Well, last week, I know one opponent quit a ranked match to go play Gears 3…
I like to think that at the end of the first round of KOTH the neurons in their head started firing in the right order as they stared blankly at the screen and realized this wasn’t the Gears game they had intended to play.
Immediately quits to go play the right one
But alas, nah man… I have no idea why people quit mid match. They can’t be doing it to somehow better their ranking because that doesn’t make sense with the system. So that tells me that they don’t care about ranking. (so why play ranked!?.. I dunno)
Then you have disconnects or crashes in which the person also cannot rejoin the match and that sucks because they can’t help it and everyone still gets pissed at them for it because this is Gears and we obviously assume the worst at all times, lol. (Or they are playing at a videocafe and they ran out of coins for their timeslot on the wifi toaster)
Then you have an entire sea of 11 - 20ish year olds who will drop a match at the drop of a hat for whatever reason. (Bologna sandwich, dinner time, Mom’s pissed they didn’t vacuum and unplugged the xbox, doing something with friends, fartnite, bedtime, ragequit, spilled their 128oz bladder buster all over the console, etc, you name it)
Then there’s people that probably do not understand the ranking system and think they somehow save face by quitting early. It’s probable that they are also some of the same people that come to the forums and say “I won 20 games in a row and went down, wtf, this game broke, I should be D5 but stuck at Gold 3… jajajaja”
There’s people who absolutely cannot stand losing. This is compounded by the player base Gears has… so we all run into and experience this type of player pretty commonly. I’m going to smash open the can of worms here…
This isn’t me putting anyone down but outside of the US, some gaming communities are insanely toxic. (Yes, the US has their crappy game communities too, but it’s more the exception than it is the rule and this all of course varies in intensity depending on the game itself.)
I’m going to pick on South America just to keep this shorter. It is more prominent in this particular community than say… South Korea, for example.
There seems to be a gaming culture that strokes a huge ego (all failures are everyone else’s fault) mixed with a lot of bottled rage and ignorance that inevitably seeps out. Maybe because real life is pretty rough in some of those capital cities? Just a guess but I’d be willing to bet that other things are so crappy that they focus on whatever positive thing they have (let’s say, Gears) and then obsess over it. They identify so strongly with their teams or their own performance in games that it brings forth the worst in them and losing a round causes a knee-jerk ragequit.
Obviously not every player in South America is a jerk… but this is not just an unfair stereotype either. They have a very different attitude towards competitive gaming than most Americans, generally speaking.