What Do Crummy Gamers Have In Common? The Japanese Internet Discusses.

What Do Crummy Gamers Have In Common? The Japanese Internet Discusses.

Some gamers are very good at video games. Some are just awful. And that’s okay! Still, there must be common traits of crummy gamers, and that’s what a recent thread of Japan’s largest bulletin board, 2ch, tried to pin down.

The name of the thread was “Common Traits of Zero Gaming Aptitude”, and the forum users compiled a list of what exactly those traits were. Here are some:

• They’re not serious enough

• They don’t read the instructions

• In fighting games, they keep jump kicking for the heck of it

• They break the PSP analogue stick

• When they turn the wheel, their whole body turns

• They mash buttons

• They get killed by the first Goomba in Mario

• They play while looking at a walkthrough

• They look at the controller when pressing buttons

• Their finger movement has no sense of rhythm

• They think games are toys

• When they’re about to lose, they reset

• They think all there is to Poké is Attack

I agree with some of these — and some of these I think most people are guilty of (hello, walkthroughs). And before you think, damn, 2ch users are way too strict, after some of the above comments, the commenter added a “like me” or “like I do”.

Are there any traits that are missing? Anything that you are guilty of?

ゲームセンスがない奴にありがちなこと [ゲーハー黙示録]

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  • How is not reading a instruction manual a sign of a crummy gamer? the only seldom time I ever do is if the game has an update and I might take a flick through.

    I’m guilty of a few of these and I swear to god I only die to the first Goomba in overconfidence 🙁

    • A lot of companies don’t even print up manuals now for this very reason. They tell you to go online and look at PDF’s etc if you truly want to read one. The ingame tutorials are usually all you really need…

  • • They play while looking at a walkthrough

    Bite me! I’m not going to look for every orb in Prototype by myself!

    • There are people who use walkthroughs or item location guides when they get stuck and this is a fine and common thing. Especially with collect 100 pointless items style things.

      But there are people who buy a game and than play it by doing everything the guide says for what ever reason. That I have contempt for, just watch a play through on You tube rather than waste money on the game if your not going to play it.

      I used to get annoyed at a guy I used to work with along time ago, he used to run the solitaire game under windows, he didn’t play solitaire he merely dragged the cards over waiting to see if the colour changed. If he wasn’t going to play the game he could just do his job, or go out for a cigarette break. Instead he tied up a computer doing nothing. Oh yeah I changed the settings in the game so the colour no longer changed. And yet he still played for hours on end, and complained he never got a single match.

    • Personally I don’t think that playing with a guide to collectable locations etc is the same as playing with a walkthru. It’s more of a time-saving measure to allow you to be more efficient and get more enjoyment out of the game without spending as much time.

      I’ve also played games with walkthrus before if there’s for example a branching path with multiple endings and I want to see them all, but I only refer to the specific branch points I need to. Additionally I’ve played with them in RPGs before to ensure I don’t miss any important items or missable sidequests along the way. To me that’s smart – the info is out there and it’s probably resulting in you spending more time enjoying the game than you would have without it.

  • Ouch, surely resetting or reloading a save when it’s clear I’m about to die isn’t that bad. Sometimes I’d much rather skip the death animations and the depressing ‘YOU HAVE FAILED’ screens and just jump right back into the action.

  • In Diablo hardcore mode, it is a life (and sanity) preservation technique to quit if you are about to die.

    I have to admit, in most RPGs, I just use attack for most of the trash mobs. It’s usually fastest. In some cases I’ll use magic if it’s one of those melee resistant enemies or I need to heal. Basically, years of mana preservation have corrupted me.

  • In Pokémon specifically it’s pretty much set and forget on your main. The games are designed so kids can swap out Pokémon all the time and not get level blocked so they’re really easy for any decent player. I could beat a few of the games with Tackle and barely any grinding.

    In RPGs only an idiot would debuff, buff, heal to max and use their most effective type of spell on anything other than a long boss fight. Playing ‘properly’ would literally add hours to standard JRPGs.
    People will probably judge me over it, but I feel like I’ve lost nothing by using the AI on three of my party members in Dragon Quest 11. It really speeds up the fights and so far I’ve only had to take direct control during the fights where the bosses had stun locks.

  • I completely disagree with ALL of points 100% and pretty sure this article was written deliberately to be vague and leave out obvious context here to generate clicks lol. Absolutely ZERO of the reasons listed in this article is wholly true that if you do these or have done them denote being a crummy gamer and no aptitude, and here’s why:

    ……WE HAVE ALL BEEN GUILTY OF HAVE DONE 100% OF THESE AND SO WILL ANY OTHER NOOB WHO IS BRAND NEW TO VIDEO GAMES FOR THE REST OF TIME…..unless you’re some grand genius or savant born right out of the womb with gifted gamer abilities of course. Not likely lol.

    Maybe some even only commit 6 out those idk and that’s impressive. Everyone started out unsure about how to play, trying to remember which buttons labeled what and how to do anything resembling like what wed wanna do, then, BLAM we learn JUMP KICKS dammit and they worked[even if only to annoy our opponent and win a bit more at first] so we spammed it like hell lol and yes mashed buttons without rhythm duh cause that’s what we all thought was done and that too worked in our favor enough at first, u know u all did [ I definitely did ]. Not many just out the gate are Mozart’s sheesh ….these all are traits we had when we knew nothing and started and what ONLY makes you a crummy gamer or will be one is if u never grow out of majority of the noob issues at any point and even think still kicking ass cause you’re spamming easy moves or beat everyone using cheats cause only idiots refuse to use the tools.

    To be a great gamer it takes a crazy, mind numbingly and tedious amount of practice, repetition hours and days, years of it really to be a top tier…idk actually since I’m not even there yet haha but I know others who all did get there and they all sucked too so. Whatever I still suck and commit a couple of those rules mentioned 😛

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