehgc won the Zen Master achievement in ABZÛ for 186 points
destinee ehgcABZÛEcosystem achievementdestinee ehgc won the Ecosystem achievement in ABZÛ for 192 points
destinee ehgcABZÛdestinee ehgc has rated the game ABZÛ 4 out of 5
destinee ehgcdestinee ehgc has reached a new milestone: 430,000 TrueAchievement Score

RSS feed Recent Achievements

Winging It in GRID 2
Winging It16 (10)
Win a LiveRoute event in GRID 2
  • Unlocked by 20,237 tracked gamers (41% - TA Ratio = 1.56) 49,602  
Pinball Wizard in GRID 2
Trade paint with every competitor during one offline race and still win the race in GRID 2
  • Unlocked by 7,273 tracked gamers (15% - TA Ratio = 2.60) 49,602  
Pedal to the Medal in GRID 2
Win any round of a career event without using the brakes in GRID 2
  • Unlocked by 12,668 tracked gamers (26% - TA Ratio = 1.97) 49,602  

smirkdirk's Recent Games


GRID 2181 (105)

3.6 from 1972 votes

8 achievements out of 60 won | 49,602 tracked gamers have this game | Last played 24 Jul 17

Beyond Eyes

Beyond Eyes366 (340)

2.9 from 1499 votes

5 achievements out of 10 won | 8,382 tracked gamers have this game | Last played 19 Jul 17

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag780 (525)

4.3 from 8229 votes

30 achievements out of 60 won | 152,270 tracked gamers have this game | Last played 16 Jul 17