Tagged With rage

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Apple is one of the largest technology companies in the world. The iPhone has an install base of over 700 million people. And yet the company has always had a fraught relationship to gaming. Mac users know the pain of needing to run alternate operating systems to play popular PC games well.

In a new facebook post, one of the creators of Doom, John Carmack, shared some of his own experiences interacting with the late Steve Jobs that helps shed more light on why that was the case.

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Dealing with gamer rage can be tricky. No matter what you do, sometimes you'll just end up with someone on your team who happens to be a giant arsehole. And it gets even worse if you're a professional gamer. One Australian Counter-Strike player, who'd already received death threats after his team had lost matches, ended up quitting social media entirely just to shield himself.

But even if you're not flying overseas for tournaments, it can often be difficult just to have a bit of fun without a torrent of abuse being flung your way. So what's the best way to deal with that? Dr Michael Martin, a sports psychologist who has worked with the League of Legends team for Legacy Esports, has a few ideas.

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It's a known fact that in any competitive online game, if you win a match you're going to be called a hacker at some point. It's a crutch for some, shifting the burden of the loss off of them. It wasn't their fault, after all: the playing field wasn't level.

But most accusations of hacking are unfounded rage. And when you consistently get called a hacker, this might be one of the best ways to respond.

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I've been thinking a lot about Rage lately. Last week, I dove back in. Minutes became hours, and I soon realised I was having a blast. When I was finally done, I had to ask: why doesn't Rage get the love it deserves?

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Riot put out a new patch for League of Legends this week -- an occasion that the game's legions of fans always await with bated breath. Anticipation curdled into disappointment once players realised the developer had made some unwelcome changes that could have a profound impact on one of the competitive multiplayer game's key team positions: the jungler.

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Well, this is certainly one way to deal with gamer rage. Martin "AmbossTV" Rabl has a habit of getting mad at Fifa 15. A little too mad. As someone who suffers from the occasional bout of flailing, wailing gamer rage, I can identify. Rabl's solution? A shock collar -- yes, the kind intended to keep dogs from barking -- that gives him a quick jolt when he gets too loud. It looks... uncomfortable.

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Whether you're just playing for fun or you're in it to win it, Mario Kart 8 is a game that stirs the competitive spirit. And then, sometimes, you end up losing to somebody who just happened to get a bullet at the last minute. IT'S NOT FAIR.

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Sometime during the weekend, Kim Kardashian: Hollywood stopped working for some players. Given the game's popularity -- it's currently the number one free game on iTunes -- it's probably not surprising that some fans got miffed that their game time was interrupted. Even so, getting death threats over something like this is kind of ridiculous.

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Last week, a patch hit Black Ops II that enraged some unreasonable Call of Duty fans so much, they started sending death threats to the game's design director, David Vonderhaar. While unfortunate, it's also not the only recent case of enraged fans spewing ridiculous threats at something.