What happened to video games and their communities.
how to spot the pony faggots
That's why you laugh, anonymous.
That's the point.
>Playing on any European server
>Everybody is completely silent
>No voice chat, no regular chat, not even in-game commands
>Feels like I'm playing with bots every time
>The few times there's people talking it's always a clusterfuck of languages and broken English flinging shit at each other at the end of the round
Gotta search for flash link to that song.
Fuck, what was it. Some guy singing about how spiderman is gay and so are you.
Gotta find it first, my old folders are disorganized and full of broken files.
>someone still posts my gifs
You just made my day
It really did.
It was mostly because of furries and online dating.
I mostly went on Hatena to play pokemon with a group of people, but after it closed down we got separated so we couldn't play pokemon together.
>Nobody will ever email this gif to you again
>Nobody will ever email you again
>Nobody will ever email again
Matchmaking instead of server browsers killed communities.
DLC killed communities.
F2P killed communities.
Dumbing down of games killed communities. (example all Rainbow 6 1-3 communities died because Lockdown/Vegas were made)
And the saturation of games killed communities. No longer do people stick with only 1 game, but they play many games and lose touch with people.
Could probably come up with more reasons with some time.
Ally McBeal was the harbinger of what was to come, why didn't we listen?
guys.. I miss when people talked and acted like this with games. Am I alone? I didn't really partake in typing like that back in the day but I didn't mind it either. Things felt much more vidya oriented when people typed like that. I could see how one would interpret people talking this way as trying to fit in, but I don't think it was that way. It felt like some geek who played 10 hours a day was on the other side of the screen. Normies would see someone typing that way and hate it. Now everyone in multiplayer feels like a normie
>You will never be on the internet circa 2004-2007 again
communities got too big
example: server sharing and lfr in WoW
there is no sense of community when you push tens of thousands of people together who can do whatever they want and can just head back to their server afterward
another example: 5 dollar ticket to server transfer in WoW
Oversaturation. There's too many multiplayer games to have a proper community based around a specific game. New games and sequels get released so often it's impossible to keep track of if you're attempting to find yourself a community.
Once you find a few people to play with, the next game is out and people move onto that or other things, splitting up that community.
That isn't to say communities don't still exist, they do but are more around games that are going to stick around for a while, I.e Counterstrike, ASSFAGGOTS, occasional MMOs maybe.
WoW was the last big community game and eventually the target audience for that game changed to a more casual experience because that's who wants to play now.
what the fuck why does this exist, why do they call themselves agents. why is jstylin such a moron, why did I watch this almost entirely till I couldn't be bothered going on to the end
This was a worse viewing experience than the cheetos .gif
At one point in history you had to actually have some intelligence to use a personal computer and some decent bank to even own one. In that period of history you could go online and act like a fool and it was understood by everyone else that you were just joking and being funny.
Today, any fucking retarded yahoo can use the internet from any number of devices and be retarded in cyberspace.
You hate the loss of competence, anon. Many of us do.
Yeah, your in a thread with him right now.
There are lots of reasons however one that affects me the most is MLG and other company sponsored tournaments.
Before a Quake tournament or a Starcraft tournament was simple. Someone who loves the game has the money to rent out a venue, they advertise that they are holding a tourney and maybe there's an entry fee to go back to the guy who payed for the venue.
Then we all get to together and have one big Lan party tournament. No stream viewers, MAYBE a cash prize, no sponsors just a group of people who love the game who want to hone their skills and show just how much ass they can kick. It was a nice community thing, we all had our part to play in making it happen and it made us really value eachother and the game.
Nowadays large companies will actually create and host tournaments and even invite top players to them. At first this seems cool but overall what it does is turn the scene into money making machine fishing for viewers on twitch and luring in people with promises of BIG MONEY instead of it being a community driven thing by people who genuinely love the game.
There was a time when multiplayer games had everlasting value, games people were passionate about and could play for years and years. Now it's just flavor of the month AAA shit that gets hyped up then everyone quickly loses interest. And like others in this thread said, normalfags really getting into vidya and the internet ruined shit.
Alot of people on /v/ hate Dota 2, but it's one of the only multiplayer games left that has that early 2000's feel to it.
>>someone used this as an avatar on the old forum you used
also pic related
Internet / 4chan / GIF nostalgia thread nao.
>Find cool new multi player game.
>Community starts tiny and dies within the week because there's too many fucking games and not enough players.
>Go back to old multi player games.
>Only players remaining are the ones who never left and can shit stomp everything so fast you don't have enough time to enjoy the game.
>That old forum you loved back in the day was an Invision Power Board
>you could change the skins from a drop down menu
>it was so clean and simple
Nope, the forum I went to behaved a bit differently.
>Find new cool multiplayer game
>just a few players, small community
>"i wished there were more people playing this game"
>more players all of a sudden
>the new players want changes, a lot of them
>developers agree / sell their game to another gay dev
>elitists and olfriends rage and leave forever
>game turns into cancer
Lookin at you AoS
There still hasn't been a videogame made of this
>Some months ago
>Be very good in tf2, but didn't played for a long while
>Choose to be heavy
>Killing a lot of people, a medic show up
>starts to healing me
>sprays a pony
"Dumbing down" is subjective, even if valid in some cases (Like the one you mentioned).
It's mostly matchmaking instead of server browsers (plus the death of dedicated servers), and market saturation.
I know exactly how you feel.
I attended a LANWAR back in 06 (maybe 07, I forget) and the main draw was the LAN but it included tournaments for prizes by the guys hosting the event.
It was a fun weekend. Met some dudes who played the same games as me, I was on a team that competed in a CS1.6, DoD, and I myself competed in a WC3 tourney solo. There were also things like a Guitar Hero invitational, a Ms. gamer pageant, and a Tug-of-war (My team placed second because we had two big guys on our side). During the event there were announcements for when somebody would set up a server for play (like UT3, Worms, or SC) and people would hop in. People casually would walk around other tables and strike up conversation about system specs or games. I can recall getting into multiple conversations about anime at the time, it was part of the reason I started watching it shortly after.
The competitions were nothing televised or serious, they were fun. The winner got a prize (like a t-shirt from a sponsor or a food voucher to a restaurant in the area) and aside from some friendly name-calling there was no intense spite or hatred for competitors. After the event was over many of us even stayed to help clean up the tables and help the sponsor guys put away their speakers and chairs. It was more like a community thing.
Flash forward to today and you can see the difference. Like you said, it's driven by money and nothing good comes from that.
TL;DR Capitalism ruins everything.
lemonparty.org, it's not as well known as it used be but it's still a great source of some new material sometimes
>tfw you'll never again talk to that cute asian girl you know from high school and obviously likes you, act like an aspie while talking to her on AIM and use the XD smiley, actually become confused when she starts acting cold and distant towards you then starts going out with some other guy, after she logs off of AIM you play Q3A, CS, TFC, Diablo II, Brood War, etc.
okay so listen to this theory. XP ruined communities.
So back in the day playing games (mainly fps games i guess) was just about the game. No leveling, no perks, no unlocks. But now almost every single game has these.
So now instead of playing the game for either the sake of competition or even fun, people play for the XP.
But of course people play for fun still you might say. But have you ever heard someone say I want to unlock XYZ already so i can stop playing! Or I'm so sick of this gun but I want to get XYZ! I'm so sick of this map but I want this achievement!!!
So instead of forming bonds with people with similar competitive natures, or conversely instead of forming bonds with people who like to dick around instead of being competitive. Both are ignored and the focus is on the items instead of those around them. This leads to less desire to form a bond with other people since your focus is not on them.
Also since sorting through unlocks and customization can take a long time, people stop playing the game and instead leave servers to fix their chracter or customize their guns. Then rejoin another random server with new people they dont care about.
Also shit like hats etc. trading in games like DOTA2, TF2, CSGO. makes it so people can't wait for the end of the map to come or time to progess for their items. Most people I knew who played tf2 stopped playing but were still logged on every day to trade or idle for items.
So in summary, items/xp/unlocks helped destroy communities in certain respects.
Boat ramming in BF1942 was indeed good fun.
What's more insulting than laying a full broadside into an enemy carrier from your battleship?
Doing it right after ramming the fucker head on. hehe
I miss what Battlefield used to be about.
Steam communities are one of the most cancerous tumors on video games today. Before you needed to put in effort to both locate a community and then figure out how to actually fit in and behave yourself. If you didn't do that you formed your own.
Boy thank god that's all over and done with eh
>Server has self damage from explosions turned off.
>Sneak onto enemy carrier and hijack one of their bombers.
>Wheel far away from enemy spawn point.
>Mash bomb button.
XP is just one of the many things derived from the centralization of multiplayer modes in games, alongside matchmaking and the great Public Dedicated Servers genocide of 2009.
It can all be summarized as planned obsolescence.
I completely agree with you.
I remember when I got into the Dota 2 beta in late 2011, I gave one of my spare invites to a friend who played Warcraft 3 DotA, HoN then was playing LoL alot. We played for a bit, but he quickly lost interest and went back to LoL. I asked him why, and he said "there is no account leveling, unlocks or anything, so what's the point of playing?" Sure, eventually Dota 2 did get account leveling and cosmetics, so did CS GO, but I enjoyed those games even before they added those, and continue enjoying them while not giving a shit about the cosmetics, the fact that I'm making money from playing those games now is just a nice bonus.
When did the whole XP/unlock fad start? When did people decide that they will only play games that have XP and unlocks? Was it CoD4 and LoL? Maybe WoW? (remember, not only was WoW alot of people's first MMORPG, it was their first RPG too)
>In smaller communities ties form
>Video games become mainstream
>Casuals flood in
>Communities are no longer small
>They dissolve under the torrent of new people
There you have it, like everything else it turning bad can be directly linked to it becoming the 'in' thing.
Damn, old youtube was something different. Smosh was incredibly popular there too.
old forum avatar, anyone?
/v/, do you remember when you first joined the internet? You set out to engage in "internet culture", and spent hours on end playing shitty flash games, which took minutes to load on your shitty connection? Remember when you had to ask your parents to use the computer? You didn't care what others though of you, or what you posted, so long as you were having FUN? When you thought 4 panel rage comics were the shit? Do you miss those days, ever wish that you could go back to the past yesteryears?
what the fuck kind of friends do you play with?
no one I know gives a shit about hats
Anyway, XP is there to add a sense of progress, people (as far as i can tell, people dont usually quit each match to switch up their loadouts, and if they do, they probably didn't care about "community" anyway.
Do you remember when /v/ made you feel things you weren't sure how to feel about or if you've ever felt before?
fuck you /v/ you faggets
I wish I knew where that video was.
It was a popular conversation item during ducktape wars.
MY HANDS ARE SHAKING
BUT I'M STILL SHOOTING
I'M STILL GETTING THE HEADSHOTS
>Evolution of dance will never again be the most watched video ever
posting my personal favorites
I think it started with Battlefield 2. It had weapons you could unlock over a VERY long time, and you had to make some real choices on which ones you wanted to unlock 1st.
Then CoD4 kicked it into MASSIVE overdrive with its unlock and leveling system and almost every single game made since CoD4 has had a similar type of system. Even Red Orchestra 2 caved and adopted that same system.
The only major FPS games i can think of that don't have it are Arma games, but the multiplayer mods like wasteland or altis life have their own versions of it, where you unlock items with money you grind for.
idk, I played with many groups of people and got TF2 with the Orange Box. I had friends who played since it came out but they all stopped playing and only traded after that was out for a long while.
I still play cs 1.6 because the game is fun and timeless.
Levels and repetetive grinding should stick to RPGs and mmos. I know people that just play something to complete it like a task.
I honestly wish we were still fapping over this image instead of having to endure what came to reality
Because its all we ever knew. Its like how you remember that old n64 game having the cleanest textures and highest poly count you have ever seen then going back to it and it looks like muddy ass.
I remember installing a gorgillion extensions/addons/whatever to internet explorer to play shitty mario fangames. I remember one of them being like paper mario but a platformer (basically a worse version of Super Paper Mario, without pixels or anything).
I miss getting into filemanager to find my hidden stash of porn in Win3.11.
My parents never knew.
Off topic, and a wild shot in the dark at that, but does anybody remember back in the old ages of porn when people set up there own sites to post nudes of themselves? I have been searching for over 20 years to find this one gal I had fapped to countless times when I was a wee laddy. She was distinct in my mind for the following: She did public nudity, she had a weird tramp stamp above her ass that looked like a shit-stain on thumbnails, curly mid length hair, many of her shots involved her riding a bicycle, and she had a beautiful smile. My old folder of .bmps were lost when the family computer took a dump on itself and died many years ago, I have not been able to find that girl ever since. This is my desperate cry from the bottom of the world's lowest hole, someone save me.
Social networks destroyed the Internet, now it's all about subs, likes and views.
Post your scores, video games.
>that old ass sound quality
If they're big enough for everyone to know about them then they're shit. Everything goes to shit once it gets popular enough, and I mean EVERYTHING. People ruin good things. That's just how shit goes down. Communities are at their best when it's small and populated strictly by the dedicated fans, and even then it's still a ticking time bomb.
Most of them stay on brony servers. You'll see the occasional pub brony in valve servers.
>posted reaction pic instead of score
YTMND when it was still funny. Original content like Gay Fuel was fantastic.
Did 4chan change during the last years or did we change? I don't want to sound like our secret club, but the internet is flooded with memes and how we treat it, good example would be doge, just all over the place.
>stick people dying in voilent ways in general
>you will never be retarded kid that plays tibia and CS again
>you will never post embarasing stuff on internet forums again
>you will never fap to animated porn again
>all those memories will be lost in time
Not many will get this one, but that's okay.
Social media caused mass interest to come into the internet. It will never be the same again. We didn't grow up on a mass media internet like those now. We lived in what could be considered the "Wild West" even. Hell, when was the last time you got a virus anon? Not a pussy ass modern day bug, but and honest, rape your machine to death virus? We live in a pacified world now and there is no going back.
>server communities with rank whores
not even once
>Remembering how edgy you were
>Still mad Vegeta never got the respect he deserved
You are not the same person you used to be, you are an evolution of the person of yesterday with more experiences and self-awareness. In a world of constant change and chaos it is best to remember what was and continues to move forward because it is impossible to cling to the past successfully.
As much as I would like to be my 19-year old self again, it will never happen. Everything rots.
The userbase changed more than the people who already browsed it though, the internet as a whole is vastly more popular than it was even just 4 years ago, social media is now the driving force and the very focus of social media has changed from a neat way to keep in contact with your friends to a way to advertise and get statistics on millions of people.
The difference in social media then, like myspace, and the social media of now like twitter and facebook is staggering. Companies take the internet seriously now so it's all commercialized and seen as a way to gain money, everything now wants your name and to get your statistics on what you view.
You will never degauss your monitor again.
>there will never be an ova with vegeta saving the day and being the strongest
It's sad to think about, but at least I get to say that I experienced the golden age of internet.
Honestly, I found that TOR feels a lot like early internet to me. A lot of basic designed websites, small communities, and enough illegal materal to keep companies at bay. I love it.
I play on an FFXI private server, I've only been playing a week, I got banned for asking a question a GM didn't like. Lot's of ass kissers on their it seems
So, what will the next great thing be?
Internet is dying and becoming a normalfag thing, where do we go now? Back to Ham Radio and make it full circle? Do we try and embrace some other kind of media outlet that big companies aren't balls deep into?
Where can I go to be free again?
>getting tricked into getting killed in the wildy
>press 123 for a gf, get married at that chapel place
>that level 3 nigga near one of the first towns with a rune pickaxe destroying that little mining area
>sp00ky ghosts in the trees
some fucking great times man
also it was nice that everyone knew who the 'best' player was. based zezima
I used to have a folder called "If hackers ruled the world" but I've since deleted it long ago.
Maybe I'll get lucky and find it on a disk somewhere in my basement someday.
There is no place, the internet is everywhere. The only option is to hide and enjoy something from the past in your dark basement and forget about the world around you for just a little before returning into the daily madness we witness.
In our current system everything will be violated by the corporate dick, there is nowhere to run anymore the only way to stop the cancer would be to overthrow capitalism but that is also seemingly impossible.
Enjoy it while it lasts. The internet was fun back in the day because it was like an open barely-discovered world where everything was new and unseen. Nowadays when you find something, it's already been reposted/retweeted on some social media site a thousand times. If you send anything to someone nowadays, you'll most likely a get a response like "oh, yeah I saw that on ______"
Anyone remember this thread? It was the most hilarious fucking thread I've ever been in in /v/
Post something another anon hasn't seen in years
Thanks to more Valve servers, the horse fuckers stay in their quarantine and you still have lots of options. If you ever see a faggot stray into a public server then you have a functional vote-kick system which seems to be lost on many community servers.
Horsefuckers aren't a problem any more.
I for one praise the gruesome agonizing death of "teh" and "n00b" and all that other garbage.
I look back on screenshots from CS way back in the day and cringe at how stupid it fucking looks.
On windows95 you would get this screen when you wanted to shut down your pc. You had to press the power button again to turn it off without losing any data you saved.
That shit even ain't that...
>almost 8 years now since Brushie
It's sad that people are now such sensitive faggots that they are afraid of text and le cringe at everything that isn't standard status quo format of the day.
I said things that are now considered unacceptable by modern standards! LE CRINGGGGEEEEEE
yes, i mad.
>tfw you HDD died and you lost all 4chan pictures pre 2011
>said the tripfag with no oc
>tfw you had no space on your harddrive and deleted many images pre 2011
>also never made a habit of saving large numbers of reaction images till 2012
Also this image was confirmed for fake right?
On the good side, we have full porn videos streamed on the internet without getting viruses or these 30 seconds video clip samples of hentai from membership sites in the past.
>this video is 7 years old.
Man, I remember listening to it for the first time.
I never used that, being too scared of the horror stories I heard about it. Now torrenting is an everyday thing.
Another great thing today are sites like twitch to see live streamed games. In the early 2000s seeing a counter-strike match with known teams if you are lucky to get on a HLTV server to watch was exiting. Usually all we had were replays of the matches to download the next day.
>mfw 640x480 30 second clips used to take 30 minutes to download, and would tie up the phone
I used to savor those grainy ass porn vids, now I have gigabytes of it and I'm jaded as fuck
She could have become more. She could have become Death, the destroyer of dicks.
But no, she had to get knocked up by a fag.
At least, her old self will stay fixed in time. Free for us to masturbate to.
>look back at all the dumb memes i used to find funny
>realize how shitty the internet was back in 2003
>realize that you helped make these dumb memes so mainstream and popular that they became cringe content
it's just sad though, that lots of shit that started here has been dumbed down for normalfag audiences
it would be like today, if normalfags got loss, but instead of preserving the whole miscarriage thing, they just cut out the last slide and put family safe captions on it
Bit of a stretch but does anyone have that comic about that kid who meets an older woman playing Runescape (I think) moves in with her, gets his dick pierced then she rips it out with her a candy for breakfast joke?
ultimately this is a problem with people
I don't understand how people can take cosmetic items seriously in a videogame, much less spend money to get them. TF2 even now is not a bad game, but the community has been ruined due to a bizarre focus on trading hats, I've always loved warcraft 3 custom games and now dota 2 and it's sad to see the same thing happen there. I enjoyed the game a lot more in beta before it had hats than I am right now simply because the focus moves away from enjoying and playing the game to getting dumb items that don't matter.
You know, this thread got me thinking I need to find a gaymen community. I used to go to Smash tourneys but I don't care about practicing the game and the community is dedicated, there's nothing casual about the players so I get stomped.
I bought a PC and still haven't been able to find a fun online community. FPS and MOBAs bore me.
Tf2 is so fucking horrible nowadays, you have to play it to see for yourself how fucking terrible it is, words cannot even describe it. It literally made me miss Halo 3 community.
Hat trading ain't funny anymore. No hat is worth more than 1.33 refined, especially the new ones, because new hats are added to the game every month, and most of them are shit.
I was that kid who browsed anime wallpaper sites in computer lab and brought them home to my computer on floppy disks.
I still have them.
>back in dialup times
>find a video of a jailbait stripping then touching herself in front of a mirror
>explode in figurative barrels of cum
>masturbate to it almost religiously
>safeguard it through 3 different HDs
>finally move from my last computer to current
>watch it one last time
>tame as fuck
>watching the computer erase all its contents, deep melancholy
>can now only fap to shotacon where the girl has appropriate proportions and is either lusty for the cock or overpowered by many shotas and fucked into submission
>I'll never be able to fap to normal things anymore
2005 was the peak. It's all downhill from here
>games are still semi taboo
>the average person still has dial up and doesn't use the internet for anything more than checking emails once a fortnight
>monopolies haven't gotten completely out of control yet (facebook, myspace, youtube, etc)
>social media still isn't a big thing (and so memes don't get blown out of proportion like le cake is a lie in 2007)
>online poker boom
>easy as shit to make a living off ebay
>game communities weren't as casual and annoying
/vg/ has lots of different games, maybe you like one of that. It's much slower than here, maybe you find people to play with there. And I don't talk about the popular games that are filled with trolls.
Oh god, you guys just made me look through the first images i got from here.
How things changed.
Eagerly waiting to see how the Oculus Rift turns out. Hopefully it's one step closer to the holodeck we've all been waiting for
Sad truth is that Valve servers are shit, a BR with an aimbot was dominating an entire server, not only VAC fail to ban him, and people did not vote to kick him, he was on my team, so I just watched as he dominated everyone.
Saddest show I had to witness.
Horsefuckers aren't even the worst of the community anymore. It is that bad.
>Had to use older bro's computer back when the game first came out
>Eventually buy my own copy, get my own steam, but still have to use his computer
>Older Bro left for college
>Took his computer with him
>Never got the chance to play it again
>Find out it got shit right after he left
>By the time I get my own computer, it's too beaten up to run basic flash games, never touch my Steam account to this day
>MFW I have no bad memories of playing TF2 and I never will
People are people.
Somehow somebody is going to find a way to ruin things for everyone else.
idk why horse fuckers got such a bad rap. I loved their servers. Got great ping and there were people who actually played the objectives and did well.
There were horsefucker sprays on the walls but who gives a shit? Back in Team fortress classic and other half life games, lots of servers had no limit for sprays so there would be 75 goatse pictures in a row on the walls.
A few sprays nowadays aint shit.
That doesn't mean tf2 wasn't raped.
>tfw you were a respected member of old forums you used to visit daily
>tfw now you're an anonymous shit poster
Superior rap coming through.
At least we can say we experienced that time. I would like to see us taking it more easy and having more fun around here and not sound like anal pained hipsters that call everything ironic shitposting.
I miss it when TF2 was just about hopping on and having two teams with 9 clearly defined roles duke it out.
AND DOWN FROM THE HEAVENSCAME INDIANA JONES
Going F2P is the main thing that will ruin a game. Primarily because:
>A ton of newfags flock into the game, not understanding it or making any serious attempt to git gud because now most people in the server are the new fags who don't understand how to play so they are essentially matching shit skill with shit skill
>When a game goes F2P the developers will often start cranking cosmetic items into a game like there is no tomorrow, and in the case of TF2 the devs realized they would make more money on hats than they would on selling the game at full price
>Cosmetic items are not a problem on their own, but combine them with new fags who don't understand the game and roll with the thought of "I didn't pay a penny for this game, so I suppose I could spend a few bucks on hats..."
>They continue rolling with that thought of how much money they saved by not buying the game, so naturally they will keep buying cosmetic shit that means nothing to the game
>All these people are now trying to get this useless shit
>Before you know it you have a shitty in-game economy of Jews and scammers who obsess over getting these cosmetic items, some have even gotten so good at working the shitty economy that they have figured out how to make a profit of real money from all that shit
This is more or less the truth for TF2. If you Jew long enough you can always get what you want there, I sold a Bill's for $27 to some faggot from Outpost, and I also only sell stranges for above their market stated price. Merchant is your greatest ally.