Hooray, it’s that time of the week when we, as editors, get to spread out unadulterated opinions on things across the internet! Today I’m going to be concentrating on a subject that frustrates even the calmest of players, and something that restores my faith in gamers and humanity in general; hitboxes and gaming communities.
Let me describe a situation that I’m sure many of us are familiar with. So you are playing an FPS game, and have been waiting patiently for the enemy to come into your sights. The anticipation of getting the perfect shot off is almost too much, but you know that this one shot could win you the game so you try to get it right first time. Then the enemy appears, you line up your crosshairs to get the perfect headshot, and you pull the trigger…
Perhaps the only thing more upsetting than missing a shot, is hitting a perfect one and not having it register because the hitbox is terrible. It happens time and time again in games, some of which are notoriously bad for it; I’m looking at you Team Fortress 2, and pretty much the entire Battlefield series. It’s infuriating, annoying, and makes people want to ALT-F4 and throw their computers out of windows.
I can’t work out if it’s more or less frustrating when you’re on the receiving end of hitbox hell. If you’re behind cover, and someone still manages to kill you, you can’t help but wonder how? Take a look at this TF2 hitbox example over on the right; the size of that hitbox on the pyro is ridiculous. One would think that in this age where we have hoverboards, virtual reality bird simulators, and selfie toasters (yes, they exist), we would be able to play a video game without questioning our sanity when we are sure shots should hit or miss.
Rave: Gaming Communities
There’s a special place in my heart for gaming communities. They are the diamond in the endless sea of rough when it comes to the playerbase of a lot of popular games. All you have to do is play even a little bit of a well-known FPS game where duty calls (heh), to know that the majority of the players can’t be trusted with safety scissors, let alone the chance to communicate with other human beings.
The one saving grace, that makes me feel warm and fuzzy, is the work that gaming communities are doing to make this hobby that we all obsess over a more pleasant place. In order to demonstrate my point here, I would like to introduce you all to a bunch people who like to call themselves The Coffee Lounge.
This little gaming community is made up of streamers and players, and the most popular streams focus on the free-to-play game World of Warships. The reason I have picked these guys is because the group feels a lot like a family. Although it is still a young community, I feel like it is headed in a really positive direction and the community is growing fast. Founded by two guys, DeleRT83 and Dynosu, the group aims to welcome all kinds of players, and help each other out. The group feels like a family of streamers and players that just want to make a positive impact on the gaming world. One of their more popular streamers, iEarlGrey (twitch.tv/iEarlGrey) does daily giveaways and competitions for prizes in World of Warships, whereas DeleRT83 (twitch.tv/DeleRT83) does regular Q&A streams which he titles “World of Warships University”. I recommend you check out some of their streams; the two I mentioned are some favorites of mine, but all of the streamers are good guys. You can find the full list here.