I’d just like to take a moment and mention about something grand that happened yesterday. I was playing some co-op against the AI in StarCraft II when I was joined with a gamer who was playing as Protoss and wanted to cannon rush. For those of you who don’t know what cannon rush is, it’s when you build no units other than drones to collect minerals and you rush to your opponent’s base and keep building defensive structures that are extremely powerful when there are a lot of them and repeat process until you destroy everything. We of course won the game and while I was searching for the next game with a new person, I thought, “I’m not finding anyone new, how about I start a party with the previous guy and we can do some more co-op?” I send him a message and he happily joins the party.
We begin another co-op game against the computer but we decided to play a regular game with units, tech, upgrades, the whole sha-bang. About 10 minutes in, the computer unleashes a large army of protoss and zerg units. My two tanks and small army of Marines and Marauders get destroyed. Where the hell is my partner? Not defending or helping. I look at how many units he has and he only had 3 or 4 Zealots with an equal amount of Stalkers. He had 4 Warp Gates to produce units. That’s right. Four. His Nexus had maxed out energy which means he could have easily reduced the cooldown time of warping in units.
Once we reconvene in the multiplayer lobby, I asked him what happened. He mentioned he was texting his girl while playing. Alright, no big deal. He was multitasking. He also mentioned he was still getting used to Protoss and he hadn’t played any ladder matches in a while. Instead of like every other SCII player where here they would have called the kid a “fucking noob faggidy faggot”, I gave some helpful advice on what he can do to make more units faster.
We began another co-op game and with the advice I gave him, we absolutely crushed the AI. My partner thanks me for the advice and adds me as a friend so we can play future games either against the computer more or actually do some ladder matches.
Here’s what I love about this entire situation: I was willing to help, he appreciated my advice, and wants to play again in the future. This is what makes online gaming fantastic – people who are friendly, helpful, and love playing the games they love. I really wish the people who play only for themselves, play to win, and don’t give a shit about others can change. Although I’m not sure about the console gamers…