Have Leaderboards Destroyed Gaming?

Remember when you played a game for a high score?  Remember playing a game for the sake of having fun?

It feels like years since people have talked and/or bragged about their single-player accomplishments in video games.

Now we are stuck in some sort of bastardized version of gaming that has been essentially raped by money driven tournaments that have caused some to become obsessed with ‘going pro’.  Is this the NBA?  Sorry, but it is far from the NBA and anyone that wants to be a ‘pro’ gamer is far from an athlete.

Does This Mean Anything?

It has become an obsession for people to achieve some sort of status on these leaderboards.  I have been hoping for years that there would be some sort of way to enjoy game without having someone in my match screaming about their KDR (Kill Death Ratio) or their Win/Loss Record.

Again, I will be the first to admit that I hate losing and get frustrated when I have someone on my team that doesn’t know what they are doing.  However, it is a different thing entirely for someone to put so much stock into their leaderboard rank that it supersedes everything else in life.

I have heard stories about marriages ending because of obsessions with Madden, World of Warcraft, Halo and Call of Duty.  I don’t think leaderboards are the only thing to blame for something to this extent but you can’t tell me that it isn’t there at all.

While youtube and facebook have brought in a new era of non-privacy, leaderboards have brought a certain competitive stupidity to gaming that I think might do more harm than good.

What do you think?

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‘Tis The Season… For Gaming Frustration

It is commonly known as the season of giving (or receiving if you are selfish).  Either way it goes, gaming is one of those hobbies (lifestyles) that also ends up driving many gamers to punching their couch or throwing their controller during the gift season.

You know who you are.  You got Call of Duty, Madden, Battlefield, Assassins Creed, NBA 2K, Halo, the list goes on and on… and you are terribad.  You aren’t just terrible.  You aren’t just bad.  You are terribad.

Why?

(You:  Because the game cheats!!!….

Me:  No!  It is because you don’t know how to do certain things…  or, you are playing Madden on All-Madden difficulty and it is in fact cheating…. or you are just BAD.)

In case you haven’t noticed there are no more manuals in games.

An extreme comparison is The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Game of the Year Edition manual has 45 pages compared to the likes of Gears of War 3, Battlefield 3, Modern Warfare 3, Madden 12 and NCAA Football 12 which have a collective 15 pages!

Here at NoobTubeTV our goal is to help you do those little things that game developers have decided they’d rather skip out on in paper format.

While games now typically have ‘manuals’ digitally in the game, it is not the type of thing we support for people that don’t know that from the start.

‘Tis the season to kick developers in the digital face and learn how to play your new games.