People who know @infogamerist irl know that she is obsessed with the searches that lead people here to tl-dr. (She can’t help it; it’s part of her information scientist genetic makeup.) When she checked the searches this morning, she found this one:
why are hardcore gamers angry
That is a really good question! We all know that we are angry, but why?
Nerdraging is one of our favorite pastimes. This search, combined with something that happened at home over the weekend involving a disagreement over incorrect information on a battle.net page, made @infogamerist think a lot about gamer nerdrage. She has no answer for why nerdrage happens. However, she can attempt to create a classification of gamer nerdrage. She has not found this to be an easy task, but it’s an important one for the future of gamer culture. We can’t understand why we nerdrage until we examine how we nerdrage. The unexamined nerdrage is not worth executing.
First, definitions. Urban Dictionary provides the following definitions of nerdrage:
- Indignant, hysterical, and incoherent screaming brought on by video game induced frustration. [nerdy editor's comment: technically, this definition is provided under "nerd rage," not "nerdrage." Citation fail.]
- Nerdrage is both the emotion felt when a nerd is exposed to something that directly contradicts the core beliefs of their obsession, and the reactionary diatribe by the nerd that inevitably follows. [nerdy editor's comment: "nerd" is not plural, and using "their" is a bad solution for using gender-neutral language. Grammar fail.]
- The overwhelming anger of a nerd when something or someone gets the “facts” wrong on a geeky subject such as Star Trek, Dungeons & Dragons, Lunix, etc. [nerdy editor's comment: "Lunix" was a Commodore OS and that was a really long time ago, so she's going to assume they meant "Linux". OS fail.]
- The act of Nerds Raging! [nerdy editor's comment: caps appeared in the original text, but are obviously not correct. Caps fail.]
All these definitions have correct facets in them, but none are complete. Nerdrage can exist on so many sites and manifest itself in so many ways. But, this post will only focus on types of gamer nerdrage, and tips on to handle each of them. It should be noted that gamer nerdrage can be invoked via trolling, but not always.
Here we go. /flexes e-peen
Player-to-player rage: This happens when one player gets mad at another player and says horrible things to the player they’re mad at. They can be really offensive, like when a female player is told “ur a lesbian hore” (and +1 on the offensive scale when the rager can’t even spell the insult). But sometimes they’re so bad they’re just funny. In this post, you’ll find a comment in which a kid says he was once told he’d had a penis in his stomach since birth. (What???)
@infogamerist’s tip on player-to-player rage: Avoid other players, whether it’s Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, or freakin’ Farmville (the game that makes @infogamerist nerdrage based on its mere existence). Avoid all players. End of story.
Defense rage: No, this has nothing to do with play strategy. It’s rage that occurs when players get mad about bad behavior from other players, such as camping, griefing, sexist comments, and so on. Read the comments on this post for a lively discussion from a kid who does this all the time on Xbox (same post as the penis-in-the-stomach post). One comment he made about his habits: “It’s funny to see people get angry because I tell them they suck.” That philosophy causes some serious defense rage.
@infogamerist’s tip on defense rage: If you follow her tip on player-to-player rage, you’ll never experience defense rage. If you want to cause defense rage, laugh at them after you kill them, and you’ll see how nicely your world unfolds. For added pleasure, /hug and /kiss them.
Game mechanics rage: Rage expressed within the game, about the game; typically occurs if you’re not able to kill something because that part of the game is bugged. But, sometimes trolls like to cause game mechanics rage. (that link was not necessarily associated with game mechanics rage, but the trolling is so epic that it had to be included somewhere in the post.)
@infogamerist’s tip on game mechanics rage: Grow up! I mean, become a game developer and see if you don’t miss a bug or two. If you want to cause game mechanics rage, play Warsong Gulch in WoW and tell everyone in battleground chat to go “ALL IN” throughout the bg. Rage will flow like blood from all other party members.
Vendor rage: A broader term that encompasses all kinds of rage directed at the company who made the game. Blizzard is really good at making us nerdrage – Diablo 3 disappointment, Galactic Trade Network search fails, Tuesday server downtime, pandas… all of it. You can’t do much to avoid vendor rage because vendors have all the power.
@infogamerist’s tip on vendor rage: Spam the vendor with tickets until they fix the thing, even if it means quitting your job and leaving your family. Unfortunately, you’ll probably have to go to that extent before it’s fixed.
Fact correction rage: Any rage resulting from incorrect statements. This can be related to vendor rage, player-to-player rage, or any other interactions in which facts are disputed. Feelings can get really heated about whether or not an item needs enchanted, or whether Spirit or Intellect is a more important stat for a mage, or whether it’s a helm or a sword that caused that thing to happen.
@infogamerist’s tip on fact correction rage: Stay out of these fights when possible; typically, e-heads will roll before they are finished. However, if you see something that’s clearly and totally wrong, let the world benefit from your supreme knowledge. Refer to everyone else in the chat/in the forum/on Vent as a “FUCKIN DOUCHEBAG.”
Ragequit: @infogamerist’s preferred form of nerdrage!!! This happens when you get so mad at vendors, the FUCKIN DOUCHEBAGS who keep killing you, game mechanics, or whatever else that you can’t take it anymore, so you just leave… you /gquit, or log, or throw your computer/console/controller out the window. And then you rage at yourself because since you just destroyed your gaming equipment, you can’t get back in game and therefore now have nothing to do since you dropped cable last month to pay for the expansion pack you can no longer enjoy.)
@infogamerist’s tip on ragequit: If a break will speed up your cooldown, then take one. But gamers have short attention spans; this means that if you ragequit to prove a point to other players, they will only care for 2 seconds at most. In other words, AoE is minimal, and crit is increased by 0%. Hardware destruction is discouraged.
So there you have it. Somehow, this list feels complete, but also seriously lacking. What nerdrage types did @infogamerist miss? How have you experienced the ones she’s listed? Do you have more pro tips to share?
Note: As a female, @infogamerist does not really have an e-peen. With that admission, she’s fully expecting a male pig to comment on this post and tell her to get her fat, ugly, slutty self back in the kitchen so she can make him a sammich and then suck his e-peen. Unfortunately, the first one to do that has no e-peen, and probably no rl-peen either.
Stop nerdraging. Of course, if players, vendors, or your games are wrong, then do what you have to do to make them right. And remember that nobody cares except you, and the 200 people who reply to your angry forum post.
Ding! You’ve leveled up! Please see your local librarian for training.
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