This is something that has been on my mind and I just want to get it off my chest. It seems like a controversial topic and I’ll probably get flamed or called one of these terms myself. Even if I try to defend myself, people may not believe me, lol. BY NO MEANS AM I SAYING THAT EVERYBODY DOES THIS! It’s just an observation and I may even be incorrect :wonder:
[list][*]By definition this is supposed to be somebody new to the game and there is no denying that’s what it means. However, it seems to have taken on a negative connotation. You’ll hear things like “OMG the n00bs on XBL are so shitty!” or “This n00b kept falling for my…” Instead, people should look at them with a positive and welcoming attitude. Everybody had to start somewhere and who knows, maybe that SF “n00b” is a solid FPS or racing-game player.
This is especially important with the release of SF4 around the corner. A lot of new players are confirmed to join in on the fun. Rather than having the attitude of “I’m going to go to the GameStop tourney and stomp them,” start up conversations and give tips even though you’re probably going to win anyways. So the next time you see a player who has little or no idea what he’s doing, think twice and maybe even sandbag (*purposely play at a level lower than yourself) a little. If sandbagging isn’t your style, then find some other way to keep things casual and friendly rather than writing them off as a “n00b.” Maybe you’ll even motivate them to get better and join your local tournaments![/list]
Scrub :arazz:[list][*]As far as I know, the definition of a “scrub” is somebody who engages in the following: a) complains about the game being broken/unfair, b) whines after losing, or c) claims that cheating/abusing was used. While these actions are undeniably of a negative nature, they don’t seem to be the only properties associated with the term “scrub.” Instead, it connotes players who are below a specific level. This level can be that of the majority of players at a local arcade or region, or even tournament players who do not advance beyond the early stages. This doesn’t make sense because you are labeling somebody as a scrub just because they don’t meet the criteria of an independent group. The “scrub” knows what he is doing and just doesn’t have the skill level or experience to beat a foreign group. In fact, that so-called “scrub” may be the best in his own group (this is sometimes frowned upon). And even though he might be at the bottom of the entire community’s barrel, that doesn’t mean that he is in the same category as a new player–he just can’t keep up with the group that he is playing in.
So the next time you call that guy who doesn’t know about a well-known kara-throw setup a “scrub,” think about the real definition of the term. Hell, maybe he has a setup or two that you don’t know!
But if they’re bitching and whining, then by all means classify them a scrub.[/list]
I hope I didn’t offend anybody!